Museum Mile on 5th Avenue
By: Riley Ryan-Wood
On Tuesday, June 14th museums on Fifth Avenue threw open their doors and closed their ticket booths for the 38th year in a row for The Museum Mile Festival. The festival offers free admission to popular institutions such as the Guggenheim, The Met, and El Museo Del Barrio, as well as a myriad of family-centric activities along 5th Avenue. This year, the festival boasts of an attendance of over one million visitors from across the nation. The festival traces its beginnings to the late 1970s, at a time when public support for the arts and its institutions was wavering due to the fiscal crisis. The festival was imagined as a vehicle to overcome historic barriers such as the price of a museum ticket that would hinder attendance.
Today, in light of the NEA’s perturbing research, which states that national attendance to arts institutions has been on the decline for the past two decades, the Museum Mile Festival might be just what the doctor ordered.
See museummilefestival.org for more information.
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Article © Riley Ryan-Wood