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Tuesday, 09 December 2008


My memory of MOCA was as a tourist.

We made the trip downdown and went to MOCA and found that ONE room was open as the rest was restricted to MOCA "members". We had thought it was a big museum .

Accross the road the concert hall could be looked at but not entered.

The spirit of culture/enterprise we reckoned had left America.

Whether we're talking about the federal government, mortgage companies, churches, unions, or art museums, the concept of financial responsibility and accountability is continually raised as if it's some new idea. For the majority of us who work hard, pay our bills on time, and most importantly, live within our means, financial responsibility is nothing new or innovative. It's just the right way to live. These principles that guide the management of personal finances shouldn't change when one goes to the office.

A few years ago (before they built the huge building across the street) I used to work a few buildings down. I would go there for lunch a couple of times a week. I think on Fridays they had a live Jazz band...oh, those were the days ;-)

I'm ambivalent. On the one hand, I'm not fully supportive of propping up institutions that aren't financially viable but then this is clearly irresponsible management and I get all hot under the collar with feelings that someone should be held to account.
How does one limit the damage of financial & managerial incompetence (I don't think for a minute that they can be prevented)? And should a different solution be applied to benevolent institutions like this than for public (i.e. for profit) ones?
It's a hard choice but I do hope in this case they can find their way out of trouble (and hopefully others learn from the example).

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