Re: To the battlements, comrades!

Kathy Evans (kathy@purdue.edu)
Thu, 9 Jan 2003 20:02:53 -0800 (PST)

http://www.namac.org/Newsletter/fall97/judson.html
An article written by Judson in the NAMAC Fall 97 issue. interesting...
Kathy Evans

Steve Fesenmaier wrote:

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> In cutback, Carnegie drops film, video unit
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> Wednesday, January 08, 2003
>
> By Patricia Lowry, Post-Gazette Staff Writer
>
> In an effort to trim its 2003 budget, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is
> eliminating its film and video section and permanently laying off 17
> full-time and four part-time employees. In addition, six employees have
> resigned voluntarily and 22 vacant positions will not be filled.
>
> The loss of 49 total full-time and four part-time positions is expected
> to save the parent corporation $4 million this year. The budget cut is
> necessary because of increased expenses and a decline in revenue from
> the museums' $180 million investment portfolio, down from $255 million
> in 1999.
>
> Although the job cuts had been anticipated for months, the staff learned
> yesterday which positions and employees would be affected. The
> departures took effect immediately.
>
> The film and video section, curated by Bill Judson, had 90 screenings of
> independent and foreign films last year, with an attendance of 11,000.
> It had built a national reputation and was in the vanguard of the
> independent film movement, attracting many famous directors over the years.
>
> Carnegie Institute Ppresident Ellsworth Brown said the availability of
> independent and foreign films in Pittsburgh has increased substantially
> since the program's launch in the late 1960s, with Pittsburgh
> Filmmakers, The Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie International exhibits
> offering alternative screenings.
>
> Still, the museum's film section contributed to making Pittsburgh
> fertile ground for independent films and students, especially by
> offering historical films, retrospectives and comprehensive series of
> international films. Designated a major media center, it attracted the
> National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture here for its national
> conference in 1998.
>
> Judson's supervisor, art museum director Richard Armstrong, said it was
> an agonizing decision.
>
> "[Judson] was the guru of the medium, both media," Armstrong said. "The
> program is sterling."
>
> Reached last night, Judson said he was "really sad" that international
> films and multicultural followup discussions won't be available here.
>
> "It's the only way the museum addressed that aspect of the community,"
> he said.
>
> The film and video section's fall 2002 schedule featured new Japanese
> comedies and dramas, films based on the work of pulp fiction writer
> David Goodis and films from Central Asia. This year, films are scheduled
> through March 2, but the museum has not yet decided whether that
> commitment will be kept.
>
> Judson, who had been teaching film history at the University of
> Pittsburgh when he took over in 1975, is the most senior member of the
> staff to be let go.
>
> Brown said the loss of the film and video department, known as CMA
> Cinema, was the only element of the budget cuts that would be felt by
> the public.
>
> But Carnegie Museums also will save about $50,000, Brown said, by ending
> its Thursday evening hours at the museums of art and natural history,
> which began last year with the art museum's popular "Light!" exhibition.
> Subsequent attendance did not justify the evening hours, which ended
> late last month.
>
> Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh had a combined budget of $57 million in
> 2002 for its four departments: Carnegie Museum of Natural History,
> Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Science Center and Warhol museum. The
> 2003 budget will be about $53 million.
>
> Carnegie Museums' biggest expense, 80 percent of its budget, is salaries
> and benefits for its 481 full-time employees and salaries for 758
> part-time employees.
>
> The natural history museum has the largest professional full-time staff,
> with 81 full-time and 124 part-time employees before the cuts.
> Yesterday, it lost two full-time staffers but retained all of its part
> timers. In addition, six full-time employees resigned voluntarily and
> seven vacant, full-time positions will not be filled.
>
> The art museum is losing four full-time employees, including the three
> positions in the film and video department. Five vacant positions will
> not be filled, including two in education that went unfilled throughout
> 2002. One coordinated lecture programs and the other worked with and in
> schools.
>
> At the science center, three full-time employees and one part-timer have
> been laid off. The Warhol museum lost one full-timer and one part-timer,
> and five vacant positions will not be filled.
>
> In addition, seven full-time and two part-time employees of Carnegie
> Museums, the parent corporation, have been let go.
>
> Brown declined to identify the positions that were eliminated.
>
> While no Carnegie Museums employees received salary increases last year,
> this year they may get what Brown called "a small raise package" on a
> merit basis.
>
> The layoffs are not expected to affect expansion plans for the science
> center and the Oakland museums.
>
> "We can't -- and won't -- stop planning for our future," Brown said.
>
> One of Carnegie Museum's capital campaign goals, called Foundation for
> the Future, will be used to further build the endowment and support the
> operating budget.
>
> Brown said the $4 million budget cut this year will eliminate the need
> to draw from its unrestricted special project endowment of $25.7 million
> to cover operating expenses in the foreseeable future.
>
> The institute has drawn about $1 million annually from this fund since
> the early 1990s, using it to help launch the science center in 1991 and
> to establish the Warhol in 1994 and initially support its operation.
> That fund also was tapped to start a marketing initiative in 1996 that
> led to the "branding" of each of the four departments.
>
> The rest of the institute's endowment -- $154.9 -- million is in
> restricted accounts.
>
> Brown said the museums' earned income has increased in each of the past
> five years. While corporate gifts are down because of the stock market,
> individual giving is up and foundation support is solid.
>
> In addition to personnel and program reductions, the museums also have
> trimmed their marketing and advertising spending. They will consolidate
> purchasing in some areas and share fabrication shop services among their
> exhibits departments.
