“Imagine a world where children are encouraged to play in art museums.” This was a vision of Executive Director Nannette Maciejunes during the design of the newly expanded and renovated Columbus Museum of Art. The new museum, reopened in October 2015, is much more than large rooms filled with paintings. Maciejunes believes, “This exciting endeavor is a shift from just talking about the works hanging on the wall to talking about how art connects people to themselves, their community, and their world.”
Speeding down Highway 84 through the stark beauty of the New Mexico Great Plains, my wife and I eagerly anticipated our visit to Roswell. Ah, Roswell, New Mexico. It conjures up near mythical place names and events such as Area 51, the Roswell UFO Incident, and the UFO Museum. Our plan was to visit the famous homage to UFO believers and — surprisingly — we discovered another gem of a museum that presents the art, science, history, and culture of the southeastern portion of New Mexico.
Where in the world would you find a transatlantic journey that once offered a lounge, a formal dining room, a white linen table setting for up to 35 passengers, a menu of shrimp cocktail, turtle soup, steak, fresh vegetables, peach Melba, and a wide choice of drinks? This was not a transatlantic cruise, because ships took seven to nine days to cross the ocean. No, this was a transatlantic flying boat, which in 1939 took 25 hours and 40 minutes to fly one way.