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Phoenix Art Museum to launch new community-access programs in 2023

Phoenix Art Museum to launch new community-access programs in 2023
Nov, 30, 2022

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Phoenix Art Museum to launch new community-access programs in 2023

The Museum will end monthly First Friday programming to introduce fully free after-hours and family events that eliminate reduced-cost tickets to special exhibitions    

PHOENIX (November 30, 2022) – Effective January 1, 2023, Phoenix Art Museum will conclude its monthly First Friday offerings and launch new free-access events offered at quarterly intervals throughout the year, including PhxArt AfterHours and PhxArt Family Fundays. This new schedule will enable the Museum to offer fully free admission to the entire museum, including special-engagement exhibitions, while also expanding arts-engagement programming and entertainment opportunities. The final First Friday celebration at PhxArt will be on December 2, 2022. Beginning in January, the Museum’s general operating hours on the first Friday of each month will shift to 10 am – 5 pm.

“We are excited to announce these new event-based, free-access initiatives at Phoenix Art Museum,” said Jeremy Mikolajczak, the Museum’s Sybil Harrington Director and CEO. “As we strive to more meaningfully engage our audiences when attentions are split between various events, stimuli, and priorities, we hope this investment in our programming will create greater access to and excitement around art, while ensuring visitors of all ages, abilities, and circumstances can visit the Museum without worrying about the cost of admission.”

Replacing “First Fridays,” PhxArt AfterHours will be hosted on four Fridays throughout 2023. Made possible through the generosity of Partner Sponsor APS, the quarterly event will be offered on a Friday evening from 5 – 9 pm and will feature free admission to every gallery and exhibition, including exhibitions in Steele Gallery and other special-engagement exhibitions. PhxArt AfterHours will also include art-making in the galleries, food and specialty beverages, performances, and other entertainment, creating a celebratory atmosphere similar to the Museum’s largest First Friday events in recent history, including those for the openings of Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire, Desert Rider, and, most recently, Mr.: You Can Hear the Song of This Town, on view now. The dates for PhxArt AfterHours in 2023 are:

  • February 3 /// featuring the public premiere of MOVE: The Modern Cut of Geoffrey Beene, with the support of Authentic Brands Group, LLC, Arizona Costume Institute, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • April 7 /// with the support of JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • September 1
  • December 1

A return to an all-ages, free-access day at the Museum, PhxArt Family Fundays will be hosted on four Sundays throughout 2023. Sponsored by Presenting Sponsor Men’s Arts Council, the all-day event from 10 am – 5 pm will feature free admission to the entire Museum, including special-engagement exhibitions. PhxArt Family Fundays will specifically focus on engaging intergenerational audiences, with hands-on and live programming for visitors of all ages and abilities and a “happy hour” in the afternoon for adult visitors. The event will also feature exclusive benefits and experiences for Members. The dates for PhxArt Family Fundays in 2023 are:

  • February 26
  • May 28
  • July 30
  • October 29

In addition to these new free-access programs presented throughout the year, the Museum will continue to offer in 2023:

  • Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesdays
    Made possible through the generosity of SRP and the City of Phoenix
    Each Wednesday from 3 – 9 pm, PhxArt offers voluntary-donation general admission, with a reduced $5 admission ticket to special-engagement exhibitions.
    Made possible through the generosity of Shamrock Foods Foundation
    Through the Military Access Program at PhxArt (MAP@PAM), all veterans, active-duty military, and their immediate family members qualify for free admission to the Museum.
  • MC3@PAM – Free for Maricopa Colleges Students
    Made possible through the generosity of Men’s Arts Council
    Through the MC3@PAM program, all Maricopa County Community Colleges students who present an active student ID receive free admission to PhxArt.
  • Daily Reduced Youth Admission

Made possible through the generosity of APS
Through the PhxArt Field Trip for Kids program, all visitors younger than 18 enjoy $5 admission to the Museum.

For more information on free-access and voluntary-donation admission programs at Phoenix Art Museum, contact the Communications Office at or

About Phoenix Art Museum
Since 1959, Phoenix Art Museum has provided millions of guests with access to world-class art and experiences in an effort to ignite imaginations, create meaningful connections, and serve as a brave space for all people who wish to experience the transformative power of art. Located in Phoenix’s Central Corridor, the Museum is a vibrant destination for the visual arts and the largest art museum in the southwestern United States. Each year, more than 300,000 guests engage with critically acclaimed national and international exhibitions and the Museum’s collection of more than 20,000 works of American and Western American, Asian, European, Latin American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. The Museum also presents a comprehensive film program, live performances, and educational programs designed for visitors of all ages, along with vibrant photography exhibitions made possible through the Museum’s landmark partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. To learn more about Phoenix Art Museum, visit, or call 602.257.1880.

Image credit: Bill Timmerman

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