The J. Paul Getty Trust, the world’s wealthiest cultural organization, announced Monday that it is eliminating 34 of the 394 positions in its museum division to free up millions of dollars a year for art acquisitions, the Los Angeles Times writes.
“Everything the museum does cascades from its collection. The stronger the collection one has, the better one can do everything else,” the Getty President and CEO James Cuno told the newspaper.
Nineteen of the eliminated posts are in the Getty Museum’s education department, which will shed paid teachers who lead student tours and replace them with volunteer docents. The trust said the cuts will not effect exhibition schedules, public programs, or the curatorial and art-conservation staffs.