After thirteen years as Managing Director of the Westchester Children’s Museum, Tracy R. Kay has announced her intention to step down by the end of June to take on a new role as CEO of Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens in Stamford, CT.
During Tracy’s tenure, the museum went from being a blueprint on the drawing board to becoming a beloved and vital educational institution serving the children of Westchester and the surrounding area. His departure coincides with the much-awaited reopening of the Museum on June 26 following the closure linked to the pandemic. Tracy’s leadership enabled strong and creative programming during the forced closure, pivoting the museum’s educational resources to support home learning and social distance programming with an emphasis on reopening.
âThe reopening of the Westchester Children’s Museum after a 15-month closure is a cause for celebration and a cornerstone of Tracy’s legacy as CEO,â said Carolyn Carr Spencer, chair of the museum’s board of trustees. . âThe Westchester Children’s Museum Board of Trustees expresses its deep gratitude to Tracy for her dedication and professional leadership during her long tenure. Tracy’s leadership has made the museum a reality – transforming the founding council’s passion for building a welcoming and vibrant learning space in our county into an institution that has now served over 300,000 visitors since its opening. doors in 2016. The relationships Tracy has built with staff, community, donors, government officials and most importantly, families and schools, position us for success in this new era.
Tracy successfully led the museum through the challenges of securing the museum site at the North Bathhouse in Rye Playland and overseeing the renovations that breathed new life into the iconic previously unused and nearly dilapidated building. He has built a passionate team of educators and specialists in behind-the-scenes museum facilities and visitor services. Tracy oversaw the opening of the museum in 2016, followed by a $ 1.2 million expansion and renovation completed in 2020, which brought the museum space to over 20,000 square feet. The expanded space was completed just before the pandemic forced the museum to close and will finally be accessible to the public when the museum reopens.
Tracy Kay comments: âI am extremely proud of what has been accomplished during my tenure at the Museum and I would like to thank the many people who gave of their time, resources and support to help us through our years. critical training. Despite considerable challenges along the way, we have worked as a team to create a significant and welcoming space for interactive educational programming that will serve all children in the region for years to come.
The museum’s board forms a committee to actively engage in the search for a new CEO to lead the institution into the next phase. The board will appoint an interim director to oversee operations in the interim.