Boise Art Museum Director and BAM Accepted into Association of Art Museum Directors

May 1st, 2013

Boise, ID – Boise Art Museum is pleased to announce that Melanie Fales, Executive Director/CEO of the Boise Art Museum has been accepted into the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD). Membership in AAMD consists of directors of 220 art museums in the United States, Canada, and Mexico which meet exacting standards of purpose, size and operation. Membership in the Association is based on the qualification of the specific art museum as well as the experience and demonstrated ability of the individual director.

Established in 1916, the purpose of AAMD is to support its members in increasing the contribution of art museums to society. The AAMD accomplishes this mission by establishing and maintaining the highest standards of professional practice, serving as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas, acting as an advocate for its member art museums, and being a leader in shaping public discourse about the art community and the role of art in society.

Melanie Fales stated, “Through AAMD I hope to reach beyond my city, state and region to be involved in a group of art museum peers concerned with a common set of interests, challenges and values. AAMD membership provides an opportunity to become part of a collective voice working to further the understanding of art and art museums as essential components of vibrant communities and human existence. I welcome the chance to participate at a higher level in the national and international art museum conversation, to offer my perspective to the discussion, and to access additional resources for the benefit of BAM and the community.”

Boise Art Museum is the only nationally accredited collecting art museum in the state of Idaho and within a 300-mile radius. BAM is a singular educational visual art resource where teachers, families, seniors, artists, collectors, students, tourists and others come to have extraordinary experiences with original works of art by locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally known artists. The Museum is a steadfast partner with other non-profit, cultural and arts organizations and a safe place to explore a broad range of topics and ideas paramount to humanity.

Boise Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, educational, and charitable organization. The Museum is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Support is provided by BAM members, contributions and grants from individuals, corporations and foundations, as well as grant funding from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Boise Art Museum (BAM) is located downtown in Julia Davis Park. HOURS Tuesday – Saturday, 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday, Noon – 5 PM. Open 10 AM – 8 PM the first Thursday of each month, featuring admission by donation all day. ADMISSION $6 General, $4 Seniors (62+), full-time college students and students grades 1-12, $3. Children under 6 and Museum members are always free. Boise State University students gain free admission with their valid student ID card, through 8/23/12.