Arts communities across the state have struggled to keep theaters, galleries and museums alive over the last year. In Newark, the state’s largest museum tried to keep audiences engaged online with everything from concerts to virutal studio visits with artists. While these free programs may have kept art enthusiasts engaged, the museum was left with a $6 million hole in its operating budget due to the COVID-19 shutdown.
Several months ago, the museum made the difficult decision to deaccession several art pieces, selling them for a combined $5.9 million. Several historians and scholars denounced the move, but the museum defends it.
Now the museum has reopened for in-person visits for the first time since March 2020.