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Speaking the Audience’s Language: A Q&A with James Heaton

At some point in the pandemic, I was working on a project, and I needed a museum-based definition of a term relating to audience development and museum work. I started by flipping through a …

A Growing Backlash to DEI

Do you remember seeing this picture attempting to illustrate the difference between equality and equity? Now it also illustrates the latest battleground in the new culture wars. While a …

Neurodivergent Needs: A Q&A with ADDitude Magazine

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 …

Tips for Creating Accessible Museums: Universal Design and Universal Design for Learning

The American Alliance of Museums offers the following information from Violet Rose Arma, Curatorial Assistant & Administrative Support, University of Arizona Museum of Art. The …

The Transformative Power of Employee Activism

Museums and cultural institutions are undergoing a seismic shift, being rightly called to reassess norms and practices to address historical inequities and better reflect and serve their …

Using an Annual DEAI Report as a Tool for Transparency, Accountability, and Change

At science museums, we spend considerable time and effort instilling the notion in our visitors that mistakes are not something to shy away from, but opportunities for learning and growth. …

Disrupting Museum Behavior: An Exploration of the Art Institute of Chicago’s “Cripping the Galleries”

On a hot Sunday afternoon, Sydney Erlikh, seated in a wheelchair, leaned against Maypril Krukowski, a woman with glasses seated on a bench. Sounds of church bells, shuffling footsteps, and …
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Annual Report Template

Category: Governance & Support Organizations
An annual report is more than just a document; it’s a powerful engagement tool. It serves as a window into the museum’s soul, offering a transparent view of financial vitality, program …

Language/Arts: How the Verbal and Visual Intersect in Museums

Category: Alliance Blog
A picture is worth a thousand words. Or so the aphorism tells us. What, then, is the value of a single word? That is the question I have explored time and again as an educator in an art …

Define Museum: A Q&A with the Museum Glossary Project Team

Category: Alliance Blog
One of my all-time favorite sayings is, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together,” which was the case with the Museum Marketing, Communications, & Audience …

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