Sometimes, shoveling the driveway takes a back seat to public planning.
That was the case last month, when the most devastating lake-effect storm in decades forced the Albright-Knox Art Gallery to postpone a meeting on its long-brewing expansion and renovation plans. Because attendance at the rescheduled meeting was low, the gallery has added another public meeting at 6 p.m. Jan. 12 in its auditorium at 1285 Elmwood Ave.
The meeting was added, according to gallery spokesperson Maria Morreale, in the interest of drawing as much public input as possible before the next phase of the planning begins.
At the meetings, which began in early November, Western New Yorkers are invited to share their thoughts about the future of the gallery and their preferences for a potential expansion. After a speech from Albright-Knox Director Janne Sirén detailing some of the gallery’s space issues and needs, attendees head off to small group sessions with gallery staff or assign colored stickers to a series of pre-written ideas.
“The purpose of these meetings is to have meaningful dialogue with our constituents about the future of our museum to get their ideas and insights on what the AK of tomorrow should be,” Sirén said in a statement.
The process continues into mid-February with a series of focus groups, after which the gallery will present the findings of the public input and, likely later, a request for proposals from architecture firms.