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A Human-Centered Approach to Guest Services

Compared to other areas of museum work, guest services (or visitor services, as it’s sometimes known) often gets overlooked for the impact it has on community-building. This may be because, …

#AAM2023 General Session

A recording of the 2023 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo General Session is coming soon. Below, find the full transcript of remarks from Joyce Tsai, Gary Steuer, Dawn DiPrince, Chevy …

Advancing DEAI in a Polarized World

Recently, we hosted a webinar with museum leaders on values-based communications for diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI). While all attendees were eager to commit fully …

3 Trauma-Informed Practices for Museums to Follow

Earlier this year, I presented at MuseumNext’s Museums, Health, and Wellbeing Summit about what we risk by not integrating trauma-informed practices and values into our work. In my talk, I …

Museums and YouTube: You’ll never believe these 3 tips to improve your channel

When the pandemic forced museums to make a hard pivot to online content, the importance of reaching audiences beyond gallery walls became clearer than ever. As The Historic New Orleans …

4 Ideas to Create Linguistic Accessibility at Museums

Though the word “accessibility” has often been equated with giving access to those with disabilities, it can also mean something broader. Accessibility means looking at everything we create …

The Carbon Inventory Project and Collective Climate Action in the US Cultural Sector

The energy use of buildings is one of the largest sources of carbon emissions worldwide, at an estimated 40 percent of total emissions, and cultural institutions are no exception. The …

In Good Relation: Reimagining the Grant Process for Community-Based Projects

In recent years, there have been renewed calls for museums to adopt more inclusive and equitable practices, with significant changes to the ways we work and collaborate at all levels of our …

AAM’s Strategic Framework: A Progress Report

Whether you’re new to the museum field or have been around for decades, you’ve probably noticed that the watchword of this moment is “change.” Our museums, which have conservation in their …

Building Community and Connection: Guidelines for Museum Educators Teaching Memory Care Programs

In the words of renowned museum educator and empathy expert Elif Gokcigdem, “Museums are safe, informal learning spaces, uniquely equipped to help audiences explore and imagine our human …
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Crafting Cardboard Experiences: The Activity that Evolved into an Exhibition

Category: Exhibition Journal
This article first appeared in the journal Exhibition (Spring 2023) Vol. 42 No. 1 and is reproduced with permission. Origin Story Cardboard has always been a popular …

Spring Advocacy and Funding Updates for Museums

Category: Advocacy Alert
Advocacy Alert – May 5, 2023 In this Alliance Advocacy Alert: Spring Appropriations Update: Potential Funding Cuts. Act Now! Presidential Appointments: President Biden Announces PCAH …

Tough Art: Building a Collection at Any Price

Category: Exhibition Journal
This article first appeared in the journal Exhibition (Spring 2023) Vol. 42 No. 1 and is reproduced with permission. In 2007, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh made a …

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