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Visit A Museum for Free During the Holidays and Beyond on Bank of America

December 20, 2019

Free Museum Admission for Bank of America cardholders
DECEMBER 26 – 31 and first full weekend of each month.

Bank of America believes in the power of the arts and makes art more accessible to their customers through their Museums on Us® program. Now in its 22nd year, Museums on Us® offers free admission to more than 220 cultural institutions nationwide during the first full weekend of every month, and the Gibbes Museum of Art is pleased to be a continuing partner in this program.

This holiday season Bank of America will offer their valued cardholders six additional days of free general admission through Museums on Us to participating cultural institutions, from 12/26 through 12/31. Additionally, the program takes place the first full weekend (Sat and Sun) of each month.

This promotion offers one free general admission to individual cardholder at participating cultural institutions. A Photo ID with valid Bank of America, Merrill or Bank of America Private Bank (US Trust) credit or debit card must be presented. This offer is not transferable and cannot be combined with other offers. This offer also excludes fundraising events, special exhibitions and ticketed exhibitions.

This includes Museums in North Carolina:
Asheville Art Museum
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Levine Museum of the New South
Mint Museum Randolph
Mint Museum Uptown
Greensboro Children’s Museum
Marbles Kids Museum
Cameron Art Museum
Reynolda House Museum of American Art

This includes Museums in South Carolina:
Gibbes Museum of Art
EdVenture Children’s Museum
Upcountry History Museum
EdVenture Myrtle Beach

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Get Your Free Tickets Now for “Smithsonian” Magazine’s Museum Day Live! Taking Place Sept. 23, 2017

August 30, 2017

Beginning today, museum-goers can head to the Museum Day Live! website to download one free ticket, good for two people, for “Smithsonian” magazine’s 13th annual Museum Day Live!. Each ticket grants the ticketholder, and one guest, free access to any participating museum on Sept. 23, 2017. One ticket is permitted per e-mail address.

This year, Museum Day Live! is partnering with Microsoft to create special interactive lesson plans using Minecraft: Education Edition. Participating museums can download the lesson plans to enhance the Museum Day Live! experience at their facility. The Minecraft: Education Edition extensions are based on Smithsonian materials and are available on the Museum Day Live! website. Following the event, Microsoft will provide schools with access to the Minecraft: Education Edition extensions.

To register, see the full list of museums, and download a free ticket please visit: (

Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, “Smithsonian” magazine, “Air & Space” magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 20 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually. (

BRAHM in Blowing Rock, NC, Celebrates 5th Birthday With Free Admission – Oct. 2-8, 2016

September 30, 2016


Blowing Rock Art & History Museum (BRAHM) in Blowing Rock, NC, will celebrate its 5th birthday by offering free admission to all their events and exhibits the week of Oct. 2-8, 2016. The list of events offers something for all ages and a broad range of interests.

When BRAHM opened the doors of its new building on Oct. 1, 2011, it was the culmination of more than a decade of effort put forth by a dedicated group of supporters determined to make the project a success. The Museum was organized in 1999 in response to a Charlotte art collector’s desire to find a permanent home for his collection of works by North Carolina native and seasonal Blowing Rock resident Elliott Daingerfield, who was a significant American artist at the turn of the 20th century.

Five years later the Museum has grown its permanent collection to encompass art from American contemporaries of Elliott Daingerfield as well as other regional artists and artisans. BRAHM has hosted well-received exhibitions highlighting local history and culture as well as critically-acclaimed artists and photographers.

The museum invites the community to visit, tour our exhibitions and participate in the events — all of which are offered without charge. More information can be found at the Museum’s website ( or by calling 828/295-9099.

Free Birthday Week Events:

BRAHM’s Birthday Week kicks off Sunday, Oct. 2, with the Alexander Arts Lecture at 4pm. The lecture features Dr. Jonathan Stuhlman, Senior Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dr. Stuhlman will present a talk, “John Leslie Breck and the Birth of American Impressionism”, inspired by the Mint Museum’s recent acquisition of Breck’s 1888 painting “Suzanne Hoschedé-Monet Sewing”. This talk will explore Breck’s work within the context of both European and American Impressionism, considering the work of Monet as well as that of John Singer Sargent, Dennis Miller Bunker, Lila Cabot Perry, Theodore Robinson, Philip Leslie Hale, and others.

