Our Anti-Racism Journey

Lori Fogarty, Director and CEO, introduces the Museum's ongoing journey to becoming a more equitable, anti-racist institution -- the history of this work, current efforts underway, and OMCA's vision for a more equitable future. Additional pages trace specific initiatives that support OMCA's commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access, including a statement from the Museum's Board of Trustees and links to relevant articles, presentations, and resources related to OMCA's ongoing efforts in equity and anti-racism. We invite our community to stay in touch as this journey continues.

A Message From OMCA 

OMCA stands against all forms of hate and racism and joins in solidarity with all BIPOC communities impacted by racial injustice and violence. Our country and our local community have seen a tragic increase in violence based on racism, xenophobia, and Sinophobia. At OMCA we affirm that our cultural and civic spaces are for fostering safety and belonging within our museum, garden, and gathering place.

We do not tolerate racist behavior in any forms. If you witness or experience any harmful behaviors while on our campus, please call Security at (510) 318-8560 for assistance. Let us hold each other accountable and speak up when we see discrimination. 

Commitment From Our Board

We continue to aspire to serve as “the Museum of the People,” and our vision will require us to confront and counter the structural racism in our communities starting within our four walls.

The Board is greatly inspired by, and stands in deep appreciation of, the organization-wide efforts to formulate Anti-Racism Design Teams (ADT) led by OMCA employees in the summer and fall of 2020, who have collaboratively defined many opportunities for transformation within our organization.    

The Board holds social impact as a core pillar of our long-term goals supported through our role to ensure the financial sustainability of the Museum. We envision a museum where all employees can continue to thrive and grow –  to better serve our Bay Area communities for generations to come.  

We are deeply committed to advancing the following:

●  Defining what an anti-racist organization looks like and what outcomes will measure our progress    
●  Develop as individual trustees and as a collective Board in learning how to recognize and eradicate structural racism                                                         
● Ensure more inclusive and diverse representation in our Board composition                                            
● Driving more inclusive and accessible processes in the operations of our Board committees for our broader employee and community stakeholder groups                        
●  Support the strategic and transformational work of becoming an anti-racist museum

By driving this transformation of OMCA into an anti-racist organization, we can better serve our stakeholders – our communities, our supporters, and our employees. We can in turn serve as a model for other cultural institutions on how to overcome structural racism and further advance our collective journey towards a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible world.

--- The Board of Trustees of the Oakland Museum of California 

Relevant Articles & Blogs

"Our Museum’s Journey Toward Equity and Anti-Racism: The Leadership of our Staff" 

September 29, 2021



"Our Journey Toward Equity and Anti-Racism" 

July 29, 2021


"Oakland Museum of California Cuts 20 Staff Positions" 

April 7, 2021



"Our Commitment to Re-Opening Through the Lens of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access"

June 3, 2021



“Our Museum Is Considered a Leader in Equity and Inclusion. Here’s What We’ve Done—and Why We Have a Long, Long Way to Go”

Artnet News
June 12, 2020

“No Stone Left Unturned: How the Oakland Museum of California is practicing equity and inclusion.”

September 2, 2019

“Meet the experts who root out racism and exclusion in the arts”

The Art Newspaper
January 11, 2021

“What It Takes to Make Museum Boards More Diverse”

September 29, 2020

“Racism, Unrest, and the Role of the Museum Field”

American Alliance of Museums
June 9, 2020

“American Museums Are Going Through an Identity Crisis”

The Atlantic
November 28, 2020

“Seven Tips for Starting an Equitable and Inclusive Internship Program”

March 22, 2018

"The Work Begins at Home"

June 10, 2020

"OMCA Stands United Against Injustice"

June 2, 2020


"Quantifying Our Museum’s Social Impact"

May 24, 2020

"What problem in our community is our museum most uniquely equipped to solve?"

January 23, 2019

"What is our museum’s social impact?"

July 10, 2017

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