Founded in 1909, The Newark Museum of Art (NMOA) is one of the most influential museums in the United States and the largest art and education institution in New Jersey. The mission statement of the Museum reads: We welcome everyone with inclusive experiences that spark curiosity and foster community. As part of its commitment to broadening and diversifying arts participation, NMOA actively engages diverse audiences and creative voices through strategic partnerships, artist residencies and community engagement, and works to make its exhibitions, programs, facilities, and services accessible to and for all audiences.
The Museum serves over 300,000 people on-site, off-site and online each year. Its renowned collections, which include African, Asian, American, Ancient and Decorative Art, as well as significant holdings of science, technology and natural history, rank 12th in size nationally. The Museum’s distinguished history of collecting and exhibiting works of art from around the world has been guided by Dana’s founding belief that art can be found everywhere and is for everyone.
The Museum has built a reputation as a national leader in museum-based education by providing audiences with compelling exhibitions, scholarly publications, an art reference library, and innovative public and school programming. NMOA’s robust program offerings include onsite and virtual lectures, symposia, film festivals, gallery tours, family-focused community days with multicultural themes; curriculum-aligned programs for Pre-K through 12th grade students, professional development training for educators, and a nationally-recognized youth development program. In all of its activities, NMOA seeks to engage the community in the exploration of its renowned global art collections that reflect different cultural traditions, to foster lifelong learning and creativity, and to stimulate greater public understanding and enjoyment of the arts, sciences, and humanities.
To attract and serve its increasingly diverse 21st century audience, which reflects the demographics of Newark, the state of New Jersey, and the tristate region, TNMOA presents exhibitions and programs that include a multiplicity of voices and foreground non-dominant narratives. To that end, over the past five years the Museum has invested in a series of transformational renovations and reinstallations of key galleries to intentionally highlight multiple histories, stories, and perspectives.
Under the leadership of Director and CEO Linda Harrison, The Newark Museum of Art is poised for a chapter of transformation, exciting growth and development, as the City of Newark undergoes a revival of its own.