The tension between financial sustainability and community accessibility in private Museums in Lima
By: Maria del Pilar Riofrio Flores
Published: 05/01/2015
Uploaded: 05/12/2015
Uploaded by: Arts Administration Program
Pockets: Advocacy, Cultural Policy, Government, & Law, Arts Administration, Arts Administration Program Theses, Arts Administration: General, International, Multiculturalism, Other, Visual Arts, Museums, Crafts, ARAD Theses: Fall 2013 to Spring 2015
Tags: access, community, Finance, museum, Peru, Social inclusion, Sustainability

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Description/Abstract: Private museums in Lima have been shifting towards a more market-driven administration in a context of a governmental structure that is not designed for the awarding of funds to private organizations or to bring tax-exemption incentives for charitable donations. Lima, in addition to being the financial center of the fast-growing Peruvian economy, is a multicultural and diverse city. For this reason, throughout my study, I document which funding strategies the directors of private museums in Lima have adopted in order to achieve financial sustainability; what are the tensions between financial sustainability and community accessibility; and what are the challenges and opportunities for such organizations. While there have been many advances in building new audiences, the challenge for museums in Lima still rests in increasing their accessibility for diverse sectors of the population. Market-driven strategies and increasing the privates sector’s contribution to museums can be balanced with mission-driven objectives if museum leaders prioritize openness to the community over funding. In the absence of governmental funds, there is a need for cultural policy reform to create incentives for increasing private corporate and individual giving to the cultural sector.