In the context of the release of its Strategic Plan, the National Gallery of Canada has developed a new mission statement and values which will guide its work over the coming five years.
We nurture interconnection across time and place.
We envision a future in which art has the power to build bridges, deepen relationships, and advance a more equitable society.
Through the visual arts, we create dynamic experiences that open hearts and minds and allow for new ways of seeing ourselves, each other, and our diverse histories.
Foster belonging We work at the speed of trust — fostering relationships built on mutual respect and compassion that honour individual hopes and histories, while also seeking to understand the needs of the diverse communities and artists we serve. We work openly and inclusively to create a welcoming experience for all.
Learn and evolve together We are honest about what we know and do not know, and seek opportunities to learn. It is our collective responsibility to continuously improve and to work together as we further the organization’s mission. We hold ourselves accountable to results, with a clear view of how our work impacts the diverse communities we serve.
Embrace change We continually review and assess our path and have the courage to shift directions. We are adaptive, open to what emerges and responsive to what matters. Through ongoing community consultation and collaboration, we are initiators of change.
Lead boldly We generously share our national platform to amplify and engage a diversity of voices. Passion and curiosity fuel our continual drive to experiment and question the status quo. We inspire inclusive action through an understanding of the past, forward-looking bold initiatives, and infectious enthusiasm.