Since September 2005 much of our time has been spent trying to persuade the UL administration to conduct a search for a highly qualified director who will have authority to direct museum activities in accordance with American Association of Museums accreditation guidelines. The Independent Weekly brings out our basic disagreement with Dr. Authement's plan to appoint Mark Tullos as director and to search for a curator, who in effect, becomes deputy director ("Artistic Differences," Dec. 27).
Before anyone is appointed director, it seems reasonable to conduct a search for the best qualified person. We maintain that Tullos (who does not have a master's degree) should submit his application to the search committee.
We see the museum poised at a critical crossroads. Our world-class facility received the highest awards for design from the American Institute of Architects. We have a vibrant culture and many public-spirited and open-minded citizens who would support the activities of a first-rate museum, one that provides the community with a dynamic, creative environment and innovative programs. Conversely, we in Louisiana are known for our cultural resources, but also for taking them for granted. Are we going to continue in some self-defeating political struggle over the future of the museum?
Curator's Circle realizes it is a private citizen's group with no authority over how the museum is managed, and we respect Authement's responsibilities as president of the university. Furthermore, we remain committed to supporting the museum. However, we are perplexed by actions such as Tullos's refusal to accept our check to purchase 50 paid-in-full family memberships for the members of Curator's Circle. Considering, as The Independent states, that only $78,000 was pledged to the museum in 2006 ' only a small percentage of the annual amount needed to service the debt on the building ' one would think any purchase of memberships would be welcome.
When will the university wake up? Our prized jewel of a museum isn't being handled like the gem that it is. There is good reason why, for the past 18 months, Paul Hilliard hasn't stepped inside the museum that he and his late wife made possible for Louisiana. Certainly, it is a subject for the UL Foundation Board and Board of Regents to discuss.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, March 10, 2014:
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.
A federal appeals panel ruled Monday that businesses don't have to prove that they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has closed Interstate 10 from I-49 in Lafayette to Seigen Lane in Baton Rouge.
Jim Bernhard, who engineered the sale of The Shaw Group for $3 billion, recently has told several people involved in Democratic politics that he intends to run for governor in 2015.
A New Orleans levee board wants to hold the oil and gas industry accountable for decades of damage to our state’s coastline, but the Legislature may be poised to put the kibosh on the suit.
New standards curb elective induction
CVS stops tobacco sales
If an Acadia Parish fiddler misses a note while swatting a fly, will a St. Martinville accordionist learn “Ma ‘Tite Fille”?
(It's good, it's bad and it's just crazy)