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Striving for Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing

In just a few months, a quarter of the twenty-first century will be behind us. Much has changed in museums over that time. Some of that change has been brought on by technology and new ways …

Consensual Curation and Our Common Future

The best thinking about potential futures explores the full span of the Cone of Plausibility. By expanding our understanding of what is possible, we expand our choices regarding what is …

Join Me to Create a Future of Reparative Practice at AAM 2024

It’s 2044, and around the nation, and throughout the world, US museums are seen as valued stewards and honored partners in the critical work of supporting communities and preserving …

Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 116

This resource was collected from an organization in the nonprofit or museum sector. AAM reviewed and approved this as a resource based on the organization's authority and expertise and …

Uncovering Future Artifacts: Come Play

Museums sit at the balance point of past and future. Most often they apply their scholarship and curiosity to exploring things that have actually happened, but museums can flip that lens to …

When the Ancestors Call to You

When we think about barriers to change, practical issues like time, money, and legal issues often are top of mind. This can be true, for example, when museums talk about repatriation, …

Call for Content! Repatriation, Restitution, and Reparative Practice

This year’s TrendsWatch report included a short piece about recent shifts in museum practice with regard to voluntary repatriation, restitution, and reparations. AAM’s Museum will delve …

Handling, Storing, and Displaying Ammunition in Museums

The following information was developed with the assistance of David Kennedy, Curator of Collections and Exhibits, United States Marshals Museum There are many museums and historic houses …

Managing Copyright Issues From Acquisition to Exhibition

This webinar organized by CSAAM (Collections Stewardship Professional Network of the American Alliance of Museums) and OCEAN (the Open Copyright Education Advisory Network) discusses the …

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 …

The Uses of Discomfort LGBTQ Collections Their Repositories and Their Legacies

People left out of traditional cultural narratives are forced to become the custodians of their own histories. For queer institutions, this means collecting stigmatized materials that other …
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Museum Philanthropy & Fundraising Tipsheet

Category: Financial Sustainability
This tipsheet summarizes the transcript of a webinar presented by Charles Katzenmeyer, Eowyn Bates, Amy Burt, Shannon Joern, and Ginevra Ranney. It was developed with the help of ChatGPT. …

Speaking the Audience’s Language: A Q&A with James Heaton

Category: Alliance Blog
At some point in the pandemic, I was working on a project, and I needed a museum-based definition of a term relating to audience development and museum work. I started by flipping through a …

How Do You Know You’re Ready for a Campaign? Where Do You Start?

Category: On-Demand Programs: Financial Sustainability
Whether constructing a new building, growing your endowment, or simply raising money for a program, campaigns are complex endeavors. Even the most organized campaigns can put staff, …

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