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Should Museum Acquisitions Come at the Expense of their Education Departments?

Earlier this month, the J. Paul Getty Trust announced that it was cutting 34 jobs in its museum division. In and of itself, this wasn’t huge news; despite the absurdly booming art market, the national economy continues to sag, meaning museums have to contend with smaller endowments and less generous donors. But while museum cuts are nothing new, the Getty case is notable because of the fact that the cuts fall almost entirely on the institution’s education department.