Montclair Art Museum Opens the Cornerstone Café and Debuts a New, No-Registration-Required Friday Program
Exciting news from the Montclair Art Museum (MAM)! The new Cornerstone Café made its debut last week when it opened to the public for the first time. Cornerstone features a full menu of coffee, tea, espresso-based drinks, and pastries.
Located on the first floor, Cornerstone is nicely situated near the coatroom, with tables and a seating area strewn with art-related reading materials---and of course, there’s wifi.The new cafe is staffed by individuals from the Montclair High School transition program and Jewish Vocational Services of Metrowest and is open on Fridays from 10 am to 4 pm.
The opening of Cornerstone is part of the museum’s new free-entry Friday program, which basically invites visitors in to experience the museum in a relaxed, open, inclusive, artistically expansive space.
While traditionally MAM’s galleries have been free to visitors on Fridays, the new program is unprecedented in the museum’s history—and coffee is the cornerstone of it all. (smile/wink)
On Fridays, visitors are encouraged to bring laptops to the museum’s remote workspace to work in the new media lab. In addition, from 2 pm to 6 pm, the galleries are open for sketching. And for the kids, there are family-friendly scavenger hunts from 10 am to 6 pm.
In a setting where there is coffee, art, sketchpads, books, and various types of digital media, so many good things can happen. And as MAM stated in its press release, “As a new and visionary initiative, Cornerstone Café at MAM will offer coffee and pastries to Museum visitors and members, while also ensuring that everyone feels included and valued in spaces dedicated to art."