Welcome to The Ringling
This March, The Ringling entered the public phase of the ambitious campaign, The Ringling Inspires: Honoring the Legacy and Building for the Future. The campaign began seven years ago and as this issue goes to print, we have raised $92 million toward our $100 million goal.
This historic goal will accomplish many things. It will provide and preserve great facilities, it will strengthen our collections, and it will generate new scholarship and innovative programming to make sure The Ringling is a place where everyone knows they belong.
You can learn more about the amazing work that is being done surrounding the campaign in our insert. But the goals of The Ringling Inspires are intrinsic to our institution and permeate nearly everything we do.
I am excited to share that visitors to the museum this season will have the opportunity to see important old masters from our permanent collection that have not been on view for many years, as several favorites from the galleries are traveling to Miami and Orlando for our touring exhibition Dangerous Women. In the Monda Gallery for Contemporary Art guests will experience Ezra Masch’s genre bending and interactive piece, VOLUMES. In this issue you can read about how we will be giving our iconic bronze replica of Michelangelo’s David a “bath” later this summer in order to remove natural corrosion and preserve his finish. As always, The Ringling continues to engage the next generation of art lovers, inviting families to numerous programs throughout the summer.
These exhibitions, projects, and programs are made possible by your membership. Your support and enthusiasm for this institution allow us to continue to create unique visitor experiences while preserving the important legacy of John and Mable Ringling.