The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts will join 150 other AAMD-affiliated art museums across America in celebrating Art Museum Day on Sunday, May 21, 2017 from 2 to 4 P.M. Art Museum Day is scheduled to coincide with the celebration of International Museum Day, which is this year on Thursday, May 18, 2016. To mark the occasion, the MMFA will host a special edition of Family Art Affair and Jazz Jams on May 21, and as always, admission is FREE. The Museum encourages guests to share their experiences at the MMFA’s Art Museum Day celebration via social media, with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay. Read More
#OnThisDay Helen Adams Keller was born in Tuscumbia, #Alabama. She was an American author, political activist, and lecturer. She was the first deaf-blind person to earn a bachelor of arts degree. The story of how Keller's teacher, Anne Sullivan, broke through the isolation imposed by a near complete lack of language, allowing the girl to blossom as she learned to communicate, has become widely known, and her birthday on June 27 is commemorated as Helen Keller Day in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and was authorized at the federal level by presidential proclamation by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, the 100th anniversary of her birth.
In Yousuf Karsh's photograph below, Keller is shown with Polly Thompson, her assistant after the death of Sullivan. Karsh said the picture includes “not only that luminous, serene, yet vivid face, but those sensitive hands, together with the devoted concentration of her companion.” ... Read MoreRead Less