Dear Friends & Community,
The recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others have powerfully, sorrowfully, and necessarily reawakened our country to the painful and life-altering racial inequities that exist in America today. These same racial inequities exist in museums all over the world including our own. There is vital work to do.
The James Museum is new, finding its way and its voice and still working through a formal writing of our mission, vision, and goals. We know our values though. We value Black lives. We value the Black experience in the American West as well as other communities whose stories are often omitted in the telling of our history. We believe in being a place of truth, exploration and dialogue; further leveraging our collection and broader genre to explore topics of interest, relevance and discomfort that push us to grow. And we believe that art is a powerful agent for change.
In order to live these values, we will evolve as a museum. I am dedicated to working with The James Museum team, board, experts, partners and community members to ensure our plans for the future reflect our values. We commit to using an antiracist lens in planning for exhibitions, developing programs, outreaching in education, recruiting museum staff and leadership and much more. This moment is just the beginning. This work is challenging, urgent and vital and you will hear more from us about the steps we are taking to listen, learn and do better.