It was our pleasure to welcome Rebecca Hoffberger, Founder & Director of the American Visionary Arts Museum, on for a Baltimore Positive conversation with Nestor Aparicio and Don Mohler. The museum, affectionately known as AVAM, continues to be one of the most respected museums in the world, and one of the top destinations of any kind to visit in the state of Maryland.
“With the smallest of all the cultural majors budgets, there are only seven national lists that give one attraction per state,” Hoffberger said. “It could be anything – a ballpark, museum – AVAM is the selection to represent the state of Maryland from everything to Oprah’s Destinations to US News & World Report, USA Today, etc, where they provide only one must see attraction per state. We’ve very proud of that.”
While Rebecca and everyone at AVAM is adjusting and adapting during these uncertain times, she looks forward to when life and business get back to normal, and expects the museum to return better than ever.
“We have such love for the people who come through,” Hoffberger said. “It’s such a varied crowd. There are people that never go to museums and people that fly in just to see our museum. The first thing we want to do is reschedule our climate show. We have a temporary hold for August 2nd. That’s a time when we can really embrace people and put the conference for free on YouTube. We want to get our brides back in…and nobody has a better gift shop in the United States. We have a new cafe from Irena Stein that will be open during the day when museum hours are open.”
To hear Rebecca Hoffberger’s full conversation with Nestor and Don, listen here: