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University of Maine Museum of Art to offer trivia program

BANGOR The University of Maine Museum of Art is set to kick off a new programming series aimed at bringing people of all stripes to the museum to test their knowledge and have some fun.

The series, dubbed 'BrainyArt,' takes its inaugural bow on Sept. 8 at UMMA. The evening is set to run from 6-8 p.m. Suggestion donation is $5 and the event is 21+.

'BrainyArt is a new social and educational event series at the museum,' said UMMA Education Coordinator Kat Johnson. 'Every two to three months, the museum will open its doors after hours to host a trivia night that tests your knowledge of not only art history, but technical aspects of fine art, color theory, visual puzzles and the like.'

An event such as this one is an opportunity for the museum to reach out and engage with the community in a different sort of way.

'We are always seeking new ways to engage diverse groups,' Johnson said. '[UMMA Director] George [Kinghorn] and I thought BrainyArt would be a great way to get young professionals into the museum. These trivia nights have a fun and social element, but they also teach attendees a little about the museum, art and art-making in general.'

And don't be intimidated by the fact that the trivia is art-based. Sure, knowing your Monet from your Manet probably won't hurt, but BrainyArt is intended to be inclusive.

'Honestly - this is for everyone,' said Johnson. 'You don't need to be an artist or art historian to do well. We've worked hard to include questions that the average person would know the answer to and have included things like visual puzzles and an individual creative challenge as well.'

The event will also include drinks and snacks. Additionally, this kickoff event will feature something UMMA is calling 'Ticket to Wine' a wine taste-test challenge to see how well people know their vino varieties adding a little something extra to this debut happening.

Speaking of a little something extra, a local performer has signed on to serve as the BrainyArt host; while Arty Skullingsworth is not available to be in-house for this initial evening, he will be addressing the crowd via video.

And lest we forget, there are winnings to be won. There will be prizes given to the winning team, as well as one for the individual winner of the creative challenge. Also, there will be a trophy prominently displayed at the UMMA front desk where the winning team name will be prominently displayed.

But trivia and prizes and wine aside, the ultimate purpose of BrainyArt is to give community members a new and different way to experience the museum while also giving them a good time. It's a chance to celebrate one of the area's most valuable institutions.

'This is a great way to see the galleries after hours, have fun and learn something,' Johnson said. 'Bring your friends and join the fun!'

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