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20 Years of MoPOP: Creating a New Mission and Core Values

Artist sings into microphone while performing at MoPOP

To celebrate 20 years of the Museum of Pop Culture, we're highlighting 20 of the most notable moments from MoPOP's history. For our nonprofit museum's 17th milestone (see the first 16 milestones at the bottom of this blog!), we're putting a focus on the 2018 creation of MoPOP's new mission statement and core values.


2018: In response to the name change to Museum of Pop Culture in 2017we embarked on an 18-month process to create a new mission statement and core values that truly reflect where we are as an institution.

The Museum of Pop Culture’s mission is to make creative expression a life-changing force by offering experiences that inspire and connect our communities. 

MoPOP's Core Values are:

  • Open arms: We practice radical hospitality and equitable access. 
  • Creative exchanges: We create space for community voices and collaborations. 
  • Light bulb moments: We use pop culture as a catalyst for learning, connecting, and creating. 
  • Pursuing excellence: We believe integrity, innovation, and hard work lead to amazing things. 
  • Excitement: We value the thrill that comes from experiencing creativity together. 

Visitors look on as 'Write Out of This World' contestant reads their story to audience in MoPOP Sky Church

A young child creates art at MoPOP's Maker Faire

Visitors look on at MoPOP's Sky Church screen during the opening party for "Minecraft: The Exhibition'


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