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Belinda A. Tate and Daniel H. Weiss Join American Federation of Arts Board of Trustees

The American Federation of Arts (AFA) has welcomed Belinda A. Tate, executive director for the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Michigan, and Daniel H. Weiss, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, to its board of trustees. The nonprofit is currently celebrating its 110th year. Since its founding in 1909, the organization has coordinated over 3,500 exhibitions that have traveled to all fifty states, as well as to Canada, Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. Over the next two years, the AFA will send eleven shows to nearly thirty-five museums.

As members of the board, Tate and Weiss will join over thirty corporate representatives, collectors, and museum directors from institutions nationwide. “Dan and Belinda bring with them a breadth of knowledge and set of diverse perspectives that represent a rich cross-section within the museum world today,” Pauline Willis, director and CEO of the AFA, said in a statement. “Their expertise is integral to the AFA’s goal of deepening relations with the full spectrum of the museum community.”

Among the exhibitions recently launched by the AFA are “Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem,” which will travel to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in September; “For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design”; and “Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement.”

Commenting on her new role, Tate said: “Exhibitions organized by the AFA have always had a tremendous impact on me personally, most memorably ‘In the Spirit of Resistance’ from the mid-’90s, which was the first exhibition to examine the influence of the Mexican muralists on the work of African American artists from the 1930s to 1950s.” Weiss added: “It is a genuine pleasure to be joining the Board of the AFA. At a time of increasing interest in the work of museums, along with the challenges of a rapidly evolving society, the importance of the AFA has never been greater.”

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