(WINDSOR, ON) – To celebrate the 9th annual Art Museum Day, the Art Gallery of Windsor has announced that it will offer free admission and free tours of the AGW’s Salon Wall of Canadian, European, and American historical paintings on May 18.
An initiative of the Association of Art Museum Directors, 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. This year, the Art Gallery of Windsor also invites visitors to share their experiences on Art Museum Day via social media, with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay.
“Museums and galleries enrich our lives every day in powerful ways,” said Dr Catharine Mastin, the executive director of the AGW. “The many artists, whose visions are displayed in this exhibition, take the viewer back in time to an era before air wave communications, and remind us of core values and experiences, such as the beauty and diversity of the landscape, natural wonders, compelling portraits, and even themes of loss and grief.”
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 communities, both online and in person.
Art museums are often anchors for public spaces and neighbourhoods 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.
“I am thrilled that the Art Gallery of Windsor is again participating in Art Museum Day, an opportunity to bring communities together to experience great art and special programs, both in Windsor and across North America,” said Christine Anagnos, the executive director of AAMD. “Art is vital to our lives, a reflection of both the incredible diversity of humanity and the many common elements that unite us.”