Yesterday, December 16, the Arizona Centennial Commission hosted an “Informational Summit”. The event was held at the Arizona Historical Museum at Papago Park in Tempe. Attendance was by invitation only.
Attendees were told that Gallagher and Associates is the designer for the Centennial Museum, and that the museum will open in November of 2012.
The opening date of November 2012 is consistent with the information posted yesterday from the Prescott City Council meeting. That permits ample time for repairing and installing used displays from three prior events.
The information about the designer is not. The grapevine says that Gallagher and Associates has been replaced with a designer from Tucson. The Prescott presentation named Entertainment Solutions, Inc, of Scottsdale, AZ.
So, there are many, many unanswered questions about the 5C Arizona Centennial Museum, and the list just keeps getting longer and longer. A few key examples are:
- Why will it be called a centennial museum if it will not open until 10 months after the centennial?
- Who is designing the displays?
- Where is the money coming from?
- Who is directing the planning of the “centennial” museum?
- Why has the Board of Governors for the 5C Arizona Centennial Museum (established by HB 2251) never met?
- Do the people that are involved (if any) have the authority to do so under the governing laws (HB 2251)?
- Why has there never been any public presentation or meeting concerning the 5C Arizona Centennial Museum?
- Will centennial museum planners preserve a separate Arizona mining and Mineral Museum, as prescribed by HB 2251?
- Who’s on first?