Keep the Gates of Paradise Open

By lmrhody | February 10, 2015

Who are art and art museums for? Does a cultural institution have a defined audience? In this opinion piece, the author details her personal story of discovering the art world, and argues that no matter cultural or financial background, all people should have the opportunity to experience the transformative power of art. To the author, the news of the Detroit Institute of Arts having to sell off some of its pieces in order to pay the city’s creditors is tantamount to stating that those of the impoverished city are unworthy of benefitting from ‘elite culture.’ Without the opportunity to encounter arts and museums, people will never realize the effects that such things and places can have on their lives. As future museum workers, it’s important for us to realize the need to capture audiences beyond the traditional, not to get new sources of funding, but to ensure generations of continued interest.