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Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion

Introduction Museums are trusted, vibrant community centers, attracting diverse audiences and providing lifelong learning. The museum community takes pride in maintaining the public trust …

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion

Museums are a vital part of how we tell the stories of who we are, who we’ve been, and how we will live together. They maintain our cultural heritage and teach us about all the ways we are …

5 Questions on the New Equity and Inclusion Statement at the Science Museum of Minnesota

Category: Alliance Blog
Earlier this year the Science Museum of Minnesota unveiled a new Statement on Equity and Inclusion. We recently asked Kim Ramsden, director of communications for the museum, how this …

AAM Statement in Response to the Executive Order on Combating Race and Sex Stereotyping

Category: Press Release
Update (1/12/21) The Alliance is pleased to share the news that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently issued a Notice Regarding Executive Order 13950, …

The Labor of Diversity

Category: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion
This article originally appeared in the January/February 2016 edition of the Museum magazine.  Museums serve as places of collaboration, education, and reflection. They exist in stunning …

Generational Inclusion: Shattering Stereotypes and Challenging Assumptions

Category: Alliance Blog
This article originally appeared in Informal Learning Review (ILR) No. 144, May/June 2017. A copyrighted publication of Informal Learning Experiences, Inc. Reprinted with permission. My …

Meet the Facing Change Senior Diversity Fellows

Category: Alliance Blog
Only nine short months have passed since AAM began its initiative Facing Change: Advancing Museum Board Diversity & Inclusion, which provides training, support, and resources to help …

A Growing Backlash to DEI

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
Do you remember seeing this picture attempting to illustrate the difference between equality and equity? Now it also illustrates the latest battleground in the new culture wars. While a …

Flies in the Buttermilk: Museums, Diversity, and the Will to Change

Category: Museum Magazine
This essay originally appeared in the July/August 2000 issue of Museum News, a publication of the American Alliance of Museums. Lonnie G. Bunch III later became the founding director of the …

Is That Hung White? Revisiting Issues of Race and Inclusion in Exhibitions

Category: On-Demand Programs: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion
This is a recorded session from the 2020 AAM Virtual Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. In 2019, we got real and vulnerable about the consequences stemming from the lack of diversity and …

Time for New Norms: Museums must address their systemic inequities if they want to be truly inclusive—and relevant—institutions.

Category: Museum Magazine
This article originally appeared in the July/August 2019 issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of AAM membership. In American history, the Civil Rights Movement is held up as a beacon of …

What We Learned

Diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion are essential, sustainable values for museums to pursue. These principles are not only bedrocks of ethical and morally courageous museum …

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