Art Institute Phasing Out Special Programs, Members Upset

Steve Miller
February 19, 2020 - 9:01 pm
Art Institute Chicago

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A shakeup at the Art Institute of Chicago has distressed people who have been members of special programs that are now being dissolved.

WBBM's Steve Miller reports.

"People are disappointed and upset,” says Dietrich Klevorn, a volunteer docent at the Art Institute. 

She also been a member of the Old Masters Society, one of nine art interest groups being shut down at the end of June.

The groups have offered lectures and other perks to group members. They’ll  continue to have access, but maybe at a higher price.

"And that's, of course, the rub in this entire thing,” Klevorn said.

Kati Murphy is the executive director of public affairs at the Art Institute.

"We are really confident that the programming we are offering every day is going to provide some opportunities to engage in similar ways,” Murphy said.

Murphy says about 900 people are in the groups being phased out.