Phoenix Art Museum is offering free admission for children younger than 18 on Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27. Adult admission will be pay-what-you-can for those two days, according to an email sent to museum supporters on Wednesday, April 25. It was signed by Amada Cruz, the museum's director and CEO.
It's a move prompted by the teacher strike, which starts on Thursday, April 26. Teachers voted on Thursday, April 19, to stage a walkout in response to the state's dismal education funding and low teacher pay. It's part of a grassroots #RedforEd movement focused on increasing teacher salaries and education funding overall.
Several districts around the Valley have announced plans to close on Thursday, April 26. Others are planning a two-day closure. But some, including Scottsdale Unified School District and Mesa Public Schools, are planning to be "closed indefinitely."
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"As teachers, administrators, and parents navigate the challenges that face public education in Arizona, we hope to provide a safe, engaging, and affordable space for families to gather," Cruz wrote, in part.
The museum is currently showing more than a dozen exhibitions, including "Valeska Soares: Any Moment Now," which puts intriguing twists on familiar objects such as headboards, lightbulbs, book covers, and disco balls. There's no surcharge to see the special exhibition "Iris Van Herpen: Transforming Fashion" during the designated free days.
On a typical day, museum admission is $18 for adults, $13 for students, and $9 for children ages 6 to 17.
Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Interested patrons can participate in Slow Art & Mindfulness, which includes art and guided meditation, at noon on Thursday, April 26. For details, see Phoenix Art Museum's website.