Tucson, Arizona–June 23, 2016– Nina Daldrup, the Founding Executive Director at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures will retire on June 30, 2016. The museum’s Director of Education and Associate Director, Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb will promote to Executive Director.
Daldrup began work at the museum on April 17, 2009, five months before the building was completed and the museum opened to the public. In the seven years since, Daldrup has been instrumental in attracting and welcoming more than a quarter of a million visitors to the 15,000 square-foot museum, along with more than 5,000 members. She set and maintained standards for excellence in the operation of what has become one of a handful of nationally acclaimed world-class museums in Tucson, Arizona. Believing The Mini Time Machine’s most important role to be that of a strong community partner, Daldrup examined the art form of miniature-making from many perspectives and guided the development of educationally enriching programs that are accessible to all ages and grounded in the beneficial psycho-social aspects unique to miniatures. The Museum has balanced its budget and set aside funds in a board-designated endowment every year since opening. It maintains a healthy ratio of earned revenue to contributions while offering subsidies to schools and social service organizations for the costs of admission and transportation to the museum. More than 90,000 children in Pima County have attended the museum or participated in an outreach program as a result of these efforts. Daldrup’s highest priority has been to work alongside founders Patricia and Walter Arnell to ensure their dream of sharing the fun, and the magic, of miniatures.
“The Mini Time Machine Museum is so fortunate to have come of age at this time, and in this community, where stuffy thinking about art has all but vanished and people seek delightfully diverse experiences for their creative expression. We have made a very good start, and there is so much more to discover,” says Daldrup.
Nina Daldrup’s career in non-profit management spans more than two decades. She has held administrative positions at Arizona Opera, Flandrau Science Center, Tucson Museum of Art and The University of Arizona College of Education. Daldrup holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from The University of Arizona and has served on the advisory boards of Arizonans for Cultural Development, La Paloma Family Services, the Rotary Club of Tucson, Rotary Club of Tucson Foundation and Salvation Army. She currently holds executive and advisory board positions with Tucson Science Works and The Lester and Roberta Smith Foundation.
Daldrup, a recent breast cancer survivor, has begun a personal quest to learn everything she can about the human genome. She looks forward to spending her retirement understanding yet another magical, microscopic world.
Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb will assume the position of Executive Director on July 1, 2016. Hastreiter-Lamb has been the Director of Education and Associate Director of the museum since May 18, 2009. In that time, she has recruited and trained 105 volunteers and interns, curated over 20 exhibits and developed and implemented such long running programs as Kids Create, Tiny Tales and Summer Camp.
“It has been a privilege to be part of the team led by Nina Daldrup that opened The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures for founders Patricia and Walter Arnell in 2009. Pat Arnell’s vision, combined with Nina Daldrup’s leadership, has resulted in a museum that captivates the imagination and surpasses visitor’s expectations. Continuing to surprise and delight visitors of all ages is my goal as I move into the role of Executive Director. We will focus on bringing in exhibits of a unique nature and enhancing the permanent collection displays with new gallery interactives and cross-disciplinary programs. We will select and design our programs with diverse audiences in mind, so that the museum experience is something everyone can enjoy. My hope is that The Mini Time Machine Museum will be widely considered a must-see destination in Tucson,” says Hastreiter-Lamb.
Lisa Hastreiter-Lamb has been a museum educator for more than 20 years and has taught studio art, crafts and art history to youth and adults. Prior to joining The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, she spent thirteen years at the University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA), where she held the position of Associate Curator of Education from 1996-2003 and Curator of Education from 2003-2009. She is an active member of Tucson’s museum community and served as President of the Tucson Association of Museums in 2006. Hastreiter-Lamb earned a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and an MFA from the University of Arizona, concentrating in painting. She is a practicing artist and lives in Sahuarita, AZ where she maintains her painting studio.
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