Interim Executive Director Appointed and Design Team Selected for the Cultural Facility in Ossining, New York
OSSINING, NEW YORK — December 11, 2019 — Sing Sing Prison Museum (SSPM) will open a Preview Center in late 2020 at the former Sing Sing Correctional Facility Powerhouse, which will be a part of a major cultural institution in Ossining, New York. Sing Sing Prison Museum will tell the complex and compelling story of 200 years of incarceration at one of America’s most famous prisons. The SSPM will also challenge visitors to reimagine the criminal justice system and take action toward building a more just society. Located at Sing Sing Correctional Facility, the SSPM will include two buildings – the former prison Powerhouse located outside prison property and the historic Cellblock, a monumental ruin built in 1825 located within prison walls.
Recent news from SSPM also include:
Appointment of Sing Sing Prison Museum Interim Executive Director Brent D. Glass – The SSPM appointed Brent Glass to serve as Interim Executive Director with responsibilities including project management, collections and historical research, and fundraising. Glass is also the Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, the world’s largest museum devoted to telling the story of America. As director, Glass led a two-year, $120 million renovation and the development of major exhibitions including the Star-Spangled Banner and permanent galleries on transportation, military and maritime history. Since reopening in 2008, more than 40 million people visited the museum, a 50% increase over previous years. Since 2012, Glass served as a senior advisor to more than 70 cultural and educational institutions including the Presidio Trust in San Francisco, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation in Illinois, the Diplomacy Center in Washington, D.C., Alexander Hamilton’s First Bank, and Drexel University in Philadelphia. His most recent book, 50 Great American Places, published by Simon and Schuster in 2016, explores the power of essential historic sites and how they illuminate core themes in American history.
Selection of Ennead Architects (SSPM Architect), Thinc Design (SSPM Exhibition Design), and Designing Justice + Designing Spaces (Restorative Justice and Trauma Informed Design) – In a national competition, SSPM selected an integrated design team composed of three firms, led by Ennead Architects, with Thinc Design and Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, who will conduct community engagement workshops, design the Preview Center experience, and create a new SSPM concept plan.
SSPM has engaged the local community with innovative programming. With support from the Westchester Community Foundation, the SSPM co-sponsored “Community Conversations” with the Westchester Library System and created a criminal justice curriculum with faculty from Ossining and Peekskill High Schools. In partnership with Bethany Arts Community, SSPM recently produced the East Coast premiere of “The Wait Room” this past fall, a dance performance created by Flyaway Productions that honors women and families affected by the criminal justice system.
The Sing Sing Prison Museum will be a cultural tourism destination, a site for programs on criminal justice and a venue for reentry counseling for formerly incarcerated men and women. With annual attendance projected at 130,000 the SSPM will contribute to the local economic revitalization of downtown Ossining and the lower Hudson Valley along with other cultural and historic sites including Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate, Lyndhurst Mansion and the Hudson River Museum.
Located only 45 minutes from Grand Central Terminal, Sing Sing Prison Museum is a ten-minute walk from Ossining’s Metro-North Station to the Powerhouse. In addition, visitors can drive or take the New York ferry service from Haverstraw.
The full Museum will open in 2025, which is the 200th anniversary of the original Cellblock.
For more information, visit www.singsingprisonmuseum.org.
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About Sing Sing Prison Museum
Sing Sing Prison Museum, slated to open in 2025, will be the extraordinary location where the complex and compelling stories of two hundred years of incarceration will be shared with the public on the grounds of America’s most historic active prison, Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, NY. Through its exhibitions, collections and programs, Sing Sing Prison Museum will provide a forum for the examination of historical and contemporary issues in the criminal justice system, and their social, political and cultural impact. www.singsingprisonmuseum.org