December 2022

This will be my final message as the Executive Director of the “exceptional” Newport Art Museum, where I have worked for the past 7 years and 8 months.

As you may know, I have accepted the Jon and Linda Ender Director and CEO position at the Tucson Museum of Art. My final day of work here in Newport will be December 12. Thanks to the efforts of the Trustees of our Museum’s Executive Committee, a highly-qualified interim director has just been selected and will be announced very soon. The search for my replacement is in the works and in very capable hands.

I am extremely grateful to the Museum’s talented and dedicated staff members who have made my time here especially rewarding. I will miss you all very, very much!

I would also like to sincerely thank the Museum’s trustees, (past and present), donors, foundations, artists, and volunteers who have contributed generously to help ensure this Museum’s future success. I thank Rhode Island’s Senators, Congressmen, Governor and others in public office for recognizing the value of the arts, not only for their significant contributions to economic activity and jobs (according to the NEA, nonprofit arts organizations generate 135 Billion $$ of economic activity that supports 1.4 Million jobs), but for how the arts uniquely enable civic engagement and provide a pathway for understanding, and hopefully appreciating others’ perspectives.

Thanks to all of you, OUR Museum has accomplished a great deal during my time here, including the growth of our endowment, creation of a new website, major capital upgrades to our historic buildings, the introduction of an Artist-in-Residence program, important diversity and inclusion initiatives, reaccreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, world-class exhibitions, and much, much more!

I hope you will continue to support our / your Art Museum with a generous Annual Fund contribution before the end of the year, PLEASE & THANK YOU!

For 110 years, Newport Art Museum has brought people together and encouraged the appreciation, celebration and compassion for our unique histories and futures in order to create a more vibrant, civic-minded and connected community! Our Museum’s founders had the right idea in 1912 and I say we need to follow their lead.

Norah Diedrich, Executive Director