The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University is vying to become a host site in New York state’s Creativity Incubator pilot partnership program, winning the right to host a regional workshop in May aimed at helping museums reconsider and rejuvenate their offerings.
As a host site, the Quick Center’s collections or permanent installations would be re-imagined by workshop participants and creative thinkers in the field.
The Quick Center is one of seven museums vying for the chance to serve as the host for the 2018 Creativity Incubator and is encouraging SBU alumni, students, employees and friends to vote for the QCA in the upcoming online competition.
Designed as a two-year pilot program, the Creativity Incubator workshop series invites staff in museums to test out experimental design and interpretive approaches to help keep their exhibitions fresh, their work relevant, and their institutions connected and engaged with their ever-evolving communities.
Ludwig Brunner, executive director of the Quick Center, feels winning would help the Quick Center for the Arts stand out even more as the cultural showcase for the region.
“Through its permanent collection and a variety of temporary exhibitions, the Quick Center for the Arts affords the general public and students from the local school districts an admission-free visit to a fine arts museum. As an arts center in a rural area, the Quick Center would be very proud if it would be chosen to serve as the host for the NYSCA/GHHN Creativity Incubator and welcome museum professionals from New York state.”
Voting in the online poll runs from Monday, March 19, through Sunday, April 1, with the chosen location announced on Monday, April 2. Anyone with an internet connection can vote once per device and can find the poll here or on the Quick Center website at http://www.sbu.edu/QuickCenter or on the center’s Facebook (Quick Arts Center), Twitter (@QuickArtsCenter) or Instagram pages (@QuickArtsCenter). Voting is free, open to the public and no personal information is collected.
Evelyn Penman, assistant director of the Quick Center, thinks the workshop would provide for a wonderful learning experience for all involved.
“Our four large galleries and additional exhibition space continually showcase our University Art Collection, as well as additional works on loan from current artists and traveling exhibitions. An opportunity like this, to have a nationally recognized museum consultant and peers from regional museums converge on the Quick Center to assist with exhibition planning for one day, would result in an explosion of ideas,” said Penman.
The other Western New York sites vying to host the workshop are the Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester; Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum, North Tonawanda; Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History, Jamestown; The Cobblestone Society & Museum, Albion; Geneva Historical Society, Geneva; and the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, Buffalo.
Sean Conklin, who submitted the narrative that earned the Quick Center consideration as a Creativity Incubator site, is excited about the competition.
“Anyone who knows me knows I’m a highly competitive person,” said Conklin, assistant curator of the Quick Center. “I’m not going to lie, I want to win over some of these other institutions for the bragging rights and the recognition over museums in larger cities or those who have three times the number of staff we do. But I also want to win because I think the message we’re sending by doing this is super important.
“It shows we’re invested in our community — that we’re willing to evolve and adapt in order to engage with them, to entertain them and to work every day to best serve them,” he said. “To be able to mobilize a community, whether it be our local K-12th grade outreach, our amazing SBU community and alumni network, or our everyday visitor, to vote for us to help better ourselves demonstrates the ideals of public trust and care that museums should truly be all about.”
The 2018 Creativity Incubator is a New York State Council on the Arts and the Greater Hudson Heritage Network Partnership program. The program is made possible with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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