Diversity, Art & Real Estate in Brooklyn: A Word From the Brooklyn Museum's Outgoing Director Extraordinaire, Arnold Lehman

April 20, 2015 9:57 PM

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"When I arrived at the Brooklyn Museum almost eighteen years ago, our audience was probably already more diverse than any museum audience in the United States. It was already comprised of fifteen to twenty percent people of color, which was a great start. That audience has now grown closer to 45 percent, and the growth is a reflection of the continuation of our incredibly important education and public programs, such as Target First Saturdays--and also of our prominent and engaging exhibition program at the Museum.

As we are committed to making certain that our communities in Brooklyn are reflected not only in our exhibition program but also in our permanent collection, our curators have been very conscious of significantly adding artists of color, from the past and contemporary, to our various collections. We...

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