The National Museum of Women in the Arts has over 16,000 members and devoted supporters from 50 states in the U.S. and 22 countries. To enhance outreach to its members and others, NMWA created a unique network of national and international committees, auxiliary volunteer organizations that support the goals of the museum in their respective cities, states, regions, or countries. The program currently includes 18 committees : 10 in the United States and 8 abroad.
The committees, such as Les Amis du NMWA in Paris, host significant programs that promote women artists, offer new educational experiences, and broaden the museum’s membership. Its members serve as ambassadors for the museum, by promoting its mission, building relationships with other cultural institutions, and extending NMWA’s visibility around the world.
Les Amis du NMWA is part of the museum’s growing international network of outreach committees. It was first created, under the 1901 law, in 2002 and restarted at the end of 2009. Its objective is to promote the museum’s mission of recognizing women’s contributions to the arts, both past and present.
To fulfill this mission, Les Amis du NMWA :
- organizes events highlighting the accomplishments of women artists
- helps women artists based in France to achieve international recognition through exhibitions at NMWA such as Women to Watch .
- facilitates links between French arts institutions and professionals and NMWA
- sends, via internet, a newsletter in French presenting the group’s events as well as a listing of exhibitions featuring women artists in Paris and throughout France.
Les Amis du NMWA helps to highlight the place of French women artists in the museum’s exhibition schedule. In the past, the association has found a sponsor to finance the restoration of one of the paintings in the museum’s permanent collection, Young Woman Seated in the Shade of a Tree, by the French artist Antoine Cécile Haudebourt-Lescot, as well as to finance a young intern from the École du Louvre to work at NMWA. The association organizes opportunities for exchanges between the French public and the management of the museum.
- Reception at the American Embassy Residence ©Leygonie 2011