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Museums Can Renew America Through the Semiquincentennial

Though it may still feel like a long way off, the United States’ 250th anniversary is rapidly approaching. Right now, the US Semiquincentennial Commission, federal agencies, state history …

Report: Positive trends in aging, but not for everyone

More older Americans are able to meet their daily care needs without assistance, a report shows, but concerning gaps remained for older Black and Hispanic people. According to the …

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 …

What I Learned in a Year of Writing “Museums and Creative Aging: A Healthful Partnership”

The creative aging movement is coming of age, and just in the nick of time. As of last year, 80 percent of state arts agencies across the United States reported a high or very high demand …

Plantations aren’t paying reparations, but have started programs to give back to descendants

Plantations that now serve as museums have worked in recent years to better acknowledge the experiences of enslaved people, rather than focusing on those of enslavers. Although none has …

New Resource—Strategies for Engaging and Representing Latinos in Museums

The Latino Network of the American Alliance of Museums has released Strategies for Engaging and Representing Latinos in Museums, a new in-depth resource which provides background …

How the Delaware Art Museum is Centering Community Voices in Interpretive Planning

In 2018, the Delaware Art Museum (DelArt) began a radically inclusive approach to reinstallation planning, integrating community voices at every stage through focus groups, iterative …

Meet Patrice, the Spy Museum robot who is opening a secret world to hospitalized kids

Patrice is a small, sleek robot that is opening up the International Spy Museum to hospitalized children and young adults who can’t physically get to the building. This has proved to be …

Looking Within: AAM’s Internal DEAI Work

Most of you reading this probably know about Facing Change, AAM’s multi-year initiative to increase the diversity of museum boards and ultimately create more diverse, equitable, accessible, …

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 …
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