February 28 and March 1 marked Museum Advocacy Day, an event organized by the American Association of Museums to give people the opportunity to show their support for community museums and push for their consideration in government. The #MuseumAdvocacy hashtag became a viral venue for museum memories, so we’ve collected the best tweets here.
Events during the day in Washington DC included working lunches with state representatives and breakfast with congress members and museum leaders. In the online component of the event, superstar museum advocate @MuseumNerd helped to reach out to institutions and museum-goers alike to share their thoughts on why museums are important, and share their own personal experiences.
Here are some of our favorite #MuseumAdvocacy tweets:
Museums are economic engines! For every $1 a gov’t appropriates, an average of $7 is returned in tax dollars! That’s #ROI! #MuseumsAdvocacy
— Museum Nerd / Museo Nerd (@museumnerd) March 1, 2011
#MuseumsAdvocacy Day isn’t just on twitter. 300 (!) museum advocates are on Capitol Hill today to lobby congress thanks to @AAMers!
— Museum Nerd / Museo Nerd (@museumnerd) March 1, 2011
Museums care for things that illustrate what it means to be human. Support @AAMers #MuseumsAdvocacy @museumnerd
— Emily Lytle-Painter (@MuseumofEmily) March 1, 2011
Museums help bridge communities. They promote understanding, cooperation, and exploration #museumadvocacy
— Melissa Mannon (@archivesinfo) March 1, 2011
I took a 3yo into a docent-only exhibit, then to see fossils. He asked if I could go around the entire museum with him. #MuseumAdvocacy
— ala (@ala_away) March 1, 2011
Did you know many museums provide free resources to school teachers and home school parents? Museums ARE Education. #museumadvocacy
— POPinDC (@POPinDC) February 28, 2011
Museums = mirrors, cultural heritage centers, curiosity cabinets, dialogues, design, histories, preservation. Indispensable! #museumadvocacy
— Adriene Katz (@appleandthebee) March 2, 2011
I would not be an artist today if not for my first trip to the High Museum in Atlanta #MuseumAdvocacy
— Jonathan Harwell-Dye (@jondyeart) March 2, 2011
@museumnerd #MuseumAdvocacy The Met, the Art Institute of Chicago & the New Pinokothek are three places where I feel safe and at peace
— Christine Friedman (@christineabf) March 2, 2011
#museumadvocacy happy memories of being 7 & losing myself in Escher’s work at Gemeente Museum in The Hague
— Natasha M (@nrem_nrem) March 2, 2011
Museums show us how to say what verbal language can not. #museumadvocacy
— Michael McKee (@moydanart) March 1, 2011
For my own piece of #MuseumAdvocacy, I wouldn’t be writing about art today if it weren’t for my experiences at the Aldrich Museum’s high school ArtLab program. My time there really taught me what a contemporary art museum could be and how an art museum could interact with and provide for its community and audience. Thanks guys!
MTV’s The Exhibit Is Back With an Inflatable Dolphin
Episode four, in which artists tackled themes of justice and injustice, was the most lifeless of the reality TV show so far.
Florida Principal Ousted Over “Pornographic” Michelangelo Sculpture
Parents complained that the famous sculpture was shown to their sixth graders.
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation Presents The Feminine in Abstract Painting
Curated by Jennifer Samet and Andrea Belag, this group exhibition in NYC explores the feminine through aesthetics, as opposed to identity or gender.
Tickets to Sold-Out Vermeer Show Are Going for Hundreds
The online resale market for the Rijksmuseum’s smash exhibition is booming, with tickets selling on eBay for over $2K.
NYU Steinhardt Opens 2023 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
Taking place at 80WSE Gallery in New York’s Greenwich Village, Part I is on view from late March through April while Part II opens in May.
Miniature Worlds: Joseph Cornell, Ray Johnson, Yayoi Kusama
Through small-scale works, this exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York examines Cornell’s prominent role in the lives and careers of Johnson and Kusama.
Three Looted Antiquities at the Met Repatriated to Turkey
Nine other repatriated works were seized from Met Trustee Shelby White, whose collection was subject to a criminal investigation.
This week, the world’s lightest paint, Pakistan’s feminist movement, World Puppy Day, and were some of Vermeer’s paintings created by his daughter?
The Wider World and Scrimshaw
On March 28, join the New Bedford Whaling Museum online and in-person for a symposium on global carving traditions from across the Pacific Rim.
Who Will Decide on the Future of a Miami Native Burial Ground?
Native activists say sacred remains and objects dug up from a Brickell construction site should remain there, but mega-developer Jorge Pérez is pushing back.
How Can a Curator Approach South Asian Futurisms?
How do I acknowledge my shortcomings while reckoning with obscured histories and the exclusion of subaltern narratives in the fine art landscape? A working checklist for curators.
MCA Chicago Presents On Stage: Frictions
Will Rawls, Shamel Pitts | TRIBE, and Barak adé Soleil explore Blackness, queerness, movement, and dance in performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
The Complicated Legacy of Camilo Egas
The Ecuadorian painter, a leading figure of Latin America’s Indigenismo art movement, has been both praised and scorned for his representation of Indigenous peoples.
Tom Jones Zeroes in on Ho-Chunk Visibility
“I think about the young kids, the teenagers, and I think being able to see yourself represented in art is so powerful,” says the artist.