This weekend, Brooklyn Museum is celebrating the community.

In its three-day Community Appreciation Weekend, the museum will host a range of free programing to celebrate its full reopening, including talks, art activations, and family activities – all dedicated to the community.

The museum said in a statement that it was “deeply grateful to the many generous members and donors who have already contributed to the reopening festivities.”

Despite pandemic-induced restrictions throughout 2021, Brooklyn Museum has continued operating exhibitions with restricted visitation limits and has added an abundance of outdoor programing.

In April, the museum kicked off its annual First Saturdays series – but this year it was First Saturdays Lite.

The low-key, free outdoor afternoons amplified culture and community, and celebrated springtime and summer with music and art-making throughout the seasons.

Recently, the museum opened its exhibition of the iconic Obama portraits. Brooklyn is one of only five cities in the United States chosen to display Kehinde Wiley’s painting of President Barack Obama and Amy Sherald’s portrait of former First Lady Michelle Obama.

This weekend’s free programming includes:

Drink and Draw: The Slipstream

Friday, September 10

Outdoors: 7–10 pm

Sip and sketch in the backyard Biergarten with a special pay-what-you-wish edition of our popular outdoor drawing class. Sketch from live models and experiment with materials in a casual class inspired by The Slipstream and led by teaching artist Mellasenah Nicole Edwards, with vibes courtesy of DJ9AM.

We Speak Art

Friday, September 10

Indoors: 6:45–7:45 pm

Join fellow English language learners and practice your conversational English skills with a discussion inspired by The Obama Portraits Tour. All levels of English proficiency are welcome.

Meet the Curators

Saturday, September 11

Indoors: 11 am–5 pm

Stop by the collection galleries and chat with museum curators. Learn something new about your favorites and theirs as curators give informal talks about artworks in the galleries.

Family Exploration: East Asia

Saturday, September 11

Indoors: 12–3 pm

Explore the East Asian galleries! You’ll learn about the Chinese Wine Jar with Fish and Aquatic Plants through a hands-on investigation of material samples, and then go look for other ceramic works on your own.

Pop-Up Market

Sunday, September 12

Outdoors: 10:30 am–5:30 pm

Stop by the market to shop one-of-a-kind, handmade items from local artisans. This weekly event features more than twenty vendors offering artwork, jewelry, fashion, home and apothecary goods, and more.

Pop-Up Talks

Sunday, September 12

Indoors: 11 am–5 pm

Learn more about key artworks throughout our American Art, Arts of Asia, and Ancient Egyptian Art galleries on a free tour led by the A.R.T. Guides. Each conversation is repeated every 15 minutes.

Family Exploration: The Slipstream

Sunday, September 12

Indoors: 12–3 pm

Explore the exhibition The Slipstream and learn about the work of contemporary artist Byron Kim, who documents his daily life through painting and writing, with one of the Museum educators. Afterward, go off on your own to sketch details you find throughout the Museum.

Gallery Tour: A Few of Our
Favorite Things

Sunday, September 12

Indoors: 1–2 pm

Join one of the A.R.T. Guides for a free tour through our galleries. Our guides will share a few of their favorite artworks and explore what makes the Brooklyn Museum so unique.


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