America celebrates Thanksgiving tomorrow. On the eve of one of our favorite holidays we're thinking back to Smart Museum of Art's 2012 exhibition "Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art." It's not just about food and art - it's about the act of sharing and what that means across cultures.
Our favorite piece from the show was Michael Rakowitz' Enemy Kitchen, a food truck serving traditional Iraqi food, staffed by veterans of the Iraq war. Click through below to see Rakowitz talk about that amazing (and delicious, ahem) piece as well as dozens of other videos of artists talking radical hospitality.
This month's Community Impact Map is the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts! Each one of the dots on the below map represents one of the museum's 1,034 community partners across the state of Virginia, from other museums and nonprofits to K-12 schools. Yes, you read that right - one thousand thirty four community partners!
Click through to learn more about AAMD's Mapping program (available free to AAMD members!) and to see the VMFA's full map.
AAMD's mapping project provides a vivid illustration of museums’ reach across their communities. Participation is free and is highly encouraged by AAMD’s leadership. The project entails mapping the organizations that use museum services (e.g., schools, universities, human service agencies, etc.);…
Museums and Communities News is here! This month's edition is chock-full of examples of how art museums serve active military and veterans.
In November's edition:
- Madison Museum of Contemporary Art awarded for high rate of hiring veterans. Meet one of them, who says his job has given him back his dignity
- Currier Museum of Art providing scholarships for art classes to children of active military - and that's just one way this museum demonstrates their commitment to veterans and our servicemen and women
- Norman Rockwell Museum honors veterans with an exhibition, special programming, and free admission
- Multi-sensory experiences for visually impaired veterans (pictured) are just one facet of the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block's partnership with their local VA hospital
- Philadelphia Museum of Art's Veterans Empowered through Art program uses repeated museum visits and art-making to provide therapy to military veterans
- Akron Art Museum's Inside|Out takes the museum's art into the Akron community
- American Folk Art Museum and LaGuardia Community College partner to work toward a more diverse art museum field
- Vero Beach Museum of Art's #MoonshotMoment uses art to work toward an important literacy goal
We're delighted to announce the second phase of our partnership with United Negro College Fund to foster diversity in the art museum field. The initiative will place 14 college juniors from private and public historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in major American art museums for semester-long, paid internships to introduce them to the art museum field and help prepare them for leadership roles in the future.
We are enormously grateful to National Endowment for the Arts, Christie's, Susan and David Rockefeller, Jr., and David Rockefeller for their support of this initiative.
Birmingham Museum of Art
Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries
Columbia Museum of Art
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Hampton University Museum
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
The Mint Museum
Mississippi Museum of Art
National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution
New Orleans Museum of Art
Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
The Phillips Collection
VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
The Walters Art Museum
UNCF (the United Negro College Fund) and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) are launching the second phase of a nationwide program to foster diversity in the art museum field. The initiative will place 14 college juniors from private and public historically black colleges and universitie…