Other mu­se­ums queue for cash

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In ad­di­tion to the New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art’s Cen­ten­nial Cam­paign, slated to last through 2019, the Mu­seum of New Mex­ico Foun­da­tion is con­tem­plat­ing fu­ture cap­i­tal cam­paigns for the other in­sti­tu­tions it sup­ports in the state mu­seum sys­tem. All the ini­tia­tives will need the ap­proval of the foun­da­tion’s board. “We started this process with the Shape the Fu­ture cam­paign for the

New Mex­ico History Mu­seum,” said Jamie Cle­ments, the foun­da­tion’s pres­i­dent and CEO. That cam­paign was to help build the History Mu­seum, which opened in 2009. “Ev­ery­one at the foun­da­tion at the time agreed that, once that cam­paign was com­pleted and know­ing that the Mu­seum of Art cen­ten­nial was on the hori­zon, [the art mu­seum] would be next.”

Af­ter making im­prove­ments to the Mu­seum of Art, the foun­da­tion will start a cam­paign to ren­o­vate the in­te­rior of the Palace and its per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tions. In the mean­time, the foun­da­tion is press­ing the state to fund struc­tural up­grades at the Palace. “That’s about $1.5 mil­lion,” Cle­ments said. “We got $680,000 in the last ses­sion, and we’re hop­ing to re­ceive the bal­ance over the next two ses­sions.” The funds would pay for a new fire-sup­pres­sion sys­tem, ex­te­rior stucco work, roof fixes, and re­fin­ished floors.

The foun­da­tion is also ask­ing the state to con­tinue fund­ing a ren­o­va­tion of the Mu­seum of In­dian Art &

Cul­ture’s per­ma­nent ex­hibit Here, Now and Al­ways, for which the foun­da­tion re­ceived about $665,000 from the state in the last leg­isla­tive ses­sion. A por­tion of that was matched with $300,000 in pri­vate funds. “We’re go­ing to con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for state fund­ing. That whole project is some­where around $2 [mil­lion] to $2.5 mil­lion,” Cle­ments said.

The Mu­seum of In­ter­na­tional Folk Art, mean­while, is work­ing with Gail Lord of Lord Cul­tural Re­sources on a mas­ter plan for a new tex­tile cen­ter that would re­quire a phys­i­cal ex­pan­sion of that mu­seum. But the foun­da­tion is years away from start­ing a cap­i­tal cam­paign for what will un­doubt­edly be an ex­pen­sive project at MOIFA.

Cur­rently, Santa Fe Botan­i­cal Gar­den, also lo­cated on Mu­seum Hill, is seek­ing $1.5 mil­lion to fund the sec­ond phase of its de­vel­op­ment, Ojos y Manos (Eyes and Hands), for a new eth­nob­otany cen­ter. — M.A.

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