New York: More Than 1,500 Visit Opening Day of the Museum of Drug Policy

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The Museum of Drug Policy in New York City opened up to long lines and more than 1,500 people attending events all day long on Tuesday, including a sold-out #NerdlandForever: Melissa Harris-Perry Live show.

Special guests included The Wire's Michael K. Williams, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, Orange Is The New Black's Piper Kerman, Comedian Cristela Alonzo, 12 Years A Slave's Adepero Oduye and many members of the international community.

The Museum of Drug Policy, supported by The Open Society Foundations, is an immersive art experience and pop-up cultural hub with special live programming looking at the impact of current drug policies on populations around the world.

The Museum will be open on Park Avenue in New York City for three days this week, during the United Nations General Assembly’s Special Session (UNGASS) on the world drug problem.

More than 70 works of international art will be on display, including special installations, and the Museum will feature daytime discussions and evening performances with a powerful lineup of speakers, panels, performances and keynote addresses that will take attendees on a journey exploring the real impact and human cost of drug policy in communities around the world.

Through art, conversations and experiential events, the Museum will showcase that the moment is now for drug policy reform and that damage caused by the war on drugs is evident across the world.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20:

• Critically-acclaimed authors with international perspectives on the role of government and policy on the worldwide drug conversation.
• Members of the Global Commission on Drug Policy address the Museum, including: Former President of Colombia Gaviria, Former President of Switzerland Dreifuss, Former United Nations High Commission on Human Rights Arbour.
• Discussion on the intersection of faith and drug policy with distinguished faith leaders.
• Film Screening: 2016 Academy Award nominated “Cartel Land” followed by Q&A with director, Matthew Heineman.

The Museum of Drug Policy is supported by the Open Society Foundations. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit: MuseumOfDrugPolicy.org

The Museum of Drug Policy
Pop-Up Cultural Hub coinciding with the United National General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem
245 Park Avenue, New York, NY
Exhibition runs April 19 - 21, 2016 11AM - 9PM

Photo: Alex Arbuckle / The Museum of Drug Policy