DENNIS, Mass. (AP) — The Cape Cod Museum of Art is welcoming a new interim director as it tries to recover from persistent money woes.

Cindy Nickerson assumes the job Monday. She tells the Cape Cod Times ( her marketing, budgeting and writing experience will help as the museum tries to regain its footing.

The museum, with seven galleries and an annual $1 million budget, was hit hard by the economic downturn and continued to struggle with fundraising this year.

It had a reported $400,000 in debt by summer of 2011, leading to a failed effort to oust the last director. Adding to the turmoil, a dozen museum trustees have resigned in the past year. It also recently cut back hours and postponed exhibits.

Now, supporters say a new director and new procedures will mean a fresh start.