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Vinnie D'Agostino

Friday Jazz at High Museum

One of our pet peeves is the presumptuous museum that only caters to daytime visitors.

Museum administrators must think that everyone can get to a museum between 10 a.m. (or noon) and 5 p.m. any day of the week.

Another assumption is that visitors want to navigate past yellow school buses and packs of students. Or, on weekends, squeeze past hordes of adults, all vying for a few, spare hours to experience visual art. That is 20th century thinking for a 21st century world. Especially when the metaverse threatens to put museums out of business.

So, when we visit the website for Atlanta’s High Museum, we get disheartened by the posted operating hours. We’re sure the response is, “But they don’t come at night.” We don’t want to hear it. We have marketed many non-profit arts organizations. Do better.

All that being said, the High Museum does stay open late one day a month for what it calls Friday Jazz. If you look hard enough on the website for “the leading art museum in the southeastern United States” you can even find details. No admission for museum members , “Not-yet-members” pay. Docent tours.

Oct. 21 features jazz artist Grant Green Jr. Multi-instrumentalist Vinnie D’Agostino (shown) will perform during the Nov. 18, 22 Friday Jazz event These programs appear to be the only late-night Friday events scheduled for the rest of the year and into 2023. Sigh.


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