Adirondack Experience Announces $4M Campaign to Renovate Building and Create First Permanent Exhibition Spaces for Its Fine and Decorative Art Collection
The Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake (ADKX), has announced a $4M campaign for its Adirondack Creativity initiative, which includes the renovation of its original building—now one of 24 historic and contemporary buildings on the museum’s campus.
The renovation will establish a 5,800-square-foot exhibition space dedicated to the museum’s fine and decorative art collection. Once completed in 2023, the building will provide the first permanent galleries dedicated to this approximately 5,000-object collection and allow for the most comprehensive showing of the material in the museum’s 60-year history. ADKX also announced that it has received a $250,000 grant from the Museums for America program of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency. The IMLS funds, along with $600,000 in state funding and an additional $250,000 from private donors, push ADKX’s fundraising for the initiative over the $1M benchmark, adding new momentum to the campaign.The Adirondack Experience (formerly the Adirondack Museum) was established in 1957 by industrialist, philanthropist, and historian Harold Hochschild in what is now referred to as the “Main Building.” As part of the Adirondack Creativity initiative, the Main Building will be redesigned to feature four distinct gallery spaces, each thematically tied to inspirations within the fine and decorative art collection; a refreshed entry and introductory space; and a maker’s studio, which will allow for onsite creation of works by local and visiting artists and artisans as well as visitors to the museum. The building will for the first time be fitted with a climate control system, allowing for the long-term display of art and artifacts that previously were only shown in brief rotations.
The Adirondack Creativity initiative continues the museum’s institutional transformation to reinvigorate the campus and emphasize visitor engagement and experience. The effort publicly launched in 2017 with the opening of a 19,000-square-foot permanent installation, titled Life in the Adirondacks, which focuses on the rich cultural history, natural environment, and growth of the Adirondack region. The installation features approximately 300 artifacts from ADKX’s 165,000-object permanent collection, including wooden guide boats, vintage railway cars, historic photographs, and rare books and volumes, as well as a range of newly created interactive elements that center individual narratives, music, and oral histories.
This year, IMLS received 345 funding requests from across the U.S. and made grants to only 109 projects, totaling $19,673,947 in funds. \
For additional information, call 518-352-7311 or visit www.theADKX.org.