Cleveland Museum Begins Multimillion-Dollar Diversity Initiative

Steven Litt reports in the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that the Cleveland Museum of Art will devote a large portion of a recent $10 million gift to diversify “an audience traditionally dominated by middle-class whites,” by launching programs aimed at community engagement. The museum couldn’t announce the full price tag for this initiative—but said it runs into the millions—because the remaining amount was used to purchase ninety-five Indian paintings, and the museum doesn’t disclose what it pays for works in private sales. Bidwell said he hoped the city’s diverse communities would tell the museum how it could better serve them. “A lot of the work of community engagement is the outreach, the listening part, and that’s what’s different,” said Fred Bidwell, the museum’s interim director.