Director of Akron Art Museum resigns after negative reports on management

The Akron Art Museum in Ohio

The director of the Akron Art Museum (AAM), Mark Masuoka, has resigned after recent news articles detailing allegations of racism, sexism and bullying of employees by managers at the institution.

The museum says in a statement that the local businessman and former AAM trustee Jon Fiume has been appointed interim director while a search begins for a permanent replacement for Masuoka. “In accepting Marks resignation, the board agreed it was time for a change in leadership that represents an opportunity to create a new direction for the museum as we build a new organisational culture for the future,” says Dr Drew Engles, the chairman of the museums board, in the statement.

Articles published in recent weeks by ARTnews and The Plain Dealer of Cleveland have described a 2019 letter written to the museums board of directors by staff members calling for the removal of Masuoka. ARTnews wrote that the letter outlined claims of racial discrimination, sexual harassment, intimidation and conflict of interest. Akrons board of directors hired the law firm Kastner Westman & Wilkins, whichRead More – Source