Adirondack Museum director Participates in Getty Leadership Institute Program

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE Caroline M. Welsh, director of the Adirondack Museum, was one of nineteen museum Directors and CEO's chosen by The Getty Leadership Institute (GLI) to take part in a new program for those who have recently accepted or assumed a directorship in the museum field for the first time. The program was held at The Getty Center in Los Angeles, California during the last week of September. "Taking the Helm: Becoming a Museum CEO," the Getty program, was designed to help new leaders face challenges and take advantage of opportunities inherent in contemporary museums. Planned by the prestigious GLI as a series of conversations between participants, seasoned museum directors, and outstanding academics, the program attracted professionals from across the United States and around the world. "This was the most stimulating think tank for peers that I have participated in since graduate seminars," Welsh said Welsh was appointed Director by the Adirondack Museum's Board of Trustees effective March 1, 2007. She has led the museum through a joyous and meaningful celebration of its golden anniversary this year. The Adirondack Museum opened to the public on August 4, 1957 and has welcomed more than 4 million visitors in its first 50 years. The J. Paul Getty Trust is an international cultural and philanthropic institution that focuses on the visual arts in all their dimensions, recognizing their capacity to inspire and strengthen humanistic values. Since 1986, Caroline Welsh has been involved in nearly every aspect of museum operation. As chief curator she has been responsible for the administration, management, long-range planning, research, preservation and interpretation of the museum's extensive collections, with primary responsibility for art and decorative arts. She has also overseen publications; exhibit planning and development; education programs and the library; as well as the maintenance and operation of the physical plant including the gardens and grounds. The Adirondack Museum tells the story of the Adirondacks through exhibits, special events, classes for schools, and hands-on activities for visitors of all ages. The museum is open each day from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. through October 14 and the last two weekends of October. FREE admission for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park in October. For more information about exhibits and programs, please call (518) 352-7311, or visit www.adirondackmuseum.org.

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