JMAM board discusses ideas for 10th anniversary
by Hawkins Teague
Dec 12, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Janice Mason Art Museum’s Board of Directors met on Dec. 6 and spent most of their time discussing ideas for how to celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary in 2008.

Some members thought it might be a good idea to hold a mural contest, and to possibly sell T-shirts, ornaments or pottery to commemorate the special year. Geneva Parris suggested that they ask Kentucky’s poet laureate, Jane Gentry Vance, to give a reading at the museum. Board President Jean Martin said she liked that idea because it fit with the museum’s goal of branching out from the visual arts.

Other members suggested putting together an exhibit with photos from exhibits shown since the museum opened in 1998, and possibly a multimedia presentation. Museum Administrator Paula Lisowsky said that a high school student who put together a DVD for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner this year did such a professional job that it might be a good idea to call the school now. That way, they could ask her to do it before the school year had ended, she said. She said that they would need a television for an upcoming exhibit anyway. Paul Fourshee said that someone ought to make a “wish list” so that people in the community would know what kind of items the museum needed.

Lisowsky said that for the 10th anniversary, they might sell items in the gift shop for 10 percent off on the 10th day of each month. Ken Roberts said that since board members already get 10 percent off, they could maybe get an additional 10 percent discount as well.

Martin said that if the museum sold T-shirts, she would prefer for them to have long sleeves. Karen Clement suggested that they could also make baseball caps and tote bags. She said she would also like to see the museum hold a lot of interactive events with children. She suggested a “kids’ day,” in which different stations could be held at several tables in the basement and kids could move around and participate in many different activities.

Portia Ezell suggested that museum host a series of lectures on art appreciation. Martin said that the attendance for Bhutanese fabrics had been well-attended and said she thought it could work. Clement made a motion to create a committee to plan for the lecture series. Jan Culwell seconded the motion and everyone else voted in favor.

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