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SoCal’s Indoor Museums Have Been Closed To Visitors During The Pandemic. How Are They Doing?




A drone aerial view shows the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County at Exposition Park as Los Angeles County allows more businesses and facilities to reopen today, despite rising COVID-19 infections and deaths on June 12, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
A drone aerial view shows the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County at Exposition Park as Los Angeles County allows more businesses and facilities to reopen today, despite rising COVID-19 infections and deaths on June 12, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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Indoor museums throughout Southern California have been closed since March, prompting the institutions that help form the bedrock of cultural life in LA to find new ways to engage their community. 

While outdoor installations like LACMA’s “Urban Light” and “Levitated Mass” have largely stayed open, most museums’ primary ways of engaging visitors—indoor galleries and exhibitions— have been closed. But some museums have shifted to showcase exhibitions virtually, and hosted numerous events online. How are local institutions getting through the COVID-19 pandemic, and what will all this mean for the future of LA’s cultural institutions?

Today on AirTalk, we’re learning more about how museums are faring in the pandemic, what they’re doing to engage the community right now, and more. Have you been supporting local museums during the pandemic, or participating in museum-hosted virtual events? We want to hear from you! Give us a call at 866-893-5722.

Guests:

Michael Govan, CEO and Wallis Annenberg Director of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), SoCal’s largest museum

Annie Philbin, director of the Hammer Museum, an art museum affiliated with UCLA

John Echeveste, CEO of LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, which is dedicated to exhibitions on Mexican and Mexican-American arts, history and culture in L.A.