Yesterday marked my five year anniversary at the Barrick Museum of Art. It was a busy day full of planning community events, future exhibitions, and collaborations with community members and UNLV Departments and Colleges. I was on KUNV with our Dean, Nancy Uscher, talking about our summer programming, the Bus to the Barrick project, and Fall openings. It's a really good time to be involved with the Barrick and the UNLV College of Fine Arts!
The Museum has grown in many ways in the past five years. One example is that in 2013 we were named the "Best Museum You Haven't Been To Yet" by the Las Vegas Weekly. Then, three years later we were named the Best of Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The "hidden gem" on campus is now more visible and recognized as a museum that "presents an always compelling and thought-provoking lineup of exhibits." This year the Barrick is celebrating its fiftieth year of service to the Las Vegas community with a reaffirmation of our mission as a fine arts collecting and research institution. Part of that renewed dedication took the shape of two short but meaningful words - “of Art” - added to the end of our name.
To continue our 50th celebrations, we plan to strengthen our community outreach efforts. We're already making this happen! Our Art & Culture Day in June brought over 400 visitors to the Museum. It was a first-time-visit for many people, and as the Barrick is the only art museum in the city, these "Bus to Barrick" visits may be the first time that many young Las Vegans encounter the visual arts outside the classroom. For some, it may also be their first exposure to a university campus.
We are so grateful to all of the people who have donated so far. We believe that access to the arts is a fundamental human right, and your contribution will help bring thousands of Clark County School children to see art in our Museum—many for the first time! Your donation will make a difference in the lives of children in our community.
I can remember the first time art changed how I thought about the world. That moment changed my trajectory, and I am glad.
We have five days left to reach our goal. Remember, $5 matters!
Spread the word.
PS. Artwork by a young fan of the Barrick.