Above: Protest against police brutality and racism; Montpelier, VT, June 7, 2020. Photo by Rokeby Trustee Missy Holland.
As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the United States in early February, many of us shuddered as we imagined myriad ways in which harm would come to our communities. Three months later the facts are clear that Americans of color, over represented in essential services and receiving inadequate health care, are disproportionately represented among those who have become sick with COVID-19 and those who have died.
The latest abuses perpetrated against African Americans are further evidence of systemic racism as we witness the killing of black men and women at the hands of present/former law enforcement officials and white vigilantes, including, in recent months: Ahmaud Arbery of Georgia, Breonna Taylor of Kentucky, George Floyd of Minnesota and Tony McDade of Florida.
These murders have raised voices of protest that are naming the wrongs and insisting on change.
Rokeby Museum is in full support of demonstrators
seeking racial justice.
In this Spring 2020 Newsletter, read about Rokeby’s unfortunate loss during the 1918–1919 influenza pandemic, virtual access, a new Education and Interpretation Fellow, newly digitized Civil War correspondence, new trustees, as well as our 2019 Annual Fund Donor and Member lists. View full-screen or download PDF above.
When will Rokeby Museum open for the 2020 season?
Rokeby Museum’s spring opening is on hold as we await guidance from the State of Vermont to determine when we can once again safely welcome visitors. In the meantime, check out special stay-at-home postings on our Facebook and Instagram pages, or sign up for a virtual tour. Stay tuned for our re-opening announcement, and potential date changes for exhibits and programs.Read More
In May 2019, Contemporary Art at Rokeby Museum began an ambitious two-year project designed to engage artists and the public with Rokeby Museum’s archives, objects, buildings, and land. Working in collaboration with Kasini House, the goal was to demonstrate how contemporary art can pick up the unfinished work of history and foster civic engagement in social, economic, and environmental justice issues.
In 2020, Contemporary Art at Rokeby Museum will present “Mending Fences: New Work by Carol MacDonald.” This multifaceted exhibition of objects, monotype prints, and site-specific installations will–in the face of complex cultural challenges–promote both simple and profound acts of repair. The exhibition will open when Rokeby Museum opens for the season and run through October 25th, 2020 with a public reception and book release on opening day.Read More