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Time to Donate: American Folk Art Museum Rescued (for now)


[UPDATE: More details, here.]

While there was serious talk of its folding, the American Folk Art Museum couldn’t reasonably expect donors who care about its survival to step up to the plate.

Now it can.

Robin Pogrebin of the NY Times reports:

The American Folk Art Museum on Wednesday evening decided to continue operating at its current location at Lincoln Square in Manhattan with the help of financial infusions from trustees and the Ford Foundation….

The museum will try to expand its loans to other New York City museums and to mount traveling exhibitions. The Brooklyn Museum, the New-York Historical Society and the Museum of
Art and Design have expressed interest in working with the Folk Art
Museum to identify potential collaborations, museum officials said.

We can only hope that others follow the lead of the Ford Foundation, and that Ford provides some of its management expertise, along with its “financial infusion.”

The museum administration’s first order of business should be to revive its moribund website with an announcement of the good news on its homepage and some information about its plans, going forward.

If you want to donate, folk art-lings, now’s the time.

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