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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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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” …

Descendants of Enslaved Persons at James Madison’s Montpelier to Have ‘Structural Parity’ in Unprecedented Board Restructuring

In a first-ever milestone for museums and historic sites that are former places of enslavement, The Montpelier Foundation (TMF) board of directors voted Wednesday, based on a proposal …

How museums can ethically invest their money

The top 45 museums in the US hold endowments of more than $40bn in aggregate. Unfortunately, [most] museums are invested in the very same types of companies—tobacco, weapons …

Investing for Values and Mission

Editor’s Note: This year AAM’s TrendsWatch leads with a call for museums to help close the racial gaps in wealth and power that divide the United States. As the report points out, one way …

The Four Principles of Purpose-Driven Board Leadership

In the face of increasingly pressing systemic inequities, nonprofit boards must change the traditional ways they have worked and instead prioritize an organization's purpose, show …

Reckoning with a Reckoning: How Cultural Institutions Can Advance Equity

As museums are increasingly outed by the communities they aim to serve about what art is presented, by whom and for what audiences, the onus for challenging the inherent structural …

New TrendsWatch! Navigating a Disrupted Future

In a normal year, TrendsWatch explores the impact emerging forces of change may have on museums in the next decade or longer. Some, such as demographic shifts, affect all museums in the …

How Two Artists’ Transformation of a Portland Museum May Provide a Blueprint for Larger Institutions

Washington County Museum in Portland, Oregon brought itself back from the brink of failure through decolonizing its practices and reinventing itself as the Five …

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Integrating Civic Learning Across Museum Education

Category: On-Demand Programs: Education and Interpretation
For years, museums have wondered how to be more relevant and to embrace our identities as civic institutions. At a time when multiple pandemics and crises of governance face the country and …

CARE-apy: Psychological Science and the Visitor Experience

Category: On-Demand Programs: Audience Research & Evaluation
When visitors leave a museum, in what ways are they different than when they walked in? What intellectual connections did visitors make with the ideas and artifacts with which they …

Changing Expectations, Changing Experiences: Cultural Audiences in the Post‐pandemic World

Category: On-Demand Programs: Engaging Audiences
This is a recorded session from the 2020 AAM Virtual Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. Audience attitudes towards culture—including basic assumptions about what constitutes a cultural …

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