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The ICA San Francisco: a new type of museum

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) San Francisco is a groundbreaking, non-collecting art museum. It will open in September 2022 in the city's Dogpatch district. Located in an 11,000 …

Building a More Just and Equitable World: Introducing AAM’s 2022-2025 Strategic Framework

The museum field, like society at large, is at a pivotal moment of reflection and rebuilding. As the collective museum community, the choices we make in the coming months and years about …

After MAP, KidsPlay Children’s Museum Is Ready to Build Community Bridges

Through the Museum Assessment Program, museums gain perspective on how to improve core areas of their operations, with a combination of guided self-reflection and close consultation with an …

Is That Hung White? Revisiting Issues of Race and Inclusion in Exhibitions

This is a recorded session from the 2020 AAM Virtual Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. In 2019, we got real and vulnerable about the consequences stemming from the lack of diversity and …

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 …

Lessons in Equity from Culturally‐specific Museums

This is a recorded session from the 2020 AAM Virtual Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. Many culturally‐specific museums are committed to providing space, a consistent platform, and an …

Are Museums’ Young Patron Groups Meeting Calls for Diversity?

As demographics change across the United States, particularly in urban centers, and the baby boomers enter old age, the country’s …

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 …

Whose Writing Is on the Wall at the Museum? It Could Be Yours.

Many curators are turning to experiments that give outside voices the chance to speak within museum walls — such as writing wall labels — that experts say may help visitors connect with …

An Investment in Our Collective Future: Building for Staff Advancement from the Inside Out

With the worst of pandemic disruptions behind us (we hope) some museums are using this as an opportunity to rethink their operations, rather than simply rebounding to the previous norm. …

Pushing the Boundaries

The Whitney Plantation Museum confronts the truth of its history in all facets of its …

Beyond the Museum Walls

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2021 issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of AAM membership. The Queens Museum serves as a community anchor by embracing porosity, …
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