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November 16, 2018

2/22/2018 7:31:00 PM
MoNA's future not optional

After much review, and discus-sion with Museum management and the board president and many of the other parties, I have come to the following opinion.
Of the three options presented at the community meetings, only the first is tenable. We do not at this time have the funds to pursue expansion. And the third is outrageous. The feeling in the community is that they are being blackmailed into keeping the museum open.
There has been mismanagement and irresponsibility in terms of budget and financials. Changes need to be made in management. Belt tightening and budget slashing until finances are under control is called for.
There. I’ve said it publicly. And sadly.
Susan Parke
Museum of Northwest Art
Executive Director (retired)
[Steve Klein also has the three options MoNA’s board and management are considering on his mind. They are summarized at the bottom of his column – Editor]
Parke’s tenure was 1990-2007 and included buying the First Street building, its renovation and moving the museum from Gaches Mansion.

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