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[[underlined]] Quadrangle Development [[/underlined]]

Noting the historical significance of the "Smithsonian Park" and its suitability for underground development, the Secretary discussed the revised model of the Quadrangle and the need for facilities to accommodate a Center for Eastern Art, the Museum of African Art, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Resident and National Associates programs, and kindred activities. He reported that inflating construction costs are necessitating reconfigurations of the proposed structure and that every effort is being made to stay within the estimate.

The report on the Quadrangle notes revisions to the plans, the negative recommendations of the Joint Committee on Landmarks and the approval of the concept by the National Capital Planning Commission. It was reported that a "Friends of the Smithsonian Institution" committee had been formed in Japan for the purpose of raising funds from corporations, and a domestic committee has been formed to solicit funds from U.S. corporations. Memberships of the committees are listed. A committee to raise funds for the new Museum of African Art is to be organized early in the year.

The Institution's budget request for FY 1982 includes $24,135,000 for Quadrangle construction, for which authorizing legislation will be introduced in the Congress, as approved by the Regents in September 1980.

[[underlined]] Museum Support Center [[/underlined]]

Due to the generosity of the Regents and Congress, the Smithsonian was able to sign a contract for construction of the full Museum Support Center. Completion is expected within two years. The project will be managed by the General Services Administration with a Smithsonian representative on site. Progress reports will be made available to the Regents.

The status report summarizes steps taken by the Institution, the Regents, and the Congress leading to the Institution's ability to construct the entire Center.

[[underlined]] Revised Bylaws for the National Museum of American Art Commission and the National Portrait Gallery Commission [[/underlined]]

Revised bylaws of the Commission of the National Museum of American Art were recommended by the Commission at its meeting on December 4, 1980 to reflect the Regents' delegation to the Secretary of authority for approving accessions and dispositions and other policies and procedures adopted by the Regents in 1970. The bylaws recommended by the National Portrait Gallery Commission on January 13, 1981 similarly recognize the Regents' delegation to the Secretary of authority for approving accessions and dispositions in accord with the policies and procedures laid down by the Regents; the bylaws also increase the Commission membership from eleven to fiften and provide for standing committees. After discussion it was

VOTED that the Board of Regents approves the revised bylaws of the National Museum of American Art Commission and the National Portrait Gallery Commission as submitted.
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