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  • Reflections on the 60th Anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott –
    Parks Library and Museum the MMFA welcomed students from Alabama State University Auburn University at Montgomery Huntingdon College and Tuskegee University who presented Honoring the Montgomery Bus Boycott An Evening of Artistic Celebration in the MMFA Wilson Auditorium After a historical introduction by Donna Beisel of the Rosa Parks Library and Museum Montgomery s university and college community lauded the efforts of Rosa Parks and others towards freedom through art song dance literature and reflection representing the power of art and the vital role of art as a reflection of society The Museum is grateful to our partners and performers Dr Felicia Bell and Donna Beisel Rosa Parks Library and Museum Troy University top Dr Courtney Griffin and the Dancers of Tuskegee University on the right Tyrone Hayes and Trebled Soul Alabama State University below Kristi McDaniel and the Voices of Huntingdon Huntingdon College bottom right D r Jan Hogan and College of Education Teacher Candidates Auburn University at Montgomery bottom I have learned over the years that when one s mind is made up this diminishes fear knowing what must be done does away with fear Rosa Parks Alice Novak and Madeline Burkhardt Assistant Curator of Education and Volunteer Coordinator In partnership with the Rosa Parks Library and Museum the MMFA welcomed students from Alabama State University Auburn University at Montgomery Huntingdon College and Tuskegee University who presented Honoring the Montgomery Bus Boycott An Evening of Artistic Celebration in the MMFA Wilson Auditorium After a historical introduction by Donna Beisel of the Rosa Parks Library and Museum Montgomery s Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print categories Artist ArtWorks Behind the Scenes Building Grounds Café Children Classes Collection Community Education Events Music Families General Programs Scholarship Research Science Store Teens archive Monthly February 2016 January 2016

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/reflections-on-the-60th-anniversary-of-the-montgomery-bus-boycott/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Thank You –
    Campaign Your donations helped the MMFA end 2015 on a high note The original fundraising goal for December was to raise 10 000 in order to maximize the 10 000 match graciously pledged to the Museum by Corrina and Barry Wilson Corrina and Barry have been major supporters of the Museum for many years and have contributed a 10 000 match to the MMFA s End of Year fund for the last four Their generous contribution is a wonderful example of the giving spirit I am proud to announce that we were able to significantly exceed our original goal Thanks to overwhelming community support the MMFA raised more than 50 000 These gifts help the Museum meet its mission of collecting preserving exhibiting and interpreting art of the highest quality for the enrichment and enjoyment of the public Donations directly support the Museum s mission by funding relevant temporary exhibitions important art acquisitions renowned artists to teach area youth and adults And free admission for more than 160 000 museum visitors each year Thank you again to everyone who helped make the Museum s End of Year Campaign a success Find out what s happening at the museum this spring Jen Eitzmann Development Officer The Museum wants to thank everyone who contributed to the MMFA s End of Year Campaign Your donations helped the MMFA end 2015 on a high note The original fundraising goal for December was to raise 10 000 in order to maximize the 10 000 match graciously pledged to the Museum by Corrina and Barry Wilson Corrina and Share More Facebook Twitter Reddit Stumble Digg Delicous Email Print categories Artist ArtWorks Behind the Scenes Building Grounds Café Children Classes Collection Community Education Events Music Families General Programs Scholarship Research Science Store Teens archive Monthly February 2016

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/thank-you/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Donna Pickens is Moving On –
    art from Donna s programs for a national exhibition in Washington DC that was co sponsored by the Association of Art Museum Directors In recent years Donna created a new yearlong artist in residence program for third and fourth graders at Wares Ferry Road Elementary using pilot project funding from the Hearst Foundations and the National Endowment for the Arts She designed and staffed and supervised a solid program that utilizes Visual Thinking Strategies to improve students creativity perceptions and verbal abilities She also expanded the Museum s outreach programs adding one for the Alabama Department of Youth Services at Mt Meigs that officials now seek to duplicate at other facilities Donna s engagement with adult artists was similarly deep and broad She taught and coordinated countless evening and weekend workshops including ARTtalk with the Montgomery Art Guild and Art Ed Central with and for local art teachers She has also coordinated a robust range of lessons for the annual Alabama Art Education Association meetings at the MMFA and she has been active in national arts education organizations as well Museum director Mark Johnson said We will all miss Donna and her creativity perseverance and passion for art and art education We are grateful for her decade of service to this Museum and our community and we wish her the best in her retirement Donna earned an MFA at Georgia State University and taught art in Atlanta for nearly three decades before moving to Montgomery She is an accomplished sculptor with public art commissions and an artist who has mastered a wide variety of techniques and materials She looks forward to flexing her artistic muscles in retirement while spending more time with family and friends Fortunately for Museum staff and visitors Donna has agreed to continue working a couple of

