Minneapolis Institute of Art announces layoffs as it cuts $4M from budget

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on museums and attractions across the state.

The Minneapolis Institute of Art has announced that 39 jobs have been cut through a combination of layoffs and voluntary separations on Monday.

The acclaimed Minneapolis museum says it's facing "unprecedented financial difficulties" as a result of the economic downturn and the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and needs to cut $4 million from its 2021 budget.

As a result, MIA says that 17 employees took a voluntary separation package, while a further 22 were laid off.

Furthermore, all non-union staff will see their pay frozen, while the museum's leadership team have taken a 15 percent salary cut.

The museum says it's expecting its financial woes to continue for the next 12 months and beyond.

"Few decisions are harder than one that involves reducing our dedicated staff,” said Katie Luber, Nivin and Duncan MacMillan director and president.

"We pursued numerous options to save as many staff as possible and are grateful to have received a PPP loan as part of the CARES Act, which allowed us to pay all staff through June 19, during the museum’s closure.

"We have also carefully evaluated whether there are untapped sources of revenue or new fundraising opportunities that could help alleviate the need for further cuts, but this has not been possible. We are deeply saddened by this very difficult situation and are grateful for our staff’s contributions and their dedication to serving our visitors."

The museum is planning to reopen to the public in mid-July following a loosening of COVID-19 restrictions in Minnesota, but says it expects its visitor hours will be reduced by 43 percent.

The cuts at MIA follow layoffs seen at arts venues across the country, including Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater, which last month laid off 79 percent of its staff amid a major reduction of its performance schedule.

Walker Arts Center also making layoffs

The Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis has followed MIA in making cuts, announcing Tuesday it is laying off 33 part-time staff in total.

Of those, 15 workin the Walker Shop and Visitor Services, with 18 of them part-time gallery assistants.

"I know this is difficult news for everyone to hear and most difficult for those who will be leaving the Walker.” said Executive Director Mary Ceruti. 

"The reduction of our hours, programs and operations was determined through a complex process as we took in information from medical and public health experts, economists, staff, colleagues, artistic partners, and our audiences."

The museum is set to reopen its doors on July 13. It says it is projecting a $5.7 million drop in revenue this year.

Next Up

Kyle Rudolph

Rudolph sends farewell to Vikings fans in Players Tribune piece

"Every season I played here, every game I played here — you all believed."

Megan Ryan

Star Tribune's Megan Ryan named new Twins beat reporter

Ryan replaces LaVelle E. Neal who is now in a columnist role.

minnetonka MME

Minnetonka in spotlight after teacher threatened for discussing Black trans woman

Parents and community members are calling on the district to do better and will hold a march prior to the school board meeting on Thursday.

Richard Pitino

Talk grows that this season will be Pitino's last at Gophers

A report says Pitino's tenure could be "down to his final games."

Screen Shot 2021-03-02 at 1.40.17 PM

Two gas trucks collide in Stearns County, neither explodes

The unlikely collision happened Monday afternoon.

unnamed (1)

MSP Airport expecting spring break to be busiest period since pandemic began

Passenger numbers will still be about a third lower than a year ago, though.

Target store

After bumper earnings, Target will accelerate new store openings

The retailer has revealed its plans for the next few years, which includes an investment in Minneapolis.

starbucks wayzata

100% plant-based restaurant coming to Wayzata this spring

The restaurant has plans to add additional locations in Minnesota this summer and franchise nationwide.

Patric Richardson

'Laundry Evangelist' from St. Paul gets his own Discovery+ show

Patric Richardson has built a career around the appreciation and care of clothing.



Delta posts massive $5.7 billion loss, makes significant cuts to its workforce

The airline has taken a massive hit from the COVID-19 pandemic.

verso Duluth Mill arial

2 companies announce mass layoffs in Minnesota due to COVID-19

Verso to layoff 225 in Duluth, MRCI has laid off 300 people since mid-March.


HealthPartners to furlough 2,600 staff, executives taking pay cuts

It comes as hospital systems seek to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Governor Tim Walz

Coronavirus: Gov. Walz to announce plan to increase testing

The governor has been eager to ramp up the state's testing.

MCF Moose Lake

ACLU sues for early release of prisoners from coronavirus-hit Moose Lake

Coronavirus has already spread at MCF-Moose Lake Minnesota, and the ACLU fears it will get worse.

Hospital bed

Coronavirus: Announcement on elective surgeries coming Tuesday

Gov. Tim Walz says that the state has built up good ICU and ventilator capacity.

Mayo clinic

Mayo Clinic announces pay cuts for one-third of its staff

There will also be furloughs forthcoming from the Rochester institution.

coronavirus, covid-19, drive-thru testing

Coronavirus: Announcement on testing expected in coming days

The Walz Administration has been working on testing with Mayo Clinic and M Health Fairview.