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MFA Director Malcolm Rogers, On Museum Cutbacks

The recession has hit the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

The MFA is laying off 33 people, four percent of its staff. Most of the cuts will come in the museum's retail and fundraising departments. Another 21 open jobs won't be filled, and there will be a salary freeze next year, plus pay cuts for some top executives.

WBUR's Bob Oakes spoke to MFA Director Malcolm Rogers about how the economy is hurting the museum.

What's driving these cuts?
Very simply, the economy. But the other thing that's driving the cuts is a continued commitment to serve our vistior well. In everything that we're doing, we're hoping that the visitor will not notice any diminution in service. And, in fact, we know they won't. So we're thrilled about that just as we grieve the losses.

This program aired on April 3, 2009. The audio for this program is not available.

Bob Oakes Twitter Host, Morning Edition
Bob Oakes has been WBUR's Morning Edition anchor since 1992.

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