Art institute offers free entry

Staff report

DAYTON — The Dayton Art Institute (DAI) will waive its suggested admission and offer free general admission to its permanent collection, May 18, as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day.

The theme of this year’s Art Museum Day is Art Museums Foster Vibrant Communities. AAMD members across the United States, Canada and Mexico will offer programs and initiatives to celebrate the arts and the important role art museums play in their communities.

In addition to free general admission, the DAI will offer $10 off the purchase of a new individual, duo or family membership, May 18. The museum will also offer special pricing of $5 for that evening’s Curatorial Conversations gallery talk, which will look at the focus exhibition “Red: Endless Attraction.” The Curatorial Conversations program begins at 6 p.m. and is limited to 20 people; advance reservations are recommended by calling 937-223-4278.

The museum will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Art Museum Day.

“The DAI and the many other local arts organizations are definitely an integral part of creating a vibrant community in the Dayton region,” said DAI Director and CEO Michael R. Roediger. “In addition, the DAI had an estimated economic impact of more than $6.7 million on the Dayton metropolitan area last year.”

“The arts are shared by people across every time period and every place—creativity is a vital part of what makes us human and what makes our cities and towns better places to live,” said Chris Anagnos, executive director of AAMD. “On Art Museum Day, museums across North America invite everyone to come together with their families, friends, and neighbors to celebrate that creative spirit, connect in common experiences, and see new points of view. AAMD greatly appreciates The Dayton Art Institute’s participation in Art Museum Day, and the contributions all art museums make to the vibrancy, economy, and strength of their communities.”

Staff report