Julia Marciari-Alexander has been the director of The Walters Art Museum since 2013. She has, in the opinions of many, enlivened the museum considerably, and she has imagined a host of new ways to engage people and connect them to this storied institution. Several weeks ago, for example, you could go to the Walters for a whiskey tasting. On Sunday (May 22), the Walters will attempt to set a Guinness World Record for the Longest Game of Telephone. More than 1,300 people will form a gigantic line through the museum’s various galleries, and pass a message from one person to the next.
Julia Marciari-Alexander's message to Baltimore is clear: she wants everyone, from all corners of our community, to feel welcome and to delight in all that the museum has to offer. She joins Tom this morning, in Studio A, to talk about her vision for The Walters and its unique role during Baltimore's difficult passage.