The fall season is in full swing, and the Academy Art Museum is humming with activity. Our upcoming calendar is bursting with events -- new exhibitions, classes, concerts, lectures, trips -- for you to enjoy. As Director, I relish working with the staff, trustees, and volunteers to plan the programs that enliven our museum.
Planning for the future motivated one of the most exciting developments in the history of the Museum. An anonymous donor has pledged up to $1 million for the Museum’s Endowment Fund if we can match the amount with gifts or pledges from other contributors. This sizeable donation is in essence a passport to our future because knowledge that funds will be available allows us to build our educational mission with confidence and try adventuresome programs. As I write, we are half-way to our goal of matching our donor’s generosity. The matching funds have arrived as direct donations, multi-year pledges, and promised bequests. Heartfelt thanks to all who have participated in the Endowment Challenge thus far.
Another exciting development coming to fruition in the near future is the new Digital Studio. With a tinge of sadness we say goodbye to our old dark room. It is, however, inevitable and essential that we investigate digital media and new opportunities in graphic, web, video and game design. Many artists already use digital tools in the creation of works in traditional media like painting and printmaking. In addition, we intend to create programs that may augment classes offered in area schools. These might be introductory courses for younger students or perhaps extensions of the classes students have already experienced. We hope to help the average photographer learn how to make the best use of the software that comes with cameras and home computers.
Early in September, our ArtReach Coordinator, Constance Del Nero, met with a group of teachers from Caroline County. This small gathering was momentous because it was the first instance of arts training for public school teachers sponsored by the Academy Art Museum. As Maryland implements a new Core Curriculum, the Academy Art Museum intends to play a role supporting teachers and students with integrated arts education. I believe that exposure to the arts (music, dance, theatre, visual arts, and literature) not only enriches our lives, but also develops creative, flexible minds needed to solve the challenges of the next generation.
Erik H. Neil, Director
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