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SFMOMA to be Flooded with Arty Teens

When it re-opens in 2016, the musuem will be free to all visitors under 18.

When the renovation of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is complete in 2016, the institution will be doing more than just exhibiting Rothkos, Calders, and 24-hour long loops of film. It will be open free of charge to all the thousands of arty teens across the Bay Area. The museum announced that when it reopens, admittance will be free for all visitors 18 and under. Prior to this round of fundraising, admittance had only been free for those 12 and under.

The new policy comes thanks to $10 million raised by local philanthropists.

Moreover, the museum also announced that all artists who have works in the museum's collection will be granted lifetime memberships. Previously, this group, which numbers 3,000 living artists, had free admittance, but not membership, a benefit that includes express admittance for those in a hurry to view, well, themselves, or, were their own art not to be on display, to make catty remarks in front of the Jasper Johns. ("How hard is to draw a flag that actually looks like a flag? It's just straight lines.")

At press time, the act of public-spiritedness cold not directly be tied to Batkid. Yet.

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