Based on feedback during the meeting the ideas and petition were not reviewed and were dismissed by the Higgins Board and Incorporators. The majority of the board and Incorporators had given up and where uninterested in the patrons thoughts and views.
Now the burden of culture and the future of Higgins rest on the WAM. The ideas and petition will be presented to the WAM in hopes that they will take the time to understand the opportunity they have in keeping two locations.
The museum will remain open until December so we still have the opportunity to save it!
What can you do?
-Call and write to the WAM Director, Board of Trustees and Incorporators, tell them your stories and your reasons both emotional and logical for keeping Higgins open. Stress the loss of education, culture and history.
-Continue to visit Higgins, keep attendance high to show its viability and as a thank you to the staff and interpreters. They have already seen an increase in attendance.
-If you visit the WAM voice your opinion to any staff. Let them know the power of the patrons and remind them that they do not serve objects but people
-Write to the Attorney General, who still needs to review and sign the contract between HAM and WAM, ask for due diligence during the review
-Write to the mayor, the Worcester department of culture development and the newspaper, they serve you
-Continue to add comments and sign the petition at www.savehiggins.com, the website will remain up forever as a remembrance in honor of all the patrons and culture the museum has served.
-Donate to the fund for the staff and interpreters has been established that will be given to them when the Armory officially closes.
- Spread the word, Keep talking about Higgins, bring it up at work and in conversations.
-Picket and protest, take the time to make a sign and pace a few hours in front of the WAM. If you are a parent, don’t less this educational opportunity to teach your kids how important it is to stand up for what they believe is right. Make signs with them, set up a play date with other moms and standup for culture and the arts.
We lost a major battle this week but the war is far from over…
The vote did not go our way today. We had a united front of all the Higgins family members. In the end, 55 incorporators voted with the Board, one abstained, six were not present and 10 voted to keep the Museum.
Thank you everyone who has provided ideas and support.
We will be keeping this site up to build more backing as December approaches.
Do not stop sharing your ideas and memories. Continue to sign the petition as we will be presenting it to the Worcester Art Museum in hopes that they will see the wisdom of keeping both locations in operation.
Today was a major setback, but this Museum and all it has to offer is to unique and important to throw away just yet.
The Higgins Armory museum is facing closure. This site represents the patrons of the museum who wish to aid the Higgins Armory in its battle to survive.
Please spread the word and look around the site to see how you can help save the Higgins Armory.