About Us

Our Mission

We welcome everyone with inclusive experiences that spark curiosity and foster community.

Our Vision

Founded in 1909 on the radical belief that art is for everyone, our Museum engages with the public to build a more equitable, kinder, and sustainable world.

Who We Are

The Newark Museum of Art (NMOA) was founded with the belief, radical among museums in 1909, that art and learning are for everyone. Today, New Jersey’s largest fine art museum is a vibrant center for the arts and community and places special emphasis on public programming that engages local artists and audiences.

As a leading cultural institution for more than a century, the NMOA stewards collections of more than 300,000 artworks and artifacts in science and natural history – the 12th largest museum collection in the nation. Known as the first institution to give sustained support to modernism in America, the NMOA continues to pursue new definitions of cultural innovation and is among the 3% of U.S. museums that are nationally accredited.

The Museum’s 4.5 acre campus offers a range of settings to explore, wonder and create including the National Historic Landmark Ballantine House, the Alice Ransom Dreyfuss Memorial Garden, and Horizon Plaza. The NMOA partners with our community to preserve and advocate for the arts, history and culture and to host special events such as the Newark Black Film Festival, the longest-running Black film festival in the United States, and the Newark Arts Festival, a four-day catalyst for the collaborative power of the arts in the city.

The NMOA puts the people of Newark, their creativity and strength at the center of its work, responding to the evolving interests of diverse audiences and critically examining its responsibility to equity.

Washington Street and the James Street Commons Historic District Neighborhood

Former Site of the Polhemus House

The Newark Museum, circa 1926.

Mr. & Mrs. C. Suydam Cutting in front of the original Tibetan Buddhist Altar, 1949

The Planetarium, 1954.

Initiatives

DEAI Statement

The Newark Museum of Art (NMOA) is dedicated to embedding the principles of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) in all aspects of its work and organizational culture. In undertaking this work, the Museum is committed to anti-racism–conscious efforts and deliberate actions intended to create equal opportunities for all on both an individual and systemic level. Since its founding in 1909, the Museum has been grounded in the belief that art and learning are for everyone. The Museum reaffirms its dedication to this inclusive vision that has informed its aspirations, if not all of its actions and policies, for over 100 years.

NMOA defines DEAI principles as follows:

  • Diversity – Diversity is all of the factors that shape the experiences, values and perspectives of individuals.  These include but are not limited to age, mental and physical ability, gender identity, race, national origin, religion, socio-economic status, and sexual orientation.
  • Equity – Equity is the promotion of fair and just treatment, access and opportunities for all staff and members of our global community.
  • Accessibility – Accessibility is the equitable access of all people to use, experience or participate in activities, resources, facilities, and services, regardless of human ability or socio-economic status.
  • Inclusion – Inclusion refers to the intentional effort of creating environments in which all individuals or groups can feel welcomed, respected, empowered and valued. It is also an effort to cultivate leaders at all levels to fully participate in the Museum’s work with equal agency.

To advance these principles and serve our community, NMOA:

  • Ensures that all exhibitions, programming, facilities and services are accessible to everyone.
  • Provides a forum for public discussion of vital community issues, including social justice, and equality for historically marginalized groups.
  • Includes under-represented voices, stories and perspectives in exhibitions and programming.
  • Ensures that the Museum’s exhibitions, programming, collections, publications and public communications present historical facts and events accurately, and represent diverse cultures in a respectful and culturally competent manner.
  • Forges meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with diverse individuals and organizations in the community, including local BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disability advocacy groups, which will help ensure that all visitors feel welcome, valued and heard in the Museum community.
  • Diversifies NMOA’s Board, leadership, staff and volunteers at all levels. These efforts will include the implementation of more equitable hiring and retention practices, the expansion of job qualifications and recruitment strategies to reach diverse candidates, and public transparency about the membership of our Board of Trustees and senior management team.
  • Conducts ongoing staff-wide DEAI professional development on issues such as developing cultural competency, and strategies for identifying, addressing and preventing discrimination, including unconscious bias, on both a personal and institutional level.
  • Creates zero-tolerance policies regarding racism and microaggressions that arise within our institution and in our work with the public. These policies will be implemented through a timely and thorough complaint process followed by necessary corrective actions.

Financial Information

The Museum’s annual reports, financial statements, and 990 IRS filings are available for download as PDFs. These reports provide information on the Museum’s financial strength and provide transparency into its accounting and financial practices.

Letters from the Director

Fashion, Recognition, and Belonging: A Special Invitation from NMOA

March 8, 2024

As many have discovered, The Newark Museum of Art (NMOA) is not your typical world-class museum. As director, I have the privilege of witnessing the power of human creativity transcend time, space, and difference to build belonging. And this past month brought some particularly moving examples.

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Leadership at NMOA

Executive Group

Director Group

Kate Astle

Director, Grants and Fiscal Analysis

Tricia L. Bloom

Senior Curator, American Art

Peter Bumanlag

Director, Security

Christy Cicatello

Controller/Director of Accounting

Maegan Douglas

Director, Public Programs

Amber Germano

Senior Registrar

Giselle Holloway

Director, Membership and Visitor Experience

Hannah Hume

Director, Individual Giving

David May

Senior Director, Facilities Operations

Jessica Nuñez

Director, Education

Kitty Nguyen

Senior Creative Director

Shawn J. Slappy

Director, Building Services

Michael Thompson

Director, Special Events

Tim Wintemberg

Senior Director, Strategic Innovation Projects and Design

Jimmy Yoo

Director, Data and Technology 

Trustees

Trustees of the Newark Museum Association

Ex Officio

The Honorable Philip D. Murphy
Governor of New Jersey 

The Honorable Ras J. Baraka
Mayor of Newark

The Honorable Joseph N. DiVincenzo, Jr.
Essex County Executive

The Honorable Roger León
Superintendent, Newark Board of Education

Officers

Peter T. Englot
Chair

Robert H. Doherty, Marshall B. McLean
Vice Presidents

Marc Anderson
Treasurer

Linda C. Harrison
Secretary

Director Emerita

Mary Sue Sweeney Price

Trustees