Museum Advisory Board – October 21, 2020

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Okay, so I guess we’ll go ahead. Okay with everybody. We’ll go ahead and call the meeting to order. And then when Susie gets available, then she can join us. So I’m not going to do roll call, join unless you want me to, but I think you can see everybody’s face.

Oh, I’ve got it. Thank you though. Okay.

Okay. So the first thing is to look at the minutes from last time.

Does anyone have any corrections or

comments? Great.

I move we approve the minutes as distributed. Is there a second? Second? Thank you, Thomas. And all in favor of approving the minutes from October or? Sorry, not from October from September as written? say Aye. Or with your hand or something? On

all opposed. Okay, so that looks like the unanimous.

vote to me. Thank you very much. Um, I guess we’re up to you, Eric, with the proposed sessions for October.

Right. Well, Steph, do you have the PowerPoint that you can share? Great. All right, so we have quite a number of tech sessions this month. Go ahead, go to the next slide. So the first one is the largest of the ones for this month, it is several boxes worth primarily archival material relating to the Carroll family. They were lived in Longmont from 19 teens to the early 1940s on Carroll pharmacy, and Lauren Carroll was very involved in the Elks. There’s a number of photographs of the Elks band.

And it’s it’s generally

nice photographic collection within some additional certificates and so forth, but tie to the collection. So that is the Carroll family collection.

We can go ahead, go to the next slide.

So the next several accessions relate to our project on sending out a call for collections related to the ongoing covid situation. And I believe we have seven total collections related to digital photographs. So the two on this page one woman wearing a hand sewn COVID mask, another it’s actually an art in public places, sculpture that someone has placed COVID mask on.

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healthcare worker again wearing COVID masks, and then several photographs of various aspects of COVID. So empty store shelves, cordoned off, playgrounds, celebrating that they could actually find toilet paper. There’s also which I couldn’t really show you in the PowerPoint, but a brief digital video of a flyover one of the jet flyovers that was done a long month.

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So then we have some photographs related primarily to the mask project that and maca museum headed up. And then also a couple of photographs of the Black Lives Matter protests at Roosevelt Park. Next one is a participant in virtual boulder boulder the person depicted here had participated nearly every boulder boulder and so I was very disappointed when it was canceled and so I decided to participate virtually. And then there was also a zoom birthday party screen capture of that. That was kind of cool.

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and this is our last COVID related collection. This one relates a little more to kind of the the personal stories. So photographs of schools, the signs are the donor call them kind of family harmony, things they could post on the doors to say either don’t bother me or yes find to come in that kind of thing. And then the one in the lower right corner is kind of a touching story, they went to retrieve their daughter from Georgetown University after it had closed, and you could only bring home a couple of suitcases. And so the suitcases are actually sitting outside. While they’re, you know, hopefully the sunlight is killing off the COVID that might be on them. So those are all of the COVID related collections. So any questions on any of that? I know, it’s quite a lot of collections. But certainly, if anyone has any thoughts or questions about kind of that contemporary collecting aspect, we haven’t done a lot of it in recent years. But with COVID, we thought it was appropriate to do it.

So Eric, will you be continuing to collect things as it seems appropriate as obviously this isn’t over yet?

So, yes, there’s actually a couple more collections that are still kind of being processed, related to COVID. And then, at some point, and I’m not, we’re sort of trying to figure out when we could safely do that, we would probably open up a call for 3d artifacts as well talk to talk to a curator at Lakewood and said they’ve kind of had the same experience, people were willing to share digital photos, but really not 3d objects, like masks, everybody’s still using their masks. So but yes, the thought is certainly we would continue to do collecting in the future and maybe do another call sort of gets to be a point where it starts to feel like we’re on the tail end of it. And people maybe have a little more perspective that we might put out another call for.

For collections.

Great. Thanks.

I have a question. It’s Tom.

