Wednesday, January 18, 2017

THE BMA HOSTS FREE ACTIVITIES IN CONJUNCTION WITH INAUGURATION ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 20

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THE BMA HOSTS FREE ART ACTIVITIES

WHEN: Friday, January 20, 10 AM – 4 PM
WHERE:
Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore
ADMISSION: Free

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) will be hosting a day of free art activities held in conjunction with the Presidential Inauguration on Friday, January 20, 2017.

“Museums are civic spaces where people and ideas come together,” said BMA Dorothy Wagner Wallis Director Christopher Bedford. “We want everyone to know the BMA is a safe haven for the city during a time of change and that art offers many opportunities for contemplation.”

Throughout the day, visitors will be able to participate in gallery talks about key works of art and join in readings of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights, and other founding documents. The BMA will also offer mobile-device self-guided meditations with artworks and provide information on how to contact your political representatives.  

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

10 A.M. to 5 P.M.

  • Take a guided meditation with BMA Go Mobile on your smartphone.
  • Which artworks evoke freedom to you? Vote in the galleries.

11 A.M. to NOON

  • Hear readings of the Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence, and other founding documents by local poets. Audience participation welcome.

NOON to 4 P.M.

  • De-stress with aromatherapy by Priya Means Love.
  • Snack on comfort foods (available until 3 p.m.).

1-3 P.M.

  • Hear from BMA docents and educators on art and politics in the BMA’s collection. Tours begin at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.

2 to 4 P.M.

  • Learn who your representatives are and write to them if you like. Postage is on us.
  • Art-making in the BMA Studio

THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM OF ART
The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Founded in 1914 with a single painting, the BMA today has 95,000 objects—including the largest public holding of works by Henri Matisse. Throughout the museum, visitors will find an outstanding selection of American and European painting, sculpture, and decorative arts; works by established and emerging contemporary artists; significant artworks from China; stunning Antioch mosaics; and an exceptional collection of art from Africa. The BMA’s galleries also showcase examples from one of the nation’s finest collections of prints, drawings, and photographs and exquisite textiles from around the world. The 210,000-square-foot museum is distinguished by a grand historic building designed in the 1920s by renowned American architect John Russell Pope and two beautifully landscaped sculpture gardens. As a major cultural destination for the region, the BMA hosts a dynamic program of exhibitions, events, and educational programs throughout the year.

General admission to the BMA is free so that everyone can enjoy the power of art.