The Dallas Museum of Art’s new mission statement

Dear DMA friends and supporters,

Having just celebrated my first anniversary at the Dallas Museum of Art, I am excited about the many successes that we have achieved together, and by how much we continue to learn about the ways to best serve the community. It continues to be a great honor for me to lead this institution and live in this remarkable city, and I want to thank you for your participation in and support of our many exhibitions and programs over the past year.

As we build on these successes and look forward, Museum leadership and staff are carefully examining how to continue the DMA’s achievements in cultivating connections with its existing audiences, and to make the DMA a welcoming place for our entire community. We are also reaffirming our commitment to making the DMA a 21st-century museum in every way.

As an initial step toward these goals, we have developed a renewed mission and vision for the Museum, which will serve as our guide as we create new initiatives and programs and look to the DMA’s future:

The Dallas Museum of Art is a space of wonder and discovery where art comes alive.

The DMA will:

  • Place art and our diverse communities at the center around which all activities radiate.
  • Pursue excellence in collecting and programming, present works of art across cultures and time, and be a driving force in contemporary art.
  • Strengthen our position as a prominent, innovative institution, expanding the meaning and possibilities of learning and creativity.

We are pleased to share this new mission with you, our visitors, supporters, and community. I hope that you find it compelling and will enjoy many visits to the DMA in the coming year as we embark on this new path. I also hope that by sharing in our excitement, you will continue your support of the Museum, and if you are not yet a DMA Member, that you will consider joining.

Agustín Arteaga
The Eugene McDermott Director


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