Tuesday, Oct. 4, features Afternoon Art Club for Kids Ages 6 to 10 from 3:30 to 4:30pm. In this special Birthday Week edition children will be making a large scale cooperative work to be hung in the Education Center.

Connie Regan-Blake will captivate hearts and imaginations in her powerful live storytelling performance, “Finding Your Way Home: Stories of True-Life Adventures and Mountain Roots”,  on Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 7-8pm. Regan-Blake will tell stories from all over the world — from the mountains of North Carolina to Uganda and New Zealand. With engaging humor and southern charm, she will take the audience on a journey as she weaves traditional folktales of Appalachia with true life adventures for a unique and entertaining performance. In addition to the evening performance for adults on Wednesday, BRAHM will be hosting a private school-day performance for Watauga County 7th and 8th graders on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 6, in which Connie Regan-Blake will present the middle schoolers with spellbinding stories — from hair-raising chillers to stories about humorous mountain characters.

Preschool-aged children and a parent/guardian are invited to Doodlebug Club, a fun educational art program focused on basic art skills. The class is Thursday, Oct. 6, 10:30-11:30am and again at 1-2pm.

Birthday Week concludes with Scholars and Scones, Thursday, Oct. 6,  at 11am. The presentation features archaeologist Melissa Timo, MA, RPA, who will discuss “Blue Ridge Conquistadors: The Story of the Berry Site and the Exploring Joara Foundation”. It might be hard to believe, but the southern Appalachians became the linchpin for the future of Spanish colonialism in what is now known as the United States. This talk will explore why Juan Pardo’s 1567 mission was so important and how archaeologists are now able to tell the tale. Find out ways that you can become a vital part of the story.

The Blowing Rock Art & History Museum seeks to provide cultural enrichment to the High Country communities by promoting the arts and Southern Appalachian heritage and history through educational programs, exhibitions, activities and permanent collections. General admission to the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum is $7 for adults and $6 for students, seniors, and children ages 5 and up. Free for active military, EBT cardholders, and children under 4 years of age. Donations are accepted for full admission to the Museum on Thursdays. Located at 159 Chestnut Street on the corner of Chestnut and Main in Blowing Rock, NC, the Museum is open 10am-5pm, Tue.-Wed., 10am-7pm. Thur., and 10am-5pm, Fri.-Sat. The Museum is open 1-5pm, Sundays, June – October.

For more information, please call 828/295-9099 or visit (

Turtle Island Pottery to be at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC, for WOW “Wine on Wednesday” – June 8, 2016

May 29, 2016

Turtle Island Pottery, a WNC pottery staple, will be at the Mint Museum Uptown in Charlotte, NC, on June 8, from 5:30-9pm, for “Wine on Wednesday” at the Mint. Admission is free. They will have music, wine (cash bar) and possibly a chocolatier. Come out and enjoy a relaxing evening of wine, music, art and craft from Turtle Island Pottery!

Turtle Island Pottery features handmade pottery by Maggie and Freeman Jones, who create one of a kind, functional, decorative stoneware items.






For more info about Turtle Island Pottery call 828/669-2713 or visit (

For more info about the Mint call 704/337-2000 or visit (

Levine Center for the Arts in Charlotte, NC, Offers First-ever #LongLiveArts Festival – May 21, 2016

May 18, 2016

The public is invited to a full day of activities on Saturday, May 21, 2016, from 10am-6pm, to the First-ever #LongLiveArts Festival for FREE performances, art activities, and more to at the Levine Center for the Arts in Uptown Charlotte, NC.

The Levine Center for the Arts is located at the 500 block of South Tryon Street, including Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Knight Theater, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and Mint Museum Uptown

Salsa dancing. Puppets. A portrait paint-off. Drums. Aerial dancing. Jazz. Food trucks. An Arts Guy. An outdoor symphony concert. And FREE museum access all day.

All this and more will be part of the inaugural LongLiveArts Festival, the first event of its kind to be hosted by the four member institutions of Levine Center for the Arts – the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Knight Theater, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and Mint Museum Uptown. The public is invited to the 500 block of South Tryon Street between 10am and 6pm for the festival – and both before and after those hours to enjoy a free “plazacast” of Charlotte Symphony’s Romeo & Juliet, showing from a big screen in front of the Firebird statue at 7:30pm on both Friday and Saturday evenings. The Bechtler and Mint will also offer special hours of free access on Friday May 20 in conjunction with the plazacast (the Bechtler will offer Bechtler by Night from 6-9pm, while the Mint will offer free general admission from 6-8pm).

