Far More Than A Construction Project, Columbia Museum of Art, Tuesday, 10. September 2030

Over the past year, the Columbia Museum of Art has undergone extensive renovations to provide more galleries, more studios, more spaces for programs, and compelling new entrances from Main Street and Boyd Plaza. These significant improvements have brought renewed life to the CMA and its signature events, while contributing longterm potential to Columbia and the thriving Main Street District. 
Join us for a unique talk-and-tour with Joelle Ryan-Cook, Deputy Director and Director of External Affairs for the CMA. We'll peek inside the story of transformation for this hallmark Columbia destination and experience a personalized walkthrough of the new spaces with behind-the-scenes commentary about the vision that brought them to life. 

Joelle Ryan-Cook has held a variety of positions at the CMA since 1996. Ryan-Cook served as Director of Education from 2002 – 2008, with a dual appointment of Deputy Director in 2003. In 2010, Ryan-Cook took on the role of Director of External Affairs, which included the addition of managing the Communications and Visitor Services departments to institute a robust audience-centered track for the CMA. She has led cross-departmental teams to meet the goals in CMA strategic planning since 2001 and has led the programs and communication initiatives in a period of strong audience growth (over 400% since 2003). A graduate of the University of South Carolina, she is a local leader in the arts community and well-known for her active engagement with artists, educators, and scholars across a full spectrum of disciplines and is especially interested in telling the story of how the arts contribute to vibrant communities and economic growth.

5:30pm – 6:00pm | Refreshments & Networking
6:00pm – 7:00pm | Talk & Tour
7:00pm – 7:30pm | Refreshments & Networking Continue

Street and garage parking available nearby

Business casual dress encouraged

Hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks, beer & wine served 

Must be 21+ to consume alcohol


Tuesday, 10. September 2030, Columbia Museum of Art, Far More Than A Construction Project

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