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start in September and be completed in about 15 months.  In anticipation that proposal reviews and architectural planning will proceed on schedule, it was

VOTED that the Board of Regents authorizes the Secretary to negotiate contract(s) for the financing, construction, and operation of a new restaurant facility in the National Air and Space Museum and for the financing, appropriate renovations, and operation of other food services in other Smithsonian museums, provided that criteria for consideration of concessionaire contracts include the relative level of capital commitment by the contractor and the relative level of management personnel proposed for facility operation, with such consideration being applied particularly to the question of single versus multiple contracts.

[[underlined]] Special Exhibition Fund [[/underlined]]

The Secretary proposed that Smithsonian trust funds be allocated to help support major temporary exhibitions in a program like those established in 1978 by the Regents for scholarly research, collections acquisitions, and educational outreach.

He proposed the establishment of a Special Exhibition Fund to finance the installation of exhibits as proposed by Smithsonian bureaus for competitive review and selective award by the Secretary.  An annual review cycle would permit the thoughtful development of proposals along lines of local subject matter interest in the bureaus, or in response to overall thematic emphases that may be stressed from time to time by the Secretary.  So that the program would integrate well with important objectives toward improved international dialogue and cultural understanding, a premium would be placed on proposals worked out in consultation with International Center staff in the Quadrangle and on exhibitions which could subsequently travel domestically or abroad under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.  The program would be administered and budgeted in similar fashion to the other special programs established by the Regents.  Depending on the formulation of the fiscal year 1985 trust fund budget, an initial amount of approximately $2 million was envisaged for the coming year.  It was

VOTED that the Board of Regents recognizes the opportunity to support an important aspect of the Institution's exhibition program, beginning fiscal year 1985, through the creation of a Special Exhibition Fund for underwriting carefully selected, major temporary exhibits.  Individual allocations from the Fund are to be approved by the Secretary and reported periodically to the Board of Regents, with the total amount available for such allocations to be determined in the context of each year's Trust fund budget.
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