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Everyday Heroes Recognized in Nelson-Atkins Membership Offer

New Museum Members Will Receive Free Membership for Their Hero

Kansas City, MO. Sept.1, 2020 – As The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City prepares to reopen to the public on Sept. 12 after closing in March due to the pandemic, a special membership drive has been kicked off to honor local heroes.

“So many unexpected heroes surround us every day during this unprecedented time,” said Julián Zugazagoitia, Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell CEO & Director of the Nelson-Atkins. “We want to recognize these heroes with the gift of art for an entire year. Perhaps this will help give solace in some small way to those who have worked so hard to contain the coronovirus.”

Each museum membership sold will allow the purchaser to gift an entire year of membership to anyone they choose. The Nelson-Atkins, through this campaign, recognizes the essential work of so many frontline workers: teachers, healthcare professionals, and restaurant and supermarket employees. But there are also neighbors, friends, even strangers who perform simple acts of kindness and show enormous courage. The free membership can be gifted to anyone who has had an impact on the purchaser’s life.

Each member enjoys unique invitations to events and virtual programming, free parking, and special discounts all year long. Membership ensures the long-term vitality of the Nelson-Atkins, supporting its mission to keep art free and accessible to all. All current memberships have been extended three months from the reopening of the museum. This special two-for-one offer applies to both new memberships and membership renewals.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Nelson-Atkins in Kansas City is recognized nationally and internationally as one of America’s finest art museums. The museum, which strives to be the place where the power of art engages the spirit of community, opens its doors free of charge to people of all backgrounds. The museum is an institution that both challenges and comforts, that both inspires and soothes, and it is a destination for inspiration, reflection and connecting with others.

The Nelson-Atkins serves the community by providing access to its renowned collection of more than 42,000 art objects and is best known for its Asian art, European and American paintings, photography, modern sculpture, and Native American and Egyptian galleries. Housing a major art research library and the Ford Learning Center, the Museum is a key educational resource for the region. In 2017, the Nelson-Atkins celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the Bloch Building, a critically acclaimed addition to the original 1933 Nelson-Atkins Building.

The Nelson-Atkins is located at 45th and Oak Streets, Kansas City, MO. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thursday/Friday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. The museum is closed Tuesday. Admission to the museum is free to everyone. For museum information, phone 816.751.1ART (1278) or visit nelson-atkins.org.

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Kathleen Leighton, Manager, Media Relations and Video Production
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art