Between March and April 2009, 102 executive directors and senior administrators gathered at seven locations throughout New England for open and frank conversations about the effects of the recession on their institutions.

They discussed the ways in which the economy has taken its toll on them, personally, as executive directors and senior managers, and options for guiding their institutions through the current crisis. The study’s findings are intended to help other museums in several ways by:

  • Showing museum leaders the common ways in which museums are being affected by the recession
  • Allowing executive directors to share in what their peers are experiencing
  • Offering specific ideas about institutional change that may help museums emerge from the current economic crisis as stronger institutions

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