Our Ithaka S+R team and the Black Trustee Alliance for Art Museums (BTA) have collaborated to advance our shared interest in generating impactful research on issues of representation and identity in the arts. As a first priority, with funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, we are surveying art museum trustees to help inform diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts among museum leadership.

The survey, launched on November 9, will gather data about the experiences and demographics of trustees at art museums across North America. The research will be published in a public report in spring 2022. This report will include insights from interviews, as well as recommendations and tools for art museums to strengthen and monitor their DEI efforts.

BTA, a sponsored project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is a membership organization working to increase the inclusion of Black perspectives and narratives in North American art museums to make these institutions more equitable and excellent spaces of cultural engagement.

Since 2014, Ithaka S+R has produced an array of research addressing issues of DEI in the cultural sector with the aim of facilitating positive change and cultivating equity within the arts and culture community.

Learn more about the collaboration on the Ithaka S+R blog.