Museums and Communities News
March 2014

Following is our monthly roundup of stories demonstrating the myriad ways AAMD member museums serve their communities.  


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Map of the Month

Allen Memorial Art Museum

Oberlin, OH



AAMD's mapping project provides a vivid illustration of museums' reach across their communities.  Participation is free and available to all AAMD members, including museums in Mexico and Canada. If you are interested in having your museum services mapped please contact Andy Finch.


Out to Art at the Yale Center for British Art

Since 2009, the Yale Center for British Art Education staff has developed art museum educational programming with Residential Education at Chapel Haven (REACH), New Haven, CT. Chapel Haven provides lifelong, individualized support services for adults with developmental and social disabilities, enabling them to live independent and productive lives. "Out to Art" provides REACH students, ages 18 and older, with a wide range of museum activities and experiential learning opportunities. More information on Out to Art is available at AAMD's website.


Frist Center Provides Programs, Free Memberships for Military & Families

From The Tennessean: The Frist Center for Visual Arts is providing special opportunities for active military, veterans and their families surrounding the exhibition Steve Mumford's War Journals, 2003-2013. On February 27 veterans and active military attended a preview event for the exhibition that included an artist talk with Mumford. Frist docents have also received special training to prepare them for potentially emotional responses from exhibition visitors with military experience. Many of these programs are thanks to museum volunteer Genma Holmes, who also started the Military Fund at the Frist Center, which offers memberships to military families at no cost.


The Phillips Collection's uCurate Turns Visitors into Curators

The Phillips Collection debuted an interactive initiative in support of the exhibition Made in the USA. "uCurate," an interactive curatorial experience first launched at the Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute, will allow visitors of all ages to create a digital 'hang' of works using touchscreens in the galleries. The museum has rendered two of its gallery spaces in the virtual sense, and guests can relax in the exhibition's soft-seated digital lounge to experiment with the program. Users can do everything from deciding on the color of the walls, to choosing which paintings to hang and where to place them. Everything is done to scale and the program is much like gaming technology. More information is available at The Phillips Collection's website.



Detroit Institute of Arts Provides Free Bus Service

On specific dates in March and April the Detroit Institute of Arts is providing free bus service to the museum for residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties, the three counties that voted to support the DIA with a regional millage. Residents of the three counties will also receive discounted admission to the special exhibition  Samurai: Beyond the Sword on each county's respective day. Museum admission is always free for citizens of Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.



Georgia Museum of Art Hosts Young Scholars Symposium
The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia will host an emerging scholars symposium, "While Silent, They Speak: Art and Diplomacy," March 28-29. Organized by the Association of Graduate Art Students (AGAS) at UGA, the symposium will be held in conjunction with the exhibition Art Interrupted: Advancing American Art and the Politics of Cultural Diplomacy.  Nine emerging scholars will present at the symposium on topics such as 1950s Soviet-American cultural exchange, fear-driven artistic diplomacy in Eugène Delacroix's work, and Franco-American artistic diplomacy on the eve of World War II. The symposium is free and open to the public.