What’s in your closet?
Everyone likes to call us Richmond’s attic, and with over 1.6 million objects in our collection, that is probably a good name.
Everyone likes to call us Richmond’s attic, and with over 1.6 million objects in our collection, that is probably a good name. Our hope is that through our new programming such as our Community Conversations and exhibitions in the Stettinius Community Galleries that people will refer to us as Richmond‘s living room.
For many staff, the new closets are the most exciting part of our renovation.
For our public programs department, there is a new custom-designed space just for our educational outreach materials. Within the next few weeks, our “programs in boxes” will be moved from the Davis House to their new quarters in the Sara D. November Education Center. Cabinets and closets in the new Education Center are just waiting for supplies of clay and other materials used on-site by our teachers to fill their shelves.
For our visitors, we will have new lockers for purses and backpacks and new coatracks.
Small closets have been tucked next to the Stettinius Community Galleries for chairs and tables. A utility closet has even been created for cleaning supplies complete with a sink.
For the curators, a new holding area on the loading dock will allow for the review of objects before they are relocated into collections storage. Currently, the loading dock is stuffed with inventory for the new Valentine Store.
Richmond’s new living room is being finished so that lots of company can come in starting in a few short weeks and, just like home, we are happy to have great closets to hide the junk (not really) from our visitors.
Bill Martin, Director
P.S. Join today and be part of the grand opening week celebrations (Oct 20-24). A donation of $250+ secures your spot at the special Wednesday night Grand Reopening Celebration.
P.S.S. Don’t forget to order our new limited edition t-shirt via Bonfire Funds by October 6th! A portion of the sale supports our mission.