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Impact

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young Asian child models a red and white jacket on a runway in the center of the Robinson Atrium. Sol LeWitt's colorful, geometric Wall Drawing #729 is visible in the background.

Your generous support ensures the High Museum of Art remains a premier destination, presenting art and artists to inspire, enrich, and delight visitors of all backgrounds.

With thirteen exhibitions and dozens of school, family, and public programs, we facilitated an engaging dialogue with diverse audienc­es of more than 323,136 visitors on-site during FY20 (June 1, 2019–May 31, 2020) and served another 1,552,467 online.

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Whether it is the popular Second Sundays when we open the Museum free to the public and offer a broad array of activities; Toddler Thursdays when the High is abuzz with the potential artists of tomorrow; or the new Creative Aging programs designed for older adults to experience our collection in fun and innovative ways, your support makes it possible for us to meet people of all ages where they are and provide profound, often transformational experiences.

 

young girl with brown skin and black hair watches a performance.

Second Sundays

FY20 Attendance: 55,115
Average Monthly Attendance: 5,511+

On the second Sunday of each month, the High offers free admission for all visitors from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and special programming from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Each month features new activities including art making, performances, and tours of the High’s collection and special exhibitions.

Glo dancers in the Weiland galleries.

Art Access

Total Attendance: 25,012

Art Access is designed to remove the economic barriers that typically prevent Title I school students from visiting the High Museum of Art. Art Access provides Georgia students a high-quality, dynamic learning experience that supports state standards.

Two girls hold up collages they made during Toddler Thursday.

Toddler Thursdays

FY20 Total Attendance: 6,525

Designed for children ages fifteen months through three years with their caregivers, Toddler Thursdays engage children’s creativity and incorporate monthly themes with related artwork, art-making activities, stories, and tours.

Family with a smartbox

smARTbox

Children using smARTbox in FY2020: 8,763 new and 3,318 returners Total number of children with a smARTbox: 34,504

The smARTbox program was launched in July 2017 as a substantial new learning tool that combines the High’s robust art education and art-making materials in a handy kit that families with young children can enjoy while at the Museum and at home.

Education by the Numbers

40,774
School children served through field trips
25,012
Title 1 schoolchildren received free programs
478
Schools served
570
Children participated in Art Camp
62,024
Visitors who participated in a family program
26,628
Visitors who participated in an event or program
4,236
Teachers trained
3,023
Volunteer docent hours

Digital Outreach by the Numbers

997,324
Unique website visitors
55,869
High blog views
527,644
Total social media engagements
401,490
Total social media followers

Conservation

Abstract mixed media work in red black and green.

Thornton Dial (American, 1928-2016)
Struggling Tiger Know His Way Out (detail), 1991
enamel house paint, braided rug, tin, industrial sealing compound, and plywood on canvas mounted on wood
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
gift of William Arnett through the 20th-Century Art Acquisition Fund, 1992.51.

This past year, nine works were conserved mostly in preparation to go on view in a special exhibition. Special thanks go to Bank of America for funding the conservation and study of ten works by renowned African American artist Thornton Dial from the Museum’s collection. The Museum conducted a full assessment of these works using analytical and imaging techniques that captured each work’s component parts and created a baseline understanding of how Dial’s fabrication practices and materials have deteriorated over time. When complete, this project will not only facilitate the preservation of Dial’s most important assemblages but will also provide the basis for important scholarship on his materials and methods and establish protocols for the conservation of his work as well as the entire spectrum of self-taught artists working in nontraditional, mixed media.

Collections

Children looking at impressionist paintings in the Shaheen gallery.

In FY20, more than three hundred objects were added to the collection, including approximately $1.3 million expended for objects with an estimated combined value of more than $30 million.

Philanthropists Doris and Shouky Shaheen donated their entire Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and modernist painting collection, totaling twenty-four artworks, to the Museum. The Shaheen gift is one of the most significant groups of European paintings ever to enter the Museum’s collection, rivaled only by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation donation in 1958, which established the core of the High’s European art holdings. This marks the High’s first acquisition of paintings by renowned artists such as Henri Fantin-Latour, Henri Matisse, Amedeo Modigliani, and Alfred Sisley. In recognition of the gift, the Museum established the Doris and Shouky Shaheen Gallery in its Stent Family Wing, where the paintings are currently on view.


 

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