Museum of Art Endowment
The Mission of the Museum of Art
The endowment for the Museum of Art at Brigham Young University funds museum operations, including maintaining the museum's collection, bringing in new exhibits, and creating important outreach programs such as touring exhibits and Internet access.
The BYU Museum of Art is unique. Its mission is to create a warm, spiritual environment in which the arts can be studied, evaluated, and displayed. Yet, with the exception of five salaried positions, the Museum of Art receives no university funds for its operations. Lacking an adequate endowment, there is constant pressure on the museum to annually acquire operational funding. At the same time, the museum has been given the mission of providing educational experiences for a wide and varied audience, including BYU students, elementary and secondary students, and the public in general. This is a difficult—but important—mission. It is a mission that is almost impossible without a sufficient endowment.
Touching Lives through Art
Quality art can touch hearts in unique and important ways. Art museums are places people can visit with their own thoughts and come to terms with their own lives, well-being, spirituality, and values. The Museum of Art is one of the more remarkable in that respect. It is a real-time, real-life, philosophical and spiritual environment. Its collections have the power to influence, provoke inquiry, and provide meaningful answers to questions of morality, well-being, and personal identity. It is also a unique environment in a university setting that encourages the softer, more spiritual side of life that can provoke self-reflection and higher aspirations.
Generally speaking, everything the museum does is free to the public. The exceptions are the major touring shows. With an adequate endowment, the Museum of Art would be able to better serve its varied patrons. It would serve as a point of access to numerous sociological, psychological, historical, cultural, philosophical, and political ideologies. People from humanities, literature, history, geography, and other disciplines can conduct classes using these collections to help enhance the learning experience.
Your investment in the endowment for the Museum of Art will play a major role in the work of this unique and valuable educational entity by allowing it to spread its influence in many directions and to a much wider clientele than can generally visit the museum in person. And it will help enhance the spiritual, educational, cultural, and other personal experiences of those who visit.