Jekyll Island Foundation members and supporters are in a celebratory mood after surpassing a fundraising goal for the Jekyll Island MOSAiC Museum project.
The Foundation closed out its major fundraising campaign this past December, raising $20,000 over its $3.134 million goal for the purpose of reimagining the Jekyll Island Museum.
“Our Board unanimously approved and every member invested in this campaign because we feel strongly that re-imagining the museum, which has admirably tried to connect generations of visitors with the Island’s allure, is a critical component of the recent and future revitalization efforts on Jekyll Island,” said Foundation Chairman C.H. “Buff” Leavy IV, president of Brunswick News Publishing Company. He, along with Henry P. “Hank” Linginfelter, executive vice president of distribution operations for Southern Company Gas, co-chaired the fundraising campaign.
The MOSAiC campaign was a direct fulfillment of the foundation’s mission to raise money for special projects that support distinctive conservation, preservation, and education efforts on and related to the Island.
The fundraising effort was supported by 216 individuals, 21 corporations, and 22 foundations that contributed to what has been described as the most pivotal project of the Foundation’s 16-year history. The goal of the project is to reinvent the Jekyll Island Museum into a dynamic, interactive experience that will be known as “Jekyll Island MOSAiC: The Island. The People. The Legacy.”
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal expects the project to make the state proud.
“Jekyll Island State Park is a special treasure that Georgians are proud to share,” Deal said. “The MOSAiC will offer anyone who visits an opportunity to know the Island’s past, enjoy its present, and help protect its future.”
The current museum is one of the amenities featured within Jekyll Island State Park, a 5,529-acre Georgia barrier island.
Housed in a 1897 building in Jekyll Island’s Historic Distric that initially served and still operates as a stable, the Museum as it is lacks modern conveniences such as air conditioning and heat for its guests and staff.
According to Dion Davis, visitor feedback consistently describes the exhibits as “static,” “stale” and “in a state of disrepair,” something that is supported by the fact that no substantial updates have occurred since installation at the current site in 1984.
After all the work is done, Jekyll Island MOSAiC, for the first time, will be climate-controlled with appropriate space to rotate through a cache of more than 20,000 artifacts on display and in storage.
The new museum will utilize the entire stable building and expand the current exhibit square footage to nearly 8,300 square feet.
The MOSAiC project is in step with Jekyll Island’s $275 million, public-private revitalization which includes the new convention center, Beach Village, hotels, housing and infrastructure improvements. All the redevelopment complies with the land development restriction of 1,675 acres set by the State Legislature in 2014, officials said.
“The MOSAiC will be an ecological, cultural, and historical anchor for residents and visitors alike,” said C. Jones Hooks, executive director of the Jekyll Island Authority. “It will vividly tell the story of how the Island evolved into its current landscape and how it consistently supports and fascinates people of all ages and interests.”
Moving the project ahead, the Jekyll Island Authority is seeking proposals from qualified design and construction teams with extensive experience in design, engineering and construction as well as exhibit design and fabrication to complete the MOSAiC transformation.
For more information on the Jekyll Island MOSAiC request for proposals, visit the website at www.jekyllisland.com.
Hooks extended an invitation to join the Jekyll Island Foundation board for a celebration at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, at the Jekyll Island Museum.