More fun for all ages begins Saturday morning at 10am, with a main stage set up on Levine Avenue and emceed by Moira Quinn, Vice President of Charlotte Center City Partners. And about that Arts Guy? He’s part of a new marketing initiative jointly launched by Levine Center for the Arts institutions, and he will represent the Charlotteans and global visitors who want to learn more about the cultural offerings of the Queen City. Watch for him to give behind-the-scenes insights to Saturday’s audience.

Community artists are also invited to join a #LongLiveArts Festival Portrait Paint-Off, in which participants are invited to meet local oil painter Gordon James. He will first paint a live model from 10:15 to 11am, and then at 11:30 and 1:45pm, audience members will be invited to grab some art supplies and paint volunteer models. The paint-off contest will give prizes including gifts from the three museum gift shops and free passes to return to the Levine Center for the Arts museums.

Other performers and activities scheduled as part of Saturday’s activities include the Charlotte Symphony’s Musical Petting Zoo; Caroline Calouche’s aerial dancers; Drums4Life; Africano Campbell; Blue Moon Puppets; an art class with Cathay Dawkins; Dancehall Groove; and a salsa dancing demonstration, as well as interactive art-making activities led by the education staffs of the three member museums. Docents from the three museums will lead free 30-minute “ArtBreak” tours inside each museum at noon, 1pm, and 2pm.

Levine Center for the Arts is one of Charlotte’s major cultural destinations, home to Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, John S. and James L. Knight Theater, and Mint Museum Uptown. The Center was made possible through the support of the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, Campaign for Cultural Facilities, and The Leon Levine Foundation, one of the country’s largest and most impactful philanthropic organizations, along with the generosity of Bank of America Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, and Duke Energy Foundation, among many others.

A generous grant from the THRIVE Fund is enabling the four institutions to work more closely together than ever before to increase visibility and access to the unified center. The $250,000 award from the THRIVE Fund over two years is making possible the center’s first-ever joint marketing campaign, as well as free monthly lunchtime tours and a free community festival to be held on May 21, 2016. The THRIVE Fund was established in 2013 to provide financial stability for Charlotte’s cultural sector under the leadership of Hugh McColl, former Bank of America chairman and CEO, and is currently administered by the Foundation For The Carolinas. The Mint Museum spearheaded the grant and is managing the project in collaboration with the other institutions. More information at (

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th-century modern art. It is named after the family of Andreas Bechtler, who assembled and inherited a collection created by seminal figures in modernism. The collection comprises more than 1,400 works. Some works are accompanied by books, photographs, and letters illustrating personal connections to the Bechtler family. For museum details visit (

Blumenthal Performing Arts serves the Carolinas as a leading cultural, entertainment and education provider. Blumenthal Performing Arts receives operating support from the Arts & Science Council and North Carolina Arts Council. Blumenthal Performing Arts is also supported by PNC Bank, sponsor of the PNC Broadway Lights. More information at (

Founded in 1974, Charlotte’s Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture (formerly the Afro-American Center) exists to present, preserve and celebrate the art, history and culture of African-Americans and people of the African Diaspora through dance, music, visual and literary arts, film, educational programs, theatre productions and community outreach. Named for Harvey Bernard Gantt, the prominent architect, community leader and former mayor of Charlotte, the Center is housed in an inspired and distinguished award-winning structure and is home to the nationally celebrated John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, which was generously donated by Bank of America. More information (

The Mint Museum is a leading, innovative museum of international art and design committed to engaging and inspiring all members of our global community. Established as the first art museum in North Carolina in 1936, The Mint Museum has grown to include two dynamic facilities, Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph, and currently boasts one of largest collections in the Southeast. Mint Museum Uptown houses an internationally renowned Craft + Design Collection, as well as collections of American and Modern & Contemporary Art. The five-story, 175,000 square-foot facility was designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston. Historic Mint Museum Randolph is located three miles to the south. For more information visit (

A complete schedule of events is attached and available at (

Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, Offers Free Admission for Community Day – Mar. 12, 2016

March 8, 2016


The Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, is offering free admission for Community Day on Saturday, Mar. 12, 2016, at both the Wade Hampton and Heritage Green locations in conjunction with the Smithsonian Museum Day.

Community Day is one of several events throughout the year that gives visitors the chance to enjoy a glimpse of M&G’s extensive collection of European Old Master paintings and antiquities at no cost. “We hope Community Day will encourage our neighbors in the SC Upstate to visit one or both M&G locations! The collection is meant for everyone to enjoy and benefit from; you don’t have to be an art lover to visit—just bring your curiosity,” said Erin Jones, M&G director.

