MFA Boston Launches Diversity and Inclusion Fund

The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) in Boston, which came under scrutiny last spring after a group of minority middle-school students said that they were subjected to racist remarks by other visitors as well as the institution’s staff, has launched a $500,000 fund for diversity and inclusion initiatives. The fund was established as part of an agreement with the state of Massachusetts following its investigation into the allegations of racial discrimination that were raised by teachers and students from the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy in Dorchester.

“Our cultural institutions play an important role in fostering and providing an inclusive environment for communities and people of all backgrounds,” Attorney General Maura Healey said in a statement on Tuesday. “Today’s agreement affirms the experiences of students and teachers from the Helen Y. Davis Leadership Academy and lifts up their voices and the voices of local communities of color to help shape change and greater understanding. This agreement lays out processes which can serve as a model for cultural institutions in our ongoing collective work to build diversity and inclusivity in Boston and well beyond.”