The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art stands with Black Lives Matter. We stand against police brutality, institutionalized racism, and systemic discrimination that targets Black Americans.
The Black community has taught us. We have made mistakes in our long journey to become an anti-racist institution, and we apologize. We have much more to learn. We are joining your call for immediate and lasting justice.
We are listening to Black community partners, to leaders in the faith, civic, and art communities, and to our staff members. The Nelson-Atkins would not be where we are without the cherished voices of Black community members. We thank you, and we will step up to support and celebrate you. We commit to doing better for you.
Though we are currently closed to the public because of the pandemic, we are working every day to reopen as an institution that is stronger, braver, and committed to the ideals of empathy, equity, inclusion, diversity, and accessibility. We stand with you now, and we will stand with you tomorrow.