As 2017—and with it my tenure here at the Michener—draws to a close, I extend my thanks to the entire community for your great support. Together, we have accomplished so much in the last five years. And it is my pleasure to ask you—one last time—to help us to achieve our goals for the year with a generous contribution to our Annual Fund.
When I first arrived, the Museum was on the cusp of its twenty-fifth anniversary. We fêted this milestone with the Founders Celebration, beginning a half-decade marked with many high points. The Museum’s façade, exterior lighting and graphic identity were refreshed. We played host to over fifty exhibitions, including 2013’s remarkable From Philadelphia to Monaco: GRACE KELLY—Beyond the Icon, which brought over 100,000 visitors through our galleries during its three month run, and established us as a national presence. We were highlighted in the Google Art Project, and in 2016, earned reaccreditation from the American Alliance of Museums.
The Michener board and staff embarked on an ambitious strategic plan that will take the museum through 2020 and challenges us to grow as a dynamic cultural asset for this region and on a national scale. Many infrastructure projects, such as a new slate roof for the Warden’s House and repointing the original prison wall, ensure the physical foundation of our program is sound.
We are justifiably proud of our partnerships with The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and PNC Arts Alive, among many others, that support our efforts to bring groundbreaking exhibitions and world-class talent to our audiences. I am particularly proud of our Art for All program supporting seniors with dementia and their caregivers, which had seed funding from Merck and the National Endowment for the Arts.
We remain the standard-bearers for Pennsylvania Impressionism and the Bucks County Craft tradition with major exhibitions on George Sotter, Paul Evans, Rae Sloan Bredin, and a rotating display from our permanent collection in the Byers Gallery. We celebrate the return of Daniel Garber’s Tanis once again in 2018 because of our partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
We have also looked to the future. It has been my honor to help guide the Michener through the past five years, as well as seeing us through the assessment phase of our forthcoming master facility plan. I truly look forward to seeing the Michener continue to grow and evolve in the years to come!
It is my hope that 2018—the Michener’s landmark 30th Anniversary—will be the start of a new, extraordinary chapter. With your support of our work, we can bring 2017 to a remarkable close, and welcome 2018 with open arms!
With deep and sincere appreciation,
Lisa Tremper Hanover
Director and CEO