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“Art Everywhere U.S.” Launches in August

Although museums encourage the public to embrace their many offerings, the reality is that some people just don’t have the resources to experience the inner workings of a museum. Some may not be able to pay the general admission.

This reality raises questions about art accessibility: How can art remain protected, but still be accessible to the people and the community?

That fear may be no more. In fact, this August, art will become available to everyone.

Public spaces will become more artistically infused and quite interesting, I’d imagine, with the new “Art Everywhere U.S.” campaign set to launch across all 50 states. Labeled as “the largest art show ever,” “Art Everywhere U.S.” will showcase 58  pieces of  works from various artists including African American notables like Archibald Motley, Romare Bearden and Charles White. These works will appear on unlikely canvases like buses, billboards, airport terminals, movie theaters and more. People across the world will have 200 years of history traveling with them on their morning commutes, walks and routes to school.

The initiative, a collaborative effort with the Outdoor Advertising Association of America, is the first of its kind and will include art collections from the Art Institute of Chicago, Dallas Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art and the Whitney Museum of Modern Art.

“The show has to reflect America. It has to reflect the background of artists who are from across the world and moved here, or were born here of backgrounds of such diversity,” Max Anderson, the Eugene McDermott director at the Dallas Museum of Art, told The Root. “I think it’s essential that kids of any background see themselves in this campaign and that those who may be familiar only with some artists meet new artists. That’s a part of the campaign.”