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O Folio, Folio! Wherefore art thou Folio?
CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Museum Center is proud to announce that it has been selected by the Folger Shakespeare Library to serve as a partner for the nationally traveling exhibition Shakespeare and his First Folio. Beginning in January 2016 and continuing through the 2016 calendar year to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the exhibition will bring an original 1623 edition of Shakespeare’s First Folio to each of the 50 U.S. states plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each location will host the exhibition for four weeks. A total of 18 folios will be on display through the duration of the tour, six traveling at a time to ensure their preservation.
“Cincinnati Museum Center’s strong record of successful touring exhibitions, and their expertise traveling historic artifacts made them an ideal partner for this exhibition,” notes Caryn Lazzuri, exhibitions manager at the Folger Shakespeare Library. “We are pleased to partner with Cincinnati Museum Center, as well as the American Library Association, to bring a Shakespeare Folio to 53 sites in the U.S.”
Cincinnati Museum Center’s Exhibits department will be involved in all aspects of Shakespeare and His First Folio from the exhibition’s inception to its final close in December 2016. Museum Center’s exhibits team is providing tour management and design expertise, producing graphic panel displays that will accompany the folios at each stop, as well as designing and constructing climate controlled cases to house folios during the tour. Cincinnati Museum Center will also accompany the folios on each step of their national journey as exhibit staff coordinate and facilitate the transportation, installation and de-installation of the exhibition at each stop of the tour.
“This exhibit is an extraordinary and rare piece of literary history,” says Douglass McDonald, president and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center. “The fact that our team was selected by the Folger Shakespeare Library to play such a large role is an incredible honor and speaks to the fantastic work our exhibits team does.”
Shakespeare’s First Folio is the playwright’s first published collection of plays, published in 1623, seven years after his death, by actors John Heminges and Henry Condell as Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies.
The First Folio is the only source for 18 of Shakespeare’s plays, including Macbeth, Twelfth Night, The Tempest, As You Like It and Julius Caesar. Without the publication of the First Folio these masterpieces would have been lost.
In the exhibition visitors will have an up-close encounter with one of the folios opened to Hamlet’s famous “to be or not to be” soliloquy. The folio will be accompanied by six graphic panels that provide more information about Shakespeare and the First Folio. This exhibition will provide visitors with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view a real piece of literary history.
The American Library Association is currently accepting applications through October 24 to host the exhibition from public, academic and special libraries, museums, historical societies, theater companies and other cultural venues which feel that they can provide supportive programming for the exhibition. Interested institutions must also have a suitable space to display the First Folio and accompanying exhibition and must meet environmental and security requirements. Visit https://apply.ala.org/shakespeare to apply to host Shakespeare and His First Folio before the deadline of October 24.
Shakespeare and His First Folio is made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution and national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, CMC was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and received accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2012. CMC is one of only 16 museums in the nation with both of these honors, making it a unique asset and a vital community resource. Union Terminal has been voted the nation's 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within CMC include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, Museum of Natural History & Science, Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and Cincinnati History Library & Archives. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, CMC welcomes more than one million visitors annually. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org.
About the Folger Shakespeare Library
The Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-renowned center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts. It is home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and a primary repository for rare materials from the early modern period (1500-1750). The Folger is an internationally recognized research library offering advanced scholarly programs in the humanities; an innovator in the preservation of rare materials; a national leader in how Shakespeare is taught in grades K – 12; and an award-winning producer of cultural and arts programs—theatre, music, poetry, exhibits, lectures and family programs. Additional information about the Folger Shakespeare Library can be found at www.folger.edu
About the American Library Association’s Public Program’s Office
American Library Association’s Public Programs Office provides leadership, resources, training and networking opportunities that help thousands of libraries nationwide develop and host cultural programs for adult, young adult and family audiences. The mission of the ALA Public Programs Office is to promote cultural programming as an essential part of library service in all types of libraries. Additional information can be found at www.ala.org
About the National Endowment for the Humanities
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at www.neh.gov.