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.
The New York City Comic Book Museum started its mission in 1999 to preserve the historical and artistic legacy of comic book culture, place it in the context of a changing society, show its usefulness in educating and entertaining, and instill in audiences the value and joy of this rich American heritage. It is the nation’s only museum dedicated to the art of the comic book. The NYCCBM, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, has concentrated on its outreach programs with traveling exhibits, industry gatherings, panel discussions, virtual exhibits and comic book promotions all around the city and the country. The museum is searching for its permanent home to serve as a research facility, library, and showcase for comic books and the creators of this American art form.
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