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From the Chairman
One of the many important outcomes of our strategic planning process is our objective to strengthen relationships with the international sculpture community. As a result, to “serve as an authoritative voice advancing contemporary sculpture in the U.S. and around the world” is the first goal of the ISC’s 2010–15 strategic plan. As we continue to expand the scope of the International Sculpture Center, it will be important that we network with artists, collectors, and institutions throughout the world.
Advancing contemporary sculpture around the world overlaps with many aspects of what the ISC’s mission has become. No longer seeing the organization in terms of national importance allows us to provide information and strengthen partnerships in new, exciting ways that mutually benefit the ISC and the international sculpture community.
We took an important step forward in recent weeks when ISC Executive Director Johannah Hutchison traveled to Australia and New Zealand. There, she visited and spoke with people at museums and galleries and met with sculptors and patrons. She also spoke to a group of educators and students at the National Art School at Darlinghurst. Everywhere she went, she encountered enthusiasm about building relationships with the ISC and learning more about how we can work collaboratively to further our mission to “advance the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society.”
This is just the beginning of our international outreach efforts. Over time, this commitment will benefit both our membership and the international sculpture community. Not only have we identified new ways to share information, we have also learned that there is interest in new collaborations and affiliate relationships with groups in these countries.
Our international initiative stems from our desire to strengthen the international presence of the ISC. The opportunities are there, but we realize that to increase this exposure, we must reach out to the international sculpture community. We are sincere in this effort, and Johannah’s trip has proven that we can be successful.
Chairman, ISC Board of Trustees
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