New director takes over at struggling Cape Cod museum

DENNIS, Mass. (AP) – The Cape Cod Museum of Art is welcoming a new interim director as it tries to recover from persistent money woes.

Cindy Nickerson assumes the job Monday. She tells the Cape Cod Times that her marketing, budgeting and writing experience will help as the museum tries to regain its footing.

The museum, with seven galleries and an annual $1 million budget, was hit hard by the economic downturn and continued to struggle with fundraising this year.

It had a reported $400,000 in debt by summer of 2011, leading to a failed effort to oust the last director. Adding to the turmoil, a dozen museum trustees have resigned in the past year. It also recently cut back hours and postponed exhibits.

Now, supporters say a new director and new procedures will mean a fresh start.

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