The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College is one of the oldest and largest college museums in the country. The award-winning building designed by Charles Moore and Chad Floyd of Centerbrook Architects was completed in 1985, yet the museum’s collections stretch back to 1772, three years after Dartmouth College was founded.
The permanent collections of the Hood Museum of Art are rich, diverse, and available for the use of both the college and the broader community. Access to works of art is provided through permanent collection displays, the online collections database, special exhibitions, the website, scholarly publications, study storage areas, and programs and activities. Traveling exhibitions, organized by both the Hood and other institutions, bring a broad range of art experiences to visitors.
The strategic plan for 20062010 builds on the museum’s achievements and gives direction for the management and development of our collections, our audiences, and our resources. The museum seeks to provide access to works of art at Dartmouth College and to information about them.
The purpose of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College is to inspire, educate, and collaborate with our academic and broader community about creativity and imagination, through direct engagement with works of art of historic and cultural significance, by making effective use of our collections and staff.
This strategic plan maps the objectives, key strategies, and direction of the Hood Museum of Art for 20062010 within the context of planning for reaccreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM) in 2007 and the 25th Anniversary of the Hood Museum of Art in 2010, both being opportunities for measuring the museum’s success. The plan is framed to be consistent with the purpose, intellectual character, and core values of Dartmouth College, including its academic life, the Student Life Initiative, and its commitment to diversity.
The Hood Museum of Art is funded by Dartmouth College and by endowments, gifts, grants, and other funds for exhibitions, educational programs, and acquisitions.
Over the next five years, the Hood Museum of Art will deliver on its purpose through the achievement of three broad strategic objectives: management and development of our collections, our audiences, and our resources.
To acquire works of art by purchase and gift to enhance the reputation of the Hood Museum of Art’s collections, build on their strengths, and to manage and protect all works in the museum’s care.
To provide access to works of art through displays, exhibitions, programs and activities, publications, the internet, and promotion.
To strengthen our funding, facilities, staff, technology, and intellectual capital.