Since its inception, the Sedona Art Museum has been seeking a place to call home. We believe that a state-of-the-art facility is what’s needed to carry the cultural legacy of Sedona and the Verde Valley forward into the future.
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“In an era of unprecedented change, successful museums in the 21st century are becoming important places to have critical conversation affecting our nation and the world. Traditionally repositories of things, museums are more frequently becoming centers for ideas that allow visitors to re-discover their shared values and acknowledge issues of controversy and dissent,” says Sajet.
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The Booth Museum, a Smithsonian affiliated museum, is the largest permanent exhibit space for Western art in the country.
In 2015, the Booth Museum celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Cowboy Artists of America, a group which got its start in Sedona by local artists Joe Beeler, Charlie Dye, John Hampton, and George Phippen.
He discussed how his museum has engaged the San Angelo community through various educational and creative programs. He shared his insights into the importance of how museums need to be leaders in community education through advancing creative learning, becoming instruments of social transformation, providing programming that strengthens critical and creative thinking, and promoting innovation through technology.
As of 2015, millennials are the largest generation, currently surpassing the Boomer generation. Millennials are a highly educated generation who admire authenticity, value social currency, and are notably civic-minded. Ms. Cruz explained how appealing to this generation through the use of social media and technology, original programming, and creating veritable experiences will help this generation bolster museums into the future.
Ms. Cruz also spent time discussing how community involvement with museums is imperative. She explained that engaging visitors and members by creating a sense of ownership through outreach, education, and events would create a sustainable future for museums in the 21st century.
The Sedona Art Museum will be a 20,000 square foot building with room for expansion. It will have an outside sculpture garden, walking paths, and event spaces. The architecturally significant structure will complement the beautiful red rock scenery of Sedona, using environmentally-conscious green building techniques, with a state-of-the-art archival storage facility.
The permanent collection will contain work from artists who have lived and worked in Sedona and the Verde Valley. Through the collection, we will celebrate artists that have contributed to our rich cultural heritage, and to further provide a lasting and unforgettable visitor experience through temporary traveling exhibitions of other world-class artists.