2022 Burke Museum Annual Report

November 18, 2022 | Gabriela Chavarria

Dear Friend,  

The past two years have reshaped our understanding of shared experiences.

Sometimes we meet virtually, as with our Curated Conversations series. Sometimes we gather in person, like at the recent Summer of Learning celebration, which brought Seattle-area families to the museum for a joyful day of Burke activities. And sometimes, we come together via a combination of the two.

Moments like these ripple across the museum, spreading our mission far beyond our initial gathering spaces. Together, we mentor future scientists, encouraging them to commit to research that embraces collaboration. In consultation with community members, we support connections between artists and cultural resources, acknowledging that inclusion is crucial to our mission — and that we have much to learn. Together, we grow.

While the pandemic changed aspects of how we show up with each other, what remains constant is that the Burke community always shows up for each other, not just in times of crisis, but every day. As the museum’s executive director, I see the tremendous impacts of this commitment in collaborations that make the unexpected possible (Stay tuned for BeetleCam!). Burke programs meet students where they are — sometimes literally — through educational outreach like the BurkeMobile. Welcoming, inclusive engagement efforts make this a place of healing and learning in community. Our friends, donors, and supporters are valued members of this generous community of care. Your gifts of time, resources, and expertise over the past year — and beyond — provide the foundation that makes our work possible and brings the Burke to life.

Thank you for your willingness to stand up, step up, and show up for this wonderful museum. We are grateful for you and look forward to future gatherings. 

With gratitude, 

Gabriela Chavarria
Executive Director

2022 Annual Report (PDF)