Strategic Plan and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work

Museum Strategic Plan

In 2019 the North Carolina Museum of Art created a new five-year strategic plan for 2020–25. The Museum pledged to serve the state of North Carolina as a vital cultural resource that reflects the world we live in and amplifies voices in the communities we serve.

Four goal areas were identified: collections and exhibitions, education and outreach, Museum Park, and culture. Each of the four goals embeds diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion, identified as priorities by our staff and board members. Learn more about each of these goals below or read the full 2020–25 NCMA Strategic Plan.

Continued Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work

In 2020 the NCMA extended its dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Museum publicly acknowledged the role cultural institutions like ours have played in perpetuating systemic racism. We committed to working with our staff, boards, community, and statewide stakeholders to combat racial inequity and injustice, amplify the voices of people of color, and hold ourselves accountable in our work toward sustainable, meaningful change.

In addition to the work pledged and started in the strategic plan, the Museum hosted Racial Equity Institute training for all staff, board members, docents, and volunteers, and partnered with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity consultant Bonita McClure to host listening sessions with community leaders, artists, educators, staff, members, docents, and board members. Her work and feedback helped to further review and refine the strategic plan as part of its annual review process.

Evaluation and Reporting

In 2021 the NCMA collaborated with numerous statewide and community partners to realize its commitment to institutional change; these partnerships and resulting projects are positioning the Museum to extend its reach and impact North Carolina residents in positive ways. The Museum also engaged in a baseline assessment to actively measure and report advancement in all goal areas. Progress toward the NCMA’s goals will be monitored by Museum evaluations of our service, reach, relationships, representation, and transparency and through ongoing surveys and listening sessions. The NCMA will communicate results through the Annual Impact Report; updates on visitor, staff, and board member demographics; reports on broader representation in collection acquisitions and exhibitions, and updates on the Statewide Engagement page.


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