Some would see a museum closure as a daunting task. The UMFA saw it as an opportunity. As a way to stay connected with our community during 2016, the UMFA launched ACME (Art. Community. Museum. Education.), an outreach initiative dedicated to rethinking the public role of museums. The program, which will extend into our reopening, comprises two parts: ACME Sessions, roundtable public dialogues where participants can dream and articulate new models of education and engagement through art, and the ACME Lab, a physical space for art experimentation slated to launch at the UMFA in spring 2017.