(Beaumont, TX; November 4, 2019) The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) was awarded $400,000 from the C. Homer and Edith Chambers Charitable Foundation to expand the AMSET education classroom, essentially doubling its size by adding 778 square feet.
“We are so grateful to the Hancock Whitney Trust Department who worked with the museum board members to facilitate this generous gift from the Chambers Foundation,” Lynn Castle, AMSET executive director, said. “This expansion will allow us to better serve our ever-growing art education audience.”
An initial site evaluation was conducted by Samuel Anderson, an architect who specializes in museum space management and has consulted with numerous major museums throughout the United States. Anderson is also an adjunct professor at Cooper Union and is highly respected in the museum field for museum space management. In his evaluation of AMSET, the education classroom expansion was strongly recommended to accommodate its ever-growing art education audience. The classroom expansion will enable AMSET to accommodate more students and classes, doubling the access to its 13 education programs.
Spring boarding off of Anderson’s recommendation, a more comprehensive architectural plan, specifically of the proposed classroom expansion, was prepared by Rob Clark and his team at Architectural Alliance in Beaumont. Clark is familiar with AMSET and its programming needs, having served as the AMSET Board President. Recently, Clark worked with the Stark Museum of Art on various department renovations and expansion projects.