MISSION & VISION OF ACW
MISSION: Art Center Waco serves as a creative force in the community for teaching, displaying, promoting and preserving vital, diverse visual arts that enrich and inspire us all.
VISION: Art Center Waco, a public, nonprofit institution, enriches lives by deepening, understanding, exploration, and appreciation through engagement with programs, exhibitions, collections, and collaborations. Art Center Waco works to be an innovative curator and presenter of premier exhibitions, both at the Center and in our mobile gallery, that inspire ideas, artistic contributions and endeavors, as well as conversations that are important and relevant to our world today.
Presenting engaging and relevant exhibitions, programs, online content and outreach experiences to the local community, schools, youth groups and partner organizations. Launching collaborations to reach and future develop diverse audiences.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
Celebrating all aspects of human difference in our collections, exhibitions, interpretation, programming, facilities and community engagement
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & ACCESSIBILITY
Engaging with and responding to the full range of local, state and regional audiences by providing the broadest possible access to our collections and programs. Providing experiences to connect these audiences as well as national and international visitors to
Art Center Waco’s art collection.
A CHAMPION FOR
Art Center Waco works to be a Champion of visual artists, locally, nationally and internationally. We are also ardent supporters who encourage the inventive contributions and creative endeavors of visual artists.
Excellence and Stewardship: Performing to exceptional standards in caring for collections while providing access to collections, facilitating scholarship and engaging broad audiences through programs, exhibitions, and other initiatives.
Integrity and Accountability: Managing the Art Center Waco’s collection, facilities and human and financial resources with the highest standards of ethical behavior.
INCLUSION & BELONGING
Arts and culture are essential elements of our society and have the ability to transform and illustrate our cultural values and norms. However, communities of color, including immigrants, experience vast disparities in access to arts education and artist promotion. As a result of these disparities, artists from marginalized communities have had limited opportunities in this space. Issues of gender, age and disability also have created limited access. Historically art institutions, both consciously and unconsciously, have been impacted by racism and other forms of discrimination. All communities are worthy of equal access and all artists deserve the opportunity to have their art supported, presented and experienced.
Art Center Waco dedicates itself to equitable access to arts education for the entire community of McLennan County and beyond. In addition, Art Center Waco supports all arts and artists, with special attention given to artists from historically underserved communities.