EQUITY, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION POLICY
The Dallas Museum of Art fosters equity, celebrates diversity, and supports inclusion. We acknowledge that diverse backgrounds and voices of visitors, volunteers, trustees, staff, and communities represented in the collection make us stronger and better equipped to make positive impacts locally, nationally, and internationally.
Society’s historical legacies and systemic barriers have created disparities in the communities we serve. Knowing this, we strive to expand and enhance arts opportunities for all.
Many factors—including but not limited to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetics, economic backgrounds, and experiences—make individuals and groups unique. Our goal is to ensure visitors, volunteers, trustees, staff, and collections reflect this diversity.
We commit to listening to and learning from diverse voices and perspectives. We create a vibrant and accessible social space that encourages dialogue and the exchange of ideas through arts and culture.
The Dallas Museum of Art commits to advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion by focusing on key goals throughout the organization.
As of May 1, 2021, the DMA is working on a Strategic Plan that will shape the organization and its activities through 2025. The final plan will be unveiled in September 2021. During the next five years we will be guided by the following central ideas about our work and the communities we serve:
We pursue art at the center, equity at the core; these dual ideas are supported by a strong, flexible, and fluid institutional backbone and manifested in a constellation of physical and digital spaces.
We focus locally, building relationships with an ever-growing group of constituents who increasingly reflect the multiplicity of communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and believe our approaches will resonate globally, amplifying our presence and our impact.
Until the final plan is complete, the DMA is committed to reviewing these goals annually and updating, as necessary or desired.
Staff and Board: The DMA commits to diverse representation in its staff and leadership. As of May 1, 2021, the overall staff composition is 48% diverse, with over 30% diverse staff members in professional and leadership roles. Our Board of Trustees is also comprised of 30% diverse members. Moving forward we commit to the following goals for increased equity, diversity, and inclusion:
- Increase BIPOC staff diversity in professional and leadership roles by 10% by 2025.
- Support a staff-led EDI Committee to provide equitable and inclusive change recommendations to policies, processes, and procedures.
- Facilitate an annual EDI training series for staff including at least 2 sessions a year.
- Commit to BIPOC Board diversity of more than 30% percent by 2025.
- Implement annual Board training around EDI practices.
- Build a Board of Trustees that is increasingly representative of the geographies, group identities, skills, and perspectives of the communities we serve.