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Posted on: February 3, 2017

February 3 First Friday Art Walk Includes Re-Opening of Portland Museum of Art & Free Street Closure

The February 3 First Friday Art Walk will feature the re-opening of the Portland Museum of Art. The PMA, in close collaboration with the Friends of Congress Square Park, METRO, Creative Portland, and the Greater Portland Convention + Visitors Bureau, has programmed the evening with activities to create a block-party atmosphere. Because of this, Free Street will be closed to vehicles from High Street to Oak Street between 5:00 PM and 10:00 PM. This will create a safe, pedestrian friendly, and accessible celebration centered on the Lights Across Congress. Congress Street will remain open to vehicles. 

Today, the PMA reopens after being closed for more than four weeks, welcoming visitors and members into a completely reinstalled and re-envisioned museum, signaling the successful completion of its massive multi-year project, Your Museum, Reimagined.

The countdown to the unveiling of the new PMA begins tonight at 6:00 PM. with Lights Across Congress, a special event that brings together more than 20 community organizations, businesses, and supporters to present a massive 130-foot-wide cinematic performance on the museum’s façade, promising to be the Maine arts event of the year. Lights Across Congress serves as a public countdown to the reopening of the PMA, and at the end of the performance the museum will open its doors and welcome visitors to the entirely new and reimagined PMA for free.

Lights Across Congress includes one of the largest multidimensional projections in Portland’s history, made possible through generous support from Unum as well as through partnerships with Headlight AV, p3, and the City of Portland. To celebrate the reopening of the museum, the projection will light up the façade of the PMA with an extraordinary and colorful animated sequence that people will remember for years to come. 

There will be two performances of Lights Across Congress, the first promptly at 6:30 PM followed by the reopening of the museum, and the second shortly after 8:00 PM. Visible countdowns to both performances begin an hour beforehand.

Many more community partners will be involved—including ice sculptors, food trucks, and the Friends of Congress Square Park—to make Lights Across Congress a festive winter carnival environment and a true party. 

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