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Museum Colleague Shoutouts for 2023

Last month we asked readers of our Field Notes newsletter to share their shoutouts for outstanding museum colleagues in honor of the new year. Here were some of the responses they shared: …

Different by Design: A New, Inclusive Framework for Accessible Museum Exhibitions

In January 2020, I authored a post for the Alliance Blog about speechless: different by design, an exhibition that I curated for the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) and the High Museum of Art in …

The Museum System Upgrade: A Q&A with András Szántó

In the early days of COVID lockdowns, longtime cultural consultant and writer András Szántó began interviewing dozens of museum leaders around the world. As the pandemic simultaneously …

“Wait, What? Toddlers in an Art Museum?”

Caitlin Mock Wilson, a mother of two young children and a Clyfford Still Museum (CSM) member, often went to museums with her parents as a young child. When she had her own children, she …

The Top Ten Museum Junction Threads of 2022

If you ever want to ask your museum peers a question, one of the best places to turn is Museum Junction, AAM’s open online discussion forum. Sometimes these questions are …

The Top Ten Alliance Blog Posts of 2022

Every year, people from across the field contribute to the Alliance Blog, and new topics come to the fore as the fieldwide conversation evolves. Revisiting the posts that were most read in …

An End-of-Year Note to the Museum Field

This past year has continued to show that our new normal is a precarious one. Our communities have been facing massive challenges on a daily basis, whether due to the impacts of the climate …

Museum People’s Favorite Museum Stores

Museumgoers know that one of the best places to find distinctive, cherishable objects, books, and apparel is in a museum store. With their connection to their institutions’ …

An Interpretive Plan for a Castle in the Clouds

Every year, dozens of museums around the country participate in AAM’s Museum Assessment Program (MAP), offered in a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services. …

Are Stay Interviews Worth the Effort?

With the tight labor market this year, a popular topic in human resources circles has been the practice of conducting “stay interviews,” which CNBC predicted last fall would be “the big …

#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 …
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Chatting About Museums with ChatGPT

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
Two months ago, the research and development lab OpenAI released ChatGPT, an interactive “chatbot” powered by artificial intelligence. Chatbots aren’t new (I’ve been writing about …

Repatriation, Restitution, and Reparations

Category: Museum Magazine
This article originally appeared in Museum magazine’s January/February 2023 issue, a benefit of AAM membership.  “I greatly appreciate learning about cultural objects, ancient …

For your radar: The Metaverse and Web 3.0

Category: Museum Magazine
This article originally appeared in Museum magazine’s January/February 2023 issue, a benefit of AAM membership.  A brief guide to terms that may be popping up in your newsfeeds. The …

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