Thursday evening, the Springfield Museum of Art will hold an event called Members Matter. At the gathering, museum officials plan to announce a budget surplus and an increase in membership.
Last year, Springfield's Museum of Art adopted a best practices model used by other museums around the country. The move eliminated three positions including a curator, a membership coordinator and a security manager.
SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield Museum of Art has been selected as the only Smithsonian Affiliate art museum in the state of Ohio. The museum's affiliate status will allow it to borrow objects from Washington, D.C. to share with local art patrons. The Smithsonian's affiliate program was started 16 years ago and allows accepted member museums to borrow objects from its vast collection, which includes over 136 million pieces. Affiliates pay $2,500 per year for the right to request objects and speakers.
Last year the Springfield Museum of Art looked to its members for suggestions on how to deal with a budget shortfall. Now a new collaboration with Wittenberg University will provide new opportunities for students and more financial sustainability for the museum.
Wittenberg will purchase the museum facility and lease part of the space back to the Springfield Museum of Art.
Museum Director Angus Randolph says that this will help put the focus back on the art.