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November 20, 2020

Dear Friends of the Frist,

It’s been great to see many of you at the Frist since June, when we reopened our doors. When we closed in March to help curb the spread of COVID-19, we began researching how to provide the safest possible environment for visitors and staff while maintaining a comfortable and enjoyable museum experience. Our spacious galleries allow ample room for social distancing, and a complete list of safety measures can be found on our website.

In the wider community, however, the number of COVID-19 cases and rates of infection are increasing. These facts compound the ongoing impact of the pandemic on the Frist Art Museum. Our top priority is to ensure your safety. We are assiduously diligent in following all recommended protocols and requiring all guests to do the same.

While we remain optimistic, attendance and earned revenue currently languish. Likewise, donated revenue has dwindled. We are thus temporarily reducing our hours. Beginning on January 2, 2021, we will be open Thursdays through Sundays—the days most popular among our guests. Service in the café will be suspended, but vending machines and seating will remain available. The gift shop will be open, and Martin ArtQuest accessible on a timed entry basis.

In the meantime, throughout the holiday season (from now until December 31), the Frist will remain open seven days a week. We are ready to welcome you and your families to our galleries, Martin ArtQuest (Sundays–Tuesdays), and the gift shop, which is full of wonderful holiday options. Reservations, which are required for both the galleries and MAQ, can be made at FristArtMuseum.org/tickets. The present reduction in downtown traffic means that parking is readily available in our visitor lot.

As always, you will find our galleries full of magnificent art. Now on view:

Be sure to consult FristArtMuseum.org before your visit for the most up-to-date information—and, while you’re there, enjoy our robust array of online programs, including Frist at Home tours (with new sessions streamed weekly), Storytime (in English, Spanish, and ASL), panel discussions, art history classes, curator’s tours, digital exhibitions (such as 2020 Young Tennessee Artists), and other offerings.

Thank you to all who have continued to support the Frist Art Museum with your memberships and donations during this challenging period. Your generosity is appreciated more than you know. While we must operate on a temporarily modified schedule at the start of the new year, we look forward to restoring our hours as circumstances permit, and our commitment to our communities—to education, equity, and diversity, and to the healing, nurturing, and inspiring power of art—is unwavering.

Please stay safe.

Susan H. Edwards, PhD
Executive Director and CEO

Summer 2020

Dear Friends of the Frist,

We join the international outcry denouncing racism, intolerance, and violence, and we, like those filling streets around the world in protest, mourn George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and the many other victims before them. We join the world to say that Black Lives Matter. Given the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on communities of color, these recent killings underscore the inequities and casualties of systemic racism and make the need for real change even more urgent. We at the Frist Art Museum strive to be a part of an immediate and sustained movement for change.

As a visual arts organization founded in 2001, we are in a strong position to be part of a communal force committed to deconstructing assumed truths inherited from the past. The Frist was conceived as an institution devoted to education, the celebration of visual culture, and a deeply rooted belief that seeing the world differently through art can change lives. From our founding, we have been charged with bringing to light a more thorough understanding of the world’s peoples, cultures, and religions and their respective contributions to humanity, with special attention paid to the ethnic and racial diversity of our own country and community.

We are rigorously committed to examining ourselves, our presumptions and motives, our operations and programming, and our staff, volunteers, board, and councils. We can always do better. Nashville has a place in the history of the twentieth-century civil rights movement that was not always peaceful or easy. Ensuring that we are on the right side of history in 2020 is a responsibility we share. We look forward to coming together as we move toward a more equitable and just society. In service all things are possible.

Susan H. Edwards, PhD
Executive Director and CEO

The Frist shop is stocked with specialty items for the holidays.
If you purchase a new Frist Art Museum membership on-site at the museum, you will receive a special 20% discount on items purchased in the gift shop the day that membership is purchased.