Are you a performer, vendor, organization or just inspired and interested in making Third Thursdays amazing? Please contact us with your vision for getting involved.

Third Thursday programs occur (surprise!) the third Thursday of every month from 6-9 p.m. It’s your not-so-quiet night at the museum where art and local talents meet for a lively night of free entertainment. Third Thursday spotlights the wonderful musicians, community organizations and local businesses from the Kansas City area while drawing attention to the artwork, galleries and exhibitions at the museum.

Project Considerations: If you are a community member interested in participating in Third Thursday, please fill out the idea form below after reading these parameters:

  • Third Thursday activities are designed for adults.
  • Most activities take place inside the museum which means limitations on materials such as animals and plants, sticky items, ability to affix things to walls, etc. June’s Third Thursday is outdoors so we may consider special activities then.
  • We may be able to accommodate an outdoor activity during an indoor Third Thursday, so please send your idea regardless; you never know what we can make happen!
  • Categories include:
    • Special Tour
      • Example: KCAI students stationed at objects throughout the galleries to engage visitors in deeper conversation about the objects and their original contexts.
      • Example: Self-guided tour on Impressionist works
    • Community Spotlight
      • Example: reStart Inc. had a table promoting their organization, an email sign-up sheet and they collected adult pajamas for people aging out of the foster care system.
      • Example: The Re:Dream Project, courtesy of KCPT, promoted their national project on examining changing opportunities in the 21st century through a photo op, a white picket fence that visitors could write their dreams on and swag giveaways.
    • Performance
      • Examples: bands, DJs, lip sync battle, limbo contest, cultural dance groups. Please note, no accommodations will be made for travel.

Please fill out this idea form to submit your idea for Third Thursday participation. Be sure to read the parameters stated above.


  • Please include how many people it accommodates, space/equipment/supplies needed, how it relates to the museum, art, creativity or Kansas City and any other appropriate details.