Hybrid public-private institutions face tough choices

The Oakland Museum, now parting ways with the city

Museums once run entirely by local government are now forced to turn over their operations to private foundations.

The article Government Money Woes Hit the Local Museums focuses on the plight of San Francsico Bay Area museums: “City money for museums is especially important in California, because the state’s Arts Council has seen its budget slashed to $5.4 million from about $32 million in the early 2000s. New York State, by contrast, spent over $52 million last year.”

Cities can’t cleanly step away from their responsibilities to museums.  For one thing, cities often own museum buildings and collections.

Read more in The New York Times.

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