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Corning Museum of Glass to join in Association of Art Museum Directors’ Celebration of Art Museum Day on May 18 2013

Corning Museum of Glass to join in Association of Art Museum Directors’ Celebration of Art Museum Day on May 18 2013

May 1, 2013
Visitors encouraged to share their Museum experiences throughout the celebration via social media using the #artmuseumday hashtag

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.

Participate

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.

About The Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is home to the world’s most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum, on the road, and at sea on Celebrity Cruises) bring the material to life. Daily Make Your Own Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. The campus in Corning includes a year-round glassmaking school, The Studio, and the Rakow Research Library, the world’s preeminent collection of materials on the art and history of glass. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York State, the Museum is open daily, year-round. Kids and teens, 17 and under, receive free admission. www.cmog.org.

The Museum recently opened a 100,000-square-foot Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer. The new wing includes a new 26,000-square-foot contemporary art gallery building, as well as one of the world’s largest facilities for glassblowing demonstrations and live glass design sessions.