For the Miller Art Museum in downtown Sturgeon Bay, like many institutions comprising the museum sector across the globe, volunteers are vital to the work of the organization – they are its heart and soul. With the help of the Ruth & Hartley Barker Memorial Fund, Anne and Richard Egan Charitable Fund, William C. and Marjorie W. Glenn Endowment Fund, and the Barb and Mike Madden Fund of the Door County Community Foundation, Inc. the museum is making great strides in addressing organizational inefficiencies and is working to improve its overall technological infrastructure, a critical piece being its volunteer operations. This work has been made possible by a $1,000 Sustainability grant from the Door County Community Foundation (DCCF).
“Simply thinking about growth can be difficult, and planning for growth can feel like a luxury,” said Elizabeth Meissner-Gigstead, executive director. “For the Miller Art Museum it is not – our future sustainability is dependent on it and the museum’s leadership has invested a great deal of time in developing well thought out ideas, goals and strategies that we hope will allow us to achieve success.”
The DCCF grant has specifically provided the museum funds for the purchase of volunteer management software – presently in use at the museum – as well as partial funds for the purchase of a camera to assist with documentation and internal recordkeeping for the nearly 1,000 works comprising the institution’s permanent collection.
The Miller Art Museum has also been awarded a Creation and Presentation (CPP) grant in the amount of $2,000 from the Wisconsin Arts Board. The grant recognizes the work the Miller does to help community members participate, experience, share and learn through the visual arts. The CPP program specifically supports 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organizations with strong operations including stable management, ongoing assessment and evaluation, high artistic quality, and programming appropriate to the communities they serve.
“WAB funds have and will continue to support the impressive, high quality exhibitions the community has come to expect from our organization,” said Gigstead. “Our current exhibition, Charles L. Peterson: An Artist’s Life Work, is case-in-point.”
The Miller Art Museum, located in the Door County Library at 107 S. 4th Ave., Sturgeon Bay, is open 10 am – 8 pm Mondays and 10 am – 5pm Tuesday through Saturday. Call 920.746.0707 for more information or find “Miller Art Museum” on Facebook.