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VMFA Clarifies Friends of Art “Restructuring” 

Thank you for the coverage of the upcoming “Revealed: Fabergé Burlesque.” The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and its young professional support group Friends of Art are pleased to present this classic adult entertainment, which was inspired in part by our Fabergé exhibition.

Your article contained one phrase that requires clarification. The reference that Friends of Art was “dismantled because it wasn’t running efficiently” misrepresented the VMFA’s actions toward this valuable and long-standing support group. Since reopening, the museum has incorporated new models for its support groups that better align with the museum’s current needs. The restructuring of Friends of Art does not reflect on the performance of its leadership throughout VMFA’s history. Virginia’s museum is all about accessibility and engagement, especially for young adults looking to enhance their relationship with the arts.

Alexis Vaughn
Deputy Director of Sales & Marketing
VMFA

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