Five Oaks Museum is a 501c3 non-profit located in Portland, Oregon with an annual budget just over $500,000. We are working on improving our institutional transparency, from finances to the co-director model. Follow along with our journey to becoming an ethical, anti-racist institution.
We believe museums have an active role in activism and social justice, and in shaping how history is remembered and told. As a whole, they stem from projects of colonialism and collection, and must reckon with that legacy and organization framework. Furthermore, the way that organizations allocate their resources communicates their priorities. We put our money behind our ethics by categorizing our expenses by our museum’s five values: Body, Land, Truth, Justice, and Community.
Happy second birthday to Five Oaks Museum! Although the past two years may have felt endless to many, 2021 was just our second year as Five Oaks Museum. While the doors remained closed, the Museum expanded community access and a sense of openness to those near and far. Here are some highlights!View PDF
The museum began this year with a name change, a rebrand, and the adoption of five values: Body, Land, Truth, Justice, and Community. How do health insurance, yard signs and a pandemic closure demonstrate our values in action? We looked back at the highlights and changes of this year to share how Five Oaks Museum enacted each of our five values in 2020.View PDF