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Make this the Best Summer at the Dayton Art Institute!

Join the DAI for a summer full of incredible art, programs and events!

Be sure to check out our Exhibitions Page to see all available Special and Focus Exhibitions!

Experience the Exhibition: Riveting Metal Works

June 22, 1 p.m. | August 24, 1 p.m.

Featured Gallery / Exhibition: Special Exhibition: Riveting: Women Artists from the Sara M. and Michelle Vance Waddell Collection

Make a metal sculpture that is absolutely riveting! Learn the process of hand riveting metal sheets together to create colorful expressions in anodized aluminum and metal wire working. Cut, bend and form your way to fun!
Ages: 18 and up
Cost: $35 members, $45 non-members

REGISTER HERE 

Experience the Exhibition: Hopper Home Building

July 27, 1 p.m.

Featured Gallery / Exhibition: Special Exhibition: The Quiet World of Edward Hopper 

Build the home of your dreams with this innovative and whimsical approach to American architecture! Learn the multitude of sculptural approaches to constructing with cardboard while adding texture, color and your own personal style with watercolors and paper. This is your window of opportunity to raise the roof with friends and open new doors to creative ideas!
Ages: 18 and up
Cost: $35 members, $45 non-members

REGISTER HERE 

Friday Fun Night

July 12, 5:30 p.m. | August 9, 5:30 p.m.

A laidback, guided art-making opportunity for adults to unwind from a long week. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
Ages: 18+
Cost: $20 members, $25 non-members

Art in Motion: Summer Film Series

Select Thursdays and Sundays all summer!

Night At the Museum: June 13, 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. Organ Concert) | June 16, 2 p.m. (1:30 p.m. Organ Concert)
Thelma & Louise (R): July 25, 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. Organ Concert) | July 28, 2 p.m. (1:30 p.m. Organ Concert)
Grease (Sing along): August 22, 6 p.m. (5:30 p.m. Organ Concert) | August 25, 2 p.m. (1:30 p.m. Organ Concert)

Escape the summer heat and kick back with these fan-favorite films! The DAI proudly presents the Summer Film Series! Included with the price of admission, guests can now watch a movie in the museum’s Mimi and Stuart Rose Auditorium. Be sure to arrive early to catch Matt Dierking from the Dayton Chapter of the American Guild of Organists perform related music before the show. Cash bar provided.
Ages: All
Cost: Included with Admission, Free for Members

More information here!

Lunch on the Lawn

July 14, noon–5 p.m.

Join the DAI for an afternoon of art, outdoor activities, delicious food, and great music in a beautiful setting. The museum invites guests to bring blankets and chairs to set out on the museum grounds and enjoy a Sunday Lunch on the Lawn. The DAI will provide lawn games and live music for entertainment. Guests are welcome to purchase lunch from the food trucks that will be parked in the museum parking lot. Attending the outdoor activities is free of charge. Those purchasing admission to the museum will have access to the galleries and will receive sidewalk chalk to decorate the museum parking lot and a “Take and Make” art activity.
Ages: All
Cost: Free for Outdoor Activities, Standard Admission for the museum
Food Trucks: Kungfu BBQ, The Wild Banana

BYO Blankets and chairs. Guests may bring their own lawn games (no sharp objects permitted, no yard games allowed in the museum)

Art For All Day

June 30, All Day

During “Art For All” Days, the Dayton Art Institute will offer free admission to all museum guests, including special and focus collections.

Sponsors:
Benefactor Sponsor
Charles F. Kettering Foundation
Sustaining Sponsor
The RubiGirls: Dayton’s Charitable Drag Troupe
Director Level Sponsor
Karen & Eric Spina

Plan your visit!

Bob Ross Auto Group presents Jazz & Beyond Concert Series

Big Gil & His Funky All Stars (Funk): July 11, 5:30 p.m
Daniel Bennett and the Dirty Shirleys (Swing Jazz): August 8, 5:30 p.m. 

Enjoy the best in live music, performed on select Thursday evenings at the beautiful Dayton Art Institute! Cash bar available for beverages.
Doors open at 5 p.m.
Ages: All
Cost: included in Museum Admission, Free for Members

More information here!

Summer Art Camp

Introduce your children to the world of art through Summer Art Camps at the DAI. Campers explore the museum with fun gallery games, new interdisciplinary art lessons, creative art projects and more. These half-day or week-long camps, taking place during June, July and August, are tailored to a variety of age groups and feature many different art activities.

Children will learn and get inspired by the museum’s collection and create their own masterpieces using 2D and 3D art-making techniques in our studios. Kids entering 1st grade through 9th grade will have fun all summer long in weekly, mixed-media art camps.

Camps run June 24 through July 22, please check here for more information and specific camp start and end dates.

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