Boston is one of America’s oldest cities, overflowing with a multitude of historical sites and some of our richest history but unlike New York City, one doesn’t necessarily equate Boston with art. When one thinks of Boston, one tends to think of it as an international center of medicine and medical innovation and of its hallowed halls of higher learning; Harvard University, M.I.T., Northeastern and Boston College being some of the most famous educational institutions in our country. However, art is not only alive and well in Boston, some truly great works of art reside in this beautiful and historical city. While there are many world class galleries, museums and art schools in Boston, we are especially fortunate to have one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world there; the Museum of Fine Art.
Yesterday, Shandra and I met with the Director of Education at the MFA and enjoyed a private tour of the museum. The purpose of our visit was two-fold. Firstly, our curriculum, Engineering the Glass Seed, is of interest to them and we are hoping to have a chance to introduce it to youth groups at the museum. They have a rich and vibrant program for children at the MFA and have had great success in their outreach. As the Director said, “We work to make art relevant to children”. We couldn’t have said it better ourselves! Their work with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Boston is exactly the kind of program that we hope to align ourselves with for our educational initatives- a chance to get kids thinking about art and its influence in the world.
We also had an opportunity to view the space that is used for the exhibitions of any work that is developed through educational programs. It is a gorgeous, light-filled space and in a location that insures that a large number of people will be able to view the work that is created with children in the museum.
The secondary reason for the visit was a chance to tour with a focus on their glass collection, which represents many leading artists in the glass field. It was exciting to see these works but we were truly inspired by so many of the works, representing different eras and across genres and mediums. Its fascinating to see how art has changed through the ages and also how much hasn’t changed but rather matured, changed and morphed. I was struck by an interesting piece that hangs in one of the staircase foyers – a large neon quotation that says “All Art Has Been Contemporary”. How perfectly apt.
Shandra and I had a really wonderful day visiting the MFA and are very appreciative of the time and attention that were given to us by the Director. We are excited to start growing a relationship with this remarkable place and we hope to help expand their already prodigous programs.
Until next time!