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Members Choose May’s MAM After Dark Theme at Milwaukee Art Museum

Posted on January 17th, 2019

-As the Museum announces the next six months of its popular social event, Members can vote to choose the May theme.-

Milwaukee, Wis. – January 17, 2019 – The Milwaukee Art Museum has hosted MAM After Dark events sponsored by Northwestern Mutual for a decade, but as the Museum looks for fresh themes for the year ahead, Members will have the opportunity to pick a theme (and make suggestions for the upcoming year).

Starting Jan. 18 at MAM After Dark: Salsa & Spice, Members can vote in-person for May’s MAM After Dark theme, choosing from a list of 10 options. All Museum Members will receive an invitation to vote for May’s theme via email, with voting running through March 15 at the MAM After Dark: Quiet Clubbing event.

“We’ve always valued the feedback we receive from our Members and tried to incorporate their ideas into events and programming,” said Rachel Bellmer, Membership Manager, Milwaukee Art Museum. “But choosing a MAM After Dark theme really allows this trend-savvy crowd to make the Museum their own, even more than they ever have before.”

MAM After Dark is an after-hours party that caters to Milwaukee’s young professionals, held on the third Friday of almost every month, with hiatus in July and December, after the Museum closes for regular admission hours.

“Whether you want to learn to salsa dance under the wings, do a scavenger hunt through the Collection or have a cocktail with an inspiration chaser, it’s always a one-of-a-kind event,” said Krista Renfrew, Director of Special Events, Milwaukee Art Museum. “It’s an arty party for someone looking for a fun night out that may not have visited the Museum before and a brand new way to experience the Museum for our regular visitors.”

Every event features music, cocktails, DIY crafts, a photo booth from Front Room Photography, team trivia from Quizmasters Trivia and unconventional art tours, in addition to activities that correspond to the month’s theme. This year’s schedule has returning favorites, including Quiet Clubbing and Lakefront After Dark, as well as new themes that relate to feature exhibitions.

MAM After Dark is sponsored throughout the year by Northwestern Mutual.

Media sponsors include MKE Lifestyle, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee and OnMilwaukee.

For more information, visit mam.org/afterdark.

Upcoming MAM After Dark Parties

Salsa & Spice

Friday, January 18, 7 p.m.–11 p.m.

Things are heating up with music from De La Buena, professional salsa dancers from Mezclando Milwaukee, hot sauce tasting, tequila sampling from Stand Eat Drink, and more.

Admission is $14 at the door, $12 in advance and free for Members.

Glitz & Glamour

Friday, February 15, 7 p.m.–11 p.m.

Guests are invited to bring their gal-entines and pal-entines for a night of old-world glam with Alliance Francaise, paired tastings from Kilwins chocolates and Balzac wines and more, while exploring Bouguereau & America on its first day open to the public.  

Admission is $14 at the door, $12 in advance and free for Members.


Quiet Clubbing

Friday, March 15, 7 p.m.–11 p.m.

Oops, we did it again—guests can choose their favorite throwback tunes on wireless headphones at this popular event with diverse DJs Bizzon, Why B and Kenny Perez.

Admission is $14 at the door, $12 in advance and free for Members.


Local Talent

Friday, April 19, 7 p.m.–11 p.m.

Guests join Summerfest on-site while discovering a new favorite MKE musician, exploring Wisconsin art, and turning up the hometown pride.

Admission is $14 at the door, $12 in advance and free for Members.


Members’ Choice

Friday, May 17, 7 p.m.–11 p.m.

Members pick the theme!

Admission is $14 at the door, $12 in advance and free for Members.


Lakefront After Dark

Friday, June 21, 5 p.m.–10 p.m.

An outdoor party under the glow of the Museum’s wings, with live music, food carts, and a lakeside beer garden. Presented in partnership with Friends of Art.

Included with Friday admission tickets to Lakefront Festival of Art



Friday, August 16, 7 p.m.–11 p.m.

Guests can sample the urban playground that inspired artist James Nares and the ‘70s and ‘80s no wave scene.

Admission is $14 at the door, $12 in advance and free for Members.