Earlier this spring, we had an opportunity to introduce a new group to our favorite museum in the world.
The Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village is a residential community in Rwanda that provides a home to youth who were orphaned as a result of the country’s 1994 genocide. A few weeks ago, 17 alumni of the ASYV came together to reunite in New York City for the organization’s annual Stand Up & Be Counted gala. The alumni are now college students in the United States, Canada, and Costa Rica, and many had never been to New York City before – let alone the Metropolitan Museum of Art. ASYV staff wanted to treat the alumni to the quintessential New York experience, and that wasn’t complete without a trip to the Met.
We took alumni and staff on a two-hour tour of the museum, showing them the hidden and amazing spots in the museum that most visitors would never find on their own. We told stories that brought the collections to life and played awesome games and activities throughout the tour. Everyone took fun Polaroid pictures posing with the artwork and then took these photos home with them. It was an awesome introduction to the Met for the visiting alums of the ASYV.
Alumni and supporters alike loved their Met tour with us!
“I personally never enjoyed museum tours before but The Met tour was a memorable experience. Seeing an Egyptian temple from all the way across the ocean to New York was awesome. The tour guides made the difference! I felt like they were incredible knowledgeable and made it fun to learn about ancient stuff. I still show people the picture the tour guides took and gave us at the end of the tour as a gift. The Met was the best museum I have ever toured in New York!” – Emmanuel N., ASYV alum
A long-time supporter of the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, Galit Ben-Joseph, joined the students on the tour:
“The Met tour was great – who knew a museum could be so much fun! We saw the eyeballs that were used in ancient Roman scriptures (a little creepy), learned about large rocks with holes used as currency in South East Asia (they are huge), and saw what wealthy people used as pet beds (those must have been some high class dogs). Our tour guides were funny and energetic. They did a great job!”