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#AAM2023: New Focus, New Flow, New Formats

For as long as anyone could remember, AAM’s 115-year-old Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo had been structured in about the same way. As with most professional conferences, people who wanted …

Remarks from Benin Bronzes Repatriation Ceremony

On October 11, 2022, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art hosted a repatriation ceremony in which officials of the museum transferred ownership of twenty-nine Benin bronzes and …

Museum Store Sunday 2022—Plan, Prepare, & Participate!

Museum Store Sunday is on November 27, the Sunday after Thanksgiving! Is your institution participating? Do not miss this chance to join forces with over 1,900 cultural institutions …

Ask an Expert: How Can Traveling Exhibitions Go the Distance?

In addition to creating their own exhibitions, many museums also host ones that originate from other organizations, including companies that specialize in creating them. These traveling …

A Collection of Resources by and for BIPOC Museum Professionals

A search for “diversity and inclusion” on the job portal Indeed produces over two thousand pages of results across public, private, and nonprofit organizations. The titles and …

A Counterpoint to “Witch Kitsch”: Peabody Essex Museum’s New Salem Witch Trials Walking Tour

At 11:58 am, my finger hovered above the record button. I had set out on a hot August day to capture the noon bell chimes of the Immaculate Conception Church in downtown Salem, …

Museum Accessibility: An Art and a Science

Over the past decade, conversations about accessibility have increased within the museum field, and many organizations including AAM have identified it as a priority. There is not, however, …

Steps to the Future: Discovery Museum Builds Toward Carbon Neutrality

The news about climate change, the environment, and the state of our planet is frightening and discouraging. In the face of it all, how do we create hope? According to noted conservation …

The Messenger Matters: How a Novel Partnership Is Enhancing Public Health in Philadelphia

Bandaging skinned knees. Conducting health screenings. Managing care for chronic needs. Providing therapy and counseling. School nurses do all of this and more every day as they work with …

How a South Carolina Library Became a Model of Social Impact Innovation

  “Bad libraries build collections. Good libraries build services. Great libraries build communities.” —R. David Lankes – Professor and Director of the School …

Grow Where You’re Planted: How to Progress in Your Career without Changing Institutions

  At some point in all of our careers, it happens. You run into a past colleague, often while mingling at a museum networking event, and after a hug or handshake you jump into updates. …

A Free Survey to Measure a Sense of Belonging at Museums

Not everyone wants to visit a museum. This is in part because of operational issues like cost, location, schedule, but these aren’t the whole story. Some don’t even reach the point of …
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The BTA 2022 Art Museum Trustee Survey

Category: Research and Reports
The Characteristics, Roles, and Experiences of Black Trustees Foreword The Black Trustee Alliance for Art Museums (BTA) was established in 2021 to transform art museums into more equitable …

Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey 2022

Category: Research and Reports
Foreword Art museums aspire to play a singular social role for the public—they commit to both preserving and stewarding collections of art for current and future generations, while also …

Post-Election Updates and Museums Advocacy Day 2023

Category: Advocacy Alert
Advocacy Alert – November 18, 2022 In this Alliance Advocacy Alert: Take Action to Support Funding for Museums: FY 2023 Funding Decisions Are Being Made Now. Last Chance! Urge Your …

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