Did you catch it?
The late gay activist's mention by Tim Kaine marked a milestone in the Democratic Party's embrace of LGBT equality.
National LGBT Museum
Developed and sustained by the Velvet Foundation, the Museum will be located in the city of New York, where the LGBT story can most effectively reach a national and international audience. The Museum is dedicated to sharing the heritage of LGBT people, a story that unites millions of women and men but is rarely represented in mainstream museums.
"Here I Am" is the Velvet Foundation's national campaign to establish the National LGBT Museum in New York City. Here I Am will serve an unmet need. During the past 40 years, the American LGBT community has found its voice—today sustained by myriad activist and social organizations throughout the country. However, these advances have not been reflected in mainstream museum practices and policies. The LGBT experience rarely appears in museum collections, exhibitions, or public programs, keeping LGBT material culture invisible to most of the museum-visiting public. The envisioned Museum will bring the LGBT experience out onto the museum floor, opening new doors of learning and understanding. Here I Am will not duplicate the mission of any other institution. There are a number of collections of LGBT materials throughout the nation. But none of them has a national focus; and only a few engage in ongoing exhibition programs. Through collaboration, Here I Am will provide other museums and collections dedicated to the LGBT experience with opportunities to engage new audiences. Here I Am will engage broad audiences. The Museum will have great appeal among members of the myriad LGBT communities and their families and friends. Its audience, however, will extend far beyond this core constituency. That’s because the Museum’s vision is about inclusiveness, about reaching out on a human level, and about embracing who we are and what we strive to be. The story is fundamental, but the journey is complex. Our desire to be a whole person, who is accepted and respected by our family, our community, and society, is a universal story—a story that should be shared.
Mission: The creation of the National LGBT Museum will be a forum for the identification, study, and dissemination of the social, historical, and cultural contributions of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community—and its relation within the larger society—through collections, exhibitions, research, publications, and other public programs. At its core, the Museum will be guided by a set of principles that embodies its mission, informs its vision, and directs its actions: -Preservation. Be a valued and respected member of the museum community as a collector and steward of a unique part of humanity's history and culture. -Scholarship. Serve as a resource center for researchers, scholars, and others interested in the study of LGBT history and culture. -Cultural Unification. Offer a place- and means- for LGBT people to pursue mutual goals and to foster a shared identity. -Education. Provide the resources and tools needed for teachers and students to explore, learn, and connect with the heritage of LGBT people. -Social Responsibility. Enhance the well-being of all human communities by providing a secure public forum for individuals and groups to confront, debate, and exchange ideas. -Inclusiveness. Welcome people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and ages to share in the LGBT experience as a critical park of America's history and culture. -National Outreach and Collaboration. Reach beyond New York, to engage new audiences and to collaborate with museums and collections that are also dedicated to preserving and interpreting LGBT history and culture. -Innovation. Create experiences that position the Museum on the cutting edge of interpretive philosophy by incorporating novel exhibit design and techniques.
Did you catch it?
The late gay activist's mention by Tim Kaine marked a milestone in the Democratic Party's embrace of LGBT equality.
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