Zoo-Museum District http://news.stlpublicradio.org en ZMD Board Member Wants Discounts For City, County Residents At Zoo, Other Institutions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/zmd-board-member-wants-discounts-city-county-residents-zoo-other-institutions <p>If you live in St. Louis or St. Louis County, you may eventually be able to get discounts at local cultural institutions. That idea was floated Thursday by Zoo-Museum District board member Gloria Wessels.</p><p></p><p>City and county residents pay taxes that fund <a href="http://www.mzdstl.org/">the five institutions of the district: the St. Louis Art Museum, Science Center, St. Louis Zoo, Missouri History Museum and Missouri Botanical Garden</a>. Wessels told St. Louis Public Radio that it’s only fair that taxpayers get something for their money that visitors from other counties don’t.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:54:00 +0000 Nancy Fowler 37568 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org ZMD Board Member Wants Discounts For City, County Residents At Zoo, Other Institutions Discussion: Mo. History Museum's New Leader Says Transparency Has Improved, Charts New Course http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/discussion-mo-history-museums-new-leader-says-transparency-has-improved-charts-new-course <p>Two months into her role as president of the Missouri History Museum, Frances Levine is making her presence known as she works to move past the controversy surrounding her predecessor.</p><p>Former museum president Robert Archibald resigned in 2012 amid questions about his compensation and the purchase of contaminated land on Delmar Boulevard.</p><p>Levine spoke with <em>St. Louis on the Air </em>host Don Marsh about the future of the museum.</p><p><strong>Museum Governance and Transparency</strong></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 22:23:36 +0000 Camille Phillips 36951 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Discussion: Mo. History Museum's New Leader Says Transparency Has Improved, Charts New Course Zoo-Museum District Board Member Exploring Tax Dollars For African-American Institutions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/zoo-museum-district-board-member-exploring-tax-dollars-african-american-institutions <p>A member of the St. Louis Zoo-Museum District board is reviving the prospect of a new subdistrict of black arts organizations.</p><p>An amendment to House Bill 186, passed by the Missouri legislature in 2005, allows the creation of the African American History Museum and Cultural District. But adding it to the ZMD would have to be approved by popular vote — and an election can&nbsp;cost &nbsp;up to $1 million — so the issue has languished for nine years.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 01:49:40 +0000 Nancy Fowler 36849 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Zoo-Museum District Board Member Exploring Tax Dollars For African-American Institutions Issues Around Arcturis-St. Louis Science Center Deal Resurrected http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/issues-around-arcturis-st-louis-science-center-deal-resurrected <p>The controversy over a contract between the St. Louis Science Center and a design firm doesn’t seem to be going away.</p><p>In April, Zoo-Museum District board member Pat Whitaker resigned following conflict-of-interest allegations stemming from the Science Center awarding a contract to Arcturis, a company she founded.</p><p>On Thursday, ZMD board member Charles Valier again criticized Science Center dealings with the firm at a budget-presentation meeting at the Center.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 02:09:55 +0000 Nancy Fowler 36379 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Issues Around Arcturis-St. Louis Science Center Deal Resurrected St. Louis’ Zoo-Museum District Ethics Code Committee Reaches Early Consensus http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-zoo-museum-district-ethics-code-committee-reaches-early-consensus <p>Members of a committee charged with reviewing <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/220949259/2014-ZMD-Code-of-Ethics-Revised-as-of-February-5-2009">the St. Louis Zoo-Museum District’s ethics code</a> ended their first meeting Monday on a harmonious note.</p> Mon, 12 May 2014 23:37:15 +0000 Nancy Fowler 36072 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis’ Zoo-Museum District Ethics Code Committee Reaches Early Consensus Who Should Review STL Zoo-Museum District’s Ethics Code? Committee Members Spar http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/who-should-review-stl-zoo-museum-district-s-ethics-code-committee-members-spar <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Everyone on the St. Louis Zoo-Museum District board agrees <a href="http://www.scribd.com/doc/220949259/2014-ZMD-Code-of-Ethics-Revised-as-of-February-5-2009">its ethics code</a> should be re-evaluated. But the question of who should review it has become a heated internal debate.</p><p>During a recent meeting, board chair Thelma Cook asked board members Tom Campbell, Ben Uchitelle and Charles Valier to serve on a committee to examine the ethics policy. Cook named Campbell the committee chair.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 02:01:08 +0000 Nancy Fowler 35977 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Who Should Review STL Zoo-Museum District’s Ethics Code? Committee Members Spar STL’s Zoo-Museum District Board Raises Possibility Of Admission Charges For Some http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/stl-s-zoo-museum-district-board-raises-possibility-admission-charges-some <p>Free admission to St. Louis’ cultural institutions for non-residents could be a thing of the past if talk by the Zoo-Museum District board members turns to action.</p><p>On Wednesday night, the board discussed the possibility of charging admission to the Zoo, Art Museum, Science Center and other attractions in response to <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/report-critical-zmd-adopted-st-louis-aldermanic-committee-debated-zmd">a report by St. Louis City Alderman Joe Roddy.</a></p><p>Admission would remain free for people who live in St. Louis and St. Louis County.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 04:55:39 +0000 Nancy Fowler 35687 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org STL’s Zoo-Museum District Board Raises Possibility Of Admission Charges For Some Does Zoo-Museum District Future Hinge On A Stronger Ethics Code? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/does-zoo-museum-district-future-hinge-stronger-ethics-code <p>The very existence of <a href="http://www.mzdstl.org">St. Louis’ Zoo-Museum District </a>could be at stake in a debate over its ethics code, according to a national expert on tax funding and cultural districts.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 02:41:33 +0000 Nancy Fowler 35627 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Does Zoo-Museum District Future Hinge On A Stronger Ethics Code? Conflict-Of-Interest Allegations Lead To ZMD Board Resignation And Push For Stronger Regs http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/conflict-interest-allegations-lead-zmd-board-resignation-and-push-stronger-regs <p>New Zoo-Museum District board member Pat Whitaker resigned this afternoon following allegations of ethics violations.</p><p>Whitaker is chairman of St. Louis’ Arcturis design firm, which recently won a contract with the St. Louis Science Center. The Science Center is a subdistrict of the ZMD and receives about $10 million each year in tax dollars from the district. She had resigned as an employee of Arcturis, but still owns 37 percent of its stock.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:57:20 +0000 Nancy Fowler 35497 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Conflict-Of-Interest Allegations Lead To ZMD Board Resignation And Push For Stronger Regs Changes Coming To St. Louis Art Museum Restaurant http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/changes-coming-st-louis-art-museum-restaurant <p>Visitors to the St. Louis Art Museum will see some changes in <a href="http://www.slam.org/dining/">the museum's Panorama restaurant.</a></p><p>The museum is looking closely at the menu, service and kitchen operations after a six-month review observed a $260,000 loss. The red ink was noted in <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/zmd-board-members-st-louis-art-museum-audit-reveals-well-run-institution">a Zoo-Museum District audit of the museum, released last week.</a></p><p></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 22:19:25 +0000 Nancy Fowler 33338 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Changes Coming To St. Louis Art Museum Restaurant