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The Value of Museums

Museums are more than a collection of objects. Museums are more than a resource for a community. Museums are more than a place for solitude, for study, for socialising, for gathering, a place to learn, a place to find inspiration, a place to find joy. Museums are more than one thing to everyone who visits them.

In light of the proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities I would like to request submissions to feature on this blog of all the things that your museum, art gallery or archive has done to bring value to your communities. Have you worked on a project for your visitors? Have you conducted research to explore something new in your field? 

Please email me at arts.museum.education at gmail dot com to start the conversation. I can’t wait to begin featuring your stories.

A gente reclama mesmo sabendo que não vai dar em nada. Finge de morto, diz que não sente, esfria por dentro, abandona amigos, família, coração. Mas continua em pé, com o orgulho partido, a coragem no colo, a esperança nas costas, não importa. A gente sempre diz que não dá mais, que vai parar por aqui e continua andando. A gente insiste em negar a verdade mais absoluta que existe: o caminho certo é em frente, ninguém tem escolha.
—  Ciceero M.

The White House announced its intention of eliminating funding for three federal agencies—the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services—that have long provided support for the cultural sector across the country.  

Today, Philadelphia’s cultural sector asks you to join us to urge our government to continue federal funding for the arts, culture, and history. Share if you support. #SaveTheArts

When we are young, we are taught to fend for ourselves. We are told not to became dependent on anyone and to rely on your own strengths, whatever they may be. For we are the new age and for us to live long enough to tomorrow, we must live through today. We don’t know how long it’ll take to enter this new era of prosperity, but when it comes we are ready.

But for now, it is only static.

And with that static comes the silence.