Tyler Museum Budget on the Chopping Block by Bill Davenport August 10, 2012 FacebookTwitterEmail The City of Tyler is proposing to cut the Tyler Museum of Art out of their 2012-2013 budget. However, there will be a public hearing in regards to the budget on August 22 at 9:00 a.m. at Tyler City Hall at which squawks can be made! 4 comments You may also like Double Take: Ed Blackburn at the Tyler Museum... July 1, 2017 Top Five: October 6, 2016 October 6, 2016 Top Five: June 29, 2017 with Arthur Peña June 29, 2017 Recently Restored John Biggers Mural Travels to Tyler... August 13, 2017 Top Five: March 15, 2018 March 15, 2018 Sticks and Stones: Works by Helen Altman at... May 19, 2018 Make $100,000…as a Photographer! December 12, 2015 Top Five: January 17, 2019 January 17, 2019 Tyler Museum of Art Director Kimberly Bush Tomio... July 20, 2012 Top Five: May 11, 2017 with Michael Anthony... May 11, 2017 4 comments John Foster August 12, 2012 - 22:36 This is shameful. Cut the MUSEUM out of the budget? Why don’t you just cut the heart out of your city? This is short-sightedness magnified x 10. Reply Linda August 13, 2012 - 09:07 Why? That’s the first question I’d want to know. Even IF the museum is self-sustaining on it’s own without city funding, it should contribute in some form since the museum helps unite the people of Tyler in a necessary part of education as well as entertainment and support for the arts… it makes the community richer and people happy. Everyone benefits. This is a very short sighted plan of the city. This mentality is a prime example of Tyler’s is seen to have limited vision & small minded attitude towards it’s community. Reply Rainey Knudson August 13, 2012 - 14:32 I’m dismayed to read this. It explains why their director Kimberly Tomio resigned last month (https://glasstire.com/2012/07/20/tyler-museum-of-art-director-kimberly-bush-tomio-resigns/). Tyler has consistently been a beacon of great art in East Texas, where the pickings can sometimes be very slim. When we would work on the Spring and Fall Previews for Glasstire we’d almost invariably include something from Tyler because their programming has been so strong. There were plans for a rather grand building which have presumably been scuttled, and maybe that’s a good thing in the context of cripplingly expensive vanity museum projects. But Tyler should take note that their strong museum has been a signal to others in Texas that this town was smart and sophisticated. Hopefully they will keep this important space afloat, and also work to find another director who will bring the kind of vision and energy to the space as Tomio did. Reply John Foster August 14, 2012 - 20:08 Kim Tomio was a visionary in the sense that she believed in the FUTURE of the museum and what it could do for the city of Tyler. To be summarily rejected by “austerity” measures is reason enough to leave. The wealthy Tyler-ites have the private funds to do more, to make a statement, about whether their city is going to be great or second-rate. I have never seen the new museum plans as a “vanity project” but a way to present Tyler as strong supporters of the arts. Cities who put ART high on their list of things they consider important, are always winners in the long run. Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.