Akron Art Museum director Mark Masuoka resigned Tuesday morning, according to a letter emailed to museum employees that was shared with The Devil Strip.
“In accepting Mark’s 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 organizational culture for the future,” the email reads in part.
Masuoka’s resignation follows months of strife within the museum. In June 2019, 27 Akron Art Museum employees sent a letter to the board alleging that leadership created and promoted “a pervasive culture of race and gender discrimination and bullying which have resulted in a dysfunctional work environment and severely unhealthy turnover rate.”
According to the May 19 letter, Jon Fiume will serve as interim director of the museum while the Board of Directors searches for a new director. Fiume was Chief Operating Officer of the Mustard Seed Market & Cafe for six years, ending in January, according to his LinkedIn profile. He currently serves on the boards of Leadership Akron and ArtsNow.