Yeah, regarding

all the COVID stuff, and you know, you’ve included BLM, which really wasn’t COVID or related, but it happened during the same time. And I my question was, wasn’t, are you going to try to include? Since you’ve included the BLM stuff, are you gonna try to include anything, Eric, for blue lives matter? Which is kind of, you know, there’s been some

there’s been some

advocate advocate versions of those things, too, and different parts of the state, but I can’t remember if there was something actually a lot that occurred. I know, there was up in birth it and a few other towns. So yeah, we would certainly be open to blue Lives Matter. donations, it’s, and we’re really at this point, kind of

limited in what people have offered us. So that’s that’s certainly something that if we put out another call, we could we could certainly indicate that. Because I think we actually put out the first call before even the Black Lives Matter protests had really started. And just what people were were sending in. Yeah, it was just a question. Since that was included. It seems like he should include the other half the other side, too. So yeah, certainly we would, we would want to document anything relating to Longmont that people feel like was was significant happening during this time. Okay,

thank you. Thanks.

Can I interject before we move on, this is council members of algo fairing.

Go ahead.

Okay. So, um, so I think I wanted to provide a little perspective on the notion of the blue lives matter or the thin blue line and, and really looking at it not as an opposition to Black Lives Matter, but it is its own separate entity. Yeah.

Is that I excuse me, it’s

an excuse. Finish this choice of words.

No, that’s all right. Um, so but I wanted to kind of add some context. So last, last Friday, I had a conversation with our, the president of the fop, the Fraternal Order of Police. And then additionally, we had lunch together on Monday. So really was talking around the social justice work, the, the, what the perception of the thin blue line means. And over the years, so how it originated. So we really went back and looked at history, we looked at how, how it’s become an issue of now it is because this black lives matter comes out, oh, well, blue Lives Matters, too. And if we need to go, we you know, really wanting to look beyond that, that aspect of valuing black lives matter for what it means. And it is a social justice issues. So the other thing is, so back in 2016, not long after Black Lives Matter started to emerge. I was at at a National Education Association conference where we had a panel, and they were it was the women who started that movement, that hashtag. And really what they, what the reason why they brought that forward was because of the police brutality, things that were happening of black youth, black, predominantly black men, who were getting beaten up and assaulted by people by law enforcement. And so what that meant, so we had a really good conversation with the president of the Fraternal Order of Police. So he’s, he’s the president of the police union. And really talking about what that means and that perspective. So I want to make sure that if we do bring in artifacts from that include the thin blue line, or the flag with the blue line, that it comes with context. And so really talking about the what the impact that it had on has on some individuals in our community, for some individuals in our community, especially our community of color are black and brown residents. They fit it feels like a very intimidating view. So looking at it, and just having this sense of intimidation, or threat, or threat. And so one of the things I spoke with Stephen about is really reclaiming that. And so if that was a notion of having police pride, then we need to make sure that the whole community feels that sense of pride. So, you know, I want to be careful that when we start adding in different so like, I think about the Black Lives Matter. So we have the protest, we were protesting this, this was a sign of the times, protesting for social justice, equity. Um, you know, just really making sure that everybody you know, that we are, we are thinking about our, our black and brown community members who have felt under attack from racist attacks, you know, just kind of verbal, verbal abuse, things that we’ve dealt with over the years. So it’s kind of bringing that piece to light. So I think because there’s been organized rallies, we want to make sure that that that piece is included, when we bring in blue lives matter, because I’ve also seen rallies around that, but really making sure that the context is there. So and why maybe why the opposition was there. So really bringing in that historical component, and what it means. One of the things that I’m working with public safety on is implicit bias, and cultural proficiency, and looking at impacts versus intent. So sometimes people feel like, Oh, I’m doing this, this piece, or I’m advocating for this, you know, all lives matter. Okay. Yeah, of course, all lives matter. nobody’s saying it’s not. But the impact that it has is that you’re devaluing other people of color who’ve been oppressed, who felt very oppressed over the years. So making sure that all those all that context is brought to light. And I hope that I kind of added some clarity and not confusion to this.

Because it’s a long topic.

Yeah, I’ve been studying this work for the last 30 years, too. So it’s been part of my world. So okay. Thank you. Sorry,

Thomas. You are muted, by the way you may want to unmute.

