Programs & Events Calendar

Current Exhibition:

YUMMM! The History, Fantasy, and Future of Food

October 8, 2016 – September 3, 2017

AVAM's new visual feast YUMMM! features 34 visionary artists, joining forces with food scientists, farmers, nutritionists, environmental activists, psychologists, poets and humorists to publicly explore humankind's complex, multi-layered relationship with food.


Visionary News:

Experience Encantada

Encantada is the new restaurant located on AVAM's 3rd floor that features local Chesapeake cooking. Drawing on the importance of "roots," both creative and culinary, Encantada supports regional farms, ranches, and aqua-culture, thus nurturing the concept of sustainability. Experience this enchanted escape where boundaries are blurred and tastes are celebrated.

Visit or call 410-752-1000 for reservations or more info.


All Events

Saturday, December 10, 2016 • 10am-2pm • Cost: FREE! *Please bring 2 pairs (clean & colorful) socks & your own scissors!

Don't let the holidays drive you BANANAS! Relax by making your very own Sock Monkey–a great last-minute gift, and just something fun to do with the family. AVAM's huge sock monkey making extravaganza is FREE to attend, but you must bring your own socks (2 pair, clean & colorful) and scissors to get in. Instructions, stuffing, sewing needles, thread, visionary baubles and camaraderie will be provided. After your sock monkey is finished, stop by our main building and tour the current exhibits (regular admission applies. $2 off discount offered for Sock Monkey Sat. participants).

LOCATION: AVAM's Jim Rouse Visionary Center, 3rd Floor.

WHAT TO BRING: 2 pair, clean & colorful socks and your own scissors.

Winter Fire: A Solstice Yoga Celebration at AVAM
Sunday, December 18, 2016 • 6pm-7:30pm • Cost: FREE!

Join YogaWorks and the American Visionary Art Museum as we celebrate the winter solstice. This celebration of the zenith of the longest night signals the hope-filled return of brighter and longer days. YogaWorks and AVAM are bringing you this FREE yoga workshop led by the one and only Keith Golden.

LOCATION: AVAM's Jim Rouse Visionary Center

WHAT TO BRING: Bring your own yoga mats.

Weekend Walk-In: Fake Food Factory
Saturday, January 7, 2017 • 1pm–4pm $5 per participant • 2nd floor Classroom, JRVC

Join us for a hands-on, drop-in, art-making workshop once a month in the AVAM classroom! Our Education staff will help you explore new creative territory and make a project inspired by one of our beloved visionary artists. Supplies and boundless inspiration provided! All ages workshop, under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


AVAM celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!
Monday, January 16, 2017 • 10am-6:00pm • Cost: FREE!

A celebration in honor of the life and dreams of one of the greatest visionaries in America's history. Join us for guided tours, birthday cake, music, workshops, and special performances at this FREE, fun-filled day!

SHINY HAPPY THINGS Workshop with Bob Benson
Saturday, January 21, 2017 • 11am–2pm $55, $40 Members

Join the creator of the Blinged-Out "Universal Tree of Life" (shining outside of AVAM's Main Entrance) in making your own FLASHIES: dynamic, sparkling decorations made from mirrors and marbles and such. Each participant will receive instruction on cutting and assemblage and will leave this workshop with at least two finished decorations to keep and dangle.