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MSU Broad Art Museum celebrates its first decade with a (B)road to Ten event | MSUToday

The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University (MSU Broad Art Museum), in conjunction with the gala co-chairs and the host committee, celebrates the museum’s 10th anniversary with (B) road to ten, a premier fundraising event to benefit the New Open Storage Center – a project designed to bring major parts of the MSU Broad Art Museum collection offsite, out of sight, and into the museum for public enjoyment . The event will take place at 7:30 p.m., September 17, throughout the museum.

“(B)road to Ten represents a convergence of opportunity that gets people excited,” says Sandra Brown, deputy director of development at MSU Broad Art Museum. “As its name suggests, this event is a celebration of how far the museum has come. It is about looking back to honor and acknowledge the past while looking forward with optimism and dynamism.

Supported by MSU Federal Credit Union, Alan and Rebecca Ross and Dr. Teresa K. Woodruff and Dr. Thomas V. O’Halloran, every dollar raised from the event will directly support the Open Storage Center project.

Open storage is a concept that provides a behind-the-scenes look at “stored” items that are not typically on public display. This model allows for a less directed viewing experience and instead allows visitors to make their own discoveries and encourages them to bring their own unique perspectives to their visit.

“The MSU Broad Art Museum‘s collection contains more than 10,000 works ranging from ancient art to modern and contemporary pieces, spanning the world and history of art,” said Steven L. Bridges, acting director of the MSU Broad Art Museum. “At any given time, only a portion of the collection is on display due to space constraints and other mitigating factors. The Open Storage Center provides a creative and engaging solution to address some of these constraints and to provide better access to the collection and the arts more broadly.

By converting 4,000 square feet of existing administrative space on the museum’s lower level into an open storage facility, community access to the MSU Broad Art Museum’s ever-growing collection will be improved, as will opportunities for the university and wider communities to engage in conversations that help guide the selection of works for the space. Construction is expected to begin in summer/fall 2023.

“The impacts of this project are exponential,” Brown said. “Students and university professors will have more regular access to research objects; K-12 students will have the collection available at a time when there aren’t many dedicated art classes left in area schools; and the general visitor can stop by at any time to reconnect with an old favorite from the days of the Kresge Art Museum – it’s a win all round.”

(B)road to Ten will feature a tastefully designed dinner ride, bar with signature drinks, spectacular light shows, live entertainment, incredible artwork, and more. Tickets are $150/person and are available for purchase. Visit broadmuseum.msu.edu/broadtoten for more information and to RSVP.