Okay, sorry. Yeah. I said, I totally agree with you. I think, you know, I think both view those both groups need to be if we’re going to talk about one I think we should talk about the other a little bit historically. If that’s what the purpose is, I don’t think we can really talk about one and not the other.

So and then I don’t know if you caught what I had said, because I also said that that’s important to have if we No, no, I’m definitely but we also need to have make sure. Contact. It has context to it.

Yeah, I totally agree. And I was muted when I said, I thought, you know that I totally agreed with you. I just didn’t want us to forget about it, either. And

that’s why I brought it up.

Because I think that reminded me because I think I’ve seen the city. And I don’t know how it’s related to all of it, but was requesting membership, people membership for kind of a police over nylon, say Oversight Committee, but a police committee to review certain things with the police department. I mean, this is I read this a couple of weeks ago, so it’s not real clear in my mind. So I think that made me think about it when I saw when I was looking at these exhibits.

Yeah, thank you both. Very,

very helpful discussion.

Thanks, sir.

Oh, even think you’re muted.

You’re muted again?

Oh, no, I’m, I’m just talking away, and I’m on mute. I’m sorry. But what this brings up to me too, is that I think, and, Eric, you’re very good at this. But it seems to me we could get carried away and get all sorts of things. Like anything that’s happening during COVID. You know, it’s like, Okay, what does Day of the Dead look like during COVID? And maybe that’s still interesting, and something that we should preserve? But I mean, you could, you know, what is we’ve got the grocery store, you know, I mean, you could kind of get carried away and have, you know, to examples of everything, and maybe that’s okay, but you know, I can see how you could sort of get carried away or get overwhelmed with, you know, every little bit of

minutiae. Yeah, I did. Some people sent in photos of their dogs, and I decide that photos of dogs were not really connected, as far as I can tell to what was going on now. So I politely declined those photos of birds and things like that. I tried to focus it on really, that the issues that we’re dealing with now,

I mean, to me, almost, you know, like the fires, it’s not hitting Longmont Exactly. But there’s, you know, the issues with the smoke and some of that kind of thing. I mean, those, those things are all happening in a different situation because of the virus. So maybe some of that is, I don’t know, I’m sure you’ll figure out what we should have, but it could be broad.

Okay, was that the end, I’m sorry,

I don’t have there are a couple more accessions. So if we could go back to the PowerPoint, and we can go to the next page. Alright, so these are now non non COVID related more more historical documents. So we have a certificate issued by the Longmont Flying Service in 1945. Which is kind of cool just just before they open Longmont Municipal Airport, and they were in existence. And then the next one on this page is to maps of Boulder County, if I was having a hard time that one of them is extremely large. I mean, it’s about five feet long. So a little hard to see in this but quite a nice map from 1902 in Boulder County. And then the other one that you can just sort of see off in the distance there in this photo is 1976 map which was just after kind of a rationalized and standardized all of the street names in Boulder County. So one of the first ones where every road in the county had a name.

And I believe next slide will be our last

Eric, I have a quick question about the large map

printed it I mean, what is the origin of it?

So it

is it came from was hanging in the Longmont city hall for many years. I have to confess I actually have not yet completely unrolled it to see the name of the publisher, but it looks to me like it might be a drums map and redrum was a local Map Maker. Eight a number of Boulder County and St. Rain Valley maps and in that time period, this one has that style. I thank you unroll it.

And the last last item is

there’s a very interesting typed manuscript, the author’s experience with working with Great Western sugar for 60 years really from from being a young boy in 1915, all the way up to 1975. The frustrating thing is he never gives us his name, but he does at one point mention his father’s name is jF geral. So we know he is a son of a f Carol But beyond that, not 100%. Certain who wrote it but still fascinating information in a program from the popery players, now a long month theatre company from 1979. And a pamphlet making history with Lamb that was also owned by all owned by the same same woman, Barbara Connor

lived in Longmont for many years.

That is all of the accessions. Any questions on any of those?

Thanks, Eric. And thanks, everybody for comments and questions. I think that’s very helpful to, for us to talk about some of these things as they come up so that we’re all on the same page. Is there a motion to

accept these expressions?

I move that we accept the assertions.

