Strategic Vision, 2022–2026
This strategic plan activates the possibility inherent in the museum's new facilities and dynamic organization. It refocuses longstanding institutional goals for experiential learning by expanding the artists and audiences with, about, and from whom we learn—through art and material culture, diverse programming, and shared curiosity.
The Tod Williams / Billie Tsien–designed building expansion opened in 2019 with a staff eager to re-embrace Dartmouth students and our extended community. COVID-19, however, sidelined those ambitions. This plan outlines the Hood Museum's optimistic reengagement with all its communities and a still-emerging, pandemic-informed cultural, social, and civic ecosystem.
The Hood Museum will proactively invite new voices into its spaces and practices. Through an array of expanded and new initiatives, the museum will place art and people at the center of its work, advancing mutual learning, care, and connections. Through transformative encounters with works of artistic and cultural significance, it will continue to advance critical thinking and enrich people's lives.
Such initiatives will feature post-baccalaureate fellowships; visiting curator opportunities; increased funding for underrepresented areas of the collection; and robust digital access to the collection. Buoyed by its responsible financial stewardship through the global economic crisis and with the College's steadfast enthusiasm, the Hood Museum is poised to blaze a meaningful and inclusive path for Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff; regional residents and teachers; and artists and all art-interested audiences.
Goal 2: Reimagine the collection's influence and potential
Activate the permanent collections through critical scholarship, publications, and access. Develop ethical and sustainable practices for owning, cataloging, and utilizing the Hood's holdings. Bring new and multiple perspectives into the conversations.
- Redouble efforts to digitize the collection, broadening online and in-person availability and accessibility (e.g., digital cataloging with public and peer access; institutional lending).
- Embrace multiple points of view in exploring art histories (e.g., guest practitioners and co-curation; Dartmouth student and scholar voices; community wisdom).
- Further develop and highlight Indigenous collections and global Indigeneity.
- Establish collecting practices that are transparent, sustainable, inclusive, and ethical, including the ways in which art is accessioned, deaccessioned, and funded, as well as who is involved in the process.
- Diversify the breadth of media being presented to stimulate fresh conversations among objects and audiences.
Goal 3: Enable greater access to the Hood's resources
Increase and enhance access to the Hood Museum's resources—spaces, staff, collections, programs, networks, social media, and so forth—to generate insights into our cultures and our times. Invite perspectives from outside the museum to influence decisions around programmatic conception, design, and interpretation, creating a more shared platform for the creation of content and understanding.
- Help diversify the museum field, particularly through professional and pre-professional opportunities for Dartmouth students and others.
- Invest in virtual and in-person teaching and programming that reaches on- and off-campus audiences.
- Increase audience access to the Hood's physical and intellectual resources (e.g., building hours, furniture, and ADA compliance; interpretive language; print and digital publications, website interface, etc.).
- Pursue community input, feedback, and co-creation of relevant public programming and offerings (e.g., conduct evaluation and audience research; form a community advisory group).