Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Where are the Arizona Centennial Museum plans?
The Arizona Centennial (Experience) Museum has been in search of a theme for nearly two years. First, it was to feature the 5Cs, including cotton and cows. Then, the now defunct ADMMR website said it was to also feature technology, including solar panels and spacecraft. After that, the Arizona Centennial 2012 Foundation website said it would be story telling museum. Then, in a KAET 8 interview, an AHS spokesperson said it would be about “imagining the future”. Finally, a new Foundation website introduced an even more peculiar “theme”, but there was finally (after two years) a floor plan. The first floor plan showed displays featuring “land, water, sky, mind, body, inspire, and remember.” The second floor displays featured “celebrate, innovate, and play”. As the visitors toured these strange displays, they were to be stimulated with “smells and vibrations”.
Now, that strange floor plan is gone. It has vanished from the Arizona Centennial 2012 Foundation website (http://az100years.org). There is not a word about it on the Arizona Historical Society website either. The AHS is responsible for managing the new museum. The Foundation is simply placing the sole source $15.75 million dollar contract for the AHS.
Is the AHS already embarrassed by its new project, the “centerpiece” of Arizona’s centennial celebration?
Was the Foundation ridiculed when it presented its goofy floor plan to prospective donors?
Is the “number one signature project” of Arizona’s centennial celebration in search of yet another theme?