First Thursdays

Newfields, the local art museum and nature center in Indianapolis, recently became woke after it published a recruitment advertisement that ruffled the feathers of other woke organizations and people.

Newfields’ knee jerk reaction was to publish a master plan to let everyone know they are on the path of redemption.

One of immediate complaints against the museum is the admission charge (currently $18). The Woke say the admission charge prevents black and brown people, low income people, the marginalized, the homeless and other people groups from accessing the tremendous art and nature Newfields offers.

In response, Newfields has expanded “its First Thursdays program, providing free general admission to the museum and gardens on the first Thursday of the month, for the full day, year-round.”

Cool. Apparently the First Thursday program has been in effect for years. As a Newfields member, I never knew about the First Thursday program. Maybe it wasn’t publicized as it is now. As I read in the Master Plan, the free admission on the First Thursday was allowed from 4-8 pm. After April 1, 2021, it is allowed all day.

I might attend a First Thursday to see what the community response is. To see if black and brown people, low income people, the marginalized, the homeless and other people groups actually go when the doors are open to everyone.

While I have my misgivings about the woke reaction to the phrase “core white audience” I hope that people actually show up on the First Thursday on each month. Maybe overrun the museum and the grounds as though it were a free Colts football game.

Robert Indiana's Love Sculpture at Newfields. This sculpture was placed outdoors at the time of this photo but now it is placed indoors. Nikon D600 photo taken on November 1, 2015 by Dave O.
Robert Indiana’s Love Sculpture at Newfields. This sculpture was placed outdoors at the time of this photo but now it is placed indoors. Nikon D600 photo taken on November 1, 2015 by Dave O.

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