By Kathleen McLaughlin, The IBJ

[email protected]

The Indianapolis Museum of Art said today it is eliminating 27 positions, or 9 percent of its regular work force.

"The scope is fairly broad," IMA spokeswoman Katie Zarich said. "Nearly every department has been affected."

The layoffs will affect 15 full-time staff members and six part-time staff members. Another six positions will go unfilled. Before the cuts, the museum had 288 employees.

In addition, an unspecified number of seasonal grounds-maintenance workers will not have jobs this summer. Zarich said the grounds crew equates to another six full-time staff positions.

The layoffs announced today are just the latest round of cost-cutting among local not-for-profit arts organizations that are facing huge losses in their endowments and a drop in donations.

The IMA, which saw its endowment drop 27 percent to $278.5 million from 2007 to 2008, trimmed $1.7 million from its budget in December. At that point, the cost-cutting involved a pay freeze and delaying the opening of its Art and Nature Park.

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra have also laid off personnel.

Copyright © 2023 All Rights Reserved.