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.
Over the coming months, we will publicly share a DEIA Plan that acknowledges past shortcomings, developed in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders and establishing meaningful, measurable, and actionable goals to guide our work and demonstrate our resolve in the future. At the core of that plan will be a commitment to:
- Authentically engage and collaborate with our communities in the development of exhibitions, education programs, and other initiatives
- Cultivate a culture of belonging and inclusion whereby staff, management, volunteers, and trustees better reflect the diversity of Philadelphia and the global communities we serve
- Expand our collection to include more works by underrepresented artists, including but not limited to artists of color, women, and those who identify as LGBTQIA+
- Increase the number of diverse companies with which we collaborate, including minority-, women-, LGBTQ-, and disabled-owned businesses
The future success of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and how we engage with audiences will require a comprehensive and sustained shift in how we involve, interact with, and seek the feedback of local communities and all stakeholders, local and global. We welcome this responsibility, and we look forward to fulfilling our important civic role in this great city.
On June 28, 2021, Alphonso Atkins was appointed the museum’s Miller Worley Deputy Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access following a nationwide search. He takes on this role August 16, 2021. In this newly established position, Atkins will be responsible for developing and overseeing a comprehensive strategy to achieve the institution’s goals of becoming more inclusive and creating a more equitable workplace culture that better reflects the diversity of Philadelphia and the global communities that the museum serves. View press release.
Learn more about our commitment to DEIA in our Q&A with Nicole Allen White, Interim Deputy Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access, and Director of Government and External Affairs.