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How a Disturbing Historical Discovery Inspired a New Mission at Old North Foundation

The enduring fame of the Old North Church in Boston began on the evening of April 18, 1775, when church sexton Robert Newman and vestryman Capt. John Pulling Jr. climbed the steeple and …

#AAM2021 Elevate Stage Session: More Than Words—Solidarity Statements in Action

When it comes to structural racism, museums must be honest about their past mistakes, including how they will address them and what they believe in now. Sites of Conscience members will …

#AAM2021 Elevate Stage Session: Increasing Racial and Ethnic Diversity on Museum Boards

How do we diversify the makeup of museum boards while promoting artists, curators, leaders, and museums who preserve and tell the stories of people of color? Many museums are challenged …

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 …

What Does a Truly Equitable Recruiting Process Look Like?

A few years ago, AAM began a journey to re-evaluate our recruitment process and do more to encourage a diverse applicant pool for our job openings. As a result, we overhauled our …

Crowdsourced Resources on Museums & Creative Aging

IMHO, the best thing about webinars—a feature not replicated by live events—is the chat room. Chat offers the thrill of passing notes in class, but with the explicit validation of the …

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 …

Same Storm, Different Boats

Sometimes, in the wake of disruptive events. the world acts like a rubber band, snapping back to its original shape. Other times, disruptions have a lasting impact—resetting our boundaries, …

Hindsight is 2020: What We Learned About Leadership in a Crisis

At the height of the pandemic, as so many aspects of our professional and personal lives hung in the balance and emotions fluctuated between despair and hope, effective leadership surfaced …

Rethinking Our Human Resources Practices to Build a More Equitable Museum

Less than three weeks after COVID forced museums around the globe to close their doors last year, an article by Arundhati Roy in The Financial Times titled “The Pandemic is a Portal” …

A Deeper Model of Community Co-Creation

Museums often talk about reaching out to communities, or co-creating with community members, for an exhibition or project. But often in these cases, the formula is lopsided in favor the …

BMA security guards will curate an exhibit next year

The Baltimore Museum of Art announced that one of its exhibits for 2022 will be Guarding the Art, a show that will be curated entirely by 17 members of its security…

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Cross-Sector Partnerships Key to Institutionalizing Creative Aging

Category: Creative Aging
Lifetime Arts CEO/Co-founder Maura O’Malley, Daphne Kwok, Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Asian American & Pacific Audience Strategy at AARP, and Andrew Plumley, …

The Societal and Personal Impacts of Creative Aging

Category: Creative Aging
A workshop presented by Annie Montgomery and Maura O’Malley of Lifetime Arts. Museum Summit on Creative Aging, Ju…

Learning from Experience: Older Adults, Ageism and What Museums can do about it

Category: Creative Aging
Panel discussion with Eli Burke, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson; Steve Bennett, Union County Heritage Museum; and Sara Lowenburg, Louisiana State Museum. Moderated by Elizabeth Merritt, …

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