David Jay Gabriel, Executive Director and Founder of the New York City Comic Book Museum (NYCCBM) is pleased to announce the receipt of a GET SET grant of $2500 to retain the help of a museum specialist. The NYCCBM will secure the services of Mr. Stuart Chase to assist in developing a strategic business plan for the museum. This strategic planning is one step, adopted by the museum's board of trustees earlier in the year, towards generating new audiences for its exhibitions and programs. The GET SET Grant, from the New York State Council on the Arts is administered by the Upstate History Alliance.
Mr. Chase holds a Masters Degree in arts administration and has had nearly twenty years of experience helping museums successfully market themselves in our changing society. Most recently Mr. Chase provided creative vision and leadership and developed a team for the transformation of the Rockwell Museum of Western Art, earning the 2001 Arts Partnership Award from the ARTS of the Southern Finger Lakes. He also expanded and strengthened the base of financial support for both the Rockwell Museum of Western Art and Raynham Hall Museum.
Said Gabriel, "it is an exciting honor to receive the recognition the New York State Council for the Arts. This is a positive step towards reaching our ultimate goal of having a permanent space. It shows that other noteworthy organizations understand not only the value of this American art form, but also that our vision is indeed solid." The NYCCBM strives to be the most respected museum in the country for interpreting comic book history and art.
The GET SET grants are one of a series of grants offered to help museums and historical societies strengthen and develop their institutions and work with their communities. These grants are designed to make it easy for organizations to access professional help and improve their institutions.