Crystal Bridges open for memberships
The time has finally come when people can join the eagerly anticipated Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.
The museum, set to open Nov. 11 (11-11-11) in Bentonville, had a membership drive during Fourth of July weekend with booths set up at various community events.
“As the region’s excitement about Crystal Bridges continues to escalate, one of the most frequent questions I am asked is ‘When can we join?’” said Don Bacigalupi, Crystal Bridges executive director. “And finally, the answer is now. What better time to launch the membership program for this great new American art museum than on this great American holiday?”
The first 3,000 people to sign up for a membership will be in the “Original Members” category, which affords them special privileges including an invitation to a member preview event just prior to the opening and a special membership card featuring Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits. Additionally, members will enjoy special level-specific experience benefits such as exhibition previews, complimentary publications, conversations with curators and directors as well as private tours.
“Our membership levels are designed to appeal to multiple audiences, from students to young professionals and families to established art aficionados,” said Kathryn Roberts, director of member and guest services. “We’ve taken great strides to make sure there’s a level of involvement for everyone. We can’t wait to get out and share Crystal Bridges with our community.”
The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of landscape.
Founded in 2005 by the Walton Family Foundation, the Museum takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building design by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two creek-fed ponds will house galleries, meeting and classroom spaces, and a large, glass-enclosed gathering hall. Visitor amenities will also include a café on a glass-enclosed bridge overlooking the ponds and a Marlon Blackwell-designed museum store. Sculpture and walking trails will link the Museum’s 120-acre park and gardens to downtown Bentonville.
Crystal Bridges is currently building its permanent collection through the efforts of its professional staff as well as important gifts from private collectors such as Alice Walton and others. The collection features American masterworks dating from the Colonial era to contemporary times and will be on view to the public year-round. The Museum also will display a changing array of special exhibitions featuring art from museums and collections throughout the region, the nation and abroad.
You can follow the Museum on Facebook for more information about how you and your family might become involved.
Source: Press release from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
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