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Community, connection and activism at the National Museum of African Art

Ngaire Blankenberg , the new director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art (), has been a consultant for museums and cultural destinations around the world. She draws on a …

Why Well-Being Is at the Heart of Museum Experiences

For nearly half a century, I have been thinking and theorizing about museum experiences—why people use museums, what they do during those experiences, and what they take away, including the …

The Top Ten Alliance Blog Posts of 2021

Though 2021 was a slightly more normal year than 2020, with mostly open museums gradually regaining visitors, the pandemic still loomed large and colored most conversations. On the Alliance …

Building a More Just and Equitable World: Introducing AAM’s 2022-2025 Strategic Framework

The museum field, like society at large, is at a pivotal moment of reflection and rebuilding. As the collective museum community, the choices we make in the coming months and years about …

After MAP, KidsPlay Children’s Museum Is Ready to Build Community Bridges

Through the Museum Assessment Program, museums gain perspective on how to improve core areas of their operations, with a combination of guided self-reflection and close consultation with an …

Applying Art History to Workplace Safety: Saving Lives and Growing Revenue at the Toledo Museum of Art

Over the course of its distinguished 120-year history of art education, the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) has offered classes that extend beyond simple drawing and painting into topics ranging …

How Philadelphia Cultural Institutions Embraced Collaboration to Address Opportunity Gaps

If there is a positive outcome of the pandemic’s impact on cultural institutions, it may be the willingness to ideate and take different approaches to our work to ensure that no one is …

With the Help of MAP, the Manassas Museum Met Its Changing Community’s Needs

Through the Museum Assessment Program, museums gain perspective on how to improve core areas of their operations, with a combination of guided self-reflection and close consultation with an …

After Condo Collapse, a Miami Museum Is Preserving the Memorial Wall

The Surfside Wall of Hope, a temporary memorial to the victims of the Champlain Towers collapse, is now coming down, but one South Florida institution is committed to its preservation. …

Picture of Health: How MFA, St. Petersburg, Reimagined the Museum Program as a Source of Wellness and Healing

As the Curator of Public Programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, my professional focus has always been the MFA’s public spaces, performing arts venue, and gardens—not the …

From Preservation to Participation: The Journey of Sandy Spring Museum

Many museums think that serving the needs of more ethnically diverse constituents will lose them “traditional” audience and supporters, but at Sandy Spring Museum (SSM), we’ve found just …

These Museums Helped Welcome Immigrants and Refugees to their Community, and Yours Can Too!

Welcoming America’s annual Welcoming Week enlists organizations around the country to welcome new immigrants and refugees into their new communities. This year, AAM is a national partner of …
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Volunteers Want to Give: How to Respectfully Cultivate Donors from Your Corps

Category: Alliance Blog
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 …

How will you speak up for museums in 2022?

Category: Advocacy Alert
Advocacy Alert – January 19, 2022 In this Alliance Advocacy Alert: Register Today: Museums Advocacy Day 2022 Registration Closes THIS Friday, January 21! Contact Congress: Urge Your …

In the Pandemic a New Museum Charter School is Born

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
Over the past two years, the pandemic has prompted museums to experiment with new products and services to meet the needs of their communities. Some of these experiments have turned out to …

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