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2 Coates Connection i n 1954 a benefactor of the institute of Government commissioned 14 large oil paintings for its then-new auditorium. e paintings interpreted North Caroli- na's history from the state's colonial beginnings through the space exploration of 1957. e School currently displays eight of the original paintings in the Knapp-Sanders Building. e School's faculty, staff, and clients have expressed concern that the paintings, while part of the School's history, lack important rec- ognition of the perspectives and the achieve- ments of the state's African-American and American indian residents. e School recently assembled a commiee of arts professionals and faculty and staff representatives to select one or more artists to create new visu- al works of art that will address the vacancies in the collection's inter- pretation of state history. ese new works will be per- manently exhibited at the School. As the project is currently defined, up to four new works will be commissioned. e first work in the new series is expected to be started in 2009. For more information on the art proj- ect, contact Ann Simpson at 919.966.9780 or simpson@sog.unc.edu. In fundamental ways, the relationship between the School of Government and public officials is a two-way connection. We rely on you to tell us what you need, while we continually adjust our course offerings and resources to help you meet the most pressing challenges in your communities. Ten years ago, as a result of an intensive strategic planning process, the School made some important chang- es, shifting the focus of our work beyond law in order to address existing and emerging issues facing governments at that time. We created the Civic Education Consortium and Center for Public Technology, and we diversified our funding sources and the expertise of our faculty. Now we are in the midst of another strategic planning initiative. During the past year, we conducted focus groups, interviews, and surveys to identify our strengths and determine gaps in our services. More than 1600 participants, including state and local officials, nonprofit leaders, and our own faculty and staff, provided valuable feedback. This process could not have been initiated at a better time. Like you, we must make the most strategic choic- es possible in this economic climate. For me, strategic planning is not about a list of goals or actions. It is about a commitment to making choices that have the greatest possible impact. To help us maintain that focus, we have developed three guiding questions that will be applied to the choices we make going forward: What work will have the greatest impact? How should we do that work? How does the School of Government become a high- performing organization? Your input has been a crucial part of our planning process. Thank you for participating and providing honest feedback. We will keep you informed of our progress as we begin to make choices based on our guiding principle of having the greatest possible impact on improving the lives of North Carolinians. M E S S AG E f r o m t h e D E A N Dean Mike Smith Coates Connection is published twice a year by the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill. The newsletter is also available online at www.sog.unc.edu/ about/news.html. Please send comments to editors Ellen Bradley (bradley@sog.unc.edu or 919.843.6527) or Faith M. Thompson (fmthomps@sog. unc.edu or 919.962.8477). w w w . s o g . u n c . e d u Ne W Art prOJeCt pL ANNed Francis Vandeveer Kughler, Meeting of Queen Elizabeth and Walter Raleigh, 1956 (detail)

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