The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego is eliminating eight full-time positions and 20 part-time positions in January.
Several employees whose jobs will be cut have left the museum already.
The layoffs come in anticipation of the museum’s big expansion, which will quadruple the exhibition space of the La Jolla location to about 40,000 square feet, MCASD’s communications and marketing manager Leah Straub said in an email. The La Jolla location will close temporarily starting in January 2017 as the expansion gets under way.
MCASD is composed of both its oceanfront La Jolla campus and three downtown buildings on Kettner Boulevard. Both campuses host several contemporary art exhibitions a year, plus other public events and educational programming. The La Jolla building also houses the Sherwood Auditorium, a performing arts venue used by the museum and outside arts groups like the La Jolla Music Society.
When the La Jolla location is closed starting in January, Straub said programming will be consolidated to the downtown locations.
“We’re not sure for how long,” she said. “It depends on a variety of factors – construction timelines, permitting process, etc.”