September 6, 2017

Massachusetts Museum Proposes Merger with Framingham State University

FRAMINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS—Following a year of financial turmoil, the Danforth Art Museum and school has proposed a merger with nearby Framingham State University, Malcolm Gay reports for the Boston Globe. This is the museum and school’s second proposals after voters in the Boston suburb voted against a plan in which the school’s headquarters would be transferred to the university. The new proposal would require Framingham State University to invest $4.5 million in renovations and repairs to the historic Jonathan Maynard Building.

If the plan is successful, the museum’s 3000-object permanent collection would be transferred to Framingham State University Foundation and the university would relocate its fine art facilities to the Maynard Building. The new museum would be called the Danforth Art Center at Framingham State University and would be the first art museum operated by a public university in Massachusetts. Voters will review on the plan October 17.

“We see many new opportunities for substantial academic collaboration, creative programming, and more profound community engagement,” Danforth Art Museum executive director Debra Petke told the MetroWest Daily News. “This new vision of a vibrant organization and its mixed-use building that serves museum, community art school, and university audiences will allow for a creative and collaborative dynamism for which we have been longing.”

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