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Speed Art Museum kicks off expansion with Lights Off/Future On

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To celebrate the beginning of the Speed's unprecedented $50 million expansion project, the Museum presents a weekend of festivities with Lights Off/Future On. Combining a variety of popular Museum programs into three exciting days, the schedule of events includes:

Public Groundbreaking on Friday, September 21 at 5:30p

Family Fun Happenings on Saturday, September 22 from 10:00a to 5:00p

Patron Circle's annual 100/100 event from 7:30 p.m. until 11:00 p.m.

Brown-Forman Art After Dark: Lights Off on Saturday, September 22 from 11:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

The weekend will conclude with a final public viewing day on Sunday, September 23 from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Groundbreaking Ceremony - Friday, September 21, 5:30 p.m.
Join local officials and members of the Speed's Board of Trustees and Governors for an official groundbreaking to commence the Museum's expansion project. The ceremony will also include performances by the Sandpaper Dolls and the University of Louisville Cardinal Marching Band. The groundbreaking ceremony is free and open to the public.

Family Fun Happenings - Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Art Sparks will be the centerpiece of this day of family events. Festivities will feature a Cupcake Creation Café & Ice Cream Emporium, courtesy of The Comfy Cow. Entrainment will also include performances by Mom's RockSchool, a family portrait art activity and films from the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. In addition, families will be invited to create their own t-shirt or bumper sticker, sponsored by Café Press and a special Paintball Painting station for teens will be held on the Museum's lawn. Delicious goodies will be available for purchase from food trucks and Quills Coffee. All family day happenings are included with Museum general admission: free for members, $10 for non-members.

100/100 Event - Saturday, September 22, 7:30 to 11 p.m.
This year, 100/100 presents a party to begin all others, featuring the music of DJ Jaleel Bunton, a member of the alternative rock band TV on the Radio. Beginning at 7:30, join us for cocktails, delectable edibles, irresistible music, and a captivating dance floor. For just one night, accessible only to 100/100 guests, the evening culminates with the ultimate art experience that people will be talking about for years to come. Tickets are free for Patron Circle Members, $175 for non-members and are available by calling 502.634.2704. 100/100 is presented with support by Wells Fargo Advisors with media sponsorship provided by The Voice Tribune.

Brown-Forman Art After Dark: Lights Off - Saturday, September 22, 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Brown-Forman Art After Dark: Lights Off presents an evening of Museum-wide art, music, and performance that invites visitors to experience the Speed like never before. The party will kick off with music by the legendary DJ Scratch, acknowledged as one of the greatest DJs of all time and in 2006 honored in The Source Magazine as a Hip Hop Icon. The evening will also feature video mapping projections on the façade and interior of the Museum created by Jonathan Klingenfus, Andrew Vititoe, Tim Furnish and Ryan Daly. Other offerings include performances by Le Petomane Theatre Ensemble, in-gallery bowling, glow in the dark face painting, food trucks and much more… Admission is $5 for members, $15 for non-members. Pre-purchase tickets at the Museum's Welcome Desk beginning August 24.

Final Viewing Day - Sunday, September 23, 12 to 5 p.m.
The Speed opens its doors to the public for a final day of viewing from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Visitors can learn about the future of the new Museum in the exhibitions Unveiling the New Speed: A Model of the Future and preview the new Art Park in Inside|Out. Also on view will be the Speed's recently acquired Kentucky Sideboard in A Kentucky Masterpiece Unveiled! and Souvenirs of Europe: An Early Kentucky Artist Collects. Families will be invited to play and create in Art Sparks interactive gallery one last time before expansion begins! Admission is free for members, $10 for non-members.

About the Speed Art Museum

The Speed Art Museum is Kentucky's largest art museum with a collection that spans 6,000 years of human creativity. An independent museum located on the campus of the University of Louisville, the Speed plays an important role in the cultural and educational life of the region serving more than 30,000 school children annually through community outreach programs, workshops, tours, summer camps, and the award winning Art Sparks interactive gallery. The Museum was recently awarded reaccreditation awarded by the American Association of Museums (AAM). Accreditation recognizes high standards in individual museums and ensures that museums continue to uphold their public trust. The Speed is currently undergoing a multi-phase expansion and renovation that includes a new North Building, Art Park and a public piazza. To view a virtual tour or for more information visit www.speedmuseum.org

Museum hours through September 23, 2012 are Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Friday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (open late); Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Galleries are closed on Monday and Tuesday.

General admission to the Museum is $10, free for members.

The Speed Art Museum
2035 South Third Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40208-1803
(502) 634-2700
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