No hard hat needed: RISD thrives amid renovation

'WHAT I TRIED TO DO was analyze the opportunity to serve a mix of different audiences,
'WHAT I TRIED TO DO was analyze the opportunity to serve a mix of different audiences," says Hope Alswang, director of the RISD Museum of Art since 2005. /
Hope Alswang faced many challenges when she became director of Rhode Island School of Design's Museum of Art in September 2005. Attendance had declined by 20 percent to 73,093 visitors in 2005, from 91,501 visitors in 2001. And a $38 million renovation and expansion project was on the horizon that would require closing at least…

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