CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Museums across the world are suffering financial losses from shutdowns related to the coronavirus, leading to furloughs, layoffs, and indefinite closings.
Coral Springs Museum of Art isn’t spared from similar hardships.
Facing a $140,800 budgetary deficit, the museum is considering cutting staff and reducing gallery hours when it re-opens, according to a City of Coral Springs report that will be presented to the City Commission on Wednesday.
When the building closed on March 15 due to the pandemic, the gallery shut down and the classes were canceled. As a result, the museum had little ability to generate revenue.
This summer, the report said, online summer classes could bring in up to $20,000, which could help reduce the shortfall but it won’t solve the problem.
To make up for the losses, the museum is considering laying off two employees and making two full-time staffers into two part-time employees with no benefits. What’s also being considered is reducing gallery hours once the museum re-opens.
Under the proposal, the museum would have two, full-time staff members: director, education programs manager. It would also have two part-time staff members: development/grants manager and social media specialist.
City commissioners will discuss the options facing the museum.
“I am optimistic that we will find a way to continue to keep art and culture going at the city's museum because art is healing and helpful to our souls,” Vice Mayor Joy Carter said. “I've always found the people who are involved with the museum, particularly the staff, have a great deal of passion to keep art alive in western Broward.”
Coral Springs Museum of Art has faced other tough times, not too long ago.
In October, the City Commission became the museum’s board of directors, a move to help with financial matters. Then, a week before the coronavirus shutdown, the city entered into a settlement agreement for the electricity bill payments owed by the museum.
The report said, “without these two actions, the museum would very likely be out of business.”
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