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Meow Wolf cuts staff in half, including Denver employees, to stem “devastating” losses

Santa Fe-based interactive art company Meow Wolf will lay off 201 of its employees and furlough an additional 56 in an effort to alleviate its “devastating” financial losses during the coronavirus shutdown, the company said Thursday.

The losses, which stem largely from the lack of visitors and revenue Denver News at its cash-cow exhibition in Santa Fe (The House of Eternal Return) were a necessary but painful move, officials said in a press statement provided to The Denver Post.

Employees received messages detailing the cuts five days ago, according to the Santa Fe Reporter, and some were contacted via the Zoom video-chat platform.

The House of Eternal Return closed to the public on March 13, the Reporter said, but the layoffs represent employees across all of Meow Wolf’s locations, including upcoming installations in Denver, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.

Plans to open a three-story, multimillion-dollar Denver location, currently under construction near Interstate-25 and East Colfax Avenue, are still on track for 2021. Meow Wolf would not specify how many Denver employees were laid off or furloughed.

“We have notified 201 employees that their positions were eliminated, and Press Release Distribution Service In Denver an additional 56 that they are on furlough until further notice,” Meow Wolf said. “However, we are maintaining nearly 200 positions to continue to move the company forward and share our art with the world through exciting and audacious exhibitions in the future.”

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