Posts Tagged ‘culture and history’

Cake decorating!

January 13, 2010

So this is the best use they can find for the state Culture Center? No art exhibits, no concerts scheduled, but Commissioner Reid-Smith can give us cake decorating classes, taught by an employee of Education and the Arts. I wonder if Robin Taylor had to get an Ethics Commission exemption to be paid for this.

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Has anyone noticed the similarity?

August 11, 2008

Todays Comic

Has Scott Adams been visiting Culture and History?

A disrespected visionary?

June 1, 2008

Interesting items to take away from Phil Kabler’s report on the Fred Armstrong firing:

1. Randall Reid-Smith has a low threshold of pain when it comes to “disrespect.” Lack of self-esteem?

2. Kay Goodwin is not RRS’s boss. She didn’t have anything to do with hiring him, and was not involved (she says) in firing Armstrong. His backing comes from Manchin’s Chief of Staff. What the hell does she do over there all day? Apparently the Governor’s office didn’t even consult her before appointing RRS, which also shows that they were waiting for their opportunity to get rid of Troy Body and give the job to Reid-Smith.

3. RRS was given assurance he could “form his own leadership team when he was hired to carry forward his vision.” Apparently that included appointing a Museum Director with no prior experience in museums. One wonders if they are going to find an Archives Director of equal qualifications.

4. RRS claims to be a visionary, but the idea about the cafe came from consultants. Then again, no idea that RRS has come up with on his own since his tenure as Culture Czar has been a good one.

Kids and museum food

January 21, 2008

There’s been much ado about moving the Archives library in the Cultural Center and putting in a cafe. In addition to resistance from fans of the archives (most of whom figure Fred Armstrong was fired because he didn’t like the plan), it appears there’s now resistance from legislators who say they just spent $3.7 million on a new food court just 100 yards away.

Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith swears the new museum (when it opens) will need a restaurant of some type because “You need to have a place for the kids to eat…We need to have something for them to buy.” However, the word out among state employees is that they’ll need more than Manchin’s promised 3% raise in order to actually dine in the Food Court. Prices are considerably higher than the cafeteria it replaced; I’ve heard reports of $6 salads and $10 meals. By the same token, school kids will not eat at an overpriced cafe; they’ll either brown bag it, or their teachers will either lead them to Wendy’s or pile them on the buses to McDonald’s, which feature meals kids like and can afford.

Museums have restaurants available (although rarely embedded in the building) if they are tourist destinations. The people who eat there are vacationers, not school groups. Has anyone asked the Clay Center how many school kids buy the food in their cafe downstairs?

Edit: wow, I was a half-step ahead of Phil Kabler, who reports “sticker shock” by guests at the new food court.