Wairarapa News : June 15th 2011
12 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JUNE 15, 2011 ART & ENTERTAINMENT KFC Masterton, Corner Crayne and Chapel Streets KFC2455 We've undergone a major transformation and you're invited to join the celebrations at the Grand Opening of our awesome new store. Festivities run from 11am to 7pm this Saturday June 18th with competitions, spot prizes, heaps of cool giveaways and plenty of the Colonel's famous delicious chicken. Great food. Great times. Great new store! p.s. If your taste buds can't wait, we're open from 12pm on Thursday June 16th. KFC Masterton grand opening this saturday Boroughs is back -- and reassured Good to be back: Aratoi director Marcus Boroughs. By ANNE TAYLOR Aratoi director Marcus Boroughs has returned home after 13 months in the United States with a sense that Aratoi is performing well compared to equivalent institutions overseas -- and even has the edge in some respects. One thing confirmed to me while I was away is that the relationship and communication between the Wairarapa com- munity and Aratoi is actually very healthy. This is something that can eas- ily be lost once an institution gets to a certain size, with big staff numbers, but here on any day people can pretty much walk straight into my office, and I enjoy that part of how we work.'' Boroughs had plenty of time to observe the machinations of some of the very large -- and smaller -- arts and cultural institutions dur- ing his period of sabbatical/par- ental leave overseas. He was based in the university town of Granville, about 40 minutes east of Ohio state capital, Columbus. A sense of the size of institutions and the huge popu- lation base was grasped when he realised Ohio State University in Columbus had about 50,000 students, more than twice the population of Masterton. The fac- ulty alone makes up another small population in its own right. While the art gallery and museum world was born in Europe, the United States is still a big driving force in the develop- ment of the museum sector. If you look at the history of the US, which is both fascinating and com- plex, there was massive economic growth across almost the entire country, and consequently what they have in their collections is really quite extraordinary.'' The history of indigenous people is a big interest for Boroughs and one of the high- lights was exploring the early Hopewell Indian sites near Gran- ville. Each of the sites had someone who acted as a park ranger/ curator; they ran the site, at the same time being very knowledge- able about the subject and some of the sites are huge.'' All US arts institutions are feeling the pinch'' of the recession, however, which has had a huge impact on the endowment system that supports them. While many galleries and museums in Europe, the UK, Australia and here are mostly dependant on local and central government funding, their counterparts in the States are often sustained by the very wealthy and the huge corporate wealth that exists there. There have been massive cuts, and this has produced an interes- ting outcome, galleries and museums have turned more to their own collections for exhib- itions, being unable to afford the million dollar blockbusters any longer. But even so they generally still have way more money than our institutions''. Boroughs went to Granville to be with his partner, a professor of photography and new media at Denison University. His daughter Rose was born while he was there, and the family will be reunited in Wairarapa in August. Granville was founded in 1805 and Denison University was laid out by the same landscape designer who designed Central Park, so it is very beautiful, his- toric and also quaint.'' Along with looking after his newborn daughter, he researched galleries and museums, a process which he says is ongoing wherever he his, and did extensive reading on the theory and history of museums while completing a paper for his postgraduate degree in museum studies, via Massey University. He found the art community in Ohio dynamic and stimulating. Again, with the large popu- lation and the huge focus on edu- cation in America, the end product coming out of the art community is always going to be very visible and also quite competitive. There are many many people trying to be successful in that area.'' A good example of community interaction is in Columbus, in an old revitalised area called The Short North: Once a month on Saturday night, all the galleries are open until 11pm. It is a huge buzz with everyone wandering from gallery to gallery, enjoying themselves and having fun. It's not an event that could eas- ily be duplicated in Masterton,'' concedes Boroughs. You can always see bigger and better places but in the end we are all doing very similar things, and I feel Aratoi is very successful in terms of the excellent standard of what we produce and our accessi- bility to the community.'' The Wairarapa Moana exhi- bition is a good example of that, he says. The objects have gone from the gallery but the stories and messages continue moving out into the community, both locally and nationally. One result is people are more likely now than ever before to see the benefits of gifting objects and artwork that relate to the wider community. We recently had a small but significant local collection gifted as a direct result of Wairarapa Moana. This underpins our belief that we are on the right track and the community believes in what we are doing on their behalf.''
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