Our Mission and Vision

Our Mission

Munson-Williams creates transformational arts experiences that cultivate curiosity and creativity, enlighten, educate, and inspire.

Antiracist Statement

Munson-Williams is a community-centered, antiracist organization where we foster diversity, equity, and inclusion through action.

Our Values

Arts are Essential
Munson-Williams is a steward of a great cultural resource that we enrich and preserve. We believe in the power of the arts to serve our entire community and see our art collection, programs, and classes as offering essential experiences that inspire personal and cultural transformation.

Community Enrichment
Munson-Williams connects people with the arts to enrich lives, encourage creativity, and offer opportunities to enhance cultural understanding. Through dynamic and thought-provoking programs, we bring individuals together and make the arts accessible to all segments of our community. We continue to serve as the cultural heart of Utica while reaching audiences well beyond and assuming a leadership role in the arts.

Commitment to Excellence
Munson-Williams staff and faculty serve the public in a welcoming, inclusive, and exemplary manner through authentic arts-based experiences in Museum galleries and through education, the performing arts, and collaborations. We make each experience on our campus—from visitors to students to staff interactions—positive and exceptional.

Strategic Goals

Exceptional Experiences
Munson-Williams will provide exceptional experiences that ignite curiosity and creativity and highlight Munson-Williams as a premier arts organization.

Community Engagement
Munson-Williams will engage new and existing constituencies by cultivating deeper community connections in the greater Mohawk Valley. We will be an even more welcoming and inclusive organization.

Strengthen & Build Capacity
Munson-Williams will ensure that it has the resources it needs to be financially strong and flexible to support investments in new opportunities and recruit and retain talented and diverse personnel.

To view our MWP2025 Strategic Plan, please click here.