National Museum of African Art to Participate in Art Museum Day on May 18

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art will join museums all over the world in celebrating Art Museum Day Friday, May 18. The museum will honor the occasion from 1 to 2 p.m. with a live performance by Jabari Exum of Farafina Kan and a meet and greet with Johnnetta Betsch Cole, director of the museum.

“I visit my art museum because ….” is the tagline for this year’s Art Museum Day and attendees will be invited to share their responses to the tagline via Twitter and on forms available at the museum. The completed forms will be posted in a mini-installation in the museum’s pavilion. The public can also share their responses via Twitter and on the Museum of African Art’s Facebook page with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay.

“We are delighted to celebrate Art Museum Day 2012,” said Johnetta B. Cole. “I know how important art is to helping spark conversation, stimulate interaction and share beauty and creativity. The museum is proud to offer a day for our visitors near and far to celebrate Art Museum Day.”

“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 the Association of Art Museum Directors. “AAMD believes that art should be accessible and relevant to all, and we are pleased to bring together more than 120 art museums to celebrate the power of art and to encourage visitors to share their museum experiences.”

For more information, call (202) 633-4600 or visit the National Museum of African Art’s website at

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