Columbus Museum to celebrate Art Museum Day | Arts & Culture
The Columbus Museum will offer free drop-in-tours on May 18 and the Rothschild Distinguished Speaker Series on May 16 as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day.
Last year, the Columbus Museum – along with more than 120 other AAMD member museums across North America—participated in Art Museum Day.
In 2012, AAMD launched an initiative encouraging visitors of all ages to share their experiences of Art Museum Day through social media. Last year’s event prompted an outpouring of responses with tweets, “check-ins” via FourSquare, and personal responses from across North America. The Columbus Museum invites visitors to continue the conversation this year by sharing pictures of their visit to the Museum with the caption “I visit my art museum because…” via social media with the hashtag #artmuseumday.
To accompany the Museum’s current exhibition, Winslow Homer in America, Dr. Elizabeth Johns, Professor Emerita of Art History, University of Pennsylvania, will provide an illustrated lecture on Homer's life, the culture of his era as seen in his wood engravings, and his development as an artist, as part of the Rothschild Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, May 16 at 6:15pm in the Patrick Theater of the Columbus Museum.
Celebrate Art Museum Day at the Columbus Museum on Saturday, May 18 from 10am-3pm and enjoy free drop-in-tours of the Museum’s permanent collection and temporary exhibits Parasols, Purses, & Petticoats, Center for Culture, and Homer in America. Visitors that check-in on Foursquare will receive a 20% discount off their purchase in the Museum Shop.
“Museums are wonderful places. You learn new things and discover ways to see things anew. The one--on- one experience a museum affords you is unique, especially in this age of virtual everything and the best part is you can return and do it all again tomorrow,” said Tom Butler, Director of the Columbus Museum. “All across the United States this celebration of Art Museum Day is a reminder of the great treasures to be found in our nation’s museums, both small and large. All of these museums were established in public trust and operated for the benefit of every one in our community.
“At the Columbus Museum our doors are open, admission is free and our collections, exhibitions, and activities are always changing. What are you waiting for? Don’t settle for virtual …come be part of the essential and real world of art and history… at your museum.”
Art Museum Day emphasizes the essential role that art museums play in their communities, highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in the wide-ranging programs offered by AAMD member museums.
These member institutions—located across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—include regional museums as well as large international museums. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). AAMD’s Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America, as part of ICOM’s global celebration.
A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums is available on the AAMD website (http://www.aamd.org/). As an American art and regional history museum, the Columbus Museum offers a diverse collection to the public. For more information about the Columbus Museum please visit www.columbusmuseum.com.