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1LetterfromtheExecutiveDirectorDearMembersAsyouallknowNovember92012markedthe60thAnniversaryoftheHuntingtonMuseumofArtandinmylastlettertoyouItalkedaboutthemanypeoplefromthepastwhomadeHMAwhatitistoday.YouwillnotethatthisissueoftheMembersMagazinehasphotographsofboththeMuseumscurrentBoardofTrusteesanditsstaff.Iwanttotakeamomenttodaytorecognizetheseincrediblepeople.Overthepast10yearstheBoardofTrusteeshasengagedinsomeprettyamazingundertakings.BoardpolicychangesandnewstrategicdirectiveshaveallowedHMAtobecomeastrongerinstitutionfinanciallyandprogrammaticallyaswellasoperationally.Boardleadershipduringthisperiodhasbeenexemplarywithofficersandcommitteechairsembracingtheneedsofthefuturewhilerespectingthetraditionsofthepast.AteveryprofessionalmeetingIattendotherartsleaderslistenwithincredulityasIextolourBoardsmanyvirtues.IftheycouldbesoluckyEachTrusteeshouldknowthateverycontributionoftimeandtalenttheymaketodaywillhaveitsimpactbothnowandinthefuture.Ourstaffisalsomadeupofsomeprettyincredibleindividuals.Everyoneofthemdedicatedtothemissionofwhatwedohere.TenyearsagoweimplementedanewmanagementstylehereatHMAwhereeveryonehasavoiceandwhichhasasitsbasiscleardirectivesofwherewewanttheMuseumtobegoing.Thismethodologyallowseachdepartmentdirectortomakedecisionsandruntheirdepartmentscohesivelywithotherdepartmentsandeveryoneofthemdoesitwithgraceanddistinction.Ourstaffisprofessionalandtheydowhateverittakestogetthejobdone.Andmoreimportantlytheyallstrivetobegoodteamplayers.Withtherapidadvancementoftechnologyandtheradicalchangesinupcominggenerationsinterestsmodesofcommunicationandattitudesourjobofplanningforthefutureisnotaneasyone.Therearenobestpracticesinplacethatwecanfollowtoprepareforwhatliesahead.WemustmaketheMuseumstrongbutwemustalsomakeitasflexibleaspossible.Wemustbeinformedsothatwhentherightopportunitypresentsitselfwecanmoveintherightdirection.Wemustrecognizethatweliveinaworldthatischangingfasterthanthespeedoflightandinorderforthisinstitutiontoremainrelevantwemustbewillingtotrainourvisiononthefutureandstandreadytoembracewhateveritmaybring.ThankyouforbeingamemberofthisMuseum.Yourcommitmenttoartandthelightthatitbringsintoeachofourlivesisadmirable.Welookforwardtoservingyouforthenext60years.SincerelyMargaretMaryLayneExecutiveDirectorHMASeniorCuratorJenineCulliganandExecutiveDirectorMargaretMaryLayneholdavasecommissionedfromBlenkoGlassinMemoryofPatsyLansaw.ThevaseinthephotowasdonatedbyMargaretMarytoHMAspermanentcollection.Thevaseisoneofaneditionof60thatweresoldintheMuseumShopinremembranceofPatsywhowasalong-timevolunteermanageroftheMuseumShopandamemberofHMAsBoardofTrusteees.