Like most organizations today, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has a mission statement:
PAFA promotes the transformative power of art and art making.
It also has a vision statement, because (we must admit) the mission statement is not very specific:
PAFA will inspire the future of American art by creating, challenging, cultivating, and celebrating excellence in the fine arts.
Now here is your challenge: Given the current climate of thought in the art world, try to think of any plan, program, exhibition, or any other activity a museum and art school could engage in that would not satisfy one or both of these statements.
Drunken revelry in the hall of statuary—celebrates excellence in the fine arts and, depending on how drunk people get, may be considerably transformative.
Shooting paintballs at the eighteenth-century collection—challenges excellence in the fine arts and promotes the transformative power of art.
Blowing up three blocks of urban Philadelphia—as transformative as all get out, and there certainly are blocks of Philadelphia that would be rendered more artistically excellent by a giant explosion.
Even hanging old paintings on the wall and letting people look at them could conceivably be justified by both statements, as much as it might be frowned upon by true devotees of Art with a capital R.
No, Dr. Boli cannot think of a single thing the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts could do that could not be justified by its mission statement and vision statement, which he therefore must regard as perfect in their kind. He would be happy, however, if someone else could prove him wrong.