To honor and celebrate Quad Citizens who have stepped up to support the community throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, the Figge Art Museum is offering free admission to all essential workers this week through Saturday.

Figge Offers Free Admission to Quad-Cities Essential Workers This Week

The Figge Art Museum is 225 W. 2nd St., Davenport.

“Quite simply, we would not have gotten through the past year without the heroic efforts of our community’s essential workers — from medical personnel to teachers to grocery store workers. Day in and day out, these Quad Citizens have consistently made sacrifices for our region,” said Figge Executive Director and CEO Michelle Hargrave. “Their efforts are to be commended and we hope this small token of appreciation will bring a bright spot to a trying year.”

The weeklong celebration is made possible thanks to sponsorship by WVIK—Quad Cities NPR.

The free week comes during an exciting time at the Figge. Currently, the downtown Davenport art museum is hosting the major, traveling exhibition For America: 200 Years of Painting from the National Academy of Design.

The exhibition of renowned 19th and 20th century of American masterpieces invites visitors to the museum to see how Americans portrayed themselves, and the land, over the past two centuries. It is an unprecedented look at the history of American painting—written by its makers.

Figge Offers Free Admission to Quad-Cities Essential Workers This Week

Michelle Hargrave is executive director and CEO of the Figge.

“America is resilient, as demonstrated in For America, and essential workers have been at the forefront of resiliency this past year,” said Figge Assistant Curator Vanessa Sage. “We are hopeful the Figge will provide solace and connection as we forge ahead.”

Healthcare workers, firefighters, law enforcement, educators, grocery store, food service workers and all other essential workers are invited to visit the Figge free of charge anytime during the free admission week. A work badge or proof of employment will be required to receive free admission.

The Figge (225 W. 2nd St., Davenport) is one of the safest places to visit right now due to the strict safety protocols in place. It is a time for visitors to enjoy the artwork without the hassle of crowds in a rare, VIP-like experience. For the health and safety of all who visit the museum, masks are currently required.

Museum hours are 10 a.m.­­-5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. on Thursdays; and 12-5 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made at www.figgeartmuseum.org or by calling 563-345-6632.

Regular admission to the museum is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors and students with ID and $4 children ages 4- 12. Admission is free to Figge members and institutional members and to all on Thursday evenings. To contact the museum, call 563-326-7804, or visit www.figgeartmuseum.org.

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Figge Offers Free Admission to Quad-Cities Essential Workers This Week
Jonathan Turner has been covering the Quad-Cities arts scene for 25 years, first as a reporter with the Dispatch and Rock Island Argus, and then as a reporter with the Quad City Times. Jonathan is also an accomplished actor and musician who has been seen frequently on local theater stages, including the Bucktown Revue and Black Box Theatre.