Survey: Wave Hill Inc

Posted August 05, 2010 by Anonymous
Part 1.
Year Founded: 
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Public Garden and Cultural Center
1c. Organization's annual budget.: 
Over $1,000,000
1b. Primary activity[ies] of the organization.: 
Part 2.
2a. Mission Statement: 
Current Mission Statement A non-profit cultural institution located on 28 acres in the northwest Bronx, Wave Hill is dedicated to exploring the interaction between human beings and the natural environment. Programs in both the arts and sciences are designed to foster public understanding of and appreciation for this complementary relationship. Exhibition Mission Statement: Wave Hill’s Visual Arts Program presents exhibitions in the galleries and on the grounds that engage the public in a dialogue with nature, culture and site, by building on Wave Hill’s distinct context to provide a frame of reference for visiting the gardens and woodlands.
Website Link to Mission Statement:
2b. Organization History / Organizational Overview. Index of important events in organization's history.: 
ABOUT WAVE HILL Wave Hill is a public, non-profit cultural institution committed to examining and interpreting the complex interaction between human beings and the natural world. Through the sciences and the arts, Wave Hill seeks to foster public understanding of and appreciation for this complementary relationship, using its 28 acres of gardens and woodlands overlooking the Hudson River as both laboratory and gallery. Established programs in Horticulture, Environmental Education, Woodland Management, and the visual and performing Arts offer workshops and presentations to a broad-based audience of school children, families, adults, and senior citizens. Wave Hill maintains award-winning gardens and greenhouses; manages an urban woodland; offers a variety of arts presentations; and educates school children and their teachers about the natural sciences and conservation. These diverse activities all focus on how people utilize, shape, respond to, interpret, and beautify the lands they live on. The Arts Program at Wave Hill presents the work of artists who explore, demonstrate, or otherwise reflect upon the dynamic relationship between human beings and natural phenomena. As a cultural institution focused on environmental science and the arts, located on an extraordinary landscape, Wave Hill occupies a unique position to encourage a dialogue that examines the aesthetic response to nature. Through the Visual Arts Program, thematic group shows are curated in Glyndor Gallery; an on-site artist creates a temporal project on the grounds through generated@wavehill; and special project by emerging artists from the New York City area are presented in the sunrooms. The perfoming art program includes outdoor summer evenings for world music series, and a winter concert series in Armor Hall. Artist-in-Residence and Exhibition programs provide educational interpretation for children and adults. Wave Hill offers a variety of cultural programs for adults and families.
2c. Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History.: 
The arts have always been an important aspect of Wave Hill, starting with the first exhibit of sculpture from Joseph Hirshorn’s collection in 1977 that was followed by 6 annual outdoor sculpture exhibitions curated by Linda Maclowe and Suzanne Randolph. Indoor exhibits began soon after in Glyndor House and also Wave Hill House. Jean Feinberg began curating exhibitions in the mid-1980s with large scale exhibitions on the work of Robert Irwin, Jene Feinberg, and others. Between 1977 and 1991 at total of 38 exhibitions were organized on contemporary art, botanical art, and landscape history. The exhibition program was scaled back in the early 1990’s to more modest exhibits in Glyndor Gallery and Wave Hill House’s Cafe Gallery. In 1998, a generous NYC Mayor’s Challenge Grant, together with the temporary closing of Glyndor House, provided the opportunity to undertake evaluate the past programming and offer options for the future. Jennifer McGregor conducted the study initiated prototype projects and then became the curator in 1999. Glyndor Gallery re-opened with the new exhibition program in 2000. She has produced a total of 50 exhibitions and special projects in the galleries and on the grounds.
Website Link to Exhibition / Programming / Publishing History:
Part 3.
3a. Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals:: 
Kate French
Additional Names and email addresses of Founders, Board Members, Directors or other key individuals: 
Jennifer McGregor
3b. Could any of these individuals assist in providing an oral history of your organization?: 
Part 4.
4a. Is organization currently active?: 
4b. Year activity suspended if no longer active.: 
Organization Still Active
Part 5.
5a. Type of organization at its founding.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
5b. Type of organization currently, or at the termination of activities.: 
Non-Profit [IRS certified]
Part 6.
6a. Does the organization have an archive?: 
6b. Are there any short or long-term threats to the organization?: 
None / Not Applicable
6c. Other threats to the organization:: 
Are there other threats to your organization? Please describe below.
Part 7.
7a. How important is to the organization to preserve the organization’s historical material. From 1 – Very Important to 5 – Not Important.: 
7b. Has planning for the preservation and documentation of archive begun?: 
7c. Does the organization know how and where to seek expertise and assistance?: 
7d. Does the organization have specific concerns regarding starting an archive working with its historic materials?: 
Drain on Existing Staff Time
Part 8.
