MOCAD executive director terminated after allegations of toxic workplace

Posted at 1:44 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 11:58:10-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Board of Directors of the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit terminated its executive director after allegations of a toxic workplace.

Effective immediately, Elysia Borowy-Reeder was dismissed after an internal investigation.

The board says the investigation was prompted by the submission of a letter by MOCAD Resistance, a community group of artists, art workers and community members, that outlined a climate under Borowy-Reeder's leadership.

"Her leadership fell short of its goals for diversity, inclusivity and a healthy work environment, as determined by an independent investigation," the board said in a press release.

"We have tried to deliver on diversity, equity and inclusion since our inception. However, it is clear we need to do more, better and faster."