Experience the arts!

aka FAM   |   Fresno, CA   |


The Fresno Art Museum offers a dynamic experience for appreciating art.  The museum welcomes, inspires, and educates a diverse regional audience through significant exhibitions, thought-provoking programs, and meaningful interactions with artists and the creative process.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Michele Ellis Pracy

Main address

2233 N. 1st Street

Fresno, CA 93703 USA

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NTEE code info

Art Museums (A51)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Fresno Art Museum relies almost entirely on private funding from institutions and individuals. We are the only major fine art museum in California's Central San Joaquin Valley and serve a diversepopulation of nearly 2 million. For many of our local visitors we are the first, if not only, museum experience. we work to show how art is a relevant to all people and that it is a defining element of everyday life, not merely a luxury.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Artlink School Tours

These tours are geared for grades K-12 and explore the basic concepts of line, shape, and color and how they relate to the Museum's current exhibitions. Each tour is tailored for the appropriate grade level and includes docent lectures and and art activities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

ArtSmart is a high-quality visual art program offered for K-6 after-school and in-school enrichment wherein a FAM art instructor goes out to a school to teach art lessons based on the California State Standards on a schedule established with the Museum. Lessons are customized for each school and grade level to provide for the academic needs of students. A lesson might teach the elements of art from the Visual Arts Standards and also teach measurement and geometric shapes from Math State Standards. Students receive all the support and art materials needed for each lesson.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

First implemented in 2004, FAMily Day has become one of the Museum's most successful and popular programs. Each FAMily Day draws a crowd between 500-1,000 attendees. This signature event acts as a wonderful introduction to the Museum for first-time visitors as well as encouraging return attendance and increasing membership. The free admission to the event also makes participation accessible to all members of our constituency regardless of income level. FAMily Day is designed to be a fun, safe, and welcoming environment for children of all ages and socio-economic situations to learn, explore, and engage in the arts.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

At least once every exhibition season, the Museum hosts a bus excursion to a different museum outside the region. Trips to Sacramento, San Francisco, and Los Angeles have been offered, allowing members and non-members to visit other cultural institutions as part of a group and engage in enrichment activities as part of the excursion. This opportunity often appeals to older members of our constituency who may no longer have the capability to drive long distances on their own.

Population(s) Served

The Museum hosts several enrichment lectures every quarter that complement the current exhibition or relate to an offered program.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

American Alliance of Museums 1973

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of paid participants on field trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Infants and toddlers, Children and youth, Young adults

Related Program

Artlink School Tours

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

School tours were severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but are steadily going back towards pre-pandemic numbers.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

The Fresno Art Museum, like many arts non-profits, finds itself fighting to provide its community with something of value beyond its mere existence. The Museum aims to cement its relevance and stability in Fresno and the surrounding regions by enhancing its reputation as a destination and shaping its programs around the interests of its constituency. Additionally, the Museum looks to improve the economic standing of the its immediate neighborhood which suffers from high levels of poverty and unemployment. Ultimately, the goal of the Museum is to provide public access to one of the most basic elements of the human existence--art.

The Museum is constantly looking to forge new relationships with other community organizations. Recent collaborations with other artistic institutions have been very successful and brought in new audience members. High profile exhibitions, such as the recent exhibition of Frida Kahlo photographs by Nickolas Muray raised institutional awareness and brought in huge crowds. The Museum would like to host at least one blockbuster exhibition a year as well as focusing on issues of local relevance such as migration, agriculture, and the culture of groups with a high presence in the Central San Joaquin Valley.

Executive Director Michele Ellis Pracy's primary focus is on creating strong and lasting partnerships within the community to ensure the sustainability of the arts. The Museum's Board is full of proactive community leaders who work to promote the Museum and its mission.

Attendance surged in the first half of the year but has stagnated a bit. New exhibitions have not received the same amount of enthusiasm and the Museum is looking to find a balance between what it is capable of exhibiting and what the community cares about. While organizational partnerships have increased, large scale donors have been hard to find and this is something that the Executive Director has dedicated her time to culminating.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve the people of Fresno, California, both city and county, as well as the entirety of the Central San Joaquin Valley region.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Comment Book,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have provided more content in multiple languages, including online.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,



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


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Board of directors
as of 02/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gerald Palladino

CCIS Insurance

Term: 2023 - 2022

Wayne Boos

Boos & Associates

Cala Carter

CCIS Bonding & Insurance Services

Bryan Baker

Valley Children's Hospital

Jared Gordon

McCormick Barstow

Mark Sutton

Chiropractor/Private Practice

Cindy Wathen-Kennedy

Film maker

Gerald Palladino


Terry Skoda

Fresno Chaffee Zoological Gardens

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/16/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/15/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.