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April 22, 2011
We and other cultural institutions around the state have found ourselves in an extraordinarily difficult situation. We are facing challenges we have never experienced before and, as UNLV is confronted with the reality of catastrophic budget cuts, it is likely that State funding for the Museum will be eliminated. What does this mean? It doesn’t mean immediate closure but it does mean that the Museum will be completely dependent on the support of our community and supporters, through donations and grants, to remain open. While State funding for the Museum has remained relatively unchanged since the 1970’s, it will still be difficult to reach the $250,000/year necessary to support museum operations and dedicated personnel. In the next couple of months we will be rolling out several new programs to begin to meet this challenge and raise the necessary funds to remain open. These initial programs and projects include naming opportunities, a friends of the museum program, and an annual fundraising ball and auction. We will also expand our advisory board to include members from the community and make changes that will help us come out of this stronger and better prepared to serve the community.
This new challenge also comes at a time of growth and resurgence for the Museum - our visitorship has tripled over the last two years and we’ve partnered with numerous University and community organizations to bring you dynamic exhibitions and public programming. We have a strong volunteer base and are just formalizing a new intern program. This month will see the launch of our new book club and we’ll be hosting numerous events such as the Art and Desert Living Fair, Earth Day and gallery exhibitions. We have an amazing, dedicated, and passionate staff that advocate for the Museum every day. I hope you’ll join us and truly make this YOUR museum.
If you’d like to voice your concerns, share your ideas or show your support please send an email to Aurore Giguet.
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