Equity & inclusion

Group of four Black speakers at the Race in America After Ferguson discussion at the Museum. One man and three women, sitting on stage with an audience in front of them. The man, wearing a white hat, is holding a microphone and speaking.
Panel at the 2016 Race in America After Ferguson event: (L:R) Arvie Smith, Reverend Traci Blackmon, Pastor Terry McCray Hill, and Teressa Raiford.

Shared knowledge around art and film enriches our communities and helps us thrive and engage in a global society. Equity, diversity, and access to art, film, and education are critical to the ongoing work of the Portland Art Museum and PAM CUT.

Equity statement

There’s a tension at the heart of modern museum work between our mission to preserve the past and our moral obligation to confront bias and inequities entangled with that inheritance. Museums have historically highlighted certain stories while marginalizing and oppressing others.

The systems that maintain injustice and inequity through the control of power and resources also limit access to and engagement with art and film. As one of the oldest art museums in the United States, we acknowledge our role in supporting these systems.

As an institution and individuals, we commit to advancing racial equity and inclusion now and in the future. We commit to including, serving, resourcing, validating, and centering our colleagues and community members of color. 

To fulfill this mission, we will:

We’ll hold ourselves accountable to this important work by:

We understand that equity and inclusion work is difficult and we acknowledge that we’ll make mistakes as we learn and grow. We believe that beginning with a focus on race is critical to eliminating the inequities of other marginalized groups. We embrace the opportunity to keep learning and evolving, and challenge everyone to do the same.

Approved by the Board of Trustees on November 21, 2019

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