From the Director


In an increasingly interconnected world, we gain a competitive edge and help secure our goals by knowing more about cultures other than our own. In culture, as in nature, diversity gives us resilience. By bringing the best and most diverse range of exhibitions available to Nashville, the Frist Center strives to expand everyone’s horizons. Explorer, scientist, and philosopher Alexander von Humboldt said that the most limited worldview is the worldview of someone who has never seen the world.

There is a stone sculpture of an allegorical figure titled Future, created by Robert Aitken in 1935, at the northeast corner of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC. Carved into the base of the sculpture is a quote from William Shakespeare’s play The Tempest: “What’s past is prologue.” By considering the past, we find inspiration to ensure a better future.

The Frist Center was initially accredited in 2007. In June, the Frist Center was reaccredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) following a rigorous yearlong self-study, a review by a visiting committee, and an assessment by a national accreditation commission. Accreditation recognizes professional operation, adherence to evolving standards and best practices, continued institutional improvement, public service, accountability, and fulfillment of mission.

The Frist Center’s mission and vision statements guide our decisions about exhibitions, programs, and expenditure of resources. We are deeply committed to providing opportunities
for you to see and study all cultures.

Join us at the Frist Center to see the world and get inspired to view it in new ways.

Susan H. Edwards, PhD
Executive Director and CEO


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