Big changes are underway at the Barrick today, so we thought it would be a good time to restructure our blog and give an insiders perspective of whats going on. But first, a little prologue.
The Barrick Museum, along with other cultural institutions around the state, have found ourselves in an extraordinarily difficult situation. State funding for the Museum has been completely eliminated. What does this mean? It doesn’t mean immediate closure but it does mean that the Museum will be completely dependent on the support of our community and supporters, through donations and grants, to remain open beyond July 2012. While State funding for the Museum has remained relatively unchanged since the 1970’s, it will still be difficult to reach the $250,000/year necessary to support museum operations and dedicated personnel. In the next couple of months we will be rolling out several new programs to begin to meet this challenge and raise the necessary funds to remain open. These initial programs and projects include naming opportunities, a friends of the museum program, a benefit exhibit and auction, and benefit production of the play “Red”. We will also expand our advisory board to include members from the community and make changes that will help us come out of this stronger and better prepared to serve the community – including extending our evening and weekend hours.
This challenge comes at a time of growth and resurgence for the Museum – our visitorship has tripled over the last two years and we’ve partnered with numerous University and community organizations to bring you dynamic exhibitions and public programming.
Our hope is that this blog will give you a peek at the inner workings of the Museum as we take steps to reorient ourselves more towards the arts, rewrite our mission, and struggle to raise the necessary funds to remain open. We’ll also post newsworthy items, as well as, ways that you can participate. We want this blog to be a “conversation,” the tone will be conversational. Passion, humor and candor are prized. Being in touch with how we can help make this YOUR museum is prized most of all.