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2. Brooklyn Museum

Press Contact: Sally Williams, (718) 501-6330

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photo of a crowd gathered in the museum with DJ's playing music
Left to right: Director Arnold Lehman, Community Member Virginia Ines Vergara, Cokie Roberts, Board Chair Jack Tamagni, and Susan Hildreth. Click image to access full-size version.

Founded in 1823, today’s Brooklyn Museum continues its tradition of bringing great art and rare treasures to the public. Located in the heart of Brooklyn, the museum welcomes a widely diverse population of citizens who want to see, learn more about, and interact with the arts. Recognized as a national role model for innovative visitor engagement techniques, the museum helps visitors make meaningful connections between the exhibits and their lives, traditions, and cultures. Each year some 400,000 visitors enjoy exhibitions and programs that are as diverse and dynamic as Brooklyn itself. The museum reaches out to the community with free programs designed to engage all segments of its service area. Among program offerings are First Saturdays, a family-friendly program that gives residents an opportunity to tour the museum and enjoy music and dance programs at no charge and Click! A Crowd Curated Exhibit that invites amateur photographers to submit photos curated by volunteers.

Community Member: Virginia Ines Vergara
In her senior year in high school, Virginia Ines Vergara was a Brooklyn Museum apprentice, guiding day camp students through the museum’s gallery and becoming an expert in Egyptian art. The experience opened up the art world to Virginia and laid the foundation for a career in art and art education. As a museum apprentice, Virginia became keenly aware of the importance of making art accessible to visitors of all ages and began to think about how to communicate the importance of museums as accessible places of learning to even the youngest visitors. The experience helped her build confidence as a teacher and an artist, and strengthened her desire to share her knowledge with others. Virginia found the behind-the-scenes world of the art storage facilities as inspiring to her as the many masterpieces exhibited at the museum. These influences can be seen in her artwork today. Virginia received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, went on to earn her MFA from Hunter College, and did further studies in Berlin. Virginia is now a visual artist and art professional.

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