The Multicultural Audience Development Initiative's diverse events and programming at the Museum are always thrilling. Recently, we've seen lion dancers perform in the Great Hall to celebrate Lunar New Year, a mariachi band serenading in our Vélez Blanco Patio, and a beautiful dance interpretation of the story of Diwali; it is inspiring to see the richness of our collection come alive through performances and special events.
The Multicultural Advisory Committee, made up of local executives and community leaders from a range of diverse organizations, is crucial to the success of this Museum. With their help and guidance, we are able to make all New York City citizens feel welcome and at home at the Met, and know that we can all trace our heritage back to the art in our grand and encyclopedic permanent collection.
I would also like to share with you the pleasure I get from meeting our new students from the Mentoring Program for College Juniors and the College Group at the Met each year. Bright, involved, forward-thinking students like these guarantee that the Met will remain an admired and exciting destination for years to come, and will continue the Met's legacy as an institution that employs the most intelligent and diverse employees it can.
We hope you will join us this year at the Met, and explore everything we have to offer, from a meditative experience in our Asian Art galleries to an explosive dance performance celebrating our Native American art.
Thomas P. Campbell