The Glenbow museum pulled its advertising from Fast Forward Weekly on Aug. 16. The decision came on the same day Fast Forward Weekly published a news article about layoffs at the museum. On July 19, Fast Forward Weekly also published a story, “The Struggles of the Glenbow,” about financial problems and allegations of mismanagement at the museum over the past three years. Both stories received an unusually high number of online comments.
An internal email sent to museum staff on July 23 by Glenbow Board of Governors chair Jack Thrasher and president and CEO Kirstin Evenden in regards to the original story implies their dissatisfaction with the story’s tone.
“As many of you are aware, an article came out in FFWD [sic] on Thursday, July 19, 2012, which represented Glenbow’s finances and management in an unfortunate light,” reads the email, which was originally given to Fast Forward Weekly by a person in contact with current Glenbow employees, and confirmed as genuine yesterday by other staff who asked to remain anonymous.
“Unfortunately, the resulting article does not reflect the information that was provided by Glenbow to the reporter in these interviews but instead gives prominence to allegations by unidentified persons… It is important you know how truly valued the Glenbow team is – you are a group of talented, passionate and dedicated staff who make up the core of Glenbow. We know that each of you will maintain your ongoing professionalism in the face of the hurtful allegations in this article… Senior management will monitor the blog for any further comments regarding Glenbow.”
This internal email was sent after the decision had been made to conduct the layoffs at the Glenbow that were made public on August 15. The Glenbow had not responded to multiple requests for interviews in regards to this post.