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2008-2013 Strategic Plan (Summary)
Approved by the Board of Trustees October 2008

Strategic Direction #1 - Financial Future

Position Statement
To ensure the continuing excellence of the Museum's programming and preservation of the building for years to come, the Museum’s unrestricted income must be increased and sustained for the long-term.  The Museum should plan for a future when Cascade County discontinues mill funding.

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Strategic Direction #2 - Strengthen Art & Cultural Programming

Position Statement
The Museum was originally founded as a community cultural and contemporary arts center.  It is highly regarded for the quality of its exhibitions and educational programming.  The Outsider Art collection is unique in the region.  The Museum’s close partnership with the public school district is an important part of its educational programming.  More collaborative partnerships within the community will increase patronage and make more efficient use of limited funds.

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Strategic Direction #3 - Increase Visibility and Awareness

Position Statement
The Museum needs to increase awareness among people in Great Falls and the region regarding the extent and variety of the Museum’s exhibitions, educational programs and cultural opportunities.  Improving awareness will increase patronage and participation in our programs, and increase our reputation as a valuable resource for the community.  Increased participation and improved reputation will enhance our ability to generate mission-based financial support.

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Strategic Direction #4 - Human Resources

Position Statement
The Director and staff are perceived by the community as strengths.  Staff attitude is positive even though pay and benefits are low compared to the for-profit sector.  Staff and volunteers are a critical component in the Museum’s human resources.  Volunteer participation in supporting Museum activities needs to be increased and better coordinated as a whole.

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Strategic Direction #5 - The Permanent Collection

Position Statement
A growing permanent collection is an important part of the Museum's mission and provides a relevant cultural repository for the people of the region.  Proper collection storage is vital to long-term preservation of the artwork.  Providing public access to the permanent collection and related information is part of our educational mandate. 

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Strategic Direction # 6 – Maintain And Improve Building And Grounds

Position Statement
The Paris Gibson Square building is viewed as one of the most important historic monuments in Great Falls.  Many people invested in the building’s renovation during the Centennial Campaign; it is a high priority to maintain that investment.  The building and its grounds should remain a point of pride for all residents of Great Falls.

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