First there was the Minnesota Museum of American Art closing its doors last week and now another has decided that it can stay open any longer, given the current economic woes, showing that the crisis is perhaps affecting the smaller or fringe museums the hardest thus far, which stands to reason. Known as Copia, which is largely a wine museum founder by wealthy vineyard owner Robert Mondavi, suddenly shut its doors without warning on Friday, promising to release more information sometime soon, but with little hope that it will reopen. Here’s a bit:
The nonprofit, also known as the American Center for Wine, Food and the Arts, has lost $4 million annually since opening in 2001.
In September, Copia laid off 24 of its 80 full-time employees and cut back its hours as it sought to turn around its ailing finances.