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County museum hosts congressional aides

Group tours museum, learns about its history

August 20, 2013
  • Representatives of an area congressman and two senators visited the Washington County Museum of Fine Arts on Aug. 15. From left, Robin Summerfield, from U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin's office; Rebecca Massie Lane, museum director; Julianna Albowicz, from U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski's office; Kevin Mack, from U.S. Rep. John K. Delaneys office; and Al Martin, museum trustee.
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During the month of August, the American Alliance of Museums encourages member organizations to invite their representatives and senators to visit. 

On Aug. 15, representatives from U.S. Rep. John K. Delaney’s 6th District office; Maryland U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin’s office; and Maryland U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s office were hosted by Museum Director Rebecca Massie Lane and Board of Trustees Member Al Martin.

A behind-the-scenes tour included the museum’s founding, history, educational programs, permanent collections and marketing. Tour highlights emphasized the museum grants received from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and  the National Endowment for the Arts.

The institute is the primary source of federal support of the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.
 
The museum received a three-year grant from the institute to conduct a collections inventory project of its more than 7,000 works of art. The project is in its third year and will allow the museum to provide better access to its collections for citizens of the region, artists, area collectors, community educators, students and scholars. 

The project includes collections planning, collections security and safety, database conversation, photography and documentation.

The National Endowment for the Arts has funded the museum through the Arts Engagement in America Communities initiative. The grants enable the museum to provide workshops designed especially for mentally and physically challenged individuals. Education instructors guide students through experiences in painting, collage and clay.  Workshops take place in the museum’s art room and galleries.

The museum was established in 1931 and dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting works of art for the residents of Washington County and citizens from the four-state region.

Accredited by the American Association of Museums, admission to the museum is free.

Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.  

 For more information, call 301-739-5727 or go to www.wcmfa.org.

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