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Message from the CEO

Dear Friends and Supporters of The Hyde Collection,

I am delighted to share with you the exciting news that marks the beginning of an extraordinary year for The Hyde. As we step into 2024, the air is buzzing with excitement, accomplishments, and a promise of even greater things to come.

AAM Reaccreditation: A Testament to Excellence

First and foremost, I am thrilled to announce that The Hyde Collection has received the highest national recognition from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). This reaccreditation is not just a validation of our past endeavors but a resounding affirmation of our unwavering commitment to providing an unparalleled experience for our members, community, and museumgoers.

AAM accreditation, considered the gold standard for museum excellence, attests to our museum’s quality and credibility. Among the nation’s 33,000 museums, less than 3% are accredited, making this achievement a testament to our dedication to best practices, ethical behavior, and the highest standards of museum operations.

This recognition drives us forward, inspiring us to continue being a beacon of cultural excellence and a hub for human connection and inspiration.

Promotions and Strategic Growth

In addition to our AAM reaccreditation, I am pleased to announce the well-deserved promotions within our leadership team. With her proven dedication and strategic vision, Kate Wilkins has assumed the role of Chief Advancement Officer. Her remarkable fundraising achievements and passion for The Hyde make her an invaluable asset as we propel our philanthropic growth to new heights.

Gina Fisk, the creative force behind our marketing and design initiatives, is stepping into the position of Creative Director. Her artistic sensitivity, marketing expertise, and commitment to community collaboration make her the ideal candidate to elevate The Hyde’s presence and forge a meaningful impact.

Additionally, The Hyde team is growing. We are in the final stages of hiring a Director of Development, Digital Communications Specialist, Museum Technician, and two educators.

Exciting 2024 Lineup of Exhibitions

As we dive into the new year, three captivating exhibitions await you at The Hyde Collection. From the enchanting Venetian Vistas to the thought-provoking Paul Anthony Smith: Passage and the unique Decorating in Style: Furniture from the Permanent Collection, each exhibition promises to transport you to new realms of artistic expression.

These exhibitions reflect our commitment to fostering artistic exploration and advancing education. We invite you to join us in this immersive experience. Check out our 2024 exhibition schedule here.

Looking Ahead

I extend a heartfelt invitation for you to immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of experiences awaiting you at The Hyde. Delve into our incredible educational programs and activities, where the boundaries of imagination are stretched, and the allure of artistic exploration beckons.

Please take this opportunity to expand your horizons and discover the wealth of inspiration and entertainment nestled within the walls of our Museum. Our On Screen @ The Hyde series, featuring captivating art-focused films and live feeds from the Metropolitan Opera, National Theatre Live, and Great Art on Screen, promises to provide you with enriching and culturally immersive experiences. On Screen @ The Hyde and our variety of programs also celebrate our commitment to collaboration with our region’s arts and culture institutions, such as the Marcella Sembrich Museum and the de Blasiis Chamber Music Series.

Your continued support remains the cornerstone of The Hyde’s success. With each visit, you contribute to the legacy of one of our nation’s finest small art museums, propelling us toward an even brighter future. Join us on this exciting journey, where art, culture, and community converge to celebrate creativity and connection.

Warm regards,

John Lefner
Chief Executive Officer
The Hyde Collection