8a. Is the organization's archives in the collection of another institution or promised to one?: 
8a. Location: 
IF YES to 8: University (Name)
8b. Archival materials are also located at:: 
Where are these locations?: 
There are probably materials in the Home / Office of Former Board members and Staff
Part 9.
9. Does the organization maintain archives for any other organization.: 
IF YES to 9: 10a. Please describe:
Part 10a.
10a. Is the archive accessible to scholars, curators or researchers?: 
Part 10d.
10d. Would you allow access in the future?: 
Part 10e.
10e. Under what circumstances would access to archives be allowed.: 
We have photo archives and other documents, we can make them accessible, but they are not in an organized format. We would allow access by appointment.
Part 11.
The following questions address the historical materials (type, quantity and storage) of the organization. 11a. Paper Files and Documents: 
Board Minutes
Exhibition or Production Files
Financial Records
Legal Documents
By-laws / Incorporation Documents
Other Paper Files
11b. Artwork and Documentation: 
Audiotapes [Any Format]
Oral History, Recordings and / or Transcripts
CDs / DVDs [Pre-Recorded or CD-R / CD-RW / DVD-R / etc.]
Other Digital Materials
Other Artwork
11c. Press and Promotional Materials: 
Announcements, Mailing Cards, etc.
Newspaper / Magazine / Media Clippings
Posters / Flyers
Other Press or Promotional Materials - Please describe below.
Other Press or Promotional Materials:
11d. Printed Publications: 
Artists' Publications
Commercially Published Materials
Checklists / Performance Programs / Price Lists
Programs of Events
Other Printed Publications
11e. Other: 
Architectural Drawings / Floor Plan
Part 12.
12. What years does the materials cover?: 
Part 13.
13a. How is the material stored?: 
Banker Boxes
Other Boxes
File Cabinets
Three-Ring Binders
13b. Are some or all of these storage units “archival”?: 
Part 14.
14a. Estimated Number of Boxes or Milk-Crate Sized Storage Units: 
41 - 50
14b. Estimated Number of Archive Drawers: 
41 - 50
14c. Estimated Number of Archive Notebooks: 
11 - 20
14d. Estimated the total Linear Feet. ["Linear Feet" is standard measure of the quantity of archival materials on the basis of shelf space occupied or the length of drawers in vertical files or the thickness of horizontally filed materials. For example, a: 
I don’t know
Part 15.
15. Is the historical materials - or archives - inventoried or catalogued in any way, either formally or otherwise?: 
Part 16.
16a. Is there a key, index or finding aid to the materials inventoried?: 
16b. Paper-based:: 
Written or Typewritten Inventories
Part 16 / Electronic Files & Archival Management
16f. Does the organization have a back-up program, or back-up schedule, for its electronic records and perform monitoring of its removable media (i.e. floppies, ZIP disks, CD-ROMs, DVDs, portable hard drives, etc.)?: 
16g. Who is responsible for working with the archival material?: 
Other - Please describe below.
Please describe: 
No one is really assigned to take care of archives
Part 17.
17. How are new materials processed?: 
No System
Part 18.
18. What, if any, conservation methods are in place for both physical materials and electronic data?: 
None or Limited
Part 19.
19. What type of climate-controls are present in the area[s] in which the archives are stored?: 
No or minimal climate controls [i.e. in an attic, basement, unheated / uncooled storage area, etc.]
Part 20.
20a. What are the goals for the historical materials for the next year?: 
We know that we need to organize, but have not set goals
20b. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these short-term goals?: 
20c. What goals are in place for the historical materials for the next three to five years?: 
We know that we need to organize, but have not set goals
20d. What are the biggest challenges to reaching these long term goals?: 
20e. Are there any additional goals for the organizations historic materials?: 
Part 21.
21. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next year.: 
Part 22.
22. Estimated cost to achieve these archival goals for the next five years.: 
Part 24.
24. What archival issues could / should visual arts organizations address collectively in the next three to five years? Ranked from 1 (highest priority) to 5 (lowest priority).24a. Shared standards / protocols for digitization: 
Promote professional standards / protocols for digitization
Part 25.
25a. Is the organization a member of, or in contact with, any organizations concerned with archival issues?: 
Part 26.
26. Additional information, comments, observations, and questions.: 
Thank you for the opportunity to participate. OUr archives include information on all of the organization’s activities, including plants, environmental education, the visual and performing arts.
Wave Hill
Who executed this survey.: 
Jennifer McGregor
Is this survey complete and all appropriate questions answered?: