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With Strategic Focus, TikTok Creates New Opportunities for Cultural Institutions to Inspire Critical Thinking and Constructive Dialogue

In September of 2021, TikTok surpassed one billion users, making it the fastest-growing social media app. The video-sharing platform allows users to post short-form videos, which are then …

Why I’m Going to Boston

“It’s so good to see you!” How much new meaning has that simple phrase taken on over the last two years? Last September I attended my only in-person conference since the beginning of the …

What’s Your Sign?: Using Your Astrological Personality Traits to Plan Your AAM Annual Meeting Experience (Really!)

Attending a huge conference like the American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo can be overwhelming! With the plethora of session and poster offerings and a limited amount …

How a Rapid-Response Pop-Up Inspired New Notions of Audience and Community

The events of 2020 and 2021 forced museums to innovate in ways and at a speed that would have been unthinkable prior. Our hope is that 2022 brings about a time of reflection, where we take …

How the Greenwood Art Project United a Community in Reflection and a Vision for the Future

By 1921, the thriving Greenwood district of Tulsa, Oklahoma, had generated one billion dollars of collective wealth in today’s economic terms. Nicknamed “Black Wall Street” by W.E.B. …

Catching Feelings for a Triceratops: How Live Theater in Museums Evokes Empathy in Visitors

An excited murmur can be heard throughout the audience as they await the show to begin. When we come together to watch a live performance we expect to be moved, to be transported out of the …

Crafting a Post-Disaster Experience: How Visitor Experience Staff Have Adapted to the Pandemic

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, museums everywhere have become more people-centric. Top-line conversations have centered on the thoughts and feelings of our visitors as we have …

Looking Back to Move Forward: Examining Institutional Racism in Reprising “Afro-American Images 1971”

In February 1971, a newly formed Delaware organization, Aesthetic Dynamics Inc., presented its first major undertaking: an exhibition of over 130 works of art—drawings, prints, photographs, …

Anti-Racist by Design: How the Oakland Museum of California Is Building Equity into Its Practices

At the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and anti-racism are commitments that have long been a part of our DNA, both internally and in our work with …

Volunteers Want to Give: How to Respectfully Cultivate Donors from Your Corps

If you ask museum leaders, their advancement teams, and volunteer program staff about cultivating volunteers as donors, you’re likely to get a mix of reactions, ranging from enthusiasm to …

A New Year Message from Our President and CEO, Laura Lott

The past two years have taught us that in the face of extreme adversity, our field can overcome the greatest challenges through unity. Together, by sharing your experiences and speaking …
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Contact Senators Today and Advocacy at #AAM2022

Category: Advocacy Alert
Advocacy Alert – May 13, 2022 In this Alliance Advocacy Alert: Act Now: Ask Your Senators to Sign On to Senate OMS Letter by May 20! Join Us in Boston: Advocacy Sessions at #AAM2022 …

Museum Goers and the Pandemic

Category: Annual Meeting

This recorded session from the 2020 AAM Virtual Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo is available for members…

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