The Plan

A.  There are expanded opportunities for learning from the Wabanaki people at the Museum, in the community, and virtually

B.  The Abbe Museum and Bar Harbor are the international center for supporting and selling the work of Wabanaki artists

C.  The Museum develops and disseminates new knowledge and understanding through collaborative models of archaeological research

D.  The Museum stewards and provides access to collections that represent historical and contemporary Wabanaki people

E.  Key strategic alliances broaden and deepen the Museum’s impact and enhance its capacity to achieve its mission

F.  The Museum is a responsible and ethical steward of all the assets entrusted to it

Each of these goals has a set of objectives, organized into three phases, with each phase taking between 12 and 24 months to complete. A companion document includes assignment of primary and secondary responsibilities and the resources required to complete the work. Virtually all of the initiatives in this plan will require new financial resources; the Museum is currently operating with a balanced budget that covers core operations. In the second phase of work, the Museum will plan a capital campaign and launch the campaign in phase three.

The most significant outcomes will be:

1. An evolving relationship of mutual trust and commitment to the preservation, interpretation, and continuation of Native culture in Maine.

2. A national Native Art Market, comparable to the other major markets, bringing artists, collectors, and visitors to Bar Harbor in the spring shoulder season which will secure Bar Harbor’s place as a destination for Native art while also providing critical economic benefit to Native artists.

3. Engaging and challenging experiences for visitors that encourage and support new ways of thinking about and understanding Native traditions, culture, and history.

4. A new model of archaeological research in Maine, grounded in the experience of Native and academic archaeologists in other regions.

5. A sustainable institution that is a trusted and responsible steward of all of its assets, including its collections, buildings, and financial resources.

 A: Opportunities for Learning 〉

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