This week on The Mix, the guests are:
David Brown (start listening at 8:42) has has been a driving force behind the YMCA brand and ambassador of the YMCA mission for nearly 30 years. As President and CEO of the Capital District YMCA since 2007, David is responsible for 11 branches, 65 child care program centers, two summer camps, two residence programs, and senior housing. The CDYMCA serves six counties and 90,000 members through the deployment of 1,400 staff.
David holds a BS degree in Business Administration from Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester and an MBA from the University at Albany. Among his awards are 40 Elite Alumni Honoree (Capital District Business Review), 40 Under Forty Honoree (Capital District Business Review), NYS Governor’s African American Community Distinction and Director of the Year Award (Association of YMCA Professionals).
Chris Hunter (start listening at 25:06) oversees exhibition development and the technology history collections at miSci. He is a leading authority on the history of electrical and electronic technologies and has curated numerous exhibitions at miSci.
Founded in 1934, miSci is a center for learning, imagination, and creativity. It moved to its current location on Nott Terrace in Schenectady, NY, in 1969. In 1997 the Museum merged with the General Electric Hall of Electrical History, creating a combined collection including 15,000 science and technology artifacts, 800 boxes of advertising publications, 1,500 films, 400 audio recordings, and two million photographs documenting the history of electricity and electronics and the impact of technological change.
The Museum renovated a climate-controlled research center for the use and storage of artifacts and archival materials. The research center hosts 400 researchers annually and answers 2,000 queries through mail and email each year. Artifacts and archives are often featured in Museum exhibitions and programs. In 2012 the Museum launched a comprehensive long-range planning effort that resulted in a name change to ‘miSci’ and a new focus on interactive exhibitions. miSci’s 44,270 square feet includes exhibition, planetarium, and program spaces, as well as office, work, and storage areas. miSci also maintains a remote artifact storage facility.
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