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Baltimore Museum of Art Launches Citywide Survey to Learn How to Best Serve Its Communities

The Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) announced today that it has invited three hundred organizations, including schools and civic, social, and religious groups, to take a survey that will help guide its future exhibitions and programs—this is the second time the institution has made such a move; in 1937 it also sought the advice of the city’s residents.

“We are excited to build upon the precedent of community engagement established by the BMA’s leadership during the museum’s first century,” said museum director Christopher Bedford. “I have no doubt the outcome of the survey will be very enlightening and will help guide us as we work toward reinventing the museum experience for twenty-first-century visitors.”

Spearheaded by former president of the board of trustees, Henry E. Treide, the BMA’s first citywide survey was sent to 225 organizations; 193 organizations responded. With the feedback the museum received, it organized exhibitions such as “Labor in Art” (1938), which featured works by Edward Hopper, Claude Monet, and members of the Ashcan School; “Hunting and Racing Tradition” (1939); and “Contemporary Negro Art” (1939), one of the first major US exhibitions dedicated to African American art and artists.

Among the organizations being asked to participate are the American Institute of Architects, the Enoch Pratt Free Library, McCormick & Company, and the Maryland Jockey Club, all of which took part in the first survey, as well as a host of new organizations. They will be asked a range of questions about the kind of works they would like to see on display and the types of events they would attend at the museum. Titled “Make It Now,” the survey is also accessible on the BMA’s website. Responses must be submitted by Sunday, June 30.