VPAM deserves more hours, visitors

By Jing Ye

Vincent Price Art Museum should extend its business hours and involve students from diverse departments to benefit the East Los Angeles College community.   

The current situation is that the museum does not have enough visitor traffic. 

The museum has an open-door and admission-free policy. 

“The museum sees only an average of 30 visitors daily. 

This small number compared to the total of approximately 33,000 students at ELAC, reflects the lack of outreach from the museum, according to student worker Jazmin Hernandez. 

The challenge is engaging the ELAC community to experience it more actively.

One common approach to boost museum attendance is through hosting unique and immersive events throughout the year. 

Museums can create exhibits that not only showcase artistic brilliance, but also provide educational value. 

Activities such as music and dance performances can turn a visit into a delightful and enriching experience. 

If the museum hosts student performances from the Art and Theater Departments it could be beneficial in attracting an audience.

Another notable challenge faced by ELAC students and faculty is the limited timeframe during which the museum is open. With operating hours from noon to 4 p.m. (extended to 7 p.m. on Thursdays), it becomes challenging for morning classes to organize student tours. 

This scheduling hurdle dampers the potential for educational excursions to the museum.

Currently, the only participants in group tours are students from art-related courses, leading to a disproportionately low number of attendees.  

ELAC boasts diverse departments, and it is essential that the museum opens its doors to students beyond the Art Department. 

However, the potential for growth lies in providing opportunities for students from other areas such as graphic design, architecture, and engineering to exhibit their work at the museum. 

VPAM is not merely a gallery but a repository of invaluable pieces, including a permanent collection of ceramics. 

The current exhibitions, featuring modern local artists and artists from the 1940s, demonstrate the museum’s commitment to showcasing a broad spectrum of art. 

Expanding the scope of the museum to include diverse student contributions not only attracts a broader audience but also enhances the educational experience for ELAC students.

 By incorporating works from various disciplines, the museum can become a dynamic platform for interdisciplinary collaboration and creative exploration.

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