A Commitment to Generosity, Inclusiveness, and Truth

By James Cuno

The Getty’s president reaffirms the organization’s enduring values.

The Getty was founded on the belief that a greater appreciation of art makes the world a better place. As an art historian, I know this to be true. Art helps us to know ourselves; it fosters curiosity and empathy for people of other cultures, times, and places. It prompts us to question what is and imagine what could be.

As a museum and library we are a gathering place for learning and the exchange of ideas. We embrace people of all colors, cultures, ages, abilities, convictions, economic means, gender identities, and sexual orientations. If you visit the Getty, pursue research in our library, or come to volunteer or work with us, you are welcome here.

As a conservation organization we are dedicated to the stewardship of humankind’s shared artistic and cultural heritage. Around the world we work with colleagues to study and preserve artworks, buildings, and heritage sites for future generations. We believe that the human drive to create and connect knows no borders, and no walls.

As a center for research and philanthropy in the arts we believe in the value of scholarship, dialogue, and debate. We support the pursuit of knowledge through factual evidence and principled argumentation. We know that the past has much to tell us, if we take the time to study it.

On both the national and international stage, 2016 has been filled with conflict and uncertainty. But the dedication, generosity, and empathy I see around me every day at the Getty make me profoundly hopeful for the future we will create together.

If these values resonate with you — or if you think the Getty could do better — I welcome your thoughts. Please leave a comment, drop me a note, or chat with me on Twitter. I would love to hear from you.


Originally published at blogs.getty.edu on December 19, 2016.