Inequity and exclusion pose continuing harm to our communities and each other. Together, we are building an inclusive museum culture of wellness that strengthens individual agency and the collective intention required to respond to these harms. We must ensure our decisions and actions reflect our values and move us toward institutional equity and inclusive excellence. Since its formation in 2020 by the Board of Trustees, the Office of DEIA, through this plan, works across the museum community to embed these values in three key areas: Community, Culture, and the Collection.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Access
Our values define who we are. They drive the way we do things and the decisions we make.
–PMA Vision and Values
We strive to be an art museum for all Philadelphians. To fully embrace our role as a civic institution on a local, national, and global stage, we must fully commit to making diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) central to everything we do. We want to be a welcoming place for all visitors, staff, volunteers, and trustees. These efforts will require thoughtful and deliberate actions that will result in durable change. We begin this work in full recognition that we, too, have been part of a history of exclusion. —DEIA Statement of Principles, 2020
A Foundation of Wellness
Our work to acknowledge and remediate the impacts of the societal harms of racism and gender discrimination is a fundamental component of our efforts to center wellness. At the Philadelphia Museum of Art, wellness reflects the multidimensional factors of wellbeing, e.g., spiritual, emotional, social, mental, environmental, and physical; that must be considered when evaluating the health and/or success of an individual, organization or community.