Dallas Museum of Art to Join in Association of Art Museum Directors Celebration of Art Museum Day on May 18, 2012, with Free Admission From 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

VISITORS ARE ALSO ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE BY SHARING THEIR MUSEUM EXPERIENCES DURING THE CELEBRATIONS

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) announced today that it will offer free admission to both its collection and the special exhibition Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day on Friday, May 18, 2012. Beginning at 5:00 p.m. until midnight on Friday, May 18, the DMA will host its monthly Late Night program and will feature half-price admission for Art Museum Day. In 2011 more than 100 AAMD member museums across North America participated in International Museum Day.

In recognition of the important role museums play in their communities, the DMA will encourage visitors to share their museum experiences during Art Museum Day on a special printed form available at the Museum and via social media with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay in a collective public response.

“As a museum director, it’s always exciting to celebrate with the community on AAMD Art Museum Day,” said Maxwell L. Anderson, the DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director. “The DMA hopes that by offering free admission on May 18, it will inspire many to make a spontaneous visit to see our collection and the special Youth and Beauty exhibition during its final two weeks.”

“Art museums create opportunities for the public to engage directly with works of art in new and meaningful ways—from transformative educational initiatives to innovative public partnerships.” said Chris Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD. “AAMD believes that art should be accessible and relevant to all, and we are so pleased that the Dallas Museum of Art is joining with us and the global community of museums to celebrate the role museums play in their communities and to encourage visitors to share their museum experiences.”

Participation in the international event highlights the value of the visual arts in society and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in wide-ranging programs and record their encounters with works of art.

AAMD member museums—located across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—include regional museums as well as large international institutions. 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 of museums.

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

About the Dallas Museum of Art
Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and groundbreaking educational programs. At the heart of the Museum and its programs is its global collection, which encompasses more than 25,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures. Located in the vibrant Arts District of downtown Dallas, the Museum welcomes more than half a million visitors annually and acts as a catalyst for community creativity, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds with a diverse spectrum of programming, from exhibitions and lectures to concerts, literary events, and dramatic and dance presentations.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and donors and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

For more information, please contact:
Jill Bernstein
Dallas Museum of Art
JBernstein@DallasMuseumofArt.org