Report of Regents Cultural Education Committee to The Board of Regents
Regent Roger Tilles, Chair of the Cultural Education Committee, submitted the following written report. Your Committee on Cultural Education Committee had its scheduled meeting on March 10, 2014. In attendance were committee members: Regents Tilles, Dawson, Bendit, Rosa Cea, Jackson Cottrell, and Brown. In addition to CE Committee Members, in attendance were: Regents Chapey and Norwood as well as Commissioner King and Executive Deputy Commissioner Beth Berlin.
ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION
Chair’s Remarks: Regent Tilles welcomed everyone and opened the meeting. Regent Tilles remarked that the Museum Advisory Committee will be meeting next week on Long Island. He also noted the August Uncommon Approaches to the Common Core meeting will be held in Albany on August 12-13 in Albany.
CE (D) 3 – Preservation Month Activities
Maria Holden, of the State Archives began her presentation by acknowledging “May as Preservation Month.” Holden highlighted the capabilities of the Office of Cultural Education’s Preservation Laboratory, citing it as a resource used by the Archives, Library and Museum for the preservation of paper and book materials. She reviewed the process of treatment, described the training and background of conservators who work in the lab and reviewed the equipment and tools used to provide treatments for rare and fragile paper materials. Holden also introduced Dawn Mankowski who recently joined the staff of the Office of Cultural Education as a conservator working in the conservation laboratory.
CE (D) 2 – Museum Education Programs:
Kathryn Weller Director of Education and Public Programs for the State Museum, highlighted key education programs that operate within the museum, especially those programs that focus on school groups. She informed the committee that nearly 30,000 school children visit the museum as part of school groups each year. She reviewed a new initiative to install “sight words” in the galleries. She also described a series of summer teacher workshops that are organized and delivered by Museum staff. These workshops reach approximately 300 teachers each summer.
The anticipated item to discuss OCE Federal Legislative and Budget Action Recommendations was postponed until the April 2014 committee meeting.