Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey

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July, 2015

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in partnership with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), conducted first comprehensive survey to assess the ethnic and gender diversity of the staffs of art museums across the United States.  Undertaken to replace anecdotal evidence with hard data, the survey provides the museum field with the first statistical baseline against which progress can be measured.

As a small beginning, the 2015 art museum staff demographic survey lends support to the resolve of the many institutions that seek to mirror the country’s demographic transformation and become fully inclusive of the interests of their diverse communities. The case is clear and urgent, and constructive responses to it will be critical to the continued vitality of art museums as public resources for a democratic society.

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