Art Museum Day at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

May 18, 2018 @ 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

To celebrate the 9th annual Art Museum Day, the Brandywine River Museum of Art will offer free admission and special programming on Friday, May 18, 2018. An initiative of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), Art Museum Day gathers hundreds of institutions from across North America to recognize the arts and the important role that art museums play in their communities.

In addition to free admission on May 18, the Brandywine River Museum of Art will offer two Art Museum Day programs. At 11:30 a.m., visitors can join a docent-led tour of the Museum’s six galleries, exploring different highlights within the collection. At 2 p.m., Museum curators Christine Podmaniczky and Audrey Lewis will host a gallery talk focusing on “Three Generations of Wyeth Art.” The Museum also invites visitors to share their experiences on Art Museum Day via social media using the hashtags #ArtMuseumDay and #MyBrandywine.

The theme for Art Museum Day 2018 is Hyperconnected Museums, a recognition of the many ways in which museums serve as central points of connectivity within their communities, both online and in person. Art museums are often anchors for public spaces and neighborhoods, and they partner with school systems and civic organizations in ways that make their towns, cities and regions better places for everyone who lives and works there. Hyperconnected Museums also serve as engines for the creative economy, tapping the human creativity embedded in works of art—whether thousands of years old or as recent as 2018—to inspire new ideas and ways of thinking.

AAMD’s Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America, an extension of the International Council of Museums’s (ICOM) International Museum Day. AAMD represents 240 art museums across the United States, Canada and Mexico—from regional museums in small towns to large museums in major urban centers. Last year, the Brandywine River Museum of Art—along with more than 161 other AAMD member museums—participated in Art Museum Day. 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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