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After Unveiling $56 Million Renovation, Speed Art Museum Lays Off Seven Employees

According to Elizabeth Kramer in the Courier-Journal, seven employees have been laid off at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, while two more have been shifted from full-time to part-time roles. The museum still has a large roster of staff members, with seventy-eight full-time and thirty-nine part-time workers. The staff changes come after a three-year closure at the museum, during which a $56 million renovation took place.

The renovation was led by Kulapat Yantrasast, of the design firm wHY, and features an imposing aluminum-sheathed box containing the upper-level galleries stacked above a glass-fronted first-floor.

Laura Ross, a museum spokesperson, said, “At the beginning of the year we entered the great unknown after being closed for three years.” She added, “Now, we’re trying to see what [budget] levels are appropriate.”

The venue’s attendance continues to meet expectations since its reopening, reports WDRB.