Planning for 2011-2012

Planning for 2011-2012

July 1 is the start of the new year at Brown, and so it’s an appropriate time to look ahead. Here are some of the things we’re thinking about for next year:

Haffenreffer Museum planning
July 2011 – June 2012


  • CultureLab study center
  • New entrance cases: Representing people
  • Roger Williams 375th anniversary (with RIHS)
  • Taiwan aboriginal arts
  • Taoist paintings (with RISD Museum)
  • El Anatsui
  • Art/Archaeology program with Bell Gallery
  • Begin work on Weihe Collection Liberia exhibition
  • [additional for spring]

Public Programs

  • Public lectures tied to exhibitions
  • Student CultureLab assistants
  • Work with Sheridan Center on teaching with collections certificate
  • Complete Sankofa grant project with new website
  • Continue Culture Caravan K-12 programs in schools; begin evaluation of programs
  • Expand archaeology program with RISD Museum, Joukowsky
  • Minor improvements to museum website

Friends of the Haffenreffer Museum

  • New collections group (to improve collections)
  • Re-invigorated Programs and Exhibits Committee


  • Complete mold remediation
  • Complete move of collections to new spaces
  • Collections management system
    • Undertake review of accuracy, consistency of data in collections system
    • Make decision on new collections management system
    • Improve documentation of existing collections and their collectors
    • Increase digital access to collections and exhibits
    • 40 short videos of curators talking about collection objects
    • Complete two student research and collection grants currently in process, bringing material obtained into the collections and potentially into temporary exhibitions
    • Digitize Spinden collection?


  • Plan for future of Circumpolar Lab
  • Student employment/training/internships continued for collections management, curatorial research, exhibits and education
  • Move Collections Research Center to Providence
  • Grant proposals: IMLS (storage); NSF (Circumpolar); IMLS (training)
  • Select new director

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