WAVE 3 News Editorial - March 10, 2016: Speed Art Museum

WAVE 3 News Editorial - March 10, 2016: Speed Art Museum

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - You have a chance to experience a cultural center that is the cornerstone of the arts community in Louisville.

The J.B. Speed Art Museum reopens to the public Saturday and admittance is free for a 30-hour celebration of visual art.

Every Sunday for the next five years will be free as well, courtesy of a $1 million donor donation by the Brown-Forman Corporation, to honor Owsley Brown II, a former company CEO and arts supporter.

What you will see when you come is a space double the size of the original, nearly 150,000 square feet for exhibits - Kentucky art and photographs, contemporary art, and classic art, including a Rembrandt.

Thanks to a $60 million overall, 40 percent of the works showcased are new. The museum's been closed for the past three years, undergoing a renovation for the ages, as the museum approaches a 90th birthday next year.

It will be a creative hub for our community, the entire Commonwealth and our multi-state region. We applaud all involved in making it happen. It is literally a community treasure.

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