2a. Mission Statement:
AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM
Folk art is at the heart of the cultural expression of all Americans. In recognition of its importance to the artistic heritage of the nation, and with the conviction that an understanding of folk art can be a unifying force in American life, the American Folk Art Museum, comprising Board, staff, and volunteers, and supported by members and friends, is dedicated to the following core vision and mission of the institution as:
• The preeminent resource for the study and enjoyment of American folk art, including its roots and influences, and related art expressions throughout the world.
• A museum that preserves, conserves and interprets a comprehensive collection of the highest quality.
• A museum that embraces not only the folk arts, as broadly defined, of the 17th-, 18th-, and 19th- centuries, but those of the 20th-century as well, including but not limited to the work of contemporary self-taught painters and sculptors.
• An institution in the public service committed to celebrating the diverse cultures that comprise the United States of America and seeking to create understanding among people of different racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds.
• A center for the development of an outstanding and wide-ranging program of education, exhibitions, research, and publications, as well as a library, devoted to folk art and related art expressions.
• An institution committed to enhancing accessibility to its programs and collections through new developments in information technologies.
• An active partner in New York’s museum community and in the wider cultural community of the United States.
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