Museum ousts fundraiser

By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — On the heels of firing its long-time executive director, the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh has eliminated the job of its chief fundraiser.

The board, which in October fired Denise Dickens after nearly 13 years on the job, told Sharon Kanter in late November it was eliminating her job as director of development director.

“We just felt like until we had a new director in there, we don’t have much for the development director to do until we have a direction,” says Frank Thompson, board chairman. “We’re trying to save as much money as we can.”

An area of apparent tension between some board members and Dickens reportedly was her refusal to comply with their request that she fire Kanter, although Thompson says that was not an issue of dispute.

Before joining the museum staff two-and-a-half years ago, Kanter worked as a consultant to arts groups. She previously served as executive director of the Community Council for the Arts in Kinston.

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