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The Textile Museum joins The George Washington University
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Jul '11
The Museum is entering into an affiliation with The George Washington University, a top-tier academic institution in the heart of the nation's capital. The TM will be the cornerstone of a new art museum slated to open in mid-2014 on the University's main campus.

By combining the strengths of these two institutions the new museum will serve an increased audience in a museum facility designed around The TM's exhibition and programming needs on GW's main campus, located blocks from the White House in one of the most dynamic areas of Washington. In addition to this brand new, approximately 35,000-sq.-ft. museum that will adjoin a renovated 6,000-sq.ft. historic building, GW will construct a state-of-the-art collection and conservation center on its Northern Virginia campus that will safeguard The TM's collection and offer greater access for public study and conservation research.

This affiliation with GW allows for The TM to expand its rich tradition of art, scholarship, publications and educational programs as it broadly integrates its activities into the GW academic community. As part of a leading university, The TM will be uniquely positioned to cultivate the next generation of textile scholars and enthusiasts. Yet The TM will maintain its established identity, with its name as well as that of The George Washington University on the outside of the new museum building; with its same mission; and with its staff who will continue to manage care of the collection and have continued responsibility for exhibitions, programs, education and scholarly activities.

The affiliation is the most important development in The TM's history since its founding in 1925 by George Hewitt Myers, a visionary in recognizing textiles as art. The affiliation with GW secures and enhances The TM's role as a global leader in advancing the appreciation and cultural understanding of the textile arts now and for generations to come.

While it is with sadness that we will leave our historic home, our acclaimed collection and diverse programming has outgrown these facilities. Our new home at GW will enhance our capacity to serve our core audiences and fulfill our mission. The Textile Museum will continue to require financial support from valued individuals like you to facilitate our transition, as well as to continue our rich tradition of public programming and scholarship at our new location. This will ensure our ability to meet the worthy goal of providing every visitor with a unique, personally relevant and meaningful experience.

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