'Pay what you wish' May 18 at some Charlotte museums

Lake Wylie PilotMay 14, 2013 

— Charlotte’s premier cultural destination, Levine Center for the Arts, is celebrating the Association of Art Museum Directors’ Art Museum Day 2013 by offering “pay what you wish” admission to museum visitors on Saturday, May 18.

Three of the cultural institutions at the South Tryon Street campus, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and Mint Museum Uptown, are joining forces to offer visitors an unparalleled arts experience. The Mint Museum also is offering “pay what you wish” admission at its other location, Mint Museum Randolph. (Normal admission is $8 each to the Bechtler and Gantt Center and $10 to the Mint, or a Levine Center for the Arts joint admission pass is available for $20 on CarolinaTix.org.)

Since 2010, the AAMD has encouraged art museums across the nation to participate in conjunction with the International Council of Museums’ (ICOM) International Museum Day, dedicated to promoting the value of museums in society. Over 100 AAMD member museums have participated each year. This year’s theme is “museums (memory + creativity) = social change.”

At the Mint, other special promotions and opportunities are surrounding the Art Museum Day 2013 effort. This week anyone who “shares” the Mint’s Facebook posts at facebook.com/mintmuseum or “retweets” at @TheMintMuseum is eligible to win prizes including free guest passes and tickets to the museum’s May 30 “Party in the Park” event.

On May 18, the Mint will offer a one-day-only special 50 percent off price for annual memberships, which bring unlimited free admissions to both museums and other benefits.

More information about supporting each museum can be found at bechtler.org (click on “Support”); ganttcenter.org (click on “Join & Support), and mintmuseum.org (click on “Support”).

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