Cincinnati Art Museum sets new strategic course


The Cincinnati Art Museum has mapped out its strategic course for the next five years.

Museum trustees voted unanimously to approve the plan, and the museum constituency enthusiastically accepted it at the Cincinnati Museum Association’s 136th annual meeting.

The Strategic Plan 2016-2020 calls for the museum to:

  • expand community impact and outreach
  • enrich the visitor experience
  • enhance and sustain organizational capacity

Key strategies include new art experiences indoors and outdoors, innovative public programming, expanded collections access, gallery renovations, interpretation through technology, resource growth, and site master planning.

“We believe that a vibrant city integrates art and design into its civic agenda,” said Cameron Kitchin, director. “Connecting people and art is central to this belief and at the core of all we do.”

Inside the museum, expanded surveys and research will gain information on how to enhance and improve the museum experience. The Cincinnati Art Museum’s participation in the next Greater Cincinnati Survey, a semiannual review of public opinion, will ensure that the museum is listening and responding as the strategic plan progresses.

Amy Hanson and Polk Laffoon chaired the Strategic Planning Committee.

Partnerships keep CAM on the move

Among the Cincinnati Art Museum’s strategies is a commitment to community partnerships. New examples of nearly 500 such partnerships:

  • The Cincinnati Art Museum is collaborating with the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Classics. In October 2014, the museum opened new antiquities galleries, including art from Egypt, Greece and Rome. Students and professors worked with chief curator researching objects, curating galleries and providing interpretive themes. These projects allow students to work within a museum, understand museum procedures and processes, and gain experience that may lead to careers in the museum field. In turn, the museum gains through cutting-edge scholarship from a foremost academic departments in the classics.
  • “30 Americans” is a major exhibition and slate of programs focused on works by contemporary African-American artists. A companion program, 30 in 30, brings together community groups to discuss multiple perspectives on the city and contemporary society. These events are being held every Sunday at 2 p.m. at the museum through Aug. 28.
  • CAM has partnered with the Cincinnati Museum Center on a reciprocal program to allow CMC pass holders to receive member perks inside the art museum during CMC construction. In addition, starting in July, CAM will work to transition Cincinnati Museum Center Youth Program participants to volunteers at the art museum.

More partnerships are in development.

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