Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Kansas City, MO   |  http://www.nelson-atkins.org

Mission

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art invites all people to explore the art in its care, and, through its broad collection, the depths and complexities of human experiences. We welcome and provide free access to everyone to enjoy and contemplate artistic creations from 5,000 years ago to present day. We believe that art has the ability to uplift, surprise, challenge, and transform. It gives expression not only to distant cultures and times, but also to immediate voices and issues, and provides avenues for exploring the world, past and present, and for informing our future. We nurture the people who are dedicated to the museum’s success and who care for the collection and campus, and we support and learn from our audiences. Through this, we create ambassadors for a better society.

Ruling year info

1957

Menefee D. and Mary Louise Blackwell Director & CEO

Mr. Julián Zugazagoitia

Main address

4525 Oak Street

Kansas City, MO 64111 USA

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Formerly known as

The Nelson Gallery Foundation

EIN

44-6012977

NTEE code info

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Visual Arts Organizations (A40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art invites all people to explore the art in its care, and, through its broad collection, the depths and complexities of human experiences.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Learning and Engagement Programs

The Learning and Engagement Division has been an integral part of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art since the museum’s founding in 1933. Its five departments – Schools Programs and Partnerships; Public Programs; Interpretation, Evaluation, and Visitor Research; Volunteer Services; and Library and Archives – serves individuals with formal and informal learning opportunities that connect, inspire, and educate learners of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

Half of the students served attend Title I schools—those with high percentages of children that qualify for free or reduced lunch. For example, the School Incentive program provides funding for Title I schools to attend a workshop or tour at the museum, while the Thinking Through Art program brings museum docents and visual literacy activities to classrooms at Title I schools.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The museum regularly publishes collection and exhibition catalogues. These publications exemplify the scholarship of the museum’s staff and serve as a valuable resource to scholars, students, and art
lovers alike.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Annually, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presents 15 to 20 exhibitions, from gallery rotations to major national and international loan shows accompanied by scholarly catalogues. Featured exhibitions enable the museum to expand visitors’ experience by displaying works of art from other collections, while gallery rotations create new contexts for familiar works. Recent exhibitions include "30 Americans" and "Queen Nefertari: Eternal Egypt."

Population(s) Served
Adults

The endowment supports the financial stability and continued growth of the museum and is the single most critical source of funding for many programs. The museum derives approximately 45% of its operating budget from endowment income.

Population(s) Served

The museum adheres to the highest professional standards and practices in research, scholarship, presentation, interpretation, and care of our collections. The museum’s collection areas include African art, American art, American Indian art, art of the Ancient World, Asian art, decorative arts, European art, modern and contemporary art, photography, prints, and South and Southeast Asian art. The museum’s conservators oversee the physical well-being of the collections through treatment and analysis of artworks as well as monitoring temperature, humidity, light levels, mounting and installing, packing and storing.

Population(s) Served

The museum engages community members through a range of membership opportunities and events. Membership groups include: Friends of Art—the largest membership group of the Nelson-Atkins; the Business Council, which provides the opportunity for professional development, networking and mentorship; Society of Fellows are legacy makers who invest in the future of the Nelson-Atkins; the Teen Council works to increase and diversify teen involvement at the museum by planning and marketing events and programs for teens; the Young Friends of Art program is the longest running young professionals group in Kansas City; the C100 is a volunteer committee that works to plan and implement signature fundraising events; and the Collector’s Circle is a group of art enthusiasts with an interest in understanding art acquisition, investing in the community, and building their personal art collection.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Children and youth
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

American Association of Museums - 10 Year Accreditation 2010

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

American Alliance of Museums 1985

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The museum's primary goal is to create experiences that inspire all visitors. Through our programs, we unleash the full potential of a collection comprised of many of the world’s greatest examples of artistic achievement. And in
all that we do, we commit to building upon a renowned legacy of achievement, excellence, and public service that
define The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

1. We Welcome All People and Offer Many Paths to Experience Art
2. We Learn from Our Communities to Better Connect All People to Art
3. We Ensure the Museum’s Future Through Responsible, Ethical Actions

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art opened to the public in 1933. Possessing a strong and diverse collection from the onset, the museum’s holdings now include more than 40,000 works of world art from Antiquity to the present day. The Nelson-Atkins's collections of 8,000 Chinese objects and more than 15,000 photographs are each considered one of the finest in the world. The museum is situated on 22 acres of landscaped grounds, which showcase the Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park.

The Nelson-Atkins serves a national audience of more than 500,000 visitors annually. Half of the museum’s visitors come from an immediate community comprised of an 11-county, two-state area (Missouri and Kansas) with a population of 2,143,000. The award-winning Bloch Building opened in 2007, increasing museum space by sixty percent, adding new galleries for the display of modern and contemporary art, African art, photography, and featured exhibitions, as well as a new home for the Spencer Art Reference Library, the largest art reference library in the Kansas City area. In the 1933 Nelson-Atkins Building, newly renovated and enlarged galleries of American and Native American art opened in 2009, new galleries of Egyptian and Chinese art opened in 2010, and renovated galleries of 19th- and 20th-century European art debuted in 2017.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Board of directors
as of 9/23/2021
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Board chair

Mr. Richard Green

Corridor Infra Trust Management, CorEnergy

Term: 2018 - 2022

Shirley Helzberg

Philanthropist

Richard Green

Corridor InfraTrust Management, LLC

Donald Hall

Hall Family Foundation

Ann Baum

Philanthropist

Ramón Murguía

Murguía Law Office

Kent Sunderland

Sunderland Family Foundation

Grant Burcham

Retired, Bank President

William Taylor

Retired, Accountant

Sara Morgan

Philanthropist

Mark O'Connell

Domaine Clos de la Chapelle

Evelyn Craft Belger

Belger Cartage Services, Inc.

Paul DeBruce

Retired, DeBruce Companies

Alejandro Alvarado

Stowers Institute

Valerie Chow

Retired, OBGYN

Leo Morton

DeBruce Companies

Ramin Cherafat

McCown Gordon

Sandra Lawrence

Retired, CFO

Steve McDowell

BNIM

Organizational demographics

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