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Idaho state museum amplifying the voices of the hispanic and latino communities

The Idaho State Museum is amplifying the voices of the Hispanic and Latino communities through a new exhibition, Nuestras …

Inviting Engagement: Front-of-House Workers Become Online Content Creators

After announcing our free admission initiative in January 2020, MOCA’s lobby was a bustling hive of activity. Visitor engagement staff welcomed attendees by scanning their tickets and …

Inside Out Outside In: A resilience model for museums offers strategies to address challenging realities.

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2021 issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of AAM membership. “For museums, the choice is either resilience or irrelevance. When museums see …

Landscape of Civil Rights

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2021 issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of AAM membership. The Free and Equal project created a museum-without-walls experience for the …

Native Resilience

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2021 issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of AAM membership. The Minnesota Historical Society created a department to implement a strategy …

History is Healing: The Kansas City Museum is using restorative practices to develop exhibitions and programs for and with its community.

This article originally appeared in the May/June 2021 issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of AAM membership. In 2015, the Kansas City Museum in Missouri began a multistage, multiyear …

How a New Era of Volunteer Programs Is Embracing Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion

One of the most powerful ways for the public to engage with museums is not as visitors. It’s as volunteers. Here’s why: the volunteer experience is direct and immediate. Volunteers spend …

Empathy Interventions: Mia Experiments with Cultivating Empathy in Museum Visitors

Can the visual arts foster empathy and understanding? From our experiences as art museum educators, we believe they can, but there is little empirical research to support this theory. So, …

It Is Time to Include AANHPIs In Museum Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Efforts

Over the past year, we have all witnessed the increasing acts of hate and violence against Asian Americans, particularly against women and the elderly. Some have tried to cast these …

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 …

In Baltimore, the Walters Art Museum confronts the Confederate history of its founders

In the wake of the national reckoning around social and racial justice, the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore has broadened its founders’ biographies to include their support for the …

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