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add meaning to a story that is already so important. What goes into deciding the exhibits to be displayed at the Carnegie Center, and what do you look for when considering content of the museum? 3 That’s probably the most fun part for me in addition to working with the pub- lic. Deciding what content we present is a collaboration with the curator Daniel Pfalzgraf, and coordinator of public programs and engagement, Al Gorman. Together we look at not only what we can anticipate for attendance, but also what kind of programming we can build around those exhibitions, and then exhibitions are decided in a balance between meeting people with what they want and challeng- ing them just a little bit. Give them an opportunity to think, to stretch, to recon- sider what they know about history, what they know about art, or what they think they know. We pride ourselves on that bal- ance where we are giving a little challenge but also a lot of fun too. 4 Is the Carnegie Center a museum? An art gallery? What exactly is it? I think that’s why they settled on the term ‘center’ because it does have museum qualities, for example, the ongo- ing exhibitions that feel like a traditional history museum. And then we have this contemporary art gallery, and I think we use that term pretty loosely, but it’s also part of a museum just like any large museum would have galleries that they put art into. So we’re not unlike other institutions. And I would say museum in part because we also have a collection, it’s a small one and we’re very selective about it, but we do have a small collection that hopefully in the future we’ll be able to steward carefully and grow. Like most museums we have thousands of objects in storage. I think it’s a center because there are lots of activities that happen all around. Hopefully we see it as a gathering place, a hub, and I think ‘center’ captures that. 5 What role does the Carnegie Center play in the economic health of downtown New Albany? It helps us become a destination. But also I feel it’s my responsibility to par- ticipate in tourism activities that help to drive that attendance. I’m just getting involved with the SoIn (tourism) cam- paigns; I’m also going to get involved with the Develop New Albany group; I’m also often going into Louisville and rep- resenting Carnegie and Southern Indiana whether it’s for the (Convention and Visi- tors Bureau) or large arts group like Fund for the Arts. So it’s making sure that New Albany and the Carnegie and the arts in new Albany have a seat at the table and that we’re not left out of that conversation of the broader region. That will expand as I continue to develop relationships across the state. We’re very focused on Louis- ville but at the same time there’s an entire audience in Indiana that drive here too. As they’ve said Louisville is the low-hanging fruit but really it’s the people that don’t have the psychological barrier of the river. It’s the people that live 10 minutes down the road we can bring here and help build up what is a full experience. They’re not going to come for one restaurant probably, or even one arts institution, but as a group we need to come together and be support- ive of one another. We’re always promot- ing the businesses in the area to make sure we’re doing our part to be good neighbors. — Eileen Yanoviak lives in Louisville with her husband, Stephen Yanoviak, a professor at the University of Louisville and the Tom Wallace Endowed Chair of Conservation, and their two daughters, ages 14 and 2-and-a-half. Yanoviak is the Kentucky representative on the board of the Southeastern College Art Conference; a member of the Midwest Art History Society and the American Alliance of Museums; she will be joining the Imagine Greater Louisville 2020 committee and the Arts and Cultural Alliance; and s