Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Guest Blogger: Allyn Boone

The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is conducting its annual membership drive, and we invite area residents to take advantage of this opportunity to experience all that the Museum has to offer.

LRMA members are first to receive information about exhibitions and programs. They receive personal invitations to Museum activities as well as a subscription to the LRMA News, which describes upcoming opportunities and provides information about art, artists and other timely topics.

LRMA is known throughout the nation for its world-class collections and exhibitions, which bring thousands of visitors to our community each year. Your LRMA membership shows that you support the cultural well-being of our city, state and region.

This year, in addition to joining the Museum, community residents will also be able to help school children visit LRMA. The Museum has begun an Adopt-A-Bus program to help schools defer the high cost of transportation, which threatens to keep children from taking field trips.

Members may add a gift of $25, $50, $100 or other amount to their membership contribution. The funds will be used to provide transportation stipends for schools that bring students to LRMA for tours and activities. We are certain that this program will make a difference by increasing the number of students who are able to visit the Museum and experience the visual arts.

Membership is an important source of income for LRMA. Through the membership program, LRMA is able to offer exhibitions of regional and national significance while meeting the needs of the children and families of our area. We send Art Trunks to teachers throughout the state, sponsor Third Grade Tours for children of our community and nearby counties, and provide special programs for children of the Laurel Housing Authority and other groups. We offer Heritage Arts Festival and the Very Special Arts Festival, along with a host of other events, through the generosity of our members and supporters.

Please consider becoming an LRMA member. Membership will connect you directly with our exhibitions, programs, permanent collection, and other activities.

The Lauren Rogers Museum of Art is a backyard treasure, and membership is the best way for residents of our community to take advantage of this outstanding arts institution. To receive information about joining LRMA, call the Museum at 601-649-6374 or visit our website at www.LRMA.org.

Allyn Boone is Director of Development at the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.

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