On Jan. 19, Headlands Center for the Arts quietly laid off over a quarter of its staff, eliminating five full-time positions from the 18-person nonprofit.
Known as one of the preeminent art residencies in the country, Headlands also provides grants, fellowships and studios to contemporary artists, all from their location within converted Army barracks in the Marin Headlands, a National Parks site.
Executive Director Mari Robles cited fundraising shortfalls, specifically the reduction of two major gifts and significantly lower-than-expected annual fundraising. “This sequence of events over the course of the second half of 2023 led Headlands into a financial position that required cuts in order to remain in operation,” Robles wrote via email.
“This decision was not made lightly, but it will allow Headlands to continue fulfilling its commitment to serving artists and providing a platform for creativity and expression,” she stated.
The eliminations included two positions from communications, one from programs and two from operations. The cuts from communications and operations represent the entirety of those departments. Robles said the organization will operate with a reduced staff for the foreseeable future.