Dear Friends,

In response to our extended period of closure, the MFA will, and must, be a differently scaled institution in our future. Over the past several months we have been reworking the MFA’s business model to accommodate our new realities. Sadly, this new reality necessitates a reduction in our workforce.

As we work to create a sustainable future for the MFA, we recognize that the Museum will continue to be affected by the pandemic for a long time. After carefully considering the role played by each employee in the Museum’s operations, we have restructured the organization to align with our new business model: 56 eligible employees have elected voluntary early retirement and the Museum has laid off 57 additional employees.

We did not arrive at this decision lightly. I have great respect for my colleagues—extraordinary professionals, thoughtful advocates, believers in the MFA and our collections. Together we have created a sense of community, a combination of the continued work of our Museum and the legacy of those who have worked here. I am grateful for their dedication and the work we have done together, in Boston and around the world.

Your support for the MFA has enabled us to remain focused on the important work ahead. Thank you for being part of our community, and for your loyalty as we lead the MFA out of this crisis. As we work toward reopening in the fall, we look forward to once again sharing the collections that articulate our histories, our communities, and our aspirations for the future.

With confidence in our future and gratitude for your commitment to the work we do for so many,

Matthew Teitelbaum
Ann and Graham Gund Director