I also see that happen with teachers. I facilitated a lot of professional development for teachers here, and teachers are sometimes really bogged down, sometimes it can feel really overwhelming and weary. And so when we go into the galleries and I see them connecting with art or writing and see the teachers’ faces come alive, I feel so much better at the end of the day, after having seen that.

Marisa

Teacher, mother, Museum Member

The Museum is my place for stepping outside of current events and into a larger human story. I like being able to connect with an artist from four or five hundred years ago. I like to be able to connect with an artist who’s younger than myself and currently alive and expressing a viewpoint that I don’t have. So it’s a place for expanding my understanding of what it means to be alive as a human.

I really love the Cy Twombly piece. I think part of it is because it looks like a chalkboard, and I’m a teacher and I feel that connection.

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I would say that at its best, the Museum is expansive. When I come here, I have an opportunity to think about something larger than current events. I can reconnect with myself and my sense of wonder. I think it can be a place of possibility.

It’s really fun to bring children here—my own children and students—and see them just have a bigger sense of wonder and make connections to things they already know.

And when we experience a piece of art as a community like that, everybody comes alive and understands the art a little bit differently than we would have without.