Families can start their day exploring “The Art of Sleuthing” exhibition at Heritage Green beginning at 10 a.m. Fakes and forgeries will fascinate adults while children have fun completing a scavenger hunt, hands-on activities, and crime solving.

Guests will especially appreciate a rare glimpse at a Vermeer forgery on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Another highlight of the exhibit focuses on Nazi-looted art and includes a loan from the North Carolina Museum of Art that was restituted to its rightful owners.

After touring “The Art of Sleuthing,” families can make their way over to M&G’s main location on the campus of Bob Jones University, open from 2-5pm. There they have the opportunity to stroll through 30 galleries of European art and artifacts, seeing an Italian Baroque collection that has been ranked with that of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art.

Many of the paintings guests will see on display have traveled to prominent museums around the world. M&G’s “Head of Christ” from the school of the famous artist Rembrandt van Rijn was included in an exhibit at the Louvre in 2011. In January 2016, “Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom” returned from an exhibition in Germany.

The main M&G location also offers scavenger hunts and a learning center where children can get a feel for daily life in ancient Rome. Children receive a prize in the Gift Shop on the completion of their scavenger hunt.

“From the child being introduced to the basics of art and design to the established art connoisseur, M&G has something to offer everyone,” said Jones. “We count it a privilege to share this unique and special collection with the Greenville community and beyond.”

M&G at Bob Jones University is open Tuesday-Sunday from 2-5pm. M&G at Heritage Green is open Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-5pm. Regular admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and $3 for seniors. Children 12 and under are free.

Museum and Gallery in Greenville, SC, Hosts Annual Appraisal Event and Participates in Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live! – Sept. 26, 2015

September 13, 2015


Any fans of the “Antique Road Show” will enjoy getting a taste of local and live antique appraisals at the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery’s 16th annual Collectible or Curiosity? event on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, from 9am to 5pm. From now up through the event day, those interested in receiving a verbal appraisal on their antiques can register up to three items.

“We have had some interesting items come through over the years,” said Amy Basinger, events & marketing coordinator for M&G. “You never know what you are going to see; we have had everything from a Tiffany fork that had belonged to a Titanic survivor to a set of dueling pistols from the War of 1812.”


Appraisals are available for general antiques, fine art, pottery, china, porcelain, silver, jewelry and books. Stations with regional experts will be set up throughout the M&G galleries according to appraisal specialty.

— Dawn Corley, “The Charleston Silver Lady”: silver, jewelry, porcelain and china
—Stan Shelley, owner of Shelley’s Jewelry and Auction Gallery: books and general antiques
—Joette Humphrey, auction manager at Shelley’s Auction Gallery.: general antiques
—Laura Crocket, fine arts specialist at Brunk Auctions in Asheville, NC: fine art

In addition to their appraisal, registered guests receive free admission to explore the 30 galleries of European Old Master paintings housed at M&G. Those who make their appointment before Sept. 23 receive a discount off the regular price of $18 per item.

To schedule an appraisal appointment, visit ( or call 864/770-1331.

Also on Saturday, Sept. 26, M&G will be participating in Smithsonian magazine’s national Museum Day Live! Guests with a Museum Day Live! ticket receive free admission for up to two people per household to enjoy one of the largest and most interesting collections of European Old Master paintings in the country! Museum Day Live! tickets can be obtained by visiting (

Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! – Free Admissions to Museums in the Carolinas – Sept. 26, 2015

August 5, 2015

Beginning today, museum-goers can download one free ticket, good for two people, for Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live!. Each ticket grants free admission on Sept. 26, 2015, to the ticket holder plus a guest, valid at participating museums across all 50 states.

To register, see the full list of museums and download a ticket please visit:

WHEN: Saturday, September 26, 2015

WHERE:  Participating museums nationwide

Smithsonian Media comprises of its flagship publication, “Smithsonian magazine”, as well as “Air & Space”, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media overseas the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world’s largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually.

