Thursday, December 10, 2015

TEXT: Email circulated at Williams College about public forums on Tuesday on big museum proposal


From: Denise Buell <<>>
Date: Thu, Dec 10, 2015 at 12:03 PM
Subject: invitation to community forum on Arts Facilities
Dear staff colleagues,

The Arts Facilities Committee that is currently studying programmatic needs of the college’s Art Department and the Williams College Museum of Art invites members of the college and local communities to attend one of two listening sessions. These fora are meant to provide community members an opportunity to voice their thoughts about the possibility of a new college art building on the northwest corner of Southworth and Main streets.

The public fora will be held in two sessions on Tuesday, Dec. 15: one from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and one from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m—both in Griffin Hall, Room 3. As part of the committee’s work to address the physical and programmatic needs of the department and museum, its members will be on hand to receive input on the idea of building at that location.

The committee has not yet completed the program phase of the project.

Detailed design work is still to come, as is a formal proposal for how to meet the department and museum’s needs, which would be submitted for consideration to the Board of Trustees. A timeframe has not yet been determined for a proposal or consideration of a building/renovation project.

At next week’s public fora, committee members can provide a brief overview of the project and answer any questions, but the primary purpose of the sessions is to hear from the community about its ideas regarding the notion of an arts building on the Southworth site.
We look forward to your input.


Denise Buell (Religion, Dean of the Faculty, co-chair of the committee)
Will Dudley (Philosophy, Provost, co-chair of the committee)
Ondine Chavoya (Art)
Lisa Dorin (WCMA)
Marc Gotlieb (Art, and director of the graduate program in art history)
David Gurçay-Morris (Theater)
Guy Hedreen (Art)
Amy Johns (Zilkha)
Peter Low (Art, department chair)
Tina Olsen (WCMA)


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