Cleveland Museum of Art unveils first 'Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan'

By Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer
A Diversifying Art Museum Leadership Initiative class held at the Cleveland Museum of Art in June is one of many new diversity initiatives launched by the museum with a formal new plan. 
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Helen Forbes Fields , a trustee at the Cleveland Museum of Art , said that she recently saw a guard turn away a young black man when he pushed open the North Lobby doors as the museum was about to close. Forbes Fields described the incident as one example of why the museum needs the new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan that it is formally announcing today. "We've got work to do," she said. Two years in the making, the plan outlines broad changes in how the museum will hire and train employees, buy goods and services from vendors, collect and exhibit art, and educate students. The goal is to eliminate barriers for historically underrepresented groups in every aspect of the museum's operations. [More]