Tuesday, March 17, 2009

National Civil Rights Museum to Get Facelift

Posted By on Tue, Mar 17, 2009 at 4:00 AM

The National Civil Rights Museum will unveil the two design firm finalists chosen in the museum's renovation competition in a public meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Representatives from Amaze Design in Boston and Howard+Revis Design in Washington D.C. will be at the museum sharing their proposals for the project's concept design phase.

"For this concept design phase, we've asked both companies to focus on two things -- the courtyard, to help us create a more cohesive campus, and the introductory exhibits, to give us ideas on how they would set the stage for our visitors' experience," said Tracy Lauritzen Wright, the museum's director of administration and special projects.

The firms' plans will be viewable at the museum's website after tonight's meeting. A public comment period through April 5th will follow. Once a final design team is selected, that group will also look at re-working some of the museum's permanent exhibits.

"There are some very iconic elements in our exhibit experience as it is now, like the [Martin Luther King] room and the Montgomery bus exhibit," said Lauritzen Wright. "We know those are linked with our identity as a museum. Those won't change, but we may change some of the elements around them."

-- Bianca Phillips

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