In a recent letter to the editor of the New Mexican newspaper, Mary Kershaw, Director of the New Mexico Museum of Art, shared the attendance for the First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare exhibit.
She reported that "that attendance hit nearly 14,000 while the Folio was on show". This is more than attended the Renaissance to Goya exhibit in 2014. This is remarkable in that the First Folio exhibit will be available in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico, while Santa Fe was the only location in the nation for the Goya.
Kershaw also reported that normal February attendance at the museum is around 3,600. This means the First Folio exhibit brought in nearly four times the number of visitors to the museum in February.
These numbers do not include attendance at events offered in conjunction with the exhibit. For example, ISC Board Members Kristin Bundesen and Robin Williams both lectured at the St. Francis auditorium at the Museum of Art with exceptional attendance. Renesan offered up a series of events. Ducdame performed Dames of Thrones to a sold out audience, and LAMDA teaching artists Joanna Read, Rodney Cottier, and Judith Philips taught workshops with attendance reaching upwards of 95 people!
There were more New Mexico Shakespeare events scheduled in February than there were days in February - and 2016 was a leap year!