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Free First Thursday

Jun 6, 2024
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR
Assistive listening devices General Accessibility Sign Language


Come enjoy Future Now: Virtual Sneakers to Cutting-Edge Kicks with Free First Thursday, offering free Portland Art Museum admission for the community all day.

Thanks to generous support provided by the Art Bridges Foundation’s Access for All Program, Museum admission is free on the first Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and programs at the newly opened PAM CUT Tomorrow Theater in Southeast Portland are also free. 

Free First Thursdays at the Museum and PAM CUT’s Tomorrow Theater aligns with the revitalization of the long-standing Portland art galleries’ tradition of opening their doors for openings, receptions, and events on the first Thursday of each month. In recent months art and culture organizations have joined to bring back this popular activity, including the Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education in the North Park Blocks.

Accessibility Information

  • American Sign Language/English Interpreters, automated real time captioning, and assistive listening devices will be available. 
  • All spaces are wheelchair accessible. 
  • Guiding and audio description available upon request. 
  • Please see our accessibility page for more information. For requests, please contact us at access@pam.org or leave a message at 503-276-4284.


11 a.m. – 12 p.m. PRIDE in Our Labs Artist Talk (Miller Gallery in Mark Building)
Ariel Baska and Liam Whitworth, both Queer, Disabled, PAM CUT Sustainability Fellows come together to talk about their art practices, mentorship, identity transformation, and intersectionality. Both artists will screen their work during the talk and discuss their experience as Sustainability Lab Fellows.

If you’d like to watch together in real life, please join us in the Marion L. Miller Gallery in the Mark Building.

RSVP is not required, but Zoom will ask virtual attendees to enter your name and email address before connecting. Join the Zoom webinar or use one of the other methods below to connect:

  • Webinar ID: 854 8252 9176 Passcode: 788466
  • Or One tap mobile: +12532050468,,85482529176#,,,,*788466# US
  • Or Telephone: +1 253 205 0468 US
  • International numbers available: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kCws3mXkw

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Justice and Joy: Transformational Identities in Art Zine-Making Workshop (Miller Gallery in Mark Building)

1:30-7:30 PM Justice and Joy: Transformational Identities in Art Zine-Making Activity (Museum lobby)
Heather O. Petrocelli, PhD, author of Queer for Fear: Horror Film and the Queer Spectator (2023) and Becky Emmert, PAM Head of Accessibility will facilitate a drop-in zine-making workshop, designed by artist Ariel Baska to celebrate iconic and intersectional heroes of the Disability movement while centering Neurodivergent, Disabled and Deaf kids, adults, and their families.

Dr. Heather O. Petrocelli conducts multidisciplinary independent scholarship across film studies, queer theory, and public history. This academic foundation, combined with a life-long horror obsession and experience studying, programming, making, and marketing film, informs their debut book Queer for Fear: Horror Film and the Queer Spectator (2023). A post-binary dyke scholar, Heather centers their own queerness in their work as they reveal, theorize, and render visible stories and experiences from the queer community.

4 – 7:30 p.m.  Monster Dice with Teaching Artist Fry (Schnitzer Sculpture Court)
Monster Dice is a game where artists roll a dice to randomly determine and draw various physical traits, eventually building a monster character of your very own to take home with you!

4 – 7:30 p.m. Pattern Palooza with Julz Clemetine (Future Now Exhibition)
Check out how artist Julz Clementine uses patterns in design and make your own colorful piece to hang in a window using multi-color shapes.


Free First Thursday tickets can be reserved online one week in advance and are also available at the door. Tickets to Free First Thursday programs at the Tomorrow Theater are available online.

NOTE: The previously planned event Crip Time, Hang Time has been postponed. We plan to offer it virtually in the future. If you’d like to be on the email list to receive updates about the event please sign up here.

Generous support provided by Art Bridges Foundation’s Access for All program.

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