Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Big Move, Part III

With less than two weeks left before our grand reopening to the public September 7th, the staff have been frantically busy putting everything in place!

The movement of material back into the building is nearly complete. It took six trucks to bring over 400 artworks for the opening show back to the museum from our temporary art storage facility. Another three trucks were required to move the staff and the rest of the "stuff" back into the building. This all went smoothly and quickly in part to having a proper loading dock for the first time in the museum's history.

My colleague Samantha Katzen has posted images on our Facebook page showing, finally, that artwork is back on the gallery walls (see above left, click images to make bigger). Samantha has also mentioned that books are returning to our library's shelves. Our archives also have been arranged safe and sound in their new storage units, easily accessible and all in the same place, again, for the first time ever (see right). All members of our staff are in their new office spaces and are getting used to the new layout.

Lastly, our Development Office, and yours truly, have been working hard on getting the Addison's new, redesigned website ready for launch. All new navigation, content, and features expand the website while favorite sections, like our online collection pages (see left, work in progress) and extensive education content, receive revised looks and interfaces. We hope to have the site launch around September 1st.

The move is complete. Soon, the front doors will be open and visitors will be coming back in. Stay tuned for more information regarding our reopening.

Posted by:

James M. Sousa
Associate Registrar for Collections and Archives

No comments: