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27 Museums in 2 Years - A Journey Begins

Wednesday, May 11, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ryan Paul
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I heard some bad news recently. A monument to my youth will soon be no longer. I grew up in Riverdale, within walking distance to one of the most glorious movie theaters I ever sat in, The Cinedome 70. President visits Kimball Art Center

I still remember walking up the darkened winding ramps into one of the gigantic domes. The massive screen towered over the plush seats and as I waited for the film to start my eyes would wander over the simplistic yet beautiful architecture of this temple of my imagination.

This was the place I saw the films that defined my youth:

The Star Wars Trilogy, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Jaws, Back to the Future, and even though I was too young to see it, I still remember walking past the gigantic marquee that read “Alien: In space no one can hear you scream.” The last movie I saw there was Jurassic Park. By that time the wonder had faded a bit, but the power of the place still resonated with me.
I wonder if we as museum professionals truly grasp the adventure our visitors experience when they enter our exhibit halls, galleries and historic sites?

Last October we all attended a marvelous conference in Park City where stories were shared, friendships
rekindled and questions were answered. Alice Parman gave an amazing keynote address asking us to better share the experience of our museums with our visitors.

As I begin my journey as the President of this organization I am excited to visit each one of you and your institutions. I reaffirm my commitment to explore every museum in Utah over the next two years. My family is on board for what I feel will be an exciting voyage of discovery.

We can never forget that this is a membership driven organization. We as a Board are working to develop tangible benefits to provide resources to meet your needs and connect you with each other in a more effective way. I welcome our new Board members and am encouraged by the fantastic and committed team that has been assembled to lead the Utah Museums Association.
My visits have already begun with some amazing stops in Park City and will be continuing throughout the year. I am excited to visit your museums and share with my family the wonderful cultural resources of our state and introduce them to you all, my colleagues and friends. I’ll bring the audience – you bring the popcorn.

President visits Kimball Art Center

Top: (l to r) Erin Linder, Kimball Art Center’s (KAC) Director of Exhibitions; Ryan Paul, UMA President; and Robin Marrouche, KAC’s Executive Director Bottom: Ryan Paul, UMA Director with a few UMA conference attendees in front of the Alf Engen Museum in Park City.

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