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Art museum to benefit from state partnership

ALBANY -- Patrons of the Albany Museum of Art should notice a fortification of resources in the coming months once the facility's participation in the Georgia Art Museum Partnership initiative begins to take effect.

As reported Friday in The Herald, the art museum will join forces with four additional Georgia museums in an effort to share art collections and additional resources. Joining in the collaboration are Atlanta's High Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum, the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens and the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah.

"It means we'll be sharing in resources, from artwork to expertise," Albany Museum of Art Executive Director Nick Nelson said.

He explained that the initiate will enable the museum to exchange loan exhibits from other participants in the program, as well as workshops led by various experts.

Specifics about which exchanges will be made are not yet available, as details of the new partnership are still in the works.

"What we're (the participating museums) trying to do is see where our needs are in each institution," Nelson said. "Right now, we're focusing on getting to know each other."

According to the Albany museum head, the new program is financially beneficial to the facility.

"When you're working on your own, it can be tough," Nelson said.

But, he explained, the partnership will enable the museum to gain new

exhibits and offer new workshops with the cost shared by other

participating museums.