WORCESTER ART MUSEUM (WAM) TO JOIN IN ASSOCIATION OF ART MUSEUM DIRECTORS CELEBRATION OF ART MUSEUM DAY ON MAY 18th 2012 WITH FREE ADMISSION
VISITORS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO PARTICPATE BY SHARING THEIR MUSEUM EXPERIENCES DURING THE CELEBRATIONS
(Worcester, MA) — Worcester Art Museum announced that it will offer free admission on Friday, May 18, 2012 11 am to 5 pm as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day on Friday, May 18, 2012. In 2011, WAM—along with more than 100 other AAMD member museums across North America—participated in International Museum Day.
In recognition of the important role museums play in their communities, WAM will encourage visitors to share their museum experiences during Art Museum Day on a special printed form available at the museum and via social media in a collective public response.
“WAM is an important institution to Worcester and serves as a gate to the continually growing cultural community across the globe.” said WAM Director Matthias Waschek.
“Art museums create opportunities for the public to engage directly with works of art in new and meaningful ways—from transformative educational initiatives to innovative public partnerships.” said Chris Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD. “AAMD believes that art should be accessible and relevant to all, and we are so pleased that WAM is joining with us and the global community of museums to celebrate the role museums play in their communities and to encourage visitors to share their museum experiences.”
Participation in the international event highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in wide-ranging programs and record their encounters with works of art.
AAMD member museums—located across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—include regional museums as well as large international institutions. 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 of museums.
A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums will be available in the newsroom of the AAMD website (http://www.aamd.org/newsroom/). Note that while AAMD’s Art Museum Day and ICOM’s International Museum Day is formally held each year on May 18th, some institutions shift their celebrations to adjacent dates.