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DEC 2018-JAN 2019

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28 airportbusiness December 2018/January 2019 PASSENGER EXPERIENCE By Benét Wilson Airports Celebrate the Arts in Terminals Building different installations at your airport creates a destination within your facilities. Airports across the country are using art as another way to create a sense of place. The effort gives passengers the chance to see exhibits they might not otherwise see and it allows airports to showcase local artists on walls that otherwise would be blank. Laura Lott is president and CEO of Washington, D.C.-based American Alliance of Museums (AAM). “Airports serve as some of the most important gateways to communities of all sizes. There is no better way to introduce a visitor to a region’s people, history and culture than through visual arts,” she noted. “Many cities and regions have made the arts part of their brand and that branding starts in the airport.” Traveling by air is an amazing experience, but air travel also causes anxiety and stress for many travelers, said Lott. “Art has an amazing ability to quickly soothe frayed nerves. A contemplative moment with a piece of art has a wonderful calming effect. We’re just starting to understand the neuroscience of this effect, but few argue the existence of this attribute,” she said. San Francisco International Airport has the distinction of becoming the first airport museum — SFO Museum — to receive accreditation from AAM, in 1999. “Receiving accreditation from AAM was an important milestone for SFO Museum, providing peer-based validation that we operate with best museum practices,” said Tim O’Brien, the airport’s assistant director of exhibitions. “AAM accreditation also serves to enhance partnership opportunities with other accredited museums and lending institutions Vancouver's award-winning Sense of Place draws on the themes of land, sea and sky. Vancouver International Airport

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