And is there a second? Second?

Okay. Rio will let you Second. All in favor of accepting the these exceptions entirely. We’ll say Aye. Please raise your hand or wave. Whatever our new thing is, those opposed. Okay, so that’s a unanimous approval of those expressions.

Thank you.

And now Oh, there she is. Kim, if you’d like to give us your report, that’d be great.

I’d be happy to do Hi, buddy. Um, this was part of the package that Joanne shared with you. So I won’t go. I won’t read every word of it for you like I will try to get some of the highlights for you. We I think we let you guys know, a while back that we had applied for and received a museum Assessment Program, which is a process that happens to the American alliance of museums and the Museum and Library Services and the Friends of the Longmont music museum paid for that assessment for us. And then of course, we had Coronavirus hit. So it’s been weird, I will say. But we have basically completed all of the work on the assessment, it starts with a self assessment. So as a staff and a few outside, folks like you, this couple of those meetings, we had a whole series of questions that we answered and for the self assessment part of it. And then we submitted all of that information to peer reviewers. And then we had to try to figure out how we’re going to work with our peer reviewers through the pandemic. And we were lucky that one of them is from Colorado Springs. And so he actually was able to join us for a day. And then the other peer reviewer is from the Ayman Carter Museum in Fort Worth, and so he was remote. But I do think that we got some really, really good work done a lot of, you know, hard questions were asked and diving into some real nuts and bolts of who we are and who our visitors are. And so they will take all of that information. And the two of them will write a report for us. And so we’ve really just finished that process. Suzy was part of one of the last meetings that we had, I think they’ve been very productive sort of information gathering and meetings and so they will Then issue a report and some suggestions. And they’ve said very clearly that there’s nothing that stands out that we are doing poorly. But it’s just a matter of getting some outside perspective and some other professional professionals in the field, kind of look at what we’re doing and give us some points. The next level for us, really, the next level is going to be looking at how we can get accredited by the American alliance of museums. And so this is one step in that process. And I think that they’ll be some really pointed recommendations as far as that goal. And so we’re looking forward to that. Um, let’s see, onto the marketing and membership portion of that report we sent out you probably most of you got something in your mail, which was an annual appeal that we really focused on Coronavirus recovery. And so from that annual appeal, we’ve gotten about 60 $200. So far, so that’s great. The very first night that that appeal went out, we got 1000 bucks through PayPal, so it was a nice entree into that endeavor. And then we’ve also gotten another grant of $3,000 from the community found in foundation serving Boulder, and that’s for the Dia de los Marcos. And then also another 1500 from Boulder County diversity funds for the village. So we’ve actually been doing quite well with with some grants this year. So we’re, we’re pretty thrilled about that, because it’s also a way that we’ll be able to kind of offset some of the losses that we’ve seen with Coronavirus. And our education department, we really are all over all day of the dead all the time. And so you may have participated in the virtual opening reception that happened. When we we opened the exhibit, which was very, very, I was tearful, like everybody was crying, it was so meaningful. It was it was hard, hard to keep it together with meaningful. And so that was really fun. We did a virtual opening, which was the first time we’ve ever done anything like that before. So there were some glitches with pulled it off. And it came across as very authentic. So that was kind of, I think it worked out, okay.

