Open and Free: On Arts, Democracy, and Inequality

Read Ford Foundation President Darren Walker's address from the AAMD Mid-Winter Meeting in Mexico City, January 2015

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Museum Director Highlight: Sharon Corwin

The director of the Colby College Museum of Art on drawing inspiration from museum visitors, Maine's creative economy, and more.

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In Tacoma, Blankets Become Sculpture

The Tacoma Art Museum and artist Marie Watt collected more than 350 blankets from the community to create a sculpture now installed outside the museum.

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From Wharton's Age of Innocence (published 1920 but set in 1870s): a hidden joke about the @metmuseum #WorldBookDay http://t.co/zrxeF7G1Qz

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Happy #WorldBookDay! A fave #museums quote from I, Claudius author Robert Graves @britishmuseum http://t.co/BJabYEwODV

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The @orientalinst at @UChicago has released a statement on cultural destruction in Iraq: http://t.co/CTKSYzuf9n

Penn Museum RT

On Wed 3/11, our conservators in the @pennartifactlab are answering your questions on @Reddit: http://t.co/qdAyIz86aW http://t.co/MfvgpA7218

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#Museums - have you signed up for #MuseumWeek? 7 hashtags-7 days March 23-29 #museSocial https://t.co/XmhXDb7cYt http://t.co/g6FyUb32R2

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Saralyn Reece Hardy: "The #arts are the thread between education, access, and the zest." @kcurCST #artsfunding

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Saralyn Reece Hardy: "Public funding for the arts--particularly state funding--is about access." @kcurCST

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.@ROMtoronto director @janetcarding is moving to...Tasmania! Congratulations, North America will miss you. http://t.co/a98CQXeJXZ

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In response to cultural destruction at the Mosul Museum, Iraq reopens National Museum of Iraq in Baghdad http://t.co/bpcccoHja2

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@ninaksimon here is our Participatory Museum #shelfie! http://t.co/KidLvfRfTN

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"Ah, well--. Some day, I suppose, it will be a great museum." Happy #WorldBookDay! Found in Edith Wharton's classic novel The Age of Innocence: a hidden winking joke about our friends The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The novel was published in 1920 but takes place in the 1870s, when The Met was brand-new. (World Book Day bonus museum/literature trivia: The Age of Innocence was likely named after a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds, now in Tate's collections!)

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"Without the past, we cannot understand our present, and without understanding our present, we cannot plan for our future." The Oriental Institute- University of Chicago has released a statement on cultural destruction in Iraq.

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"Simply put: Less art leads to more inequality." We were so lucky to have Ford Foundation President Darren Walker address our meeting in Mexico City last month. His inspiring speech, "Open and Free: On Arts, Democracy, and Inequality," is now available in full on our website!

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New on AAMD's website: meet Colby College Museum of Art director Sharon Corwin, who has led the museum since 2006 and joined AAMD in 2011. Click through to learn about how the museum has grown since Corwin took the helm; how she draws inspiration from the museum's visitors; and Maine's diverse creative economy.

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Two BLACK Peoples? Wow