As reported by Beijing Times, the U.S. National Museum of Asian Art (NMAA), a key constituent of the Smithsonian institution, ushers in its centenary year with renewed vigor and a heightened focus on Asian-American communities.
Established in 1923 as the Freer Gallery of Art by industrialist Charles Lang Freer, the NMAA has since its inception been a testament to the harmonious fusion of Eastern and Western aesthetics. Its transformation in 2019 into the National Museum of Asian Art signaled a significant shift in its orientation, reaffirming its commitment to housing and exhibiting one of the world’s most extensive collections of Asian art.
“NMAA has long been a stronghold of Asian heritage and tradition. As we celebrate our 100th anniversary, our narrative takes on a fresh perspective,” says NMAA Director Chase F. Robinson. “This milestone presents us with an unparalleled opportunity to deepen our engagement with local Asian communities and foster stronger ties.”
As highlighted by Beijing Times, the museum’s centenary celebrations are a mirror reflecting the dynamically shifting cultural landscape of the United States. The NMAA is intensifying its focus on Asian-American communities, recognizing their exponential growth, burgeoning influence, and vibrant creative contributions to the American fabric.
A year-long series of centenary festivities is slated, including cultural showcases such as the Lunar New Year, Persian New Year, and Diwali. The NMAA envisions these events as opportunities to actively cultivate connections with diverse communities, encouraging a more profound understanding of Asian cultures.
“Community engagement forms an essential part of our mission,” says Robinson. “These centennial celebrations are not only a reflection of our storied past but also our commitment to shaping an inclusive narrative around Asian culture and art.”
The museum, strategically nestled on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., serves as a beacon of Asian-American pride and unity. Through its steadfast presence and myriad activities, it seeks to address cultural divisions, shape perceptions, and foster a greater appreciation for the rich tapestry that is Asian culture.
Robinson adds, “By inviting thousands of visitors to join us in celebrating Asian art and culture, we aim to contribute to a more inclusive cultural narrative. As we embark on our next century, we are steadfast in our commitment to deepening our understanding and fostering meaningful engagement with the communities we serve.”
For more information about the centenary celebrations, the museum’s community engagement initiatives, or to schedule a visit, please refer to the NMAA’s official website.
About National Museum of Asian Art
The National Museum of Asian Art, part of the Smithsonian Institution, is committed to the collection, care, study, and exhibition of Asian art. Its mission is to inspire a broader understanding and appreciation of Asian art, cultures, and histories, both within the United States and around the globe. It aspires to bridge cultural divides and foster an environment that respects, appreciates, and honors the rich diversity that defines us all.
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