Meta Has Significantly Downsized Open Arts, Its In-House Art Team, as Part of Its Largest Round of Layoffs Ever

Last week’s round of 11,000 layoffs at Meta appears to have gutted Open Arts, the company’s art and design division, formerly known as Facebook Open Arts. Because Meta declined to comment on this story, it remains unclear how large the department was pre-layoffs, or how deep the cuts went, but a deep dive on LinkedIn suggests it was something of a blood bath.

“You may have heard that Meta laid off 11,000 people last week. I was unfortunately one of them. As was most of my (awesome) Open Arts organization,” Matthew Israel, the former chief curator of Open Arts, wrote

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