Not the most uplifting post for a Friday, but maybe it's cathartic
At the "Conversation" last Saturday, an audience member voiced her concern over the sign that was still hung on the side of the UIMA's former Riverside Drive building. She said the sight of the words "Museum of Art" on that structure, which will never house the UIMA's collection again, pulled at her heart, and she requested that they be removed. UI President Sally Mason agreed.
On Wednesday, Melissa Hueting, UIMA Assistant to the Director for Special Programs, and I took a trip down to the arts campus site and noticed that the white, "Museum of Art" letters had indeed been removed, leaving only shadows as a reminder of the nearly 40 years they hung there. Melissa took a few pictures, which I've posted here. The image is a painfully clear symbol of the difficult times the Museum has undergone since the summer, but it is also a symbol of looking forward. The UIMA may never be the same as it was before the flood, but I think there are many of us out there who believe in the possibilities that the future holds.
Now, on a happier note, go out there and enjoy the sunshine on this wonderful weekend! I certainly plan to.
--Claire Lekwa, UIMA Marketing and Media Intern