A dozen museums in the Twin Cities have been selected to take part in a national initiative to increase racial diversity in museum boards and leadership, including the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Art and Science Museum of Minnesota.

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) is launching a program involving 50 museums nationwide, with $4 million in grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Alice L. Walton Foundation and Ford Foundation that will provide the training and resources for museum leaders to build cultures that better reflect the communities they serve.

In 2017, a survey by AAM and BoardSource found that 46% of museum boards are all white. While 77% of museum directors believed that increasing the racial and ethnic diversity of their boards was important to advancing their missions, according to the survey, only 10% of museum boards had developed a plan to be more inclusive.