Underfunded, unfortunately located, and insufficiently patronized, the African American Museum in Philadelphia has been struggling -- financially and otherwise -- for years, the institution's difficulties most publicly revealed by last year's unpaid layoffs of almost the entire staff.
Perhaps there's hope. According to today's papers, the African American Museum has adopted a six-month recovery plan that, while short on details, could mark the first step toward the museum's rebirth as an institution worthy of its name.
For more information, see "African American Museum Announces a Recovery Plan," by Frederick Cusick, in today's Philadelphia Inquirer, and "A Plan For Survival," by Earni Young, in today's Philadelphia Daily News.
[Post-publication addendum (March 14): See “Museum on the Mend,” an editorial about recent developments at the AAMP in today’s Philadelphia Daily News.]