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Viewers respond to millennial-friendly museum tours

August 17, 2014 at 5:32 PM EDT
Viewers respond to a story from Saturday, August 16 about a company that tries to attract millennials to museums by making the museum experience more fun and by linking high works of art to pop culture.
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HARI SREENIVASAN: And now to Viewers Like You, your response to some of our recent work. 

We got a lot of email overnight about yesterday’s story profiling a company that tries to attract millennials to museums by making the museum experience more fun and by linking high works of art to pop culture.

NICK GRAY: Taking them to a piece like this amazing sculpture of Diana that’s in the courtyard of the American wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and how do we compare her to maybe Kim Kardashian.

 John Anthony Cheng liked the idea: “First, you have got to get people to look. I don’t  really care how….Then if the art we say we cherish is as good as we think it is, people will be intelligent enough to recognize its qualities….and eventually they too will become the hushed, contemplative fogies that museums were truly meant to attract.”

Jonathan Robertson is a fan, too: “I think it’s an excellent idea. Once someone gets the light in the eyes from wonderment, however a tour is presented, I believe that person will return and, hopefully, donate via a membership.”

But more of you were critical.

Alex Lindstrom wrote: “As a 20-something, I find this distressing. Do I want people to go to museums more? Yes. But I caution what we may lose in emphasizing the pursuit of knowledge as valuable only when it entertains us.”

Rho Huang joined in: “This won’t make kids like or appreciate art any more  or less than they did. All it does is provide legitimate reasons for them to goof around museums and annoyed the heck out of people who are there to actually enjoy arts.”

Diane Roman isn’t a fan: “If playing games and posting selfies is all we can do to teach people to appreciate the Arts, we’re in really SAD shape.”

And from Debbie Floria McGee: “Just another way to continue the dumbing down of America.”

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