Sometimes the young do know better. In their quest to engage different generations as patrons and benefactors, museums are changing their cultural landscape. Case in point: the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, and its Young Friends Acquisition Council, which launched during the 2015-2016 season and is made up of 26 members. According to the Norton’s Christine Richards, the council brings a combination of fresh ideas and perspectives from outside the museum. While special members’ groups like Young Friends have become a norm for many museums, the Norton stands out for allowing young members to actively expand the museum collection. Earlier in 2016, the council was presented with several works on paper for possible acquisition. “Through a ballot vote, the council elected to purchase its first acquisition for the museum: a large, colorful work on paper by Spencer Finch from 2015 titled Back to Kansas,” Richards adds. Perhaps not so coincidentally, Finch is now scheduled to speak at the Norton in early March, 2017.
Main Image: Spencer Finch, Back to Kansas, 2015. Photo by Christopher Burke