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Anti-Racist by Design: How the Oakland Museum of California Is Building Equity into Its Practices

At the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA), diversity, equity, inclusion, access, and anti-racism are commitments that have long been a part of our DNA, both internally and in our work with …

On the Ground: How Visitor Experience Teams Are Teaching Front-Line Staff to Be DEAI Advocates

In the museum experience world, making visitors feel welcome is serious business. Our goal is to exceed guests’ standards for positive experiences, and nothing undermines that goal like a …

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 …

The ICA San Francisco: a new type of museum

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) San Francisco is a groundbreaking, non-collecting art museum. It will open in September 2022 in the city's Dogpatch district. Located in an 11,000 …

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 …

Is That Hung White? Revisiting Issues of Race and Inclusion in Exhibitions

This is a recorded session from the 2020 AAM Virtual Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. In 2019, we got real and vulnerable about the consequences stemming from the lack of diversity and …

How Can Education Programs Help Bridge the Digital Divide? 

In this series of posts, EdCom’s Trends Committee is taking a deeper look at emerging phenomena identified in the 2021 edition of TrendsWatch from the Center for the Future of Museums. In …

Lessons in Equity from Culturally‐specific Museums

This is a recorded session from the 2020 AAM Virtual Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. Many culturally‐specific museums are committed to providing space, a consistent platform, and an …

Are Museums’ Young Patron Groups Meeting Calls for Diversity?

As demographics change across the United States, particularly in urban centers, and the baby boomers enter old age, the country’s …

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 …

Whose Writing Is on the Wall at the Museum? It Could Be Yours.

Many curators are turning to experiments that give outside voices the chance to speak within museum walls — such as writing wall labels — that experts say may help visitors connect with …

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Hiring Into Pathways for Advancement

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
What if every entry level museum job was designed to be the first rung in a career ladder for anyone who desires to climb? How could that change who wants to work in a museum, and whether …

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

Category: Leadership

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 …

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 …

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