Columbus Museum Joins Celebration of Art Museum Day on May 21, 2015

May 20, 2015

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THE COLUMBUS MUSEUM TO JOIN IN ASSOCIATION OF ART MUSEUM DIRECTORS’
SIXTH ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF ART MUSEUM DAY ON MAY 21, 2015
WITH ROTHSCHILD DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES



COLUMBUS, GA- The Columbus Museum will celebrate the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day with its Annual Rothschild Distinguished Speaker Series. The program is scheduled for Thursday, May 21, 6:00 p.m. in the Museum’s Patrick Theater. It is free and open to the public. This series is made possible by a generous bequest from the late Norman S. Rothschild (1917-1998) in memory of his parents Aleen and Irwin B. Rothschild. The fund allows the Museum to invite nationally prominent speakers to address issues of national importance.

This year, the Museum will welcome Dr. David Shields as the keynote speaker. Dr. Shields is the Euphemia McClintock Professor of Southern Letters at the University of South Carolina’s College of Arts and Science. He has spent more than a decade researching early American agriculture and cooking practices. Dr. Shields’ lecture will focus on the exhibition, Chattahoochee Cookin’ as he explores the emergence of Georgia’s local food movement, which began in 1913. A reception and book signing will follow the program.

“Art museums are invaluable communal spaces that bring people together to experience the arts across cultures and generations,” said Chris Anagnos, executive director of AAMD. “AAMD is so pleased that The Columbus Museum is joining us in this celebration by welcoming everyone in the Chattahoochee Valley to participate in Art Museum Day.”

Last year more than 180 AAMD member museums across North America participated in Art Museum Day. Art Museum Day underscores the critical role art museums play as cultural resources in their communities and celebrates the unique opportunities AAMD member museums offer visitors to engage with works of art.

AAMD represents 242 art museums across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—from regional museums to large museums in major urban centers. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM).

A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums will be available on the AAMD website (http://www.aamd.org/).
 

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