Art communities across the state have struggled to keep theaters, galleries, and museums alive over the past year. In Newark, the state’s largest museum attempted to keep audiences online with everything from concerts to virtual studio visits with artists. While These free programs may have kept art enthusiasts busy, the museum had a $ 6 million operating budget gap due to the COVID-19 closure.

A few months ago, the museum made the difficult decision to take several works of art from its possession and sell them for a total of $ 5.9 million. Several historians and scholars condemned the move, but the museum defends it.

The museum is now open for personal visits for the first time since March 2020.

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