The Vancouver Art Gallery (VAG) announced a deficit of about one million dollars. VAG director, Kathleen Bartels, declared at a press conference, which remarks have been relegated by the agency CBC News, that the deficit was mainly due to a decline in visitors attendance at the museum. She also added that the economic crisis was no stranger to the financial health of the institution.
The VAG, which will soon celebrate its 80th birthday, however, addresses this coming year’s objectives with great enthusiasm. Its leader says that there will be no dismissal and that economic difficulties will be managed without resorting to outside help, exception made for the sponsorship. Bartels and her team are looking for long term solutions and ensure they will succeed in facing challenges during these difficult times.
This deficit should not affect the expansion plans of the institution. The museum should relocate to a larger location south of the city of Vancouver.