Mar 30, 2010 5:44 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Pioneers Museum seeks options to stay open

The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum has hired a consulting company to assist with plans to replace funding eliminated by the city.

The consulting company, Durel Consulting Partners, has extensive experience working with museums and cultural nonprofit organizations across the nation on issues of planning, sustainability, fund development, board and staff development, and executive leadership.

Colorado Springs General Fund support for the Museum has been reduced from $895,000 in 2008 to $667,000 in 2009 and $365,000 in 2010. General Fund support has been proposed for elimination in 2011.

"John and Anita Durel bring deep and diverse experience to this project," says Pioneers Museum Director Matt Mayberry. "They are nationally recognized museum consultants with over sixty years of professional insight and background between them. I am delighted with this selection and I look forward to working with them to find a sustainable future for the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum."

The project is funded entirely with donations and grants from the Gay & Lesbian Fund of Colorado, H. Chase Stone Trust, Bee Vradenburg Foundation, and J.H. Edmondson Foundation.



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