Community Meeting at the Farnsworth


Community Informational Meeting
At the Farnsworth
(Rockland, ME) On Thursday, April 23, from 5 to 7 p.m., the Farnsworth Art Museum is inviting the community into its galleries for a presentation on its exhibits, educational programming, and its plans to bring national media attention to Rockland in 2009. This community meeting, which is open and free of charge to all, will include refreshments in the museum library.
With an average annual attendance of over 60,000 visitors during the past six years, the museum is widely regarded as an economic engine for the Rockland community-at-large. This year, the Farnsworth expects to see an even greater amount of traffic.  A local, regional and national public relations and advertising plan is already underway that the museum believes will bring national media attention to both the Farnsworth and the city of Rockland. This season’s planned exhibits, Jamie Wyeth–Seven Deadly Sins and Robert Indiana and the Star of Hope, are already receiving national attention.
The museum’s Education Department is also moving into high gear. There is at least one school group scheduled to tour the museum every single weekday through the end of this school year. In addition to the thousands of Maine school children who visited the museum last year from 65 different schools, 4,700 people attended lectures at the Farnsworth. In a survey conducted in 2006 by the University of Maine, most visitors to the Farnsworth reported having come to Rockland for the sole purpose of visiting the museum. In another survey, this one conducted by the National Endowments for the Arts and American Express, the Farnsworth was shown to have one of the largest economic impacts on its community anywhere in the country, though it was one of the smallest institutions in the report.
Please join the Farnsworth Art Museum on April 23 to learn more about how its plans may help the midcoast thrive during otherwise trying times. If this isn’t reason enough, simply come by to learn the story behind the 20’ EAT sculpture that will be installed on the museum’s Main Street roof.
Images: Robert Indiana, Electric EAT, Painted metal with electric lights, on the exterior of the New York State Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair
Robert Indiana, HOPE, 2008; stainless steel, 72 x 72 x 36 inches; collection of Michael McKenzie