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February 02, 2009

Los Angeles Museum Cuts Its Staff by 20 Percent

The Museum of Contemporary Art has reduced its staff by 20 percent and cut operating costs in an effort to trim its annual expenses by $4.4-million, the museum announced Friday, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The cutbacks, which affect all departments, eliminated 32 jobs — 16 full-time, 16 part-time — out of a staff of about 160. No curators or senior staff members were let go. Employees who have been laid off were notified Friday.

Charles E. Young, chief executive of the museum, declined to identify the positions that were eliminated but said in an interview Friday that the largest number of jobs were eliminated in the curatorial support, educational, and development departments. “I don’t want to get into specific programs,” said Mr. Young. “We may be doing fewer things, but what we do we’re going to be doing to the same high level of quality.”

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