As a former museum docent I admit to being prejudiced, so I do want to share with you just one instance of how our museums contribute mightily to the communities they inhabit. For example, I just received a press release from the Frye Art Museum announcing their art history classes and summer studio classes. Art historian Kolya Rice is teaching a course involving a look at American art from the nineteenth century to the present. Another art historian, Rebecca Albiani examines the High Renaissance of art and architecture in Italy’s great cities in the early sixteenth century. Follow this bolded link to learn more about times, dates and the incredibly reasonable costs. If you’re new to Seattle, taking a class like one of these will not only add to your knowledge but will also be a great opportunity to make a new friend. Come to think of it, we can all probably use a new friend, whether we’ve lived here forever or just arrived.