And then the rest of the celebration is also going to be a virtual festival. And so ended up being this kind of repository of programs that will have that kind of expand even on what we’ve been doing in past years for dad, the dad. And then we bet, we also did our first virtual squirrel school tour for the Day of the Dead exhibition, you all might know that we have typically, our exhibit gets a lot of attention by school groups that come in. And this year, of course, that’s very difficult to do. So ants been able to do these as a virtual force that I think can roll out even even bigger later. She’s also spearheaded 500, Dia de los Muertos kits, and distribution starts tomorrow. And basically those are those include all kinds of different things that you could do at your home, and to celebrate Day of the Dead. And so it’s sort of a an easy, quick way to get all the materials and festivities that you need to celebrate. So I’m picking mine up, you guys should do. They are going to be available at the Museum at the library and then a few other locations. No publication for you. With also with the grant that we received from the National Endowment for the Humanities, we’ve hired Scott Yoho as a digital communication specialist and so he’s been working very hard on the activity with the content for Dia de los Muertos and a lot of other things. Courtney Pletcher is also new to us. She is actually a VISTA volunteer and a VISTA volunteer is someone that we contract with basically for one year, and she will be working with an in the education department. And so she’s working right now, on the projects that we are collaborating with with the school district mobile lab, you may recall, a boy will totally lost track of time that we received or we gave $25,000 to the school district from the museum as a sponsorship for the mobile lab and part of that arrangement is that we will have content on the mobile lab and we will be there will be collaborations that are going to happen kind of for a three or four year period. And that was you know, it was on hold for a while because because of Coronavirus and now we’re getting it kind of moving again so and what they’re trying to do is to get a product Going with workmates potential study students and their standards. And so they’re targeting topics that are hard histories, if you will, like the Amman che Japanese internment camp, the Sand Creek massacre, Buffalo Soldiers, that sort of thing. And hoping to be able to create some programs that are able to deal with those hard topics in a way that kids can really come away with some good lessons. So then, going on to discovery days, this is really exciting to us. I mean, there’s so many things that are silver lining through all of this. And I think, because it’s a virtual program, and it’s totally sold out. So they’re doing 80 kits per month, and there’s a waiting list for it. So this has been a raging success. We’re very excited to be able to do these and and Lee have really come up with some creative shifts for that program. And I think it’s, it’s, it’s showing that people are responding to it. So we’re really excited about that. And then on to Eric section. You guys know that Elizabeth Baldwin has left us as the museum technician. And she she left me take on a curators role. So we wish her the best on but when she was working on when she This is the innovative women in long lab on a virtual tour, they’re walking, walking tour on the virtual app. And so she was working on that. And now that she’s gotten the Scott Yoho is going to pick a project. And so we’ll be able to finish that out. Eric’s also got volunteers that are coming in to the archives, we’ve we’re finally been able to bring volunteer offices. And he’s making sure that everybody is special. And send me staggering things that no one is being put at risk.

Eric has got two sets of proofers book. And so we’re expected to show up soon, you guys may have seen that those are available for presale, even now. And then I think we’re going to try to get them in a couple of bookstores even. So that’s going to work out really nicely. We’re excited to show up any day now sometime in November, it should be here. Eileen has done condition reports for outgoing and incoming artwork for the exhibit that we’ve done. And that is in the galleries. And you should really take a look at if you haven’t already. Before we have the gallery is Tony Ortega’s work and have the gallery is the altars for the day the dead. And it’s one of the best I’ve ever seen. I mean, it’s such a great, great exhibit. And it’s also augmented by a mural on your TV stock was installed on Friday. So because you’re driving by on Main Street, you should be able to see that in one of the breeze ways. So we’re excited.

Oh, let’s see what else

and leading a walking tour. So again, socially, distance and mass, but we’re able to do so you’re there outdoors, which makes that a little bit easier. And to be able to adhere to the restrictions. A bit. Of course, always great. People are itching to take those tours with Eric. So he’s he’s done four of those. And then we also finished out on the two year off year long IMLS grant that helped us move the collections out to the new storage facility. And so that was sort of the final work that Elizabeth Baldwin did to finish up that grant. And it we successfully moved and rehoused over 11,000 objects and photographs and over 8500 objects, so it was a big job. And they were really, really thorough in doing it. So that’s very cool. And one of these days we’re going to have you guys come visit but as soon as we got the official occupancy certificate, we’ve got a pandemic hat so we haven’t been able to actually bring you guys out there one of these days.

Pretty out at the clinic center.

