Fleischer Museum to Close
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA, November 5,
After thirteen years, Fleischer Museum, which features
American Impressionism California School, 1890-1930s and Soviet
Impressionism, 1930-1980s, will close its doors on November 15,
2002. From inception through August of 2001, funding for Fleischer
Museum operations and its facility were provided by Mort and Donna
Fleischer and Franchise Finance Corporation of America (FFCA).
In August of 2001, FFCA was purchased by GE Capital and the Fleischers
contemplated closing the Museum shortly thereafter.
Prior to the closing of the sale
of FFCA, the City of Scottsdale proposed that Fleischer Museum
be kept open and the City would provide operating funds and long
term financing for a new Fleischer Museum facility in downtown
Scottsdale. The City of Scottsdale did provide funds for an outside
exhibit and operations for Fleischer Museum from August of 2001
through mid November of 2002 while plans were being made for the
new downtown Museum facility which was to be located in the Loloma
redevelopment district. After many months of planning and discussion,
the closure of the Museum is necessitated due to withdrawal of
the City of Scottsdale's interest in providing operating funds
or continuing to arrange or provide long term facility funding
due to economic conditions.