WORKING TOGETHER TO CREATE A VISION FOR THE FUTURE
M. Goodwin Museum Planning (MGMP) specializes in helping our clients to define themselves. We do this by examining, in a holistic format, the organization’s governance, assumptions, finances, audiences, supporters, goals, collections, facilities and identity.
Together, the results of this process of examination guide all of our subsequent work. MGMP’s big-picture planning approach contributes to the organization’s long-term sustainability. Within our work process, discussions of the institution’s identity provide the client’s project team with a comprehensive picture of their organization as a whole. We work inclusively, offering opportunities for all team members to contribute, while helping all to understand the big picture of what the organization needs to achieve.
We help our clients advance their interests through a forward-looking understanding of the impacts of each of their decisions. Throughout all of our work, we act as the core client advocate. The rewards of our approach come through helping our clients to be well-prepared, confident, and looking forward to a successful project.
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MGMP’s clients represent a wide range of museums. Of our 100-plus total projects, over 65 of these have been art museums, which have encompassed museums large and small, public and private, university and civic. Among the best known of our civic art museum projects are the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Seattle Art Museum, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Walker Art Center, the North Carolina Museum of Art, and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Our art museum projects represent 45 civic art museums, and 21 university museums. The university museum projects include the nation’s best and largest university museums, such as the Harvard Art Museum, the Yale University Art Gallery, the Blanton Art Museum at the University of Texas, Austin, and the RISD Art Museum. Mid-sized museums where we have consulted include the University of Notre Dame Snite Museum of Art, and the University of Utah Price Art Museum. We have also worked on some of the nation’s newest, smaller university art museums, include the Hilliard Art Museum at the University of Louisiana Lafayette, the Louisiana State University Art Museum in Baton Rouge, the MassArt Gallery in Boston and the Duke University Nasher Museum of Art.
Our project list includes a range of cultural museums such as the Houston Museum of African American Culture and the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston, Texas, the Institute of Texan Cultures at the University of Texas, San Antonio, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes and the Go For Broke National Education Center in downtown Los Angeles, and Mexic-Arte in Austin, Texas. We have directed planning for several veteran’s museums, including the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in Houston, Texas, and the Pierre Claeyssens Veterans Museum and Library in Santa Barbara, California.
We enjoy working with railroad museums, and count among our projects the Museum of the American Railroad in Dallas, Texas and the Wheels Museum in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The firm’s automotive museum planning projects include the National Hot Rod Museum in Pomona, California, and in 1984, Marcy Goodwin curated the “Automobile and Culture”, a major exhibition for The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, which traveled to international museums in Paris and Tokyo.
Our science center planning projects include the Tech in San Jose, California, the Wisconsin Forest Exploration Center, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, the United States Science Foundation, Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the Leonardo, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Many of MGMP’s museum and cultural institution projects have included large scale public park components, including the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas, the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, and the Wisconsin Forest Exploration Center in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.