RISD’s Ongoing Mission
The mission of Rhode Island School
of Design, through its college and museum, is to educate its students and the
public in the creation and appreciation of works of art and design, to discover
and transmit knowledge and to make lasting contributions to a global society
through critical thinking, scholarship and innovation.
Original Mission Statement
On March 22, 1877, the Rhode Island
General Assembly ratified “An Act to Incorporate the Rhode Island School of
Design.” The corporation, comprised of a forward-thinking group of men and
women, artists and business leaders, educators and politicians, was formed “for
the purpose of aiding in the cultivation of the arts of design.” The original
bylaws set forth the following key objectives for RISD:
The instruction of artisans in drawing, painting, modeling, and designing, that
they may successfully apply the principles of Art to the requirements of trade
The systematic training of students in the practice of Art, in order that they
may understand its principles, give instruction to others, or become artists.
The general advancement of public Art Education, by the exhibition of works of
Art and of Art school studies, and by lectures on Art.