On September 26, 1992, the Morris Museum of Art opened its doors to the public and attracted more than ten thousand visitors in its first three months of operation. Since then, it has strived to fulfill its promise to make the language of artistic expression in the South accessible to a large and diverse audience through dozens of exhibitions and publications. The museum's education department has developed art education programs at many different grade levels in partnership with local school systems and has offered docent-led tours of the museum's holdings and exhibitions to thousands of visitors of all ages every year. The museum's public programs—whether storytelling sessions, readings, concerts, lectures, conversations with artists, or art-making workshops—have contributed to the renaissance of downtown Augusta. At its tenth anniversary celebration in September 2002, the museum's founder, William S. Morris III, offered a vision of the museum's future that included the continued expansions of the museum's presence as an important contributor to the community's social and cultural resources and economic vitality, as well as to the country's understanding and appreciation of the culture of the region.