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Meeting of the Board of Regents | November 2009

Sunday, November 1, 2009 - 8:30am

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THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT / THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234

TO:

FROM:

Jeffrey Cannell

SUBJECT:

Museum Gallery Renewal

DATE:

November 6, 2009

STRATEGIC GOAL:

4, 5

AUTHORIZATION(S):

 

 

SUMMARY

Issue for Discussion

Update on activities related to the New York State Museum Gallery renewal.

Proposed Handling

The Regents Cultural Education Trusteeship Committee will oversee the renewal of the Museum galleries and report periodically to the full Board. The Committee will also make recommendations on the renewal of the Museum to the Cultural Education Fund Board of Trustees.

Background Information

The Museum has proposed three new galleries:  Empire State: America Begins in New York; Changes: A Billion Years of the Natural History of New York and the completion of the existing gallery Native Peoples of New York. The Cultural Education Trust Board approved moving forward to utilize $20 million initially included in the 2006-2007 budget to complete the gallery renewal. Gallagher and Associates is working with the Museum, Archives and Library staff in addition to external content and exhibition experts to develop these major new exhibitions telling the human and natural history of New York. A new master plan for the Museum galleries was completed as has design development for both the Natural History and History Galleries.

The Cultural Education Trust Board met June 13, 2008 and approved moving forward with the gallery renewal.

Recommendation

Recommend continued endorsement of the overall direction and scope of the Museum gallery renewals.