Release Date: May 26, 2021
Virtual Museum Mile Festival, June 8, 2021, 9 am to 9 pm
Follow #MMF2021 for Virtual Cultural Programming from 5th Avenue: The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Neue Galerie New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Jewish Museum; Museum of the City of New York; El Museo del Barrio; and The Africa Center
New York, NY, May 26, 2021 – Eight New York City museums are coming together, once again, to present the 43rd annual Museum Mile Festival (Virtual) on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, from 9 am to 9 pm. The day-long celebration of art and culture will feature live and pre-recorded programs, virtual exhibition tours, online activities for all ages, and more. The content will be streamed across their respective websites and social media platforms. Culture enthusiasts from around the world will be able to continue joining New Yorkers for this one-of-a-kind celebration. Audiences can follow the hashtag #MMF2021 on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for cultural happenings throughout the day.
The eight institutions participating in this long-standing collaboration are The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Neue Galerie New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; The Jewish Museum; Museum of the City of New York; El Museo del Barrio; and The Africa Center. The Museum of the City of New York; El Museo del Barrio, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art are members of the Cultural Institutions Group (CIG), a diverse coalition of 34 nonprofit museums, performing arts centers, historical societies, zoos, and botanical gardens in New York that share a private-public partnership with the City and reside within City-owned property.
"The Museum Mile Festival has attracted joyful crowds of New Yorkers for more than 40 years," said Cultural Affairs Commissioner Gonzalo Casals. "This year, as our city recovers, Museum Mile will offer opportunities both to engage with live programming, and for people far and wide to participate online. Culture is at the center of New York's recovery, and we are grateful to the institutions and cultural workers who are committed to bringing us this staple of the city's cultural scene."
The Museum Mile Festival, which normally occurs on Fifth Avenue between 82nd Street and 110 th Street on the second Tuesday evening in June, was established in 1978 to increase public awareness of its member institutions and promote public support of the arts. The Festival, hosted virtually this past year due to the pandemic, is presented in this convivial spirit, with the same goal of increasing public awareness of arts and culture, and bringing communities together. See press release PDF for programming from each institution.