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Approximately 30 art history students from Old Dominion University joined President Roseann Runte and Chrysler Museum of Art Director William Hennessey Wednesday as the pair signed a partnership agreement that will, among other projects, provide free admission to the museum for students.

"This is a fine example of inter-institutional cooperation to the benefit of the entire community. Students will have the opportunity to learn about art and gain an appreciation for it, which will enrich them throughout their lives," said Dr. Runte. "The interaction between the curatorial staff and the university faculty will open the door to increased collaboration and positive, creative exchange. I am most grateful to William Hennessey for his enlightened leadership. It is a great pleasure to work with him and his fine colleagues."

Under the agreement, Old Dominion will give a monetary contribution to the Chrysler and the museum will offer a museum studies course on campus, hire several student interns each semester and provide free space to student arts groups.

"We're taking this step because we want more people to discover and enjoy the Museum. This means removing as many barriers to participation as possible," explains Dr. Hennessey. "Our hope is that by offering easy and free access to students and young people, an ever larger and more diverse audience will make the Museum a regular part of their lives, and we feel confident that we can show them a good time, and that they will recognize the Chrysler as a great place for learning, insight, and inspiration."

In addition to offering free student admission, the Chrysler created The Young Enthusiasts Advisory Board, a group of young adults, including a number of ODU students, organized to brainstorm, plan, and execute events designed to engage the student audience, focusing on the 18-29 age group. Their first program will be a Movie Night on Nov. 30, featuring tapas, a special gallery tour, and a screening of The Motorcycle Diaries. Students and young adults interested in joining this group may contact Melissa Ball at (757) 333-6298 or mball@chrylser.org.

The Chrysler Museum of Art is located at 245 West Olney Rd. in Norfolk. The museum is open Wednesday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. by voluntary contribution; Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.; and it is closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and major Holidays.

This article was posted on: October 19, 2005

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