I helped run Pond from May 2003 until March 2005. Funding was always an issue and it was difficult to juggle working there in addition to my 40+ hours a week. I’m glad I had the experience, but I’m not sure I’d do it again.
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Pond looks like a very interesting idea. An interesting experiment with an ambitious vision… nonprofit, no commissions, all volunteers. What was your part in running it? And what were the biggest lessons you learned by doing this?
Curatorial planning is important, shows should be planned up to 3 years in advance. A good funding plan is (so very very) important. (I write this as someone who went on to later work at two large museums.)
I was a Co-director (and along with the founding Directors) and one other Co-director assisted with administration, pr, funding proposals, curating, and hanging and staffing the exhibits. We were a pretty small outfit (4 people), so we did it all.