Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

MoNA is seeking public input on its future. Please join us on Wednesday, February 21 at 7pm at the museum to discuss the next steps for MoNA. 


MoNA developed a strategic business plan two years ago that was unanimously adopted by the Board of Trustees.  As part of that planning process we completed an assessment of the Museum, including facilities and finances.  


Building on that information, we are developing a long-range strategic plan for MoNA programs and facilities.  The Board, with input from independent expert consultants, identified a framework of options to evaluate as part of the planning process.   


In addition to this long-range planning, the Board's charter requires it address the Museum's declining financial position as current operations are not indefinitely sustainable into the future.  The Museum is a non-profit organization, and the cost of operating the museum must be matched by incoming revenue, including donations and/or grants from individuals, companies, municipalities, and foundations, combined with limited income from the Museum store and endowment.  The Museum operated at a loss in calendar year 2017.


We would like to discuss options with the community in a series of sessions to be held over the next several weeks.  This listening tour is one opportunity to share with the Museum your personal vision, to answer your questions, and to help find a way forward to secure the museum's future.  


The framework options include:  


Maintain MoNA "as is" - fix the roof, siding, and replace the mechanical (HVAC) systems to protect the gallery's holdings. While this would stabilize our current facility, it will not increase or improve the galleries, nor effectively store and conserve the collection, nor provide for additional classroom/workshop space for education programs.  


Expand MoNA - develop a facility that represents the community's vision.  For example, this could provide space for on-site collection storage and preservation, expanded galleries, presentation and meeting facilities, instruction classrooms, enhanced workshops, and activity spaces to serve the community, in addition to its ongoing mission as a regional destination for Northwest Art.  This option is identified as having an increased positive impact on the local community and the regional economy.  


If either option one or two is consistent with the community's vision, then we must quickly expand the Museum's support from the community.  MoNA's support has deteriorated over the past decade and the current financial situation is not tenable.  If we are not successful at raising funds in the very near future, then we must consider the following third option:  


Close or revise MoNA, sell or reduce space occupied in the current building, and donate or share the collection with the Tacoma Art Museum or possibly other entities whom have expressed an interest.  The museum has already reduced budget and staff in response to operational losses sustained in 2017.  A new business model is needed and is being actively developed based on expanded donor support, aggressive grant development, and community outreach.


As a part of our strategic planning process, we need to fully understand the community's desires; and we want your ideas, opinions, and questions concerning these three framework options.  To date, the Museum has been a key part of the community's tapestry, but it needs to function and evolve in accord with the other local and regional groups that together define our community.


The workshops will be conducted in February and will include the Museum's existing docents and donors, along with local and regional educators, businesses, arts and service organizations, town officials, supporting public agencies, as well as the public at large. The workshops will be about 90 minutes in length, held at the Museum, and organized according to stakeholder category.


You may also wish to attend upcoming workshops for particular stakeholders at the museum:


Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 9am - Food and wine merchants

Wednesday, Feb. 14 at 1pm - Performing arts

Thursday, Feb. 15 at 9am - Lodging and retail merchants

Thursday, Feb. 15 at 3:30pm - Fine arts and artists

Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7pm - general public

Thursday, Feb. 22 at 9am - Economic agents and economic development

Thursday, Feb. 22 at 6pm - Donors


Please do email to RSVP if you plan to attend these meetings at



Museum of Northwest Art


The Museum of Northwest Art connects people with the art, diverse cultures and environments of the Northwest. 



MoNA collects and exhibits contemporary art from across the Northwest, including Alaska, British Columbia, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.