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Inside Hall of the People

April - June 2010                                                       www.aiccm.org                                                                                          

Summer Solstice
Solstice 2010
Summer Solstice

The setting of the sun behind the peak of the Promontory Mound on the summer solstice highlighted one aspect of the Centers astronomical alignment.   This marks a time of year when many cultural celebrations of renewal help maintain our coherence and balance within the natural environment.
International Dignitaries
International Dignitiaries
US Department of State

The AICCM was host to a delegation of international leaders under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program.  Officials from Afghanistan, Ghana, Hong Kong, Iraq, Jordan, Lithuania, Namibia, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela gathered at the Visitor Center for a morning of dialogue about the AICCM.  
Central Plant
Central Plant
US Department of Energy
Carolyn Sullivan and Rhonda Harding-Hill from the State Energy Office and Cathy Iverson and John Winkel from the US Department of Energy (DOE) conducted a site visit of the AICCM as part of the monitoring process for our federal stimulus grant for energy efficient systems.  DOE staff were impressed with the progress of the AICCM and mentioned that ours may be one of the largest ice storage systems in the country supported by federal stimulus funds. more

East Gate Entry
East Gate
Construction Update
April - June
June 2010 is a time of celebration for the AICCM.  Construction progress is advancing toward completion of the current phase as the architectural spaces of the North and South Galleries, East Wing, Hall of the People and the East Entry are revealed through the exceptional skilled workmanship that has graced the project.

AICCM Brownfield 
OKC Brownfields Conference

The AICCM's redevelopment of an oil & gas Brownfields property was highlighted at the Oklahoma Brownfields Conference. As a result of AICCM site redevelopment, environmental contaminants and human health threats will be eliminated and the neglected land given new vitality. The site remediation demonstrates a mindful approach toward environmental stewardship. more 

Demos Glass
Demos Glass
Art in Public Places
April - June
Bill and Demos Glass (Cherokee), commissioned artists for the first AICCM Art in Public Places artwork are currently in the fabrication phase. The stainless steel sculpture was cut, delivered in twelve separate pieces and welded together by an independent contractor. The arch as well as the suspended hand are fabricated and are being prepared for transportation to the site later this summer where installation and additional fabrication will occur. Installation and unveiling are projected by the end of the year. more


Timeline Experience
Exhibition Development
April - June
The next phase of content & design development for the exhibitions at the AICCM will include continued community outreach, capturing photographs and video at community events, and surveying collections to harvest cultural assets for consideration in the exhibitions and programming areas. The AICCM Exhibit team is currently reviewing and responding to exhibition design treatments submitted by Ralph Appelbaum Associates specific to the Moving Fires and Timeline exhibit spaces. 

Euchee Tribal Presentation
Euchee Tribe
Community Outreach

The AICCM Community Outreach & Public Programs Division recently met with members of the Euchee Tribe at a community meeting held at the Sapulpa Library in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. AICCM staff provided an update on the AICCM project and presented a DVD featuring highlights of the future site and exhibits. The AICCM staff requested input from the tribe regarding content pertaining to the Euchee tribe for the exhibits under development.
Broken Arrow Summer School
Educational Program
AICCM participated in the Broken Arrow Public Schools JOM Summer Culture Camp presenting a workshop featuring Moundbuilder iconography to the Broken Arrow Indian Education Summer School. Thirty 4-6th grade Native students created t-shirts and storyboards using stencils cut from images of Moundbuilder art. The students also created their own iconography to adorn shell necklaces. This was the first activity that kicked off a week long unit about Moundbuilder cultures.


International WebTV Webinar
AICCM and the Chickasaw Nation were two of the presenters featured at a recent international webinar entitled, "WebTV in Regional Marketing." Oklavision.tv was selected as a great example of the use of webTV for regional marketing. Conference participants in Germany were given an overview of the unique partnership responsible for the creation and operation of the site and a tour of oklavision.tv and its video delivery system. Conference participants were also invited to attend the Creativity World Forum in OKC,
November 15-17, 2010.
Focus Group
Focus Group
Focus Group Research

AICCM recently conducted focus group research to better understand the perceptions, opinions, beliefs and attitudes about the AICCM with members of the OKC community. Most of the participants were unfamiliar with the project. The attendees formed 4 discussion groups who were asked to respond to the general awareness, name, and positioning ideas to help determine whether these concepts would entice or compel someone to visit AICCM. Thank you to all who participated! more
Branding Meeting
Branding Mtg
Branding Steering Committee Meeting
April - June

Earlier this year AICCM embarked on a journey to better understand its identity. Since February, LaPlaca Cohen has conducted research to ensure identity development is rooted in sound assumptions. Some of the research includes: qualitative stakeholder interviews, focus group research, and a comparative analysis of selected comparable museums or cultural centers. Next steps include: An online survey with regional travelers and one-on-one interviews.
Chairman Mike Burgess
Chairman Burgess
OklaVisionary & Okla Native Culture
Monday's & Wednesdays @ Noon (CST)

AICCM & OklaVision present two segments weekly highlighting Oklahoma's Visionary leaders and Native Cultural representatives. Some of the guests this quarter include: Senator Jay Paul Gumm, Mayor Mick Cornett, President Kerry Holton, Chairman John R. Shotton, Loretta Oden, Steve Bond, County Commissioner Brian Maughan, Steve Barse, Chairman Michael Burgess, Kyle Brown, Arielle Christie, Lucy Waubaunasee and Steven Bond. To schedule contact Stacey Halfmoon or Nathan Hart.

Creativity World Forum 2010
Creativity World Forum
Creativity World Forum
November 15 - 17, 2010

AICCM and the Chickasaw Nation have partnered to invigorate the Creativity World Forum 2010 conference with the Oklahoma Native American experience. Some of the special Native components include a spectacular opening and closing ceremony featuring elements of Contemporary Native American expression, a "Live Paint" featuring Native artists, and a historical photography exhibition. Oklahoma is one of 12 districts of creativity worldwide, and the only one in North America!

Summer Solstice
US Dept of State
US Dept of Energy
Construction Update
AICCM Brownfield
Art in Public Places
Exhibition Development
Community Outreach
Education Program
WebTV Webinar
Focus Group
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Honors & Recognition
 Ryan Barnett
Ryan Barnett
3 Year Anniversary, April
Administration & Operations

Sue Fish
Sue Fish
3 Year Anniversary, May
Assistant to
Administration & Operations

Debbie Lindsey
Debbie Lindsey
3 Year Anniversary,  May
Assistant to
Marketing & Public Relations

Amy Weaver
2 Year Anniversary, June
Development Coordinator

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