Discover the art and life of the celebrated American sculptor, educator, and Indigenous rights activist, Cyrus Dallin, at the only museum in the country solely dedicated to preserving his legacy.
In the intimate setting of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, visitors experience over ninety artworks spanning the sculptor’s sixty-year career. The Museum’s comprehensive exhibits ground Dallin’s unique body of work within the context of his commitment to artistic expression, education, and social justice.
The Mission of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum is to promote new insights into our shared history by exploring Dallin’s life, work, and values. Guided by Dallin’s own values, we seek to provide experiences that enrich and inspire while promoting greater equity and and empathy in our communities.
We acknowledge that the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum is located on the ancestral lands of the Massachusett Tribe, the tribe of Indigenous peoples from whom the Colony, Province, and Commonwealth have taken their names. We pay our respects to the ancestral bloodline of the Massachusett Tribe and their descendants who still inhabit historic Massachusett territories today.
Our Commitment to Racial Justice
We the Directors, Trustees, and Staff of the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum, share with our community collective dismay and heartbreak over the senseless loss of life among Black men, women, and children. We acknowledge and need to understand more fully how racism in our community, state, and country continues to marginalize and endanger Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and limits their opportunities. We fully support the values expressed in the Town of Arlington’s official statement on racial justice.
Cyrus Dallin believed that America was not living up to its ideal as a beacon of democracy. “If [Americans] are to retain our self-respect and continue to hold our place in the world,” he said, “we must admit our faults and mistakes and do our utmost to make up for them.”
Museums are gatekeepers of our country’s history. Museums choose what stories to tell, who can tell them, and to whom they are told. At the Dallin Museum, we recognize the complex task of interpreting the art of Cyrus Dallin, an early 20th-century sculptor with a unique background who represented Indigenous peoples in his works.
Guided by our mission, we commit to listening to and learning from BIPOC to guide current and future interpretation of Cyrus Dallin’s art. We remain dedicated to nurturing an inclusive environment for all of our visitors while promoting new insights into our shared history. There are several ways in which we are moving forward to begin to put these words into action. These include:
~ Partnered with the Massachusett Tribe on a land acknowledgement for the Museum. This acknowledgement displayed in the Museum, on this website, and in our virtual tour.
~ Collaborated with the Arlington Human Rights Commission on a panel discussion about Native American imagery in society. We will continue the conversation with the Commission, Arlington High School’s Diversity & Inclusion student committee, and Indigenous community members.
~ Formed a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) joint subcommittee comprised of members of the Museum’s nonprofit Board of Directors and municipal Board of Trustees. This committee will develop organizational goals and strategies for building core DE&I knowledge and values within our institution.
~ We are embarking on a DE&I “Learning Journey.” Museum board members will engage in conversations with BIPOC artists, curators, and cultural leaders to develop a better understanding of DE&I issues as they relate to museums. These conversations will inform out future DE&I goals and strategies.
We value the knowledge, skills, and partnerships we have gained and will gain through these important and necessary actions. Through this work, we will share Dallin’s commitments to social justice and community and will strengthen our organization.
Museum Staff & Boards
Nonprofit Board of Directors
Geri Tremblay, President
James Charnley, Treasurer
Municipal Board of Trustees
Sarah Burks, Co-Chair
Molly Harper, Co-Chair
Tracy Skahan, Secretary
James McGough, Trustee Emeritus
Friends of the Dallin Museum
Grant and Coleen Bennett
James and Misty Corey
Karen and Ken Friker
Lance and Joanne Grenzeback
Dallin Museum Staff
Heather Leavell, Director & Curator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Blanton, Group Tour Coordinator, email@example.com
Megan Bisceglia, Newsletter Editor