The Gardner is an inclusive museum that welcomes everyone. We value diversity, equity, access, and inclusion (DEAI) as drivers of staff empowerment, innovation, and institutional excellence. Our staff, board, volunteers, and partners are part of this shared commitment and embrace a vision that supports the holistic understanding and advancement of DEAI goals.
Building on the values articulated in our strategic plan, we embrace the following commitments:
- We believe that including multiple perspectives as well as respect for differing views and lived experiences expands our thinking and strengthens our organization.
- We recognize the circumstances of race and class in our country as integral parts of the story of our founder and the creation of the Museum. We embrace the challenge of exploring, interrogating, and acknowledging the sometimes difficult narratives embedded in our institutional history and artworks.
- We invest in the continued relevance of the Museum through rigorous scholarship, and the mindful conservation of its objects. We amplify the historical significance of the Collection while engaging it to examine the ongoing issues of importance in our society.
- We emphasize learning and continuous improvement and commit ourselves to sharing the goals and reporting our progress to our community on a regular basis.
We take part in this work enthusiastically, together as board and staff to ensure that our members, partners, and key stakeholders reflect and embrace these core values and create an environment where everyone feels valued, respected, and able to bring their whole self to the intimate and immersive experience that is the Gardner.
Image at top: Dzidzor performs in the Living Room. Photo by Steve Osemwenkhae.