Back in February, the Katonah Museum of Art launched a Love the KMA campaign to coincide with its Young Artists 2020 exhibition. With the novel coronavirus threatening the health of individuals and stability of businesses and small but vital community cultural institutions like the KMA, the Museum is broadening the campaign and appealing to area supporters to come together and show it some love.
“The Katonah Museum of Art wants the community to know that we are with you,” said Executive Director Michael Gitlitz. “As a community museum, the KMA cares deeply about what our neighbors, and our global audience, are experiencing in this challenging time. We also believe our mission to present art from all cultures and periods and to inspire people of all ages is more important now than ever. Art brings us together.”
Once it became clear that the first solo museum show of an emerging African American textile artist, titled Bisa Butler: Portraits, could not open March 15 as scheduled, KMA staff developed a virtual tour and related educational activities, which can be found on the Museum’s website. Butler creates narratives in her luminous quilts through the selection and layering of fabrics--for their color, texture and cultural meaning, elevating the traditional craft of quilting to a fine art. It’s a show that speaks to the power and resilience of family and community during this fraught time.
The Museum is encouraging monthly donations to provide continuous support for its year-round exhibitions and programming. The minimum donation amount is $5; those who commit to a monthly donation of $5 and up will automatically become a KMA Member.
Recognizing that not all are able to contribute, the Museum is asking people to Love the KMA by sharing this message with friends and family members and asking them to do the same.
“With the grassroots support of our community, we will be able to sustain our plans for the exceptional exhibitions and education programs for which the KMA is known,” says Gitlitz.
The Museum is currently closed until further notice. The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. For more information, call 914-232-9555 or visit katonahmuseum.org.