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/donna-pickens-is-moving-on/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Give a Community Gift –
    the tax deductions that come with them Whichever category you fall into we hope you will consider giving a gift to the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts For 85 years the Museum has been a cultural focal point in the City of Montgomery With free admission the Museum has been a gathering place in the community It s a place for young mothers to come and entertain their children for an afternoon without breaking the bank It s a place where high school students can come to learn about the history of art and can even earn college credits while they re at it through the Museum s A P Art History class On opening nights the Museum becomes a meeting place for the curious minds of Montgomery For those who can t make it to the MMFA the staff and volunteers bring the wonder and the knowledge of the Museum to underserved Montgomery area neighborhoods These outreach classes teach students to use artistic exercises to work through emotions in a safe and healthy environment which ultimately leads to a positive and lasting impact on behavior The MMFA strives to be a place for the curious to gather regardless age race income or social status so this holiday season keep the Museum close to your heART and give a gift your whole community can enjoy Make a donation to the MMFA today I heART the MMFA because There is beauty everywhere the building paintings sculptures grounds and people Montgomery Alabama is very lucky to have this fabulous museum Jules Jennifer Eitzmann Development Officer It s December which means that people are looking to donate to charitable causes for a couple of reasons 1 They are in the holiday spirit and they want to give freely of their time and money

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/give-a-community-gift/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Holiday Open House—Welcome the Season at the MMFA –
    activities for children musical performances provided by schools in the River Region and a whole lot more Of course Santa will be on hand to hear what s on each child s secret list and pose for that special picture Take advantage of what is expected to be beautiful weather by enjoying a horse drawn carriage ride through the Museum grounds Pick up a festive cookie or two as you sample some hot apple cider or lemonade Children of all ages can take part in holiday art projects and make something to take home They might paint a one of a kind plastic ornament in the Museum studios or make traditional Reindeer Feed Bags Our amazing docents will be on hand to answer questions you may have as you explore our permanent and special exhibitions including Once Again Still Lifes by Beth Lipman and Retooled Highlights from the Hechinger Collection Remember this event is the Museum s FREE gift to the community In return we hope everyone attending will bring non perishable items for the Montgomery Area Food Bank and unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots to fill the bins we have located in the foyer Your gifts will make the holiday season a bit brighter for local families in need So come by this Saturday afternoon and experience Holiday Open House It s a great way to kick off your own celebration of the Season Cynthia Milledge Director of Public Relations Join your neighbors and friends at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts for Holiday Open House an afternoon of merriment and holiday cheer This annual event will be held next Saturday December 5 from 1 to 4 P M This is a family friendly tradition filled with seasonal art activities for children musical performances provided by schools in

