Corning, NY—The Corning Museum of Glass announced today that it will offer free programs on the opening day of this year’s major exhibition, Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day on Saturday, May 18, 2013. Visitors are invited to take free guided tours of Life on a String with exhibition curator Adrienne Gennett and watch free flameworking demonstrations to see how glass beads are made.
In 2012, AAMD launched an initiative encouraging visitors of all ages to share their experiences of Art Museum Day through social media. Last year’s event prompted an outpouring of responses with tweets, “check-ins” via FourSquare, and personal responses from across North America. The Corning Museum of Glass (@corningmuseum on Twitter) invites visitors to continue the conversation this year by sharing their perspectives via social media with the hashtag #artmuseumday.
“Art museums bring communities together and engage people of every background in the shared exploration of human expression across time and cultures,” said Chris Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD. “AAMD is so pleased that The Corning Museum of Glass is joining us in celebrating Art Museum Day and is encouraging everyone in the glass art community to participate and share their experiences in a public forum.”
Art Museum Day emphasizes the essential role that art museums play in their communities, highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in the wide-ranging programs offered by AAMD member museums. These member institutions—located across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—include regional museums as well as large international museums. 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.
There are opportunities to participate in Art Museum Day both at the Museum in Corning, NY. or from anywhere in the world via social media.
Visit the Museum to take a free tour of Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead with exhibition curator Adrienne Gennett, and watch special flameworking demonstrations to see how glass beads are made. Bring the whole family. Local residents who live in areas where the zip codes begin with 148, 149, or 169 receive a special $6.00 admission rate and kids and teens age 19 and under always receive free admission.
Join us online using the hashtag #artmuseumday, and see what others are sharing on Twitter at @corningmuseum, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/corningmuseumofglass.