Museums are engaged with their communities

 

Re John De Leon’s Dec. 19 letter, Art world must be more inclusive: We at the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum are discouraged and disappointed to see that De Leon does not recognize our daily efforts to include the community in our programs and exhibitions. It is simply inaccurate to depict us as “disconnected from the neighborhoods in which [the museums] sit.”

The Frost Art Museum, among other things, works with the Overtown Youth Center to interact with and expose students in their after-school program to other cultures, art, artists and the museum world; we participate in the Miami-Dade County Cultural Passports program, which brings third- and 11th-grade students to the museum; we actively participate in the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Museum Education Program; we also collaborate with our Miami-Dade County District 11 schools to produce a juried art exhibition for students each spring; and, as important, we are open to the public and free of charge to all.

To date this year, we have had almost 3,000 students, largely public-school classes and children with their families, visit the museum.

Then too, the Frost Art Museum serves a university of some 50,000 students, from all income and social strata.

We would urge readers to learn about, and embrace, these initiatives and further them through participation, museum memberships and financial support, so that we can do even better for everyone.

Carol Damian, director and chief curator, Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, FIU, Miami

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