The Worcester Art Museum: A Re-envision Case Study by Valerie Fletcher

Nov 6, 2017
Tactile stone carving tools exhibited at the Worcester Museum of ArtWith the arrival of a new director in 2011, the board envisioned a more accessible and inclusive museum providing physical, sensory, intellectual, aesthetic, and social access for everyone. The board also aspired for the museum to appeal to a more broad audience, including the next generation of visitors; new immigrants from Brazil, Vietnam, and Ghana; and 30,000 students from 13 local colleges. The community surrounding the Worcester Art Museum (now known by its acronym, WAM) has changed a lot since the museum’s 1898 Victorian-era beginnings.
Mattias Waschek, formerly of the Pulitzer Art Foundation and Musee du Louvre, was selected to lead the museum and its collection of more than 35,000 works representing more than 50 centuries, the second-largest fine arts museum in New England.
He eagerly embraced the board’s vision.