by Nick Dekker
The renovations at the Columbus Museum of Art—ready for their big reveal at the end of October— are a major step, and a very visible one, in the Museum’s growth, but they’re only one point on a longer continuum that sees the museum adapting to serve Columbus’ changing community.
The renovations have their origins in 2007 with the Art Matters campaign, an endowment and capital campaign to raise $80 million. Nancy Colvin, marketing and communications manager for the museum, said the initiative had three goals: sustainability, competitiveness, and public value. All three goals support the museum’s long-term impact on the city, both culturally and financially.
The new Margaret M. Walter Wing adds 50,000 square feet of exhibition space, allowing the museum to be more competitive in acquiring permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. Behind the scenes are administrative and infrastructure developments that enable the museum to operate more efficiently and to meet more industry standards.
But the new wing offers more than just additional square footage. “We’re making sure the space we’re building is flexible to address museum needs now and 20 years from now,” said Colvin. “When you see the new wing, for instance, none of those internal walls are load-bearing, so it can grow and change over the years.”
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