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Wright Site Directors Summit at Wingspread


The community of folks who manage Wright sites that are open to the public stretches from coast to coast. Some site directors have different needs, but all have a common goal that we at the Conservancy share: to preserve and maintain Wright's works so they can continue to be experienced, admired and studied for decades to come. Every so often this group convenes to discuss current issues, share knowledge and advice, and talk about the future.

This spring, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation jointly hosted 32 participants from 28 Wright public sites for Innovation and Impact: The Wright Site Directors Summit at Wingspread. The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread in Racine, Wisconsin, provided all meeting facilities, spectacular hospitality, meals and lodging for the weekend retreat as well as playing an integral role in planning the meeting. Directors from sites such as Fallingwater, Taliesin and Hollyhock House joined directors from newer Wright public sites such as the Laurent
House
and the Bradley House for presentations and panel discussions that covered topics ranging from tailoring tours for individual sites and programming immersive experiences to providing unique member benefits and recruiting volunteers.

Of course, Wright's 1939 Wingspread residence provided plenty of inspiration, but The Johnson Foundation also pulled some strings to treat attendees to an extra-special advance tour of Wright's S.C. Johnson Research Tower before it was open to the public, as well as the Wright's stunning Johnson Wax Headquarters building.
It was such a productive gathering that everyone agreed: "Let's do it more often!"


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