Writers in the Schools (WITS) takes pride in its groundbreaking relationships with local museums. For over two decades, we have fostered important collaborations between writers and artists in places such as the Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, Orange Show, Blaffer Gallery, Contemporary Arts Museum-Houston, Museum of Printing History, Rothko Chapel, the Houston Children’s Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

We welcome AAM (American Association of Museums) participants from across the United States to the 105th Gathering to Focus on Museums Meeting that is taking place in Houston, TX, from May 22-25th.  The theme of this year’s annual meeting and expo is the “Museum of Tomorrow”and the tag line is “Where Ideas Live.” We love that!

WITS writer Olga Feliciano and Trey Demas from High School Ahead Academy view photographs from the exhibit "The Whole World Was Watching" on view at the Menil until September 25th. Photo by Yvonne Feece.

Writers in the Schools can testify to the crucial role that artists and writers play in co-creating innovative spaces “where ideas live.”  Every year we bring thousands of young writers into museums for inspiration.  A beautiful example of collaboration was last week’s The Watchful Eye Reading at the Menil Collection where WITS students read aloud poetry and prose inspired by the Civil Rights exhibit The Whole World Was Watching. Award-winning journalist and author Mignette Patrick Dorsey delivered a moving keynote speech, and many people in the community were moved to tears by the young people’s words about the black-and-white photographs they had seen in the museum.

We applaud AAM for bringing together more than 5,000 museum leaders to brainstorm the “museum of tomorrow.”  For more information about the presence of WITS in museums, please visit our website.

by Marcia Chamberlain, Writers in the Schools

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