August 3, 2020: Statement from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Owing to the financial impact of the MFA’s extended closure, we have undergone the difficult but necessary process of reworking our business model to accommodate our new realities—which include a reduction in our workforce. As we move toward creating a sustainable future for the MFA in these uncertain times, we must recognize that the Museum will continue to be affected by the pandemic in the long term. After carefully considering the role played by each employee in the operations of the Museum, we have restructured the organization to align with our new business model: 56 eligible employees have elected voluntary early retirement and 57 have been laid off. We did not arrive at this decision lightly and are extremely grateful for the dedication of these staff members and their contributions to the MFA over the years.
“This has been an extremely painful process. I have great respect for my colleagues and the extraordinary work we have done together—for our communities in Boston and around the world. They will always be part of our MFA family,” said Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director. “Faced with the challenges of a significantly changed financial environment, we made this difficult decision based on the need to create stability and sustainability for the MFA—an institution that means so much to so many.”