Kibitz (Chat) 3.0 – New blog post chatting with Laura Jacobs, Director of Communications for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

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November marks the second anniversary of the beautifully constructed Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.  Crystal Bridges has had high praise not only locally, but nationally and globally for its beautiful architecture, exhibits, trails, and amenities.   Whether you live in Northwest Arkansas or halfway around the globe, Crystal Bridges is a "must-see" for anyone with a love of art, nature, culture, and American spirit.

We were thrilled to chat with our friend, Laura Jacobs, Director of Communications for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art this week to get an update of all the amazing happenings at the museum.  Many thanks to Laura and her team for the spectacular and riveting work they continue to bring to Northwest Arkansas!

crystal bridges laura jacobs In August, Crystal Bridges reached its 1 Millionth Visitor much earlier than anticipated.  What did this mean for Crystal Bridges? 

We were so excited to have reached the one millionth visitor milestone in less than 21 months of operation. It meant a lot to recognize this achievement with our staff, the community and the entire state. We elected to celebrate not a single individual, but the entire community with our Thank You for Being One in a Million campaign. We celebrated with a week’s worth of fun activities including a Share Your Story video booth in which we asked staff and guest to share what Crystal Bridges means to them. We got some great responses.

We would love for you to watch a few of those great interviews captured in the video below.


What collections can we look forward to? 

There’s always something new at the Museum. In addition to exhibitions large and small, we frequently rotate the collection and feature new acquisitions.crystal bridges

You can look forward to the debut of the Alfred Stieglitz Collection at Crystal Bridges in November.

In 1949 Georgia O’Keeffe donated 101 works of art, ranging from African masks to Modernist paintings, to Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. Most of the objects had been collected by O’Keeffe’s late husband, Alfred Stieglitz, a photographer, gallery owner, and tireless champion of American Modernists, including O’Keeffe, Charles Demuth, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and John Marin, among many others. The Artists’ Eye: Georgia O’Keeffe and the Alfred Stieglitz Collection celebrates a partnership between Fisk University and Crystal Bridges that allows this important collection to be shared between Nashville and Bentonville.

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How does Crystal Bridges serve as an educational resource in the community, as well as, an attraction for visitors?

We offer a robust array of programming for all ages plus a school field trip program that has already shown positive results for educators and museums. Check out our listing of classes, workshops, lectures, events and more – you might be surprised to discover how many ways there are to connect with art and deepen your engagement.  We also have a library, which is a valuable public and educational resource and open to the public. We offer such a wide programming array to create as many points of access as possible.

Education is at the core of Crystal Bridges’ mission. The Museum offers year-round programming for all ages, including lectures, art-making workshops, films, gallery talks, and special events. An award-winning app available free from iTunes features audio tours of current and past temporary exhibitions, and many of the Museum’s lectures and gallery talks are included in Crystal Bridges’ iTunes U site, which also features interviews with curators, artists, and conservators. In addition, Crystal Bridges offers professional development for teachers and educational programming for K-12 school groups designed to fit with Common Core standards.

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With the completion drawing near of the Razorback Greenway, how does this trail that skirts Crystal Bridges and the other trails and amenities surrounding the property complete the bigger picture of your organization?

The augmentation of the trails is great in that it helps to expand a quality of life amenity for residents of northwest Arkansas. Our trails get used daily – and especially during great weather times in the fall and spring. We hope to capture the trail traffic that may not be planning a visit to Crystal Bridges and plan to add some lovely banners along the Crystal Bridges trail to let people know they can come in off the trails.

Looking ahead, are there any special projects and/or events we can look forward to in 2014?

We have great exhibitions planned for 2014 including a fabulous show of Modernism: The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism on view March 15, 2014 through July 7, 2014; the new installation of American Encounters, which is our partnership with the Louvre, the High Museum of Art and the Terra Foundation, and an exhibition of ceramics called Born Under Fire. We are curating a major exhibition for later in the year, but we’ll tell you more about that soon! I would encourage anyone with an interest in the museum to become a member or to sign up for our enewsletters so stay up-to-date on all the wonderful art and programming we offer.


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