0 Comments · Wednesday, May 29, 2013
On May 20, the CAC announced cutbacks and
layoffs to avoid fiscal deficits in the coming years. But there is more
exciting news in the offing: A new Robert Mapplethorpe-related
exhibition is planned for 2015.
by Steven Rosen
Posted In: Visual Art
at 12:52 PM | Permalink
CAC lays off four employees representing 16 percent of staff
In order to avoid deficits for fiscal year 2014 and beyond,
the Contemporary Arts Center on Monday laid off four employees and
Director/Chief Curator Raphaela Platow announced other cost-saving measures.
The four positions were associate curator of education,
exhibitions director, development director and director of communications and
community engagement. Additionally, Platow herself took a 20 percent salary
reduction for the upcoming fiscal year.
Platow said cost-saving decisions were approved by the Board
of Trustees in April. The board has mandated that the CAC reduce its dependency
on its endowment for operational expenses by roughly $60,000 a year for the
next five years. The CAC estimates that cutback, as well as an expected drop in
support from major funders, would create an operating-budget deficit for the
next fiscal year without these moves. The operating budget for the current
fiscal year, which ends in August, is $3.1 million.
She also said there are no plans to raise admission fees or
reduce hours of operation.
While the four eliminated positions represent 16% of the
institution’s staff, there will be several new hirings of “redefined and
reorganized” job descriptions, she said. “By redefining, I mean changing to a
different skill set and position, sometimes on a very different salary level.
This is what we have to do to move forward,” Platow said.
A previously announced new curatorial hire, Steven Matijcio,
arrives from North Carolina in June and will be involved in announcing the
2013-2014 exhibition season on June 26.
(More information will be included in The Big Picture column
in the May 29 issue.)