New years often bring change, and that is certainly the case in 2017 with CAAM and our scenic locale, Exposition Park.
As you likely know, CAAM's mission is to explore African American art, history, and culture, especially in California and the West. Starting with our exhibitions that opened in the fall of 2016, we?ve been fulfilling that mission in new and exciting ways, including the presentation of more contemporary and emerging artists and public programs by some of today?s most noted thinkers and makers.
We are heartened by the public's positive reception to this new direction--along with the praise we've received in the press--and are eager to continue examining various facets of art, history, and culture via the works of contemporary and established African American artists, as well as incisive history exhibitions that delve into significant moments in time. Please take a look at our upcoming exhibitions to see what's in store this spring.
I extend my sincere thanks to our talented and dedicated staff, and especially to our dynamic Deputy Director of Exhibitions and Programs, Naima J. Keith, whose vision and hard work since she began her post just last year have ushered in this exciting new era at CAAM. Our attendance has more than doubled since the start of our fall 2016 season, and we look forward to welcoming many more new visitors from around the world and around the block, as well as serving CAAM's longtime friends who have loved and supported us for years.
Just as CAAM is changing and growing, so is our beautiful, historic setting: Exposition Park. The Los Angeles Rams recently completed their first season at the Coliseum, and we enjoyed seeing the Park grounds come alive with tailgating and hearing cheers for our newly returned hometown team. We are developing a new master plan with our Park colleagues, and one of its key goals is finding ways to encourage visitors to stay longer and avail themselves of multiple offerings while they are here. Now that the Metro's Expo Line conveniently drops visitors just outside the Exposition Park Rose Garden--a lovely five-minute stroll to our front door--it is even easier to visit us and the Park's other venues.
Finally, you've no doubt heard that the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art will bring a fourth museum to Exposition Park, joining CAAM, the Natural History Museum, and the California Science Center. We eagerly look forward to welcoming this new institution to one of Los Angeles's most exciting places to be!
George O. Davis, Executive Director