Loyola University Chicago students, faculty and staff members can now visit the Art Institute of Chicago for free, and Red Eye has a story about the partnership:Here is a portion of the Red Eye story:
Loyola University Chicago students, faculty and staff members can now visit the Art Institute of Chicago for free under a new partnership between the university and the museum.
To celebrate the partnership’s official launch, the Art Institute hosted Loyola University Night on Thursday, featuring a tour of the museum’s European painting galleries and an introduction to the institute’s 20th-century art collection.
Justin Daffron, associate provost for academic services at Loyola, said he is excited that the partnership will give students and faculty more of an opportunity to enjoy the cultural riches at the Art Institute.
“Art challenges us to reflect, and reflection is a critical skill that Loyola students are encouraged to develop as a foundation for lifelong learning and spiritual growth,” Daffron said. “The partnership will add to the vast array of programs and services the university provides our students to help foster reflection in their daily lives.”
Daffron said Loyola’s partnership with the museum will continue as long as students continue to use it, and that so far student reaction to the news has been positive.
Ashton Mitchell, a 21-year-old communications major, said she is thrilled she can now visit the museum for free any time she wants.
“When you’re a student, you’re getting pulled in a thousand different directions. So a lot of times, even when there is a free day, you don’t have the chance to go, or it’s too far downtown, or you’re doing other things,” Mitchell said. “Being in the city is awesome, but sometimes you can get stuck in your little niche and you don’t always get to go out and experience all the awesome stuff that the city has to offer you.”
The American Academy of Art, National Louis University, Robert Morris University, Shimer College, Trinity Christian College, the University of Chicago and Wheaton College also are involved in the museum’s University Partners Program.