According to administrators, the Baltimore Museum of Art has run out of ideas for cutting costs in the aftermath of the recession and has laid off 14 employees, effective immediately. To put it in perspective, those 14 jobs (11 full-time, 3 part-time) represent fully 9 percent of the staff.
The job cuts will allow the museum to make up a deficit of $500,000 and a shrinking budget without sacrificing programs, hours, or the free-admission policy.
This comes after seven years of drawing half a percent too much from their endowment (which slowly depletes it) to cover costs. I’m inclined to believe that the administrators have been acting in good faith to keep the jobs, as most other big art institutions across the country cut their staff years ago.