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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, …

A Journey of Healing: Creating Co-Stewardship with Tribal Communities

What’s in a name? The language we use tells us who is speaking, from what perspective, and (implicitly), who controls the narrative. Names, in short, have power. Today on the blog, Caitlin …

The Earnest Work of Dreaming: Chicanafuturism in Visual Art

Visions of the future created by and centering the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) are essential to our collective potential to transform the world as we …

Curator Core Competencies

Curator Core Competencies is a comprehensive statement of the areas in which curators work, the duties they perform, and the applied skills that they must all possess to be successful in …

In Good Relation: Reimagining the Grant Process for Community-Based Projects

In recent years, there have been renewed calls for museums to adopt more inclusive and equitable practices, with significant changes to the ways we work and collaborate at all levels of our …

The Who, What, and Why of Storytelling in Museums

Watch this conversation between Adina Langer, Gina J. Wouters, and Colleen Higginbotham as they discuss how to make museum storytelling as engaging a…

Trusting the Process: The Collaborative Journey to Reframing a Problematic Object

  “Put it in storage.” “Replace it with something else.” “Put up a new label.” “Do nothing.” These were some of the solutions offered up when the Chazen Museum of Art at the University …

“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 …

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 …

Museums Change Their Approach to Showing White Male Artists

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, business-as-usual gets a rethink. This article is part of our latest special section on Museums, which focuses on new artists, new …

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Marilyn Jackson Named the New President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums

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For Immediate Release Arlington, VA—After a comprehensive national search, Marilyn Jackson has been named the next President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums. Jackson will assume …

Neurodivergent Needs: A Q&A with ADDitude Magazine

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If museums want to be welcoming and accessible, one of the areas they must consider is neurodiversity. How do the ways we process information and stimuli differ from person to person, and …

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