We’re dead, said the director!

Did you want an example of what I wrote in my past posts? Here it is!

As reported by Judith H. Dobrzynski’s blog (http://www.artsjournal.com/realcleararts/2010/06/fayetteville-closure.html) another museum is going to close, a museum that no more than three years ago was planning to expand… Doesn’t it sound familiar? This time it’s the Fayetteville Museum of Art, in North Carolina.

They closed last month with a $500,000 debt and no cash for the payroll.

As reported by the FayObserver (http://fayobserver.com/articles/2010/05/30/1000551?sac=Home): “The sudden closure leaves Fayetteville, with about 207,000 residents, as the only major city in North Carolina without an art museum, although smaller art galleries are open elsewhere in the city”.

And what is it the reason, according to the museums? “An unsuccessful fundraising campaign, along with politics, shaky museum finances and the recession ultimately led to the board’s May 19 announcement to close and dismiss the staff”.

But this situation is even stranger if we consider what they were planning in 2007: “Museum officials unveiled an ambitious plan to raise $15million to build a nine-story white tower at Festival Park and establish an endowment to help operate it. It had long been their desire to relocate to the city center – to a more visible location in a bigger building”.

But now, because of serious financial problems accumulated during these last three years, the museum finally closed…

This it’s going to be the end of more than one museum if no one will find an alternative to promote and make museums grow in a sustainable way…

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