So it’s I’ve already talked about a little bit maybe I’ll just move on. I’m Tony Ortega husband, dream to work with so he Jared included some quotes in there from Tony. Um, and then he also included a note that for the first time in six months, the exhibition department did not have to make any barriers he and BRAC have been cranking out plexiglass barriers for offices all over the city have long lines to help people from the Coronavirus. That work is kind of coming to an end. But we were sort of the default for being able to fabricate those things said, they released the plate with appreciated, I’m sure by everyone. And then one other little note that we are also working with the Colorado State University on borrowing some making materials for the upcoming impressionists. impressionist show will feature prints from the impressionist period. And we wanted to try to demonstrate the process of printmaking. So we’re going to be borrowing collections from CSV for that. So that’ll be kind of cool, I think, to be able to see how the process works. And then you see there, the auditorium updates, we’ve had some really great successes in terms of moving those programs to an online format, we have had a handful of members who are coming in person to see some of those things because we have to limit the number of people that are in the auditorium. And then we also did have an in person frequent fliers aerial dance event. And so that was kind of a staggered attendance, and bringing you small groups of people through the museum. And that was very successful.

Let’s see,

total of 19 programs that were live streamed, and those 19 programs were viewed. So another silver lining for us is that despite having to take these events online, what we’re seeing is that we’re getting a lot of engagement. And you know, there’s no way we would have been able to host this many people in person. And so it’s it is a very, very nice thing to be able to have these, that number of people that are joining us virtually and from all over the world, they’re joining us. So that’s why we have Peter Parker Robinson with us. And then the Day of the Dead opening reception was also virtual, we have had a couple of very small rentals. And we’re getting some inquiries about additional ones. And so, again, we’re limited in our capacity, but we’re making sure that we’re keeping people at a distance when we are able to do those in person facility rentals. And then in terms of the sponsored programs. We worked with the centennial state ballet on their fall showcase to do some filming for them there. And what else other October events have included a Colorado Poet Laureate, Bobby Lefevre, which was quite a cool program, activists and allies was a conversation with a couple of professors with a moderator talking about social justice and the history of race. And then tomorrow is a program called Stranger Than Fiction, which is really a conversation with several fiction writers kind of reflecting on what we’re living, living through at the moment. And so really just a kind of reflection of how you know what’s happening during this very, very strange time in our history. And then on the 29th, it’s going to be appropriate, about 100 years of women’s rights, upgrading the suffrage movement, and when. And so that I think is going to be a really cool program. We’re trying to get Patti lemare to join us for that. That’s not that’s inside information at this point, but we’re working on getting her on the panel as well. So that’ll be a cool one. So then for the visitor services section there and we had with our numbers, our visitors have not been high, so 136

the number of visitors down from August, as

the past few weeks that we were closed or closed for a couple of weeks, and we did we have very little visitation while we were doing that turnover for the kitchens. People will come in knowing that there wasn’t anything in the rotating gallery, they would just leave. And so we didn’t have a lot of visitors at all, but we did have a really great September the 12th. We had 46 people come through and see merrymakers exhibit before it closed. And then let’s see we’ve had a really I don’t think she included in here but we had for the Day of the Dead first free Saturday. We had really big numbers. I think we had something Joanne Do you remember off the top of your head like Elizabeth said, how many people we had

we I don’t remember

And that was that free Saturday.

We’re buying we’re seeing our numbers increase really slowly but but nicely. I’m loving day the dead stuff in our shop if you guys did that, including some of his artwork, and then working on rec track for the maintenance on the back end art in public places has a new installation or some major by Parker McDonald. And that was installed in the breezeway between third, third and fourth, you may have remembered this piece, it was actually on the tree great, probably right around third and fourth along Main Street. And we had borrowed it for the art on the move program. And so it was installed for a year. And then everybody loved there was such great feedback about that sculpture, that the art in public places commission decided to buy that piece. And so it’s now a permanent part of the collection, and it’s permanently installed there. We also had that collaboration between astronaut and public places for the Dallas marches, mural that Tony created for us. And there were 70 community over 70 community members that helped complete that work. So that was a very, very fun project to work on. Last boom, is that I’m public places taskforce is looking for new sites for three pieces, which will need to relocate as a result of the resilient St. Green project. And so they’re searching for new sites. That’s all of the report. Does anybody have any? Me?

No. Alrighty, then.

Thanks, everybody.

Great, thank you, Jim. I don’t know what happens if it’s when you get closer to your microphone or what but we kind of get garbled sound. So I don’t know if it’s your connection? Or sometimes it’s fine. Sometimes it isn’t. So I don’t know.

