Artful Conversation with Andy Wulf
Second, celebrating in the industrial raw space of the former Belk Department Store introduced most who attended to this unusual environment that is in the process of morphing into a state-of-the-art museum whose vision is for the betterment and well-being of our community.
The most important value we at the AMA considered before launching our new five-year strategic plan that culminates in the move to our new site downtown is: let’s look at our own behavior, not the visitor’s, first.
As a result, we have spent months self-evaluating our approach to our public programming—exhibitions, education programs, art camps—and those that will launch in our new space.
Everything, we understand, has to do with whether we are truly welcoming. From the architecture, to the behavior of our staff, to the information and the manner in which we provide it, we are gauging beyond how we welcome those who already know us well. We are also figuring out how to reach those who do not know us at all, and those who do not feel this is a place they too can call their own.
Of course, it takes many hands to make light work, as they say, yet there is nothing light about this work! While museums seem to be at times impenetrable, unchanging institutions that are tone-deaf to the needs of society, the AMA is working, step by step, to correct those optics. We remain nimble to respond to current events, and we embrace reality by taking on the tough stuff of our world through our public “courageous conversations.”
None of this could happen, not a bit of it, without the greatest museum staff on the planet.
This team, all of our Board of Trustees, and volunteers, make the AMA experience a special, memorable, and creative one for all who walk through our doors. We hope you will continue to visit us at 311 Meadowlark Drive here in Albany as we continue to develop our downtown site. We love to see you at the museum, your museum. And let us know how we’re doing. We’d love to hear your thoughts.
Andrew J. “Andy” Wulf is executive director of the Albany Museum of Art.