Friends of the Zeiss
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For immediate release: 2003 August 27
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CHILDREN’S MUSEUM RUNS HALF-MILLION DOLLAR DEFICITS
TWO YEARS IN A ROW
Glenn A. Walsh, Project Director of Friends of the Zeiss, began his August 27 public statement, before the Board of Directors of the Allegheny Regional Asset District (ARAD), with these surprising facts. Saying that this year’s Children’s Museum application to ARAD for annual funding also forecasts “no deficit for the upcoming fiscal year,” as previous applications had claimed, Mr. Walsh said, “Anyone looking at the last three grant applications they have submitted can clearly see that the Children’s Museum lacks any credibility, whatsoever, in fiscal accountability!”
Mr. Walsh also stated, “As a
former Life Trustee with the Andrew Carnegie Free Library (of
“Their business plan, for the expanded building, includes rental income from non-profit organizations. I have direct experience in such rentals, regarding the Music Hall and Lecture Hall of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library. I know that such rental income falls short of actual needs, as non-profit organizations can only pay so much in rent. If the rent is increased too much, the non-profit organizations will not be able to pay and will have to leave the Children’s Museum, leaving the Museum with even less revenue.”
Mr. Walsh went on to say, “If the Children’s Museum expansion project must go forward, then additional revenue sources must be found for operating the expanded building. The use of the Zeiss II Planetarium Projector and 10-inch Siderostat-type Refractor Telescope, for historical presentations, could be one way to attract more visitors into the building.
“In May, we learned that The
Carnegie Science Center has abandoned their expansion project. And, considering
Friends of the Zeiss was formally organized in April of 2002, with the mission "To preserve, maintain and operate, and to raise funds for these purposes, two historic scientific instruments and associated apparatus and artifacts originated at The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania."
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Attachment (on reverse side): Text of Statement of Glenn A. Walsh Before ARAD Board, 2003 August 27.
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