FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Figge Art Museum’s FREE Second Saturdays Begin December 9
Davenport, Iowa (December 4, 2023) — The Figge Art Museum’s first FREE Second Saturdays will be taking place on Saturday, December 9. The public is invited to visit the Figge and celebrate the season of giving with FREE admission and programming.
Second Saturdays are made possible by a generous grant from Art Bridges Foundation Nationwide ‘Access for All’ initiative that was announced in October. These days will offer broader access to a diverse array of exhibitions and highlight the museum’s comprehensive art education programming.
Join us on Saturday, December 9 starting at 10 a.m. for a full schedule of programming including:
- 10 a.m. – FREE Yoga
Free your mind and body from holiday stress with a FREE Yoga session in the Figge’s Quad City Bank & Trust Grand Lobby. Bring your own mat for this movement-based class led by instructors from Tapas Yoga Shala www.tapasyogashala.com. The class will take place surrounded by art while facing the windows overlooking the beautiful Mississippi River.
- 11:30 a.m. – Welcome to the Museum Tour
This tour is made for first time museum visitors! Spend time with Figge staff and docents and learn fun facts about the museum’s history and collections. The tour begins in the Figge’s Quad City Bank & Trust Grand Lobby.
- 1 - 3 p.m. – Art Activity
Give a gift from the heart this season with an item handmade by YOU! Guests can create personalized gift coupons for their loved ones as well as a miniature painted canvas while sipping on hot cocoa, partaking in treats and listening to musical entertainment from Charlotte Blu – www.charlotteblu.com.
- 3 p.m. – Exhibition Tour
Explore the idea of giving with a docent guided tour of Art and Activism at Tougaloo College, a collection created through the gift of art.
- 4 p.m. – Vocal Ensemble QC
Wrap of the day with a concert of seasonal favorites by Vocal Ensemble Quad Cities in the Figge’s Quad City Bank & Trust Grand Lobby.
"The Figge Art Museum's mission is to bring art and people together, and with the introduction of Second Saturdays, we are excited to provide a monthly free day, enhancing accessibility and encouraging a deeper connection between our community and the arts," said Michelle Hargrave, Executive Director & CEO of Figge. "Complementing this initiative, we continue our commitment to free admission and programs every Thursday from 5-8 p.m. with 'Thursdays at the Figge,' ensuring multiple opportunities for everyone to engage with the art on view.”
Second Saturdays will be a regular feature at the Figge, occurring every second Saturday through the end of 2026.
About the Figge Art Museum:
The Figge Art Museum is dedicated to bringing art and people together. Located on the Mississippi River in downtown Davenport at 225 West Second Street, the Figge is the premier art exhibition and education facility between Chicago and Des Moines. Its landmark glass building, designed by British architect David Chipperfield, is home to one of the Midwest’s finest art collections and presents world-class exhibitions, art classes, lectures, and special events that attract visitors of all ages. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursdays; and 12-5 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations are not required, but can be made at www.figgeartmuseum.org or by calling 563-345-6632. Admission to the museum is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and students with ID and $4 children ages 4-12. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and to all on Thursday evenings. You can become a member for as little as $50 by visiting the Figge website. To contact the museum, please call 563.326.7804, or visit www.figgeartmuseum.org.
About Art Bridges Foundation Art Bridges Foundation is the vision of philanthropist and arts patron Alice Walton. The mission of Art Bridges is to expand access to American art in all regions across the United States. Since 2017, Art Bridges has been creating and supporting programs that bring outstanding works of American art out of storage and into communities. Art Bridges partners with a growing network of over 220 museums of all sizes and locations on nearly 700 projects across the nation, impacting over 4.1 million people, to provide financial and strategic support for exhibition development, loans from the Art Bridges Collection, and programs designed to educate, inspire, and deepen engagement with local audiences. The Art Bridges Collection represents an expanding vision of American art from the 19th century to present day and encompasses multiple media and voices. For more information, visit artbridgesfoundation.org.