Third Thursday

Crowd listening to a bandYour not-so-quiet night at the museum! Join the revelry every third Thursday of the month for live music, free programs, art activities and more that showcase local talents…all just for adults! Designed for college-age and above, but all adults are welcome.

Are you a performer, vendor, organization or just inspired and interested in making Third Thursdays amazing? Please contact us with your vision for getting involved.

Attention area photographers! May’s Third Thursday will be featuring a Photography Portfolio Walk, an informal and fun showcase of local talent. Find out more information about participating here.

April 20th | The Fine Print

Inspired by the American art exhibition in Gallery 214, The 1930s in Prints: A Gift to Kansas City from the Woodcut Society, we’d like to introduce you to different kinds of printmaking. See how screenprinted shirts are made to creating your own prints with Legos to watching a steamroller produce larger-than-life prints!

Third Thursday Flickr Photo Gallery

The Phantastics

6:30-7, 7:15-7:45, 8-8:30 p.m. | Bloch Lobby

The Phantastics is a seven-member musical ensemble that specializes in genre-blending hip-hop, Kansas City’s own ambassadors of Phunk, Rap, Rock, and Soul.

DJ Joe & Ice Kole

6-6:45, 7:15-8, 8:30-9 p.m. | Bloch Lobby

You know KC’s best husband-and-wife DJ duo will keep you dancing all night at the museum!

Kansas City Art Institute Road Roller 2017

11 a.m. -7 p.m. | North Plaza Drive and 45th St. (outdoors)

KCAI’s annual Road Roller event is coming to the Nelson-Atkins! KCAI Printmaking students are reinterpreting the work of 1930s printmakers currently on view at the Nelson-Atkins in the exhibition The 1930s in Prints. These prints reflect the American culture in which they were made, reacting to the economic turmoil of the Great Depression, tension between city and country, and segregation. Students in the KCAI Printmaking Department will reinterpret these prints, appropriating the prints’ themes and images in order to address their lives, their work as printmakers, and contemporary events.

Students will create large-scale prints on the grounds of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art using a steamroller and 4×8 foot blocks carved by hand and CNC routing technology. Watch this work all day, and come to Third Thursday where students’ prints will be displayed and available for purchase.

Charlotte Street Shirt Company

6:30-8:30 p.m. | Bloch Building, Creative Café

Charlotte Street Shirt Company is a family owned screen printing business located in Kansas City, Missouri. They are committed to screen printing fun and innovative designs on American-made, sweatshop-free shirts with environmentally-safe water-based inks. Watch as they demonstrate the screenprinting process and how they make their creative shirts!

Live Printmaking with KCAI Students

6-8 p.m. | Bloch Building, Plaza Level

After you check out the unusual Road Roller printmaking outside, take a look at the other prints that KCAI printmaking students will be creating right in front of you. Prints will also be for sale.

Drop-in Art Activity: Printmaking with Legos

6-8:30 p.m. | Bloch Lobby

The Print League KC, a future KCMO community print shop, is a communal environment that also nurtures new growth of printmaking in the greater community through workshops, lectures, and exhibitions. Drop by the art activity tables to create your own design and print out of Legos!

Handmade Book Display

6-8 p.m. | Spencer Art Reference Library

Stop by the Spencer Art Reference Library to explore the history and craft of bookbinding with artist and speaker Jay Tanner. Explore the the tools of the trade and check out different book making techniques using examples for the Spencer Library’s extensive collections.

Community Spotlight: GlobeMed                    

6-8:30 p.m. | Bloch Lobby

GlobeMed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City partners with Kyetume Community Based Health Care Programme (KCBHCP) to help solve the health, education and economic problems facing the people of Mukono South, Uganda. Discover more about how Globemed helps communities around the globe.

Take 5: Innovation
6-7 p.m. | Lens 2

Take 5 and explore new perspectives. In this quirky program series, four presenters each share a five-minute story on a given topic before everyone joins the conversation.

From oldies-but-goodies to new-and-improved, hear how generations of creative individuals innovate. Moderated by KCUR’s Central Standard Producer, Matthew Long-Middleton, and presented by Stefanie Dlugosz-Acton, Assistant Curator of Architecture of Design & Decorative Arts at the Nelson-Atkins; Kate Garman, Innovation Analyst for the City of Kansas City, MO; Max Younger, Designer of the M+D Crutch and Co-founder of Mobility Designed; and Tabb Buel, Director of Corporate Development at Garmin International.

Happy Hour! 

5-8:45 p.m. | Bloch Lobby

Enjoy small plates, a full bar and an artful experience.

Coming Up:


May 18: Doo-Wop and Sock Hops

June 15: BlochBuster