Having failed to deliver the needed revenue to cover expenses of operation, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has laid off 23 staff members thoughout various departments in an attempt to balance the budget for the fiscal year.
This announcement comes among a series of cuts over the past few months to help slash more cash from the budget. The MFA is, unfortunately, in good company. In a post 9/11 economy, many insitutions have experienced poor attendance and a sag in the endowment. Detroit Institute of Arts and Art Institute of Chicago among others have both had a similar budget shortfall, resulting in a similar string of layoffs.
Director Malcom Rogers is quoted, "I really want our donors to feel very confident that this place is well managed, and sound and secure."
Story courtesy of Geoff Edgers in the June 3rd edition of The Boston Globe
Image courtesy of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.