Over 100 Years of Building Community Strength through Art On June 1, 1910, a constitution was adopted establishing the Art Association of Grand Rapids, which would eventually become the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Founding President and cultural leader, Mrs. Cyrus E. Perkins, stated:
“I want to emphasize the fact that this is a city wide movement. Membership is open to all citizens and everyone is urged to interest their friends and acquaintances who want to further the establishment of a strong Art Association, which shall eventually lead to a valuable art collection for our city.”
Over 100 years later, GRAM continues to build on the ideas and aims articulated at our origin, while expanding the reach of our mission and vision statements:
The mission of the Grand Rapids Art Museum is:
• to inspire discovery, enjoyment, and learning about art
• to serve as a welcoming and inclusive cultural resource
• to collect, conserve, and interpret authentic works of art of the finest quality
The vision of the Grand Rapids Art Museum is to build community strength and enhance the quality of life through art.