The Grand Rapids Art Museum's mission statement:
The mission of the Grand Rapids Art Museum is to provide a gathering place where people of all ages and backgrounds can enrich their lives through interaction with authentic works of art of the finest quality in a thought-provoking and creative way. In order to nourish and delight the mind and spirit, the Museum collects, conserves, educates, and interprets.
Their upcoming exhibit opening in November: Diana -- a Celebration.
"The exhibition that has drawn audiences averaging 90,000 to other cities, according to Pamella DeVos, an honorary life trustee of the museum, who made the announcement Monday in the museum.
"Her charm, beauty and easy grace touched many people in her short, complex life," DeVos said.
The Grand Rapids Art Museum, which drew just under 105,000 visitors over 12 months from October 2008 to October 2009, will have the show from before Thanksgiving through Valentine's Day in February 2011.
"We believe it'll attract and inspire thousands of women from all over the state and beyond," DeVos said."
According to the article, the cost of bringing the exhibit to the museum is unknown. Is it ethical to spend so much money to bring a popular culture/historical exhibit instead of raising money for a blockbuster art exhibit? If they were able to raise that kind of money to host a great exhibit, they could surely draw equally large crowds.
I don't know Pamella DeVos's background, but she certainly does not give the impression of knowing her place in supporting an art museum.