Like right now, I can’t understand you at all. Not


read the report. How’s that? It’s great. Okay. Let me know if you have good. Great, thank you. I do not have a report. I don’t think we have any old business. So we’ll move right into new business, Kim, unless you want to take a drink of water or something. Since you’ve been talk, okay, you have to unmute to.

Yeah. Okay. So, um, Joanna shared a couple of versions of this executive summary. And then I shared right before the meeting and your email punch, see, sort of more pulled together, but still draft version of this executive summary. And for those especially who weren’t with this, we were working on our strategic planning process we hired this has been several years ago now. We hired a guy named Mark orphan who does a process of strategic planning process equals at box, which is basically a combination of strategic and operational to work on helping us develop, plan. And we went through that process, and came up with a lot of initiatives that we wanted to work on as a as a staff as a group. And what we discovered in doing all of that is that we, it was it internally, we still found it difficult to talk about it. And so what we realized that we needed was a more kind of executive summary that pulled together all of the work that we had done through startups. And so that’s what I’m sharing with you now. It really is a draft, and I welcome your feedback. And I would like to have us adopt this at our next advisory board meeting. And so I would like to give you a little bit of time to spend with it and review it, I think it may be useful, and I will do this and to look at those strategic planning documents as well. So that you get a little bit more background about what this what this executive summary is rising. Again, I think some of you we you saw some of that information, but not everybody did. So I want to make sure that everybody is on the same page with the strategy

and so on. I don’t know if there’s any initial feedback that anybody might have had

enabled me to look at this. Um, but, yeah,

I just have one question. So I’m just as sort of a general kind of a thing. The strategic plan from 2016 to 19, which is available on the museum website, was in a, you know, what I would say is fairly slick, kind of presentation form, I’m assuming that this plan is something that gets or a plan is something that gets shared when we are writing grants, or when we’re trying to get people to give us money, that kind of thing. So one question is the idea for the this new strategic plan to have it eventually be in some kind of format? More like that, you know, rather than, um, sort of spreadsheet? Like this? I just was curious, like, is there? How do you envision that looking when it’s really done?

document that the Denver Museum of Nature and Science had put together, which really was much more summary type information? And I want to look different than that the previous plan? Um, but certainly, I think it needs a little bit more graphic design work on it.

Thanks, I just was curious, I, you know, I’m not I don’t know what, you know, every museum strategic plan looks like you know, or what funders are going to be expecting, or whatever I would assume so long, it’s it’s got information about what our plan is, you know, maybe it doesn’t matter too much. If it’s super slick,

right, the, um, the thing that that we are seeing is that and have are more like this, that what they are doing is they are looking at mentors. And they’re looking at continual. And they’re meant to be living document, instead of things that are just sat on a shelf somewhere. And so if you start to look at fonts, this is what I’m seeing over and over again, is that the trend really is have more these sort of graphs.

Okay, that’s great. Yeah, I don’t have that background. So that’s, that’s helpful. So thank you. Anybody else have questions?

Thanks, everybody. If you wouldn’t mind, just spending a little bit of time with it. We’ll revisit it again at the next board meeting. And hopefully you can pop it in. There are some things that I am waiting for yet from the friends. So you’ll see some kind of placeholders in there. But certainly, if you’ve got things that you think we need to add or change, or something’s not clear, just let me know. Because it’s meant to be a tool for communication. So if you don’t understand it, then that’s a problem.

And that’s great. So if we have questions, we email you. Is that okay? All right. Cool. All right. Does anybody have any comments with regard to that or other comments, or don’t know, anything? Okay. Great. Well, then, is there a motion to adjourn?

Okay, motion to adjourn. Second. Okay. Thank you very much, Tom, and, Chris, and all in favor of a journey. Raise your hand. Do something. Okay. Great. Thank you all opposed. Okay, so everyone is in favor of a journey. And I thank you all very, very much for your time. And all your comments. I think this is still a little strange, but I think we’re doing okay, so thank you have a good evening, john. Great.

Yep. Everybody, good evening.


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