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> <p>Wednesday, January 08, 2003</p>
> <p>By Patricia Lowry, Post-Gazette Staff Writer</p>
> <p> In an effort to trim its 2003 budget, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
> is eliminating its film and video section and permanently laying off 17 full-time
> and four part-time employees. In addition, six employees have resigned voluntarily
> and 22 vacant positions will not be filled.</p>
> <p> The loss of 49 total full-time and four part-time positions is
> expected to save the parent corporation $4 million this year. The budget
> cut is necessary because of increased expenses and a decline in revenue from
> the museums' $180 million investment portfolio, down from $255 million in
> 1999.</p>
> <p> Although the job cuts had been anticipated for months, the staff
> learned yesterday which positions and employees would be affected. The departures
> took effect immediately.</p>
> <p> The film and video section, curated by Bill Judson, had 90 screenings
> of independent and foreign films last year, with an attendance of 11,000.
> It had built a national reputation and was in the vanguard of the independent
> film movement, attracting many famous directors over the years.</p>
> <p> Carnegie Institute Ppresident Ellsworth Brown said the availability
> of independent and foreign films in Pittsburgh has increased substantially
> since the program's launch in the late 1960s, with Pittsburgh Filmmakers,
> The Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie International exhibits offering alternative
> screenings.</p>
> <p> Still, the museum's film section contributed to making Pittsburgh
> fertile ground for independent films and students, especially by offering
> historical films, retrospectives and comprehensive series of international
> films. Designated a major media center, it attracted the National Alliance
> for Media Arts and Culture here for its national conference in 1998.</p>
> <p> Judson's supervisor, art museum director Richard Armstrong, said
> it was an agonizing decision.</p>
> <p> "[Judson] was the guru of the medium, both media," Armstrong said.
> "The program is sterling."</p>
> <p> Reached last night, Judson said he was "really sad" that international
> films and multicultural followup discussions won't be available here.</p>
> <p> "It's the only way the museum addressed that aspect of the community,"
> he said.</p>
> <p> The film and video section's fall 2002 schedule featured new Japanese
> comedies and dramas, films based on the work of pulp fiction writer David
> Goodis and films from Central Asia. This year, films are scheduled through
> March 2, but the museum has not yet decided whether that commitment will
> be kept.</p>
> <p> Judson, who had been teaching film history at the University of
> Pittsburgh when he took over in 1975, is the most senior member of the staff
> to be let go.</p>
> <p> Brown said the loss of the film and video department, known as CMA
> Cinema, was the only element of the budget cuts that would be felt by the
> public.</p>
> <p> But Carnegie Museums also will save about $50,000, Brown said,
> by ending its Thursday evening hours at the museums of art and natural history,
> which began last year with the art museum's popular "Light!" exhibition. Subsequent
> attendance did not justify the evening hours, which ended late last month.</p>
> <p> Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh had a combined budget of $57 million
> in 2002 for its four departments: Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie
> Museum of Art, Carnegie Science Center and Warhol museum. The 2003 budget
> will be about $53 million.</p>
> <p> Carnegie Museums' biggest expense, 80 percent of its budget, is
> salaries and benefits for its 481 full-time employees and salaries for 758
> part-time employees.</p>
> <p> The natural history museum has the largest professional full-time
> staff, with 81 full-time and 124 part-time employees before the cuts. Yesterday,
> it lost two full-time staffers but retained all of its part timers. In addition,
> six full-time employees resigned voluntarily and seven vacant, full-time
> positions will not be filled.</p>
> <p> The art museum is losing four full-time employees, including the
> three positions in the film and video department. Five vacant positions will
> not be filled, including two in education that went unfilled throughout 2002.
> One coordinated lecture programs and the other worked with and in schools.</p>
> <p> At the science center, three full-time employees and one part-timer
> have been laid off. The Warhol museum lost one full-timer and one part-timer,
> and five vacant positions will not be filled.</p>
> <p> In addition, seven full-time and two part-time employees of Carnegie
> Museums, the parent corporation, have been let go.</p>
> <p> Brown declined to identify the positions that were eliminated.</p>
> <p> While no Carnegie Museums employees received salary increases last
> year, this year they may get what Brown called "a small raise package" on
> a merit basis.</p>
> <p> The layoffs are not expected to affect expansion plans for the
> science center and the Oakland museums. </p>
> <p> "We can't -- and won't -- stop planning for our future," Brown
> said.</p>
> <p> One of Carnegie Museum's capital campaign goals, called Foundation
> for the Future, will be used to further build the endowment and support the
> operating budget.</p>
> <p> Brown said the $4 million budget cut this year will eliminate the
> need to draw from its unrestricted special project endowment of $25.7 million
> to cover operating expenses in the foreseeable future.</p>
> <p> The institute has drawn about $1 million annually from this fund
> since the early 1990s, using it to help launch the science center in 1991
> and to establish the Warhol in 1994 and initially support its operation.
> That fund also was tapped to start a marketing initiative in 1996 that led
> to the "branding" of each of the four departments.</p>
> <p> The rest of the institute's endowment -- $154.9 -- million is in
> restricted accounts. </p>
> <p> Brown said the museums' earned income has increased in each of
> the past five years. While corporate gifts are down because of the stock
> market, individual giving is up and foundation support is solid.</p>
> <p> In addition to personnel and program reductions, the museums also
> have trimmed their marketing and advertising spending. They will consolidate
> purchasing in some areas and share fabrication shop services among their
> exhibits departments.</p>
> <hr><i>Patricia Lowry can be reached at <a href="mailto:plowry@post-gazette.com">
> plowry@post-gazette.com</a>
> or 412-263-1590.</i>
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