April 13, 2012

Dear Friends,

It is an honor to write my first letter to you as Director of the Museum of Glass.  Last month, when the Board of Trustees asked me to step into this leadership role, I did not hesitate to accept this exhilarating opportunity.  For the past ten years, I have shared with you a deep conviction about the potential of this marvelous museum and the important contributions that it makes to this community.   My close work with previous directors Josi Callan and Tim Close has prepared me for all aspects of this multifaceted job.  I look forward to building on the many past successes of the Museum of Glass.

Dynamic programming and meaningful outreach are top priorities for the future.   Our forthcoming exhibitions, Scapes: Laura de Santillana and Alessandro Diaz de Santillana and Origins: Early Works by Dale Chihuly, are clear proof of this commitment.  In July, we will open another landmark exhibition of Lino Tagliapetra’s recent sculpture—Maestro: Recent Works by Lino Tagliapietra—that is sure to delight visitors throughout the summer and fall months.   You will not want to miss any of these important projects.  As always, the Hot Shop will be bustling with a variety of Visiting Artists who interact with live audiences in Tacoma, as well as throughout the world via our live webcast of their creative efforts.  The Museum Store, Choripan Café and hands-on education programs promise to make visits memorable for the entire family.   Please join us often in the months ahead!

Leading an active, complex non-profit such as Museum of Glass is a privilege and, in times of economic uncertainty, also a significant challenge.  Working closely with the Trustees and staff, we must now aim for new organizational efficiency and enduring fiscal strength.  Change is an inevitable part of this direction and I am eager to see us make quick progress toward becoming a more stable institution.  Please know that I am counting on you to help make all of this happen, too! 

In July, Museum of Glass celebrates its 10th anniversary of service to the Puget Sound community, as well as to a global network of glass collectors and enthusiasts.  In conjunction with this milestone, we are embarking on a new strategic plan to guide us through the next phases of growth.   I hope you will participate actively as we shape these exciting plans.  I am looking forward to your ideas and to seeing you often in the months ahead, therefore.

Most of all, I thank you for your ongoing support.  This is an exciting time at the Museum of Glass and I am so proud that we are all part of it.


Susan Warner
Executive Director

Museum of Glass

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