More Museums Cut Back
The end of the week brought more news of museum cuts as drops in the value of endowments and decreases in donations continue to eat away at their budgets. One of the hardest hit is the Detroit Institute of Arts which has said that it will lay off about 20 percent of its staff as part of a mission to pare $6 million from its $34 million annual budget.
The High Museum of Art in Atlanta has also announced cuts including a seven percent reduction of its staff to save $1.4 million from its operating budget. The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore will lay off seven out of its 150 employees and is canceling an exhibition that would have been a collaboration with the Musee d'Orsay in Paris and the Getty in Los Angeles. The museum director Gary Vikan will take one month of unpaid leave before the museum's fiscal year ends June 30. Also in the area, the Maryland Historical Society has laid off six staff members. It's been a tough time for Baltimore which also lost its opera company at the end of last year.
Gallery: Culture in Trouble