Presiding over his first annual meeting, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Mark Masuoka on Tuesday shared his vision for the future of the Akron Art Museum.
That vision includes changes in the museum’s interaction with visitors, its place in the life of the city, its implementation of new programs and the processes by which these things occur.
The heartiest round of applause came when Masuoka talked about the Akron Art Museum’s new iQ Café.
Scheduled to open Oct. 1, the iQ café is named after the museum’s sculpture, the Inverted Q, a painted, cast concrete sculpture by American Pop artist Claes Oldenburg.
The iQ Café will feature French press coffee and teas, croissants and other offerings for the museum by the Thirsty Dog Brewing Co., which will make a specialty brew just for iQ; Blue Door, Burning Tree and Urban Eats, each of which will create new drinks and entrees available only at iQ.
At the annual meeting, also the first for Dianne Newman, the museum’s new board president, Masuoka also said he wants to:
• Have the museum be not only fully involved with the cultural and social life of the city, but also to be an example to all other museums of the best possible experience a museum visitor can have. And to help accomplish that, the museum has hired Carol Murphy to be the new chief of external affairs officer.
• Start a new training program for the staff.
• Add a new level of membership called the Culture Club.
• Add admission-free Thursdays, starting Oct. 3.
• Revamp the museum’s website to be more intuitive, have bigger images and allow visitors to have a more immersive experience of the museum through the Internet.
More details about the annual meeting can be found at http://akronartmuseum.org/calendar/annual-meeting/2905/.
Other business covered Tuesday — approval of the minutes of the 2012 annual meeting, treasurer’s report, board elections, the new code of regulations — all smoothly passed with no discussions or objections. The six new, approved board members are: Myriam Altieri Haslinger, Fred Bidwell, Jeff Bruno, Gordon Ewers, Richard Harris, and Skip Radwany.
The new code reflects the work of a task force appointed by the Governance Committee to amend the museum constitution and bylaws to bring a governing framework more in conformity with the updated Ohio Nonprofit Corporation Law and to eliminate some inconsistencies between the constitution and bylaws.
The new code constitutes the museum’s basic governance document, together with operating procedures of the board of directors.
A copy of the new code can be found at http://akronartmuseum.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/akron-art-museum-code-of-regulations.pdf.
There’s no online link for the treasurer’s report at this time.