Museum to meet targets to qualify for council funding
Delivery standards and expectations of the region’s Central Stories museum services are to be put under the microscope.
A Service Level Agreement between the Alexandra District Museum Incorporated and Central Otago District Council, for the delivery of services at Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, is to be discussed at a full council meeting today.
In a report to be presented to council, staff recommend council enter into the formal agreement which would ‘‘clarify roles and responsibilities, reducing the risk of misunderstanding between parties’’.
The document would also better articulate a clear ‘‘base line’’ for delivery standards and expectations; provide measures that will assist both parties to forecast variances in delivery measures; and initiate discussions accordingly, the report says.
The report acknowledges the agreement will ‘‘add another layer of paperwork’’ and might be viewed as too restrictive by ‘‘locking in’’ set delivery measures.
For the past nine years the council has provided an annual grant to Alexandra District Museum Incorporated (ADMI) to support ADMI, trading as Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery, to deliver museumrelated services to the wider Central Otago community.
The trust manages a purposebuilt cultural facility, which opened in December 2005. It includes a museum, temporary gallery spaces, a research room, gift shop, theatre and collection storage spaces.
Each year ADMI presents a case to council for the renewal of its annual grant which includes a report on the districtfocused activities this trust has achieved over the previous 12 months.
‘‘Central Stories Museum and Art Gallery provides a hub for culture and heritage, offering mentoring and support to the smaller museums, educational experiences for schools and community groups, and public information about the people, lifestyles and significant events of the greater Central Otago district,’’ the report says.
‘‘The intent of the proposed Service Level Agreement is to specify quantifiable outcomes that ADMI is expected to deliver in return for funding from council.’’
Service delivery expectations outlined in the document include:
securing additional funding as required, through grants and sponsorship;
develop resources and initiatives that benefit the greater Central Otago district;
provide space for the Eden
Photo: Mary-Jo Tohill/Fairfax NZ Hore Fashion Collection to be kept, and allow access at the discretion of council until such time that a decision is made on the permanent storage site for the collection;
offer expert museology mentoring and advice to district museums, as requested;
provide joint promotional opportunities that encompass the museums throughout the district;
create and maintain a communication network among district museums, encouraging knowledge-sharing, intermuseum loans and the development of best practice standards;
conduct visits, as required, to museums throughout the district to assist with collections, exhibitions or other projects that require external assistance;
work with, and host, Central Otago District schools (located outside the Vincent Ward) to deliver learning experiences that meet the schools’ needs.
Stories Museum and Art Gallery.