In an effort to fulfill their mission to make art accessible to all, the Gibbes Museum of Art has launched a partnership with the Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) that will make 15 family-level memberships available for check out at all CCPL branches. The passes will be available for circulation starting Feb. 18 and will allow up to two adults and all children or grandchildren under the age of 18 free admission to the museum.
“This partnership embodies everything that we stand for,” says Angela Mack, executive director of the Gibbes Museum of Art. “It’s important to us that everyone has the ability to learn and discover art. We strive to enhance lives through art by enabling visitors of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to learn, to discover and to be inspired by the creative process.”
Library cardholders can check out a free, week-long pass to the Gibbes, from their local CCPL branch, to explore the foremost collection of art in Charleston. Membership cards are available to be checked out for one week, may not be renewed, must be checked out on an adult card and have a limit of one pass per card.
“We are thrilled to partner with a wonderful organization like the Gibbes Museum of Art to provide our patrons and their families with the opportunity to experience the amazing collections and artworks housed within the museum for free,” says Devon Andrews, CCPL community engagement manager. “It’s crucial that all members of the community have the ability to experience this connection to culture and the arts, and by removing the barrier that may be caused by admission prices, we hope to empower more people to access this amazing resource.”
About the Gibbes Museum of Art
Home to the Carolina Art Association, established in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art is recognized among the oldest arts organizations in the United States. Housing one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present, the museum’s mission is to enhance lives through art by engaging people of every background and experience with art and artists of enduring quality and by providing opportunities to learn, to discover, to enjoy and to be inspired by the creative process. For more information, visit www.gibbesmuseum.org.
About the Charleston County Public Library (CCPL)
Charleston County opened the doors to its first free public library Jan. 1, 1931. The Charleston Free Library of the County of Charleston was initially headquartered in a wing of the Charleston Museum and served residents with five branches and a bookmobile. Currently serving residents with 17 locations and a mobile library, the Charleston County Public Library operates under a mission and vision that focuses on four core values: literacy, community engagement, educational success and workforce development. For details on all that CCPL has to offer, visit ccpl.org.