The Presidio Trust, which governs the park which is home to the Walt Disney Family Museum, has rejected all proposals for development at the park’s Mid-Crissy Field site. The rejected proposals include the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum. The Trust has said that they will work with the Star Wars creator to build the museum at an alternate site in the park. Upon the announcement of the decision, the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum released this statement:
In light of today’s announcement by the Presidio Trust, the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum’s executive team is considering alternative sites.
In May 2002, the Presidio Trust Master Plan was adopted. The Crissy Field commissary was identified by the Trust as a desired site for a cultural institution. The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum first presented its plans for a museum on the commissary site in 2010 and has been working with the Trust over the last four years to come up with a mutually acceptable plan for the site to no avail. Lucas said that his team has begun exploring several other offers that have been presented to them.
“I want to thank all the people, especially educators and young people, who have written in to voice their support for the cultural arts museum,” said George Lucas. “I also want to thank everyone, staff, volunteers and community leaders, who have worked so hard to try to bring this educational opportunity to the Bay Area.”
Conceived by George Lucas, the museum is based in the filmmaker’s passion for education and the role art can play in inspiring young people. The museum will offer state-of-the-art facilities and unparalleled programming for children, families, schools, scholars, and visiting artists. The 10,000 piece permanent collection ranges from fine art to animation, from fashion to cinematic design and is comprised of works of the great masters of the Golden Age of Illustration through today’s digital artists, showing the ways culture is reflected in the popular arts of any given time period. In addition to the permanent collect, the museum will feature works and traveling exhibits from many collections and institutions from around the world.