Friday, May 20, 2016

The One Main Thing I Learned This Week

As the new executive director of the museum, I have been very focused on getting up the left side of the inevitable learning curve. With a great staff and engaged Board of Directors, we have addressed some very fundamental aspects of running a museum - improving policies and procedures, building a new fundraising program, better managing our collections, and discussing what the next 35 years holds for a museum dedicated to printing. I have met so many wonderful people who have both deep ties to the museum as well as new friends we have worked to bring into our community. With so much to do, it can sometimes feel like we're alone and, maybe, a little overlooked in our work. This past week has changed that notion for me.

In just a few days, I have learned that not only are we not alone, we have a wonderful community of people who are ready to help and want to see us succeed. So many people, organizations and companies have reached out to us as we recover from last week's fire. We have been offered remote workspaces, alternate venues for our events and workshops, and professional guidance as we deal with assessing damage to our collections. Right now, all I can do is say, "Thank you" from the bottom of my heart. I can only hope to repay the kindness and support we have received in kind sometime in the near future.

Please take a minute to visit the "Thank You!" page on our web site to see some of the folks who have made the stress of the past week just a little more bearable.

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