Located at the heart of downtown San Francisco, on 1025 Market Street near Sixth Street, the International American Art Museum is a permanent, non-profit museum open to the public. The Museum’s goal is to utilize the exhibition forum to pass on works of art that have achieved the most exquisite beauty and preciousness in the history of civilization, in order to further humanity’s moral progress, spiritual well-being, cultural development and world peace. It takes as its mission bringing humanity happiness and uplifting aesthetic enjoyment.
The International Art Museum of America collects and exhibits only outstanding works by famous artists. It does not collect or exhibit works by ordinary artists. The International Art Museum of America is not affiliated with any religion and is completely non-religious. It is also not a privately owned institution. Rather, it is a public-benefit, non-profit art museum. As long as the artwork of an artist meets the artistic standards set by the museum and has been selected by a vote of the museum’s board of directors, the International Art Museum of America will collect and display such artwork. All artists are treated equally. The artist can be a member of any religion, such as Christianity, Catholicism, Buddhism, Judaism, etc., or can have no religion at all.
By resolution of its board of directors, the International Art Museum of America was originally designated to permanently display the artwork of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III, the only artist to receive the World Peace Prize. However, His Holiness the Buddha adamantly disagreed, expressing His opinion that the International Art Museum of America is a site for the masters of art worldwide to showcase their artistic accomplishments, and should embrace diversity in order to provide the public with broader aesthetic enjoyment. The Board of Directors yielded to this suggestion of His Holiness the Buddha.
The information above can be found on the official website of International Art Museum of America. For more details about the organization and to find out how you can volunteer, please visit their website: http://www.iamasf.org