HAHS members have written testimonials about the value of the program. Michele Saliola, program director at the Judd Foundation, which operates HAHS member 101 Spring Street, wrote a letter of thanks after the 2013 Sante Fe workshop. She called HAHS an “invaluable brain trust” that “stands out from other associations that don’t speak to the particularities of our situation.” When Marvin Schenck, curator of the Grace Hudson Museum and Sun House, faced funding cuts by the City of Ukiah, he asked National Trust staff and other HAHS members to write letters to the city council members. The response convinced the Ukiah city council that the Grace Hudson Museum was not just a local treasure, but was valued nationally; funding continued to flow. Helen Harrison, director of the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, and founding member of the HAHS advisory council, recalls all that has been accomplished since 1999, but believes that “the potential of HAHS has only begun to be tapped.”
HAHS continues to enjoy a long and warm relationship with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The program is currently administered by the Executive Director of Chesterwood, a National Trust property. HAHS now supports its member sites through joint marketing initiatives, including a brochure distributed at our member sites, a travelling exhibition, and this website. Our members have access to a section of the website that includes a directory of staff at the HAHS sites, administrative information on each member, and a library of technical and professional information. Some HAHS sites have also become a National Trust Affiliate Site, which opens up further opportunities for joint marketing with the Trust, especially in the area of heritage travel. We are now drafting by-laws and a mission statement. Projects for the future include advocacy on the part of all artists’ house museums in America, providing technical advice to endangered sites, and publications on the value of artists’ homes and studios, including virtual offerings. We hope to serve our members through webinars, workshops, and the development of the members’ section of this website.
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