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Ethnic Cultural Center Expansion EDUCATE - ENRICH - EMPOWER

Community Meeting on Murals February 15, 2011


Ethnic Cultural Center Expansion EDUCATE - ENRICH - EMPOWER

• Quick Project Facts – – – – –

$15.5M Project Cost ($13.95M target per Board of Regents) Funded by the students via the Services & Activities Fee Rebuild at existing site and retain perimeter buffer of mature trees ± 25,000 GSF (currently 10,603 GSF) Increased collaborative/office spaces and resources for Registered Student Organizations – Increased conference/meeting room space – Dedicated Performing Arts Practice room – Enhanced student learning support areas (library, computer lab, kitchen, project area)


Ethnic Cultural Center Expansion EDUCATE - ENRICH - EMPOWER

• Current Project Timeline – – – – – – – –

Services & Activities Fee Committee Approval: May 2009 Board of Regents Approval of Student Life Projects: July 2009 Construction Documents: Winter/Spring 2011 Move Out: December 2010 Permitting: Winter/Spring 2011 Contractor Bidding/Award: Spring 2011 Demolition & Construction: Spring 2011 – Spring 2012 Occupancy: Summer 2012


Ethnic Cultural Center Expansion EDUCATE - ENRICH - EMPOWER

Construction Planning Process: •

ECC Construction Planning Committee is guiding project with assistance from UW Capital Projects

Multiple student and community forums, and presentations to advisory groups

Interactive website, Viewpoints & OMAD E-News articles

Final decisions rest with the Vice President for Minority Affairs and Diversity in consultation with UW senior leadership


Ethnic Cultural Center Expansion EDUCATE - ENRICH - EMPOWER

• Existing Murals – Are an important part of history of people of color at UW, symbols of civil rights, with strong student, community and alumni connection to images – Worked with students and others to develop options for “preserving” the murals in new building plans. Ideas proposed: • • • •

Save walls and move intact to new building Commission new murals to be painted by the original artists Commission new murals to be painted by current students Digitally capture images and place on a medium other than walls, including windows of new building


Ethnic Cultural Center Expansion EDUCATE - ENRICH - EMPOWER

Emilio Aguayo

“Aztlan”

1971


Ethnic Cultural Center Expansion EDUCATE - ENRICH - EMPOWER

Eddie Ray Walker

“Bearers of Culture”

1972


Ethnic Cultural Center Expansion EDUCATE - ENRICH - EMPOWER

Jesse Reyes

Asian Room Installation

1985


Ethnic Cultural Center Expansion EDUCATE - ENRICH - EMPOWER

Michael Lee Beasley

“Reflections”

1987


Ethnic Cultural Center Expansion EDUCATE - ENRICH - EMPOWER

• Existing Murals – Conditions/Concerns Raised All are painted on building drywall except for one Drywall texture (orange peel) has 2% asbestos level Very difficult to remove intact due to construction techniques Asbestos would have to be encapsulated in some way without damaging images – Original cost estimate- $110-$140K – Murals currently fit specific spaces that do not occur in new building – – – –

Detail from original drawings


Ethnic Cultural Center Expansion EDUCATE - ENRICH - EMPOWER

• Initial Proposed Strategy – All the murals and other pieces to be digitally captured – Main mural images to be imbedded into exterior windows of ground floor of new building – Digital images would be utilized in new forms and sizes or even new media, including tapestries or canvas and hung in new building or other campus locations

• Community Response – OMAD’s proposed plan to “preserve” as images rather than saving the existing walls viewed as destroying history

• Re-evaluating Options


Re-evaluating Options •

The Washington Department of Archeology & Historic Preservation (DAHP) has asked the UW to document the history of the murals and hire a murals expert to assist in preserving the walls that the murals are painted on.

UW has gotten a list of firms from DAHP who will be hired to help with the project. The selected firm will include the services of art historians and art preservation specialists who will examine preservation options and produce refined cost estimates for each option. They will also be asked to assist in providing archival documentation for all of the murals in the ECC.

We have begun the process of digitally capturing of the murals by an expert from the Henry Art Gallery. Digital capturing is required for cataloging and any restoration that may be related to preservation.

Continuing to consult with students, alumni, community members about the murals and construction project.


Questions for Today • What are your thoughts and concerns about preserving the ECC murals? • What are your thoughts about preserving the large four rather than all murals? • What are community preferences about placement of preserved murals? On campus? Off campus? In new building? • What is the best way to keep the community and alumni members informed and engaged in planning for the new building?


Ethnic Cultural Center Expansion EDUCATE - ENRICH - EMPOWER

Next Steps: 1. Meeting with ECC student groups, continue to gather input 2. Expect report from specialists in March 3. ECC planning committee will review all reports and input gathered, make a recommendation to Vice President OMAD

Thank you for your time and input today!


ECC Murals Discussion 2.15.11  

A presentation given by UW VP for Diversity Sheila Edwards Lange

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