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With Strategic Focus, TikTok Creates New Opportunities for Cultural Institutions to Inspire Critical Thinking and Constructive Dialogue

In September of 2021, TikTok surpassed one billion users, making it the fastest-growing social media app. The video-sharing platform allows users to post short-form videos, which are then …

For Your Radar: The National Association of Museum Schools

When invited to make a statement I’d like to be true in the future, I often offer a vision of America in which “any child can choose to go to school in a museum.” Today’s guest post by …

Catching Feelings for a Triceratops: How Live Theater in Museums Evokes Empathy in Visitors

An excited murmur can be heard throughout the audience as they await the show to begin. When we come together to watch a live performance we expect to be moved, to be transported out of the …

STEAMing into Solvency: Integrating a Museum into the Public School System

The pandemic was an economic tsunami for museums, particularly those already experiencing financial stress. Relatively new museums, still getting their feet under themselves, were at …

In the Pandemic a New Museum Charter School is Born

Over the past two years, the pandemic has prompted museums to experiment with new products and services to meet the needs of their communities. Some of these experiments have turned out to …

The Top Ten Alliance Blog Posts of 2021

Though 2021 was a slightly more normal year than 2020, with mostly open museums gradually regaining visitors, the pandemic still loomed large and colored most conversations. On the Alliance …

The smell of success: how scent became the must-have interpretative tool

In the beautifully lit interior of Chiswick House (pictured, top), cellist Rebecca Knight paused in her playing and put her hand to her nose. It was a pre-arranged sign for the audience …

Integrating Civic Learning Across Museum Education

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 …

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 …

Telling overlooked stories at New-York Historical Society

The New-York Historical Society Museum and Library has announced a $140m expansion of its building on Central Park West. This will add more than 70,000 square feet of space to the …

With the Help of MAP, the Manassas Museum Met Its Changing Community’s Needs

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 …
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Sky’s the Limit: Holosonics’ Revolutionary Audio Spotlight Technology Honors Revolutionary Women at New England Air Museum

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New England Women in Aviation, the permanent exhibit unveiled in March 2022 at the New England Air Museum (NEAM) in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, utilizes Holosonics’ patented directional …

Contact Senators Today and Advocacy at #AAM2022

Category: Advocacy Alert
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Why I’m Going to Boston

Category: Alliance Blog
“It’s so good to see you!” How much new meaning has that simple phrase taken on over the last two years? Last September I attended my only in-person conference since the beginning of the …

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