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Museums and the Living Wage: How Filoli Developed a Bold Pay Equity Initiative

Each year CFM’s TrendsWatch brings attention to bear on critical issues for museums, challenging our sector to think about how we might adapt to a rapidly changing environment. Examining a …

How Do You Design a Fair and Effective Compensation Program?

At AAM, we were fortunate to have leadership’s support from the very beginning, and although the analysis did require a significant time commitment, it has been a worthwhile investment. …

Excellence in DEAI Report

Download the report Download a print-friendly version Navigation Introduction and how to use this report Next Steps Thank you and resources Support this work and contribute feedback, …

Core Concept Primer: DEAI work must be measured and assessed

The current system in which we operate and live is one that allocates resources and opportunities unequally, creating disparities within and outside of our institutions. Pursuing and …

Core Concept Primer: DEAI is an ongoing journey without a fixed endpoint

A museum’s DEAI work should be a process of continual assessment, recognizing and reflecting the changing environment not just within the institution’s walls but in the wider world. No …

Core Concept Primer: DEAI is the responsibility of the entire organization

Sustained, meaningful, and impactful DEAI work must be reflected in all aspects of museums, from individuals to organizational culture, to policy and process. This work must not solely rely …

Core Concept Primer: DEAI demands an ongoing commitment of resources

Just as embarking on your museum’s DEAI journey is a task with no defined endpoint, allocating resources to this work must be ongoing. Implementing equity cross-functionally and sustaining …

The Best Museum Bathrooms, According to Museum People

When you think of all the memorable, thoughtfully designed spaces in museums, the bathrooms may not be the first thing that come to mind. They aren’t usually considered the feather in an …

‘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 …

Speak the Truth and Point to Hope: An #AAM2022 Keynote by Sandra Jackson-Dumont

Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Director & CEO of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, opened the Organizational Culture focus area of the 2022 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo with her keynote …

Building Salary Equity at the Bakken Museum

Some of the most interesting conversations I had at #AAM2022 were about workplace issues, notably pay equity, and I was heartened to find many people in leadership positions are looking for …

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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A New Site of Conscience: Sing Sing Prison Museum

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
Five years ago, CFM’s TrendsWatch report examined how museums are helping society confront the need for criminal justice reform. Historic sites play an important role in this work, with …

August Advocacy Heats Up – Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum

Category: Advocacy Alert
Advocacy Alert – August 5, 2022 In this Alliance Advocacy Alert: #InviteCongress: Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum is August 15-19! Take Action: Urge Your Legislators to Support …

Historic Houses in the Shifting Landscape of Climate Change

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
In combating climate change, we can look to Indigenous and historic practices for models of sustainable architectural solutions to extreme heat, cold, and humidity. Structures built in …

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