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NMWA to Join AAMD Celebration of Art Museum Day

May 02 2013

Visitors are Encouraged to Share their Museum Experiences throughout the Celebrations via Social Media.

WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) announced today that it will offer free admission on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International 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. NMWA invites visitors to continue the conversation this year by sharing their perspectives via social media with the hashtag #artmuseumday.

“Art museums bring communities together and engage people of every background in the shared exploration of human expression across time and cultures,” said Chris Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD. “AAMD is so pleased that the National Museum of Women in the Arts is joining us in celebrating Art Museum Day and is encouraging everyone in the community to participate and share their experiences in a public forum.”

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 will be available on the AAMD website. Note that while AAMD’s Art Museum Day and ICOM’s International Museum Day are formally held each year on May 18, some institutions shift their celebrations to adjacent dates.

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