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CMA's Major Initiative Addresses Lack of Diversity in Art Museums

The CMA recently announced the creation of a citywide diversity initiative to address the long-standing lack of diversity in the museum profession.

“Developing a more diverse staff will make the CMA a more effective museum,” said Director William M. Griswold. “We are delighted to partner in this endeavor that will strengthen the museum field by developing talent for the future. We are excited about the possibilities as we build a national model for such partnerships.” 

The CMA joins a national cohort of museums that have received funding under the Ford and Walton Family Foundations’ Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative (DAMLI). This funding, combined with a grant from the Cleveland Foundation through its Arts Mastery Initiative, will support the Diversity Leadership Initiative at the CMA. This program draws together multiple anchor institutions with the aim of nurturing and developing talent for the field. 

“We are investing in young people. The future of the humanities depends on our ability to engage students and encourage them to pursue careers in arts and culture. This requires providing a pathway to a future they might not have otherwise seen and building networks of support to see them through.” -Cyra Levenson, Director of Education and Academic Affairs

"A spokesman for the Ford Foundation called the Cleveland museum's program ‘certainly one of the biggest and most comprehensive of the 20 grants’ in the national initiative." - Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer

Read more about the details of the Diversity Leadership Initiative in the coverage roundup below.

Cleveland Museum of Art wins grants to diversify majority white leadership in art museums - The Plain Dealer

The Cleveland Museum of Art announces major initiative to address lack of diversity in art museums - Artdaily

A $6 Million Initiative Aims to Diversify Museum Leadership - New York Times

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