Vision & Mission

Vision

Art cultivates connected and caring communities.

As an artist-centered and community-oriented public art gallery in Durham Region, we bring people from diverse backgrounds together to engage with art that inspires new perspectives, generates meaningful conversations, and creates a sense of belonging.

Mission

We build relationships with diverse artists and communities through art.

The RMG works in collaboration with artists, partners, and audiences to present dynamic and inspiring collections, exhibitions, and programs in an inclusive and equitable environment.

Values

Culture of Care

We are committed to fostering a culture of care that places the health and wellbeing of our staff, artists, partners, and audiences above all else. Kindness and respect are central to all of our relationships.

Artist-Centered and Creative

We are dedicated to supporting artists in their work and creating an environment for them to flourish. We provide opportunities for the community to imagine and create.

Equity and Justice

We are dedicated to integrating anti-oppressive and anti-racist processes throughout all facets of the organization. This includes prioritizing work with staff and artists from institutionally excluded groups.

Relationship-based and Collaborative

We prioritize long-term and sustainable relationships with artists and community members. We bring together multiple perspectives and people and invite unique opportunities for collaborations.

Accessible and Inclusive

We provide welcoming and accessible experiences to art for a diversity of people, both inside and outside of the gallery. 

Accountable and Open

We are both an accountable and transparent organization. We take responsibility for our actions, including our mistakes, and promote a safe and open gallery for all.

Strategic Priorities

  • Engage diverse audiences in new and familiar ways
  • Foster community connections and partnerships
  • Reimagine the gallery, making space for all
  • Continue to foster a culture of care
  • Achieve organizational resiliency and sustainability

Strategic Plan 2022 – 2024
Connected, Creative, Caring

The RMG embarked on a strategic planning process in 2021 to set a new vision and mission for the institution. This process took place amidst the COVID-19 pandemic that affected galleries and the culture sector more broadly. At the same time, racial inequities and climate change realities that were already prevalent in our society became further exposed. There is an increasing need for galleries to reflect art and structures that represent diverse histories, experiences and perspectives. With a focus on community connection and care, the renewed vision sets the RMG on a path to build connected, caring, and creative communities through art.

We welcome you to read through our current strategic plan for a deeper understanding of our organization, priorities, and goals .

Download the 2022 – 2024 Strategic Plan

The RMG is currently seeking Expressions of Interests from consultants interested in facilitating and developing our next strategic plan alongside our staff and Board teams. For more information, please download the PDF for the full brief.