Staff profiles: Dan Hirsch
"The summer is kind of a strange time to get situated here because it is a very quiet time, but I think I will have my bearings and hopefully just be able to dive into the fall as we ramp up for the opening," said Dan Hirsch, Broad Art Museum curator of performances and public programs.
Hirsch began working for Michigan State University in March. He said he finds it exciting that people are moving from across the country and working with people from the area to make the art museum a success.
"It's this combination of people who are part of the greater Lansing community who have been here - who have been part of MSU - who I think see the transformative value of this museum and what it can contribute to the university and to the community at large," Hirsch said. "Then there are people who have moved their lives from places like New York, San Francisco, Boston and various other parts of the country who are bringing their own energy with them and new ideas to help contribute to this mix."
While Hirsch and other members of the Broad Art Museum prepare for the opening, the museum has been able to utilize the Old Town area of Lansing this summer by annexing the former Chrome Cat bar.
Hirsch said there will be a number of events taking place at the annex throughout the remainder of the summer including film screenings and a summer dance party with live music. These events will help bridge the gap between now and the grand opening in the fall.
"I think it is going to be really exciting to have the whole fall semester kind of culminate in a sense with the opening, and then we are just kind of going to hit the ground running from there," Hirsch said.