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#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 …

Expanding Public Value

As you build bridges with communities, consider using dig…

The Messenger Matters: How a Novel Partnership Is Enhancing Public Health in Philadelphia

Bandaging skinned knees. Conducting health screenings. Managing care for chronic needs. Providing therapy and counseling. School nurses do all of this and more every day as they work with …

How a South Carolina Library Became a Model of Social Impact Innovation

  “Bad libraries build collections. Good libraries build services. Great libraries build communities.” —R. David Lankes – Professor and Director of the School …

Transferring Trust: An Art-Based Public Health Campaign Reveals the Key to Community Resilience

It’s no secret that the pandemic hit certain communities harder than others. Disasters—be they environmental, social, or public-health-related—often have this effect, exposing inequity both …

‘Relationships Don’t Have an End Goal’: A Q&A with the Burke Museum’s Decolonization & DEAI Team

Some of the newest, and most defining, jobs in the current era of museums are those focusing on decolonization and diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. In recent years, as more …

In Praise of Mission Creep

My focus this year is on exploring the ways museums serve as essential infrastructure for their communities: improving education for our children, creating livable communities for our …

The Path to Financial Recovery and Resilience: An #AAM2022 Keynote by Michael Bobbitt

Michael Bobbitt, Executive Director of Mass Cultural Council, opened the Financial Wellness focus area of the 2022 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo with his keynote, “The Path to …

It’s Nothing Personal The Power of Building Relationships beyond the Transactional

Transactional thinking runs deep in the nonprofit sector and negatively impacts the value we provide and receive from constituents. Learn how the Toledo Zoo replaced transactional thinking …

My High School Is in a Museum

Followers of this blog will know I am a huge fan of museum schools. TrendsWatch: Museums as Community Infrastructure, the most recent CFM report, devotes one chapter to exploring how …

ENACTing New Voices

The Ohio History Connection is linking emerging new American leaders with community resources, networks, and civic education to empower their c…

Enriching Connections

The Robert F. Smith Center for the Digitization and Curation of African American History is uncovering family stories and capturing community…
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The BTA 2022 Art Museum Trustee Survey

Category: Research and Reports
The Characteristics, Roles, and Experiences of Black Trustees Foreword The Black Trustee Alliance for Art Museums (BTA) was established in 2021 to transform art museums into more equitable …

Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey 2022

Category: Research and Reports
Foreword Art museums aspire to play a singular social role for the public—they commit to both preserving and stewarding collections of art for current and future generations, while also …

Post-Election Updates and Museums Advocacy Day 2023

Category: Advocacy Alert
Advocacy Alert – November 18, 2022 In this Alliance Advocacy Alert: Take Action to Support Funding for Museums: FY 2023 Funding Decisions Are Being Made Now. Last Chance! Urge Your …

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