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/holiday-open-house-welcome-the-season-at-the-mmfa/ (2016-02-14)
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  • What is #GivingTuesday? –
    difference Of course if you need help figuring out where you can donate your time or money we want you to consider the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts When you make a gift to MMFA GivingTuesday your donation will be matched by philanthropists Corinna and Barry Wilson In addition because our community provides the majority of operating costs for the Museum through the City of Montgomery your gift can be used for the stuff that really has an immediate impact For example your money will provide educational programs both here at the Museum and in underserved areas of the community like the Alabama Department of Youth Services Mt Meigs Campus and at E D Nixon Community Center Your gifts will also be used to present exciting special exhibitions like Once Again Still Lifes by Beth Lipman Additionally private funds support the Museum s important core mission care of our permanent collections as well as the scholarship that enhances our ability to utilize the collections for students and other visitors Most importantly your donations continue to enable the MMFA to remain a free attraction to Montgomery area residents and visitors from around the U S and the world This allows all families to enjoy new cultural experiences regardless of income Are you looking to volunteer in order to serve or make a difference Check out these amazing volunteer opportunities at the Museum This season keep the most authentic and truly meaningful holiday spirit in your heART and find a way to give back to your community on GivingTuesday We hope when you re making those plans you ll put the MMFA at the top of your list Jen Eitzmann Development Officer We have a day for giving thanks We have two for getting deals Black Friday and Cyber Monday Now we

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/what-is-givingtuesday/ (2016-02-14)
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  • Behind the Scenes—Installing Once & Again: Still Lifes by Beth Lipman –
    Museum on November 4 Since then she has worked many long days on several pieces at once adding new layers allowing the silicone to dry and coming back to each of the sculptures to add additional elements day after day Lipman s works often defy gravity glass vines pitchers swags and vessels break free of the confines of their tables bursting beyond their edges to dangle unsupported in space Pushing the glass material to the point of breakage while simultaneously highlighting its strength Lipman s precarious compositions are fraught with a sense of immediacy and tension Watching the artist in action as she builds these complex installations demonstrates Lipman s mastery over her process and the results are stunningly beautiful feats of exemplary creative engineering Accompanying the sculptures are equally impressive photographic representations of Lipman s glass objects portrayed in two dimensional splendor revealing yet another aspect of the artist s approach to her work Once Again Still Lifes by Beth Lipman is accompanied by the first full scale illustrated catalogue of the artist s work produced by the MMFA and available in the Museum Store The exhibition is touring to two other venues The Hunter Museum of Art in Chattanooga Tennessee on view from March 11 to June 12 2016 and the Jewish Museum Milwaukee Wisconsin on view September 22 2016 to January 7 2017 Please stop by the MMFA between November 14 2015 and January 31 2016 to see the results of Beth Lipman s hard week s work of installation the culmination of her many years of experience creating art the in splendid medium of glass To see Beth in action check out the video Cynthia Milledge director of marketing and public relations captured of the installation and the brief interview she conducted Jennifer Jankauskas Curator of

    Original URL path: http://mmfa.org/behind-the-scenes-once-again-the-still-lifes-of-beth-lipman/ (2016-02-14)
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  • The MMFA Salutes Our Invaluable Volunteers –
    the evening s awards The first award for Outstanding Leadership was presented by Mr Spain to Board of Trustees member and past President of the Board of Trustees Barrie Harmon Barrie was recognized for his many contributions through the sponsorship of temporary exhibitions as well as his current critical leadership of the campaign to fund the MMFA s new Sculpture Garden Other winners announced during the event included Jarrod Cowans pictured at left below who was named Rookie of the Year and Karla Hodges at right pictured on the left with MMFA educator Donna Pickens winning the First Impressions award for her work at the Information Desk Luigi Edwards received the award for FLIMP Festival support recognizing her multiple years of service ensuring that this amazing event goes off without a hitch Cayla Hamilton Jamie Reschke and LaKendrick Taylor were named Outstanding Interns for their assistance to Museum staff with photography projects digital design work and educational outreach programs The award for leading the Most Successful Bazaar d Art went to Courtney Kershaw the Fundraising Excellence Award for Art in Concert went to Harrison Hawke the Development Leadership Award went to C J Hincy and awards for the Last Call events sponsored by the Junior Executive Board were given to Rachael Gallagher Allison Muhlendorff and Erika Tracy Docents who won awards during their graduation ceremony this past spring were also recognized We cannot thank all our volunteers enough for the hundreds of hours of their time donated to help the Museum There are many opportunities to serve your Museum and your community by volunteering at the MMFA If you are interested in volunteering at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts please contact Madeline Burkhardt at l e m r at right Assistance Needed Today award winner Margaret Arthur with MMFA

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