Mayor Swearengin Issues Statement on Met Closing

Mayor Ashley Swearengin today issued the following statement after Fresno Metropolitan Museum officials announced that the museum will be closing its doors indefinitely effective today:

“This is a sad day for the City of Fresno and the San Joaquin Valley because the Met has contributed so much to our region over the past 25 years. Today’s announcement is an unfortunate reflection of the challenging economic circumstances that museums throughout the country have been facing in recent years.

“The Met’s patrons, supporters and staff deserve our sincere appreciation for the critical role they have played in our City’s cultural landscape since the 1980s. The Met was a catalyst in our community and made a real difference in the lives of so many of our residents.

“I appreciate that Met officials have been working with the City on an orderly transition that will allow us to stay focused on three important: areas: (1) leasing the building, (2) securing long-term financing using New Market Tax Credits, and (3) pursuing the longer-term development of the block in a manner consistent with the concept of the Cultural Arts District. We are making progress on all three fronts.”