PRESS CONTACT: Anne Muscarella, High10 Media, 212/918-2044, or e-mail to (

Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, Offers Free Admission From May 26 – June 5, 2015

May 23, 2015


The Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, announces upcoming 10 days of free admission from Tuesday, May 26, through Friday, June 5, 2015, in appreciation of the City of Columbia and Richland County for their investments in the CMA. During these days, sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, visitors pay no admission to enjoy the CMA’s collection and exhibitions, including Bunzlauer Pottery from the Collection of the Columbia Museum of Art. As always, the Wells Fargo Education Gallery, the Solar Exploration Station, Art Explorer backpacks, multimedia TAP tours, and gallery guides are free for families to have fun in the galleries with activities.


Events at the CMA during the free days include:

CMA Shop Sale: The CMA Shop is having a huge sale through Sunday, June 7. Everything in the Shop is 30% off for members and 15% off for non-members. Select items are 50% off for all.

Gallery Tour: Highlights of the CMA Collection
Sunday, May 31 at 2pm – A guided tour provides an overview of European and American art in the CMA collection. This family-friendly tour features masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo from the Samuel H. Kress Collection and the American galleries. Free.

About Face Drawing Session
Monday, June 1, from 10am – 1pm – Looking for a supportive and friendly environment to hone your artistic skills? About Face Drawing Sessions are for you! There’s no instructor, but there is a group of inspired artists, representing a wide range of abilities, who love to draw from the live model. Must be 18 or older to participate. $12 / $10 for members / $5 for students.

Gladys’ Gang: Summer Heat
Wednesday, June 3, from 10 – 11am – Join us for this popular series! Gladys’ Gang is a free, early childhood arts and literacy program for ages 2-5 that focuses on preparing children for kindergarten. Using art as a guide, children and their adult caregivers enjoy story time in the galleries followed by a hands-on art project in the CMA studios. The program is held the first Wednesday of each month from 10 until 11am. This month, work with warm colors to create your own sunny artwork. Registration required as space is limited. Free.

Columbia Broadside Project Community Gallery Opening and Concert
Friday, June 5, from 7 – 11pm – The Columbia Broadside Project pairs artists and poets from Columbia and throughout South Carolina who work together to create an original “broadside,” comprised of an original work of art and an original poem. The goal is to strengthen the arts community by helping poets and artists meet their peers, share ideas, and create new works of art. The opening night event will feature live music and readings from the artists. Cash bar. $7 / $5 for members.

For more information visit (

Bob Jones University’s Museum & Gallery Offers Free Admittance with M&G’s Community Day – Mar. 26, 2015

March 19, 2015


On Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015, to say thank you to the Greenville, SC, Community, the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University offers patrons and visitors free admission to both museum locations through regular open hours. Open hours for M&G’s Wade Hampton location are from 2–5pm and from 10am–5pm at M&G’s Heritage Green location in downtown Greenville, SC.

“M&G is grateful to be an integral part of our South Carolina communities now more than 60 years,” notes M&G director Erin R. Jones. “We love sharing the Collection with students of all ages as expressed through affordability and accessibility of the educational services, outreaches, and unique exhibitions we offer. Community Day is just one more way of showing our appreciation and letting the Collection be enjoyed by everyone.”


At M&G’s Wade Hampton location on the campus of Bob Jones University, guests will have the opportunity to experience one of America’s finest European Old Master collections—completely free of charge! Featuring 30 galleries full of over 400 paintings, M&G at Bob Jones University offers visitors a unique, expansive view of differing cultures throughout history. In addition, guests can enjoy the new loan exhibition, “The Golden Age of Painting in the Low Countries”—a vivid look at seventeenth-century genre painting in Belgium and the Netherlands. These Dutch artists were known for new and daring themes, some of which included interiors, maritime scenes, and peasant life.  Finally, M&G at Bob Jones University offers a kid’s Easter Scavenger Hunt and self-guided strolling tour, entitled “The Easter Story in Art”, where select masterworks portray specific moments within the Easter narrative.

M&G’s downtown location at the Heritage Green campus will also be open free of charge to all guests. Currently, this location features the acclaimed exhibition “Charles Dickens: The Continuing Victorian Narrative”, which on the first floor recreates the spectrum of nineteenth-century Victorian culture through artifacts and technology—from the issue of the stinking Thames to the elitist Athenaeum Club! On the second floor, patrons of all ages will enjoy the spectacular world of Dickens’ imagination, with diverse vignettes and media presentations of Dickensian characters representing the best and worst of the Victorian era and the challenges and meaningful links to us today.

As we enter this spring season, take advantage of this fantastic offer from M&G—a chance to tour both museum sites completely free of charge!

For more information about M&G’s Community Day, please contact Amy Basinger at 864/770-1331.