Posted: 10:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012
What others say …..
“For years, the DAI has been like a grand old dame on the hill overlooking our city. Under Michael and Jane’s leadership, she has kept her dignity but let down her hair a bit and opened her doors to more diverse activities, like the Super Heroes Ball, the James Bond Martini Bash and the recent Mahjong demonstration in collaboration with Clothes That Work. I think they are welcoming a new generation of patrons who will appreciate the DAI’s fun side as well as her classic beauty.”
— Karen Dempsey Volke, New DAI Member, Washington Twp.
“When I was at the museum as interim director, I felt more strongly than ever that we needed a real community person or team to lead. I feel that museums today can no longer be warehouses for art and aimed more toward the upper echelons of society. We needed fund raising from the top and a much broader audience — not only is the museum a community treasure, but also has the real potential as a gathering place.
Michael and Jane have already managed in a short time to change the tenor of the place. There is a more positive, welcoming vibe, and I see many more young people. Jane led the search for the new curator of collections and exhibitions, and the result is a young, highly qualified, charming woman who gets what we are doing. The ‘new’ old space, which was separately and privately funded, is stunning. Getting Roost to come in is exciting.
Are we there yet? No, but I feel as if we are climbing the hill. We were in a tough situation and sometimes you just have to try something new. I think it’s working.”
— Linda Lombard, Dayton Art Institute board chair
“The new and innovative energy Michael and Jane have brought to the DAI has been extraordinary. They have taken on this opportunity with passion and a strategic vision that has made the institution one all can enjoy and be proud of. The fact that they have done this as a team, a partnership, is the added bonus.”
— Sharon D. Howard, Ohio Arts Council Board Member
“I am very excited about the structural change under way at the DAI. The new cafe is in an open view from both the lobby and the outside, making the museum not just a place for experiencing art, but also a gathering place for visitors and the creative community, a place to exchange ideas and further conversations.”
— Migiwa Orimo, artist, Yellow Springs
What They’ve Accomplished:
• Secured $45,000 gift from Dayton Foundation for Roof Repairs
• Secured anonymous gift for plaster repair in galleries and drainage repairs in the Hale Cloister
• Secured gift from Richard “Rip” and Denise Hale for renovation of Italian Cloister (now Hale Cloister)
• Partnered with Zoot Theatre Company to make them resident company in DAI’s NCR Renaissance Auditorium
• Launched new Prime Time Party Rental Series with Olympics Opening Ceremonies Party, Superhero Costume Ball and James Bond Martini Bash
• Launched new Arts Night Out theatrical series, with American Fiesta, Behind the Scenes in American Politics with PF Bentley and Charles Phoenix’s Retro Holiday Slide Show
• Organized summer special exhibition You Are My Superhero, which brought many families and first-time visitors to the museum
• Combined existing Museum Store & Café spaces into new community gathering space
• Partnered with owners of Roost Modern Italian to launch new Leo Bistro in community gathering space
• Hired new curator of collections and exhibitions, Dr. Aimee Marcereau DeGalan
• Record attendance and revenue for annual Art Ball
• Record revenue for annual Oktoberfest
• Collaboration with DVAC to display the work of local artists in the museum café
• Began new member events to create stronger connections with new members
• Initiated a number of new partnerships with areas universities