As we approach a new year I am filled with optimism and excitement. People often ask when the museum will open? This is a complex question when one considers the magnitude of this amazing project and the development that must take place on so many different levels. It entails developing a coordinated site wide plan for an over 250-acre development with consideration for future growth potential that can endure the test of time. This involves conceptualizing, designing and implementing so many things that do not currently exist. Below is a sampling of some of what has been accomplished in 2010.
Erection of all the museum buildings so that each of the spaces are enclosed and conditioned.
“Hall of the People Steel” went up drawing attention to the 110’ gathering space that welcomes all guests.
Completion of the East Gate Entry comprised of Mesquabuck stone, which honors those who were indigenous to the geographic region known as Oklahoma and to the ancestors who made the courageous journey from tribal homelands throughout North America.
Advancement of the commercial development to compliment and support the mission of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.
Coordinated plan for site wide landscaping that considers outdoor programming across the site so that the cultural park becomes an active and vital part of the Oklahoma community.
Newspapers in Education in partnership with The Oklahoman has produced three publications to date including: Moundbuilders, Native Foodways and Native American Sports issues.
Pilot Programs included: Fourth Annual American Indian Cinema Showcase in partnership with the Oklahoma Museum of Art, “An Evening Under the Stars” in partnership with Science Museum Oklahoma, “Jim Thorpe: The Enduring Legacy of the World’s Greatest Athlete” in partnership with the Jim Thorpe Sports Museum and a Hands On Workshop exploring Caddo Pottery at the AICCM Visitor Center with guest artist Jereldine Redcorn. Educational Outreach included: visits to schools across the state such NW Classen High School, Broken Arrow Public Indian Education Summer Camp, Edmond High School, John Marshall High School and Oklahoma Council on Indian Education Annual Conference.
Visits to many of the tribes across the state to link initiatives taking place throughout Oklahoma’s Indian country with the Center’s planning and development. Some visits included: Chickasaw Nation Horticulture Department, Mvskoke Nation Food Sovereignty Conference, Oklahoma Choctaw Alliance, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho Buffalo Program.
Outreach with other entities included: Oklahoma History Center, National Geographic Museum, Ft. Sill, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of History, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Gilcrease Museum and the Philbrook Museum of Art.
Production of a new Community Outreach Video.
AICCM helped welcome over 2,500 registrants from 38 states and 18 countries at the Creativity World Forum, providing a total economic impact to the city of Oklahoma City in excess of $1.8 million.
Inaugural Oklahoma Indian Country Guide produced by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department (OTRD in partnership with the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum (AICCM). AICCM collaborated by communicating with each of the tribes to ensure all had an opportunity to provide the most accurate information for the tribal profiles section and recommended authentic traditional designs and motifs used throughout the guide as well as contemporary American Indian Art.
OklaVision continues to be broadcast out of the AICCM Visitor Center.
Oklahoma Indian Tourism Association continues to build momentum elevating tribal tourism offerings and helping to establish Oklahoma as a unique cultural tourism destination.
We are currently at the 50% design development of exhibits and will be vetting content and design with the tribes and other museums in the coming year.
Museum Identity Development
Embarked upon an identity strategy to grow the institution’s name recognition targeting anticipated audiences, public and private funders, peer organizations as well as increase awareness about the project while connecting to the mission.
Online giving opportunities launched on the aiccm.org website.
Began “Keeping the Fire” annual campaign in support of American Indian Cultural Center and Museum programs and operations.
Federal agencies such as U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a part of financial support toward the project's energy conservation and site remediation efforts.
Some interesting site visits included a number of institutions who are in the process of developing their own projects and are looking at AICCM as a model: Chippewas of Kettle & Stony Point First Nation from Ontario Canada and Iowa State University’s College of Arts and Design.
Delegation of international leaders under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program
The AICCM project is a brownfield project highlighted at the Oklahoma Brownfield’s Conference.
All of this was accomplished without a finished building! The best is yet to come…
Posted on Thu, December 30, 2010
by Shoshana Wasserman