The mission of the Museum of International Folk Art is to enrich the human spirit by connecting people with the arts, traditions, and cultures of the world.
The Museum of International Folk Art (MOIFA) explores the dynamics of artistic expression in the context of cultural change. Through its collections, exhibitions, publications, and educational programs, the museum expands perceptions of folk art and encourages dialogue about traditions, cultural identity, community and aesthetics.
Honoring the vision of its founder Florence Dibell Bartlett that "the art of the craftsman is a bond between the peoples of the world," MOIFA is committed to increasing cultural understanding by collecting, preserving, interpreting, and presenting diverse and shared artistic traditions. MOIFA recognizes that the term folk art suggests a range of meanings»-- and that a diversity of viewpoints can foster discussion and creativity. In doing so, MOIFA offers a museum experience that encourages lifelong learning and global perspectives.
MOIFA cares for its collections in order to preserve them for future generations while making them accessible to present day visitors in accordance with professional standards. MOIFA invites visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to engage with ideas and objects. Adhering to the best practices of the museum profession, MOIFA's award-wining exhibitions, based on current research and multidisciplinary scholarship, appeal to the senses as well as to the intellect.