Held in conjunction with International Museum Day, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts is celebrating Art Museum Day on this Sunday, May 21, from 2–4 P.M.
Every year since 1977, the International Council of Museums’ International Museum Day is organized worldwide on or around May 18. This day is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society. From America to Oceania, including Africa, Europe, and Asia, this international event includes almost 30,000 museums that organized activities in more than 120 countries, offering free admission, special programs and events in an international celebration of the importance of museums in our world.
This year’s theme for Art Museum Day is Museums and contested histories: Saying the unspeakable in museums. History is a vital tool for defining a given people’s identity, and each of us defines ourselves through important and fundamental historic events. Contested histories are unfortunately not isolated traumatic events. These histories, which are often little known or misunderstood, resonate universally, as they concern and affect us all.
Museum collections offer reflections of memories and representations of history. This day will therefore provide an opportunity to show how museums display and depict traumatic memories to encourage visitors to think beyond their own individual experiences. By focusing on the role of museums as hubs for promoting peaceful relationships between people, this theme highlights how the acceptance of a contested history is the first step in envisioning a shared future under the banner of reconciliation.
In honor of our shared belief that the arts are a crucial element of civil society, essential to the well-being of our communities and our democracies, the MMFA is celebrating Art Museum Day this Sunday, May 21, with a unique Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams from 2:00–4:00 P.M. We hope to see you at the Museum!