Friday, February 3, 2012

Bad Press for Arizona Centennial Museum

The chickens are finally coming home to roost. The now notorious 5C Arizona Centennial Museum (AKA Arizona Experience Museum) is finally receiving recognition for what it is: a miserable failure that seriously damaged Arizona’s centennial celebration.

A recent front page article in the Arizona Republic included the following paragraphs:

Brewer added a complication when she announced plans to convert the Mining and Mineral Museum into a centennial museum. That led to the mining museum's abrupt closure last year, angering volunteers and staffers.

"It's been a challenge to have the negativity surrounding it," said Churchard, the only commission staffer on the state payroll.

Meanwhile, conversion of the building at 15th Avenue and Washington Street into the Arizona Experience Museum is on hold. So far, there's $950,000 pledged toward the $12.75 million effort.

A subsequent letter to the editor commenting on the article and the centennial fiasco included the following:

The planning of our state's 100th birthday party has been fraught with bickering and haphazard fundraising.

Our Mining and Mineral Museum was abruptly closed last year to make way for Brewer's "centennial museum," where it remains shuttered for lack of funding.

Arizona centennial events reined in by funding woes, by  Mary Jo Pitzl - Jan. 30, 2012 11:49 PM
The Republic |

Arizona deserves better than this party, letter to the editor by Bob Ellis, Arizona Republic, Feb. 3, 2012 12:00 AM

1 comment:

  1. The negativity has nothing to do with the ability of the centennial commission to raise funds for the 5C museum. Companies are not interested in your 5C concept and SOME of the other "C" vested products (like dairy, cotton, citrus, and climate) felt they were not going to destroy a perfectly fine museum and have their reputations tarnished by giving money to do just that.