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Core Concept Primer: DEAI is an ongoing journey without a fixed endpoint

A museum’s DEAI work should be a process of continual assessment, recognizing and reflecting the changing environment not just within the institution’s walls but in the wider world. No …

Core Concept Primer: DEAI is the responsibility of the entire organization

Sustained, meaningful, and impactful DEAI work must be reflected in all aspects of museums, from individuals to organizational culture, to policy and process. This work must not solely rely …

Core Concept Primer: DEAI demands an ongoing commitment of resources

Just as embarking on your museum’s DEAI journey is a task with no defined endpoint, allocating resources to this work must be ongoing. Implementing equity cross-functionally and sustaining …

The Best Museum Bathrooms, According to Museum People

When you think of all the memorable, thoughtfully designed spaces in museums, the bathrooms may not be the first thing that come to mind. They aren’t usually considered the feather in an …

‘Relationships Don’t Have an End Goal’: A Q&A with the Burke Museum’s Decolonization & DEAI Team

Some of the newest, and most defining, jobs in the current era of museums are those focusing on decolonization and diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. In recent years, as more …

Speak the Truth and Point to Hope: An #AAM2022 Keynote by Sandra Jackson-Dumont

Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Director & CEO of the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, opened the Organizational Culture focus area of the 2022 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo with her keynote …

Building Salary Equity at the Bakken Museum

Some of the most interesting conversations I had at #AAM2022 were about workplace issues, notably pay equity, and I was heartened to find many people in leadership positions are looking for …

The Uses of Discomfort LGBTQ Collections Their Repositories and Their Legacies

People left out of traditional cultural narratives are forced to become the custodians of their own histories. For queer institutions, this means collecting stigmatized materials that other …

Museum Accessibility Helping Patrons Who Are Blind to See Your Exhibitions

Audio description (AD), a relatively inexpensive and readily available technology, broadens the museum experience for all people and particularly for patrons who cannot see or have low …

Community and collaboration at the High Museum of Art

Randall Suffolk has been the director of the High Museum of Art since 2015. Previously, he served as director of Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and as director of The Hyde …

Reopening America’s Black Holocaust Museum

On 25 February 2022, America's Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, opened its doors to the public for the first time since 2008. The museum, which is both a historical …

How a Rapid-Response Pop-Up Inspired New Notions of Audience and Community

The events of 2020 and 2021 forced museums to innovate in ways and at a speed that would have been unthinkable prior. Our hope is that 2022 brings about a time of reflection, where we take …
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