FRAMINGHAM — The chicken mole simmered and red wine flowed as talk turned to potential acquisitions.
A Jason Berger oil. A pair of charcoal drawings by Suzanne Hodes. Other museums might hold their meetings in boardrooms. Not Danforth Art. Nine members of the Framingham museum’s collections committee, ranging from 23-year-old gallery director Adam Adelson to longtime Boston University art historian Pat Hills, gathered in a sprawling home in Carlisle to discuss the Danforth’s future.
Before long, Nina Nielsen, the host whose namesake gallery operated on Newbury Street in Boston for 46 years, shifted the conversation from art to money. It was time to talk about dramatic plans to increase the Danforth’s budget, hire new staff, and move into a new home by 2016.
“Things are changing at the Danforth fast,” Nielsen said. “And we’ve got to get our act together. So away we go.”
Danforth Art, founded in 1975 to focus on American art and offer a community art school to children and adults, has big plans. In the next year, museum leaders want to increase its annual budget from less than $1.4 million to $1.7 million, with much of that coming from increases in individual donations and corporate and foundation support. The Danforth plans to hire a director of development, marketing manager, controller, and webmaster, adding roughly 4½ positions to 14½ currently in place.
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