NE Ohio art museum launches free Thursdays

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — An innovative art museum in northeast Ohio will offer free gallery admission on Thursdays to attract more fans to its collection.

The Free Thursday program starts this week at the Akron Art Museum. Normal adult admission is $7.

The museum says the Free Thursday programming sponsored by the J.M. Smucker Co. jelly maker based in Orrville is meant to make art relevant to audiences of all ages.

The first Free Thursday will include morning yoga for preschoolers and an evening documentary film about on a retired postal worker and his librarian wife who collected thousands of art works.

Herb and Dorothy Vogel are donating 2,500 works from their collection, with items going to one museum in each state. Fifty were allocated to the Akron museum.

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