Indianapolis Museum of Art to celebrate Art Museum Day


The Indianapolis Museum of Art will offer special tours and a sneak preview of a documentary as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day on Friday, May 18, 2012.

In recognition of the important role museums play in their communities, the IMA will encourage visitors to share their experiences during Art Museum Day through museum activities and via social media with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay.

Special programming includes:

  • 1 p.m. – Creative Hoosiers tour

Visitors can learn about Indiana artists, designers, poets and writers with a tour of art by and about renowned creative Hoosiers. Free

  • 2 p.m. – Lilly House tour

Visitors can tour Lilly House, the American Country Place Era home of the late Indianapolis businessman, philanthropist, and collector J. K. Lilly, Jr., with eight historic furnished interiors reflecting the early 1930s. Free

  • 2:30 p.m. – Revolutions in French Art tour

Visitors can learn about the major art movements from romanticism to modernism in 19th century France with this tour that highlights French artists. Free

  • 7 p.m. – Islamic Art: Mirror of the Invisible World documentary

Two months before its PBS premiere, visitors can take a 90-minute journey across nine countries and over 1,400 years of history, art and architecture. Free

“By celebrating Art Museum Day, the IMA continues our everyday mission of serving the creative interests of our community by making art accessible through educational opportunities and public programs,” said Preston Bautista, IMA Director of Audience Engagement.

“Art museums create opportunities for the public to engage directly with works of art in new and meaningful ways—from transformative educational initiatives to innovative public partnerships,” said Chris Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD. “AAMD believes that art should be accessible and relevant to all, and we are so pleased that the Indianapolis Museum of Art is joining with us and the global community of museums to celebrate the role museums play in their communities and to encourage visitors to share their museum experiences.”

Participation in the international event highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in wide-ranging programs and record their encounters with works of art.

AAMD member museums—located across the United States, Canada and Mexico—include regional museums as well as large international institutions. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). AAMD’s Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America, as part of ICOM’s global celebration of museums.

A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums will be available in the newsroom of the AAMD website ( Note that while AAMD’s Art Museum Day and ICOM’s International Museum Day is formally held each year on May 18, some institutions shift their celebrations to adjacent dates.

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