Financial Crisis Victim, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Still Sees a Comeback in Their Future

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Remember back in those gloomy days back in late November of 2008 when it seemed like the world’s finances were on the verge of crumbling. Turns out, they did, and they took with them organizations like the very early and perhaps first major casualty, the Minnesota Museum of American Art. That late-fall, the museum announced that, despite a series of cost-saving and cutting moves, it had no choice but to close. While at the time they said it would only be a temporary move, in the two years since, we’ve seen a lot of “temporary” become “forever” more often than not. However, in a little ray of hope, the Pioneer Press checked in with the museum’s executive director, Kristin Makholm, about how they’ve handled life with “no building, virtually no staff and little money” and it turns out that they might be able to turn the ship around after all, with current plans to reopen as a fully functional institution again by 2015. It’s a short interview, but if you needed a little boost of “possibly uplifting news that the economy might not have killed off everything good,” then here you are. We’ll keep our eyes peeled on St. Paul, as we’re eager to see what happens.