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Good afternoon,   

To commence the spring semester, the OE team had the opportunity this week to visit the Ackland Art Museum. The team was captivated by the museum’s extensive collection, featuring a variety of mediums within a 5,000-year time span from all over the world. The museum offers just one example of Carolina’s global connections and impact.  

The experience led to thoughtful discussions with Carolyn Allmendinger, director of education and interpretation. The OE team learned first-hand how COVID affected operations at Ackland. Conversations were centered around the adjustments the museum made in response to the challenges they encountered. Additionally, the OE team reflected on our work with Ackland’s leadership team to provide solutions for a healthy and efficient visitor plan, ensuring the community could still enjoy the museum safely during COVID. Carolyn also spoke to the vast improvements in technology, such as utilizing their online space for virtual programs and resources. Because of this, you can even explore the museum’s collection, consisting of over 20,000 art pieces, online. This type of solution design, which implements cooperative and long-lasting processes, relates to OE’s mission of developing sustainable transformative change here on campus. I encourage you to take time this spring semester to experience Ackland and all it has to offer.  

Lastly, we are looking forward to the OE Lean Foundations training in two weeks. There are only a few spots left, so if you want to attend, make sure to register on Carolina Talent HERE. 

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