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Alexandria Museum of Art and T.R.E.E House part of
 Smithsonian Magazine’s 12th Annual Museum Day Live!

Free Admission on September 22, 2018 with a downloadable Museum Day ticket

Special “Women Making History” Mobile App Tour offered at AMoA during event.

ALEXANDRIA, LOUISIANA, SEPTEMBER 14, 2018— Alexandria Museum of Art, and T.R.E.E.House Children’s Museum, will open their doors free of charge on Saturday September 22, 2018 as part of Smithsonian magazine’s 14th annual Museum Day, a national celebration of boundless curiosity in which participating museums emulate the free admission policy at the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington DC-based museums.

Museum Day represents a nationwide commitment to access, equity and inclusion. Over 250,000 people downloaded tickets for last year’s event, and Museum Day 2018 is expected to attract more museum-goers than ever before.

The theme of this year’s Museum Day is Women Making History, honoring women in society who are trailblazers in the arts, sciences, innovation and culture, and emboldening others to be pioneers as well.

“AMoA is happy to open its doors free to the public for Museum Day Live. With this event, the Smithsonian brings attention to all of the wonderful museums in our country that explore culture, art, history and ideas every day in our communities. We believe in our mission to foster a culturally rich community by engaging, enlightening and inspiring individuals through innovative art experiences. We also believe it is important that these institutions be accessible to all - which is why we are always free on Second Saturdays and for certain special events like this.” Catherine Pears, Executive Director of Alexandria Museum of Art

Alexandria Museum of Art currently has two exhibitions on view that can be seen for free on Museum Day Live. :

Connected Visions: Louisiana’s Artistic Lineage: An exhibition 40 years in the making! Opened in October 2017, this exhibition spotlights the development of Louisiana art in the state through connections between artists and educators, and is the first permanent exhibition of works from the AMoA Collection. Beginning with Ellsworth and William Woodward, this web of connectivity between artists in the state reaches to the present day.

31st September Competition: This exhibition was selected by 2018 Juror William U. Eiland, of Sprout, Georgia, director of the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia, and is composed of Local, National, and International submissions highlighting contemporary art practices in all media. Guests will be able to take a self-guided tour of #WomenMakingHistory in our permanent collection on their mobile devices as they visit AMoA’s  galleries.

In addition to the exhibitions, during Museum Day we will have a Qi Gong class in the main gallery at 10:30am, and “Sugar Blues”, a Healthy Living@AMoA Learning Session at 2pm, led by Certified Health Coach, Maria Olagues, and sponsored by Rapides Regional Medical Center. 

Museum Day tickets will be available for download at Smithsonian.com/MuseumDay beginning August 15. Visitors who present a Museum Day ticket will gain free entrance for two at participating venues on September 22, 2018. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums, which will be continually updated as more museums continue to register, can be found at Smithsonian.com/MuseumDay/Search.

For more information, please visit Smithsonian.com/MuseumDay.

About Smithsonian Media
Smithsonian Media is comprised of its flagship publication, Smithsonian magazine, Air & Space magazine, Smithsonian Books, and the Smithsonian Media Digital Network. In addition, Smithsonian Media oversees the Smithsonian Institution’s interest in the Smithsonian Channel, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and CBS/Showtime. Smithsonian Media is a division of Smithsonian Enterprises, the revenue-generating business unit of the Smithsonian Institution. The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum and research complex consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park, and nine research facilities. Approximately 30 million people from around the world visit the museums annually. (smithsonian.com / si.edu)
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About Alexandria Museum of Art
Alexandria Museum of Art is an arts anchor impacting downtown revitalization, attracting nearly 12,000 visitors annually, whose collection scope is Louisiana/Southern artists. AMoA’s quarterly exhibits display a variety of historic and contemporary exhibits including multidisciplinary programs like concerts and recitals, lectures , yoga, Second Saturday at the Museum, and Afterhours events supporting all art forms – film, literature, poetry, songwriting and visual arts.
This community-centered approach proceeds from AMoA’s mission to be the model of a learning and enrichment facility reflecting in its exhibits the essence of the community and region that created it, and is committed to offering high quality, thought provoking exhibitions to engage its visitors and members, as well as to provide access through educational & community programming.
Art education remains the primary goal as a means to provide cultural literacy and reinforce the importance of the Humanities for all citizens. Visit the AMoA online for exhibitions, educational/community programs, and special events at www.themuseum.org

About T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum
T.R.E.E. House Children’s Museum is a unique educational and cultural resource that represents the community's interest and investment in engaging and educating our children.
The museum provides playful learning experiences and environments where children from ages 1-12, families, schools and community groups discover and explore their world through hands-on exhibits and interactive programs.
Our mission statement summarizes the Museum's commitment to the education of young children: planting the seeds of learning.


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