The Menil’s institutional culture and actions are guided by the following core values:
We are committed to being equitable, inclusive, and welcoming to all people.
We strive toward transparency and accountability, and we actively work to combat bias and racism in all of our practices, interactions, and activities.
We are a small staff who work closely together. We listen to different points of view and are committed to acting with kindness, respect, and understanding toward one another.
We uphold the highest professional standards. We consistently strive to innovate those standards and exceed expectations.
Guided by our founders’ vision, we are committed to being socially and culturally aware, to pursuing new and challenging ideas, and to advancing new scholarship and new perspectives.
We aim to contribute to the cultural vibrancy of our diverse community by being a site for learning, sharing, and the free exchange of ideas. We are a thoughtful and active member of the Montrose and greater Houston community; we are a good neighbor and responsible partner.
“Houston, this is your museum.” – Dominique de Menil
Firm in the belief that art is essential to human experience, the Menil Collection remains free to all, always. From their philanthropic vision to their work with artists, our founders sought to combat prejudice and champion social justice. This legacy lives on in our work and mission, to which diversity, inclusion, and equitable representation are fundamental.
True commitment to diversity and inclusion is an active process; we are dedicated to the work of listening, learning, and taking action that this ongoing commitment necessitates. It is our responsibility to reflect the diversity of our community, from our galleries and programming to our offices and green spaces. At the Menil, you are included, welcomed, and needed.