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Excite, Build, Consider: A Structure for Open and Honest Feedback in Project Development

One challenge we’ve all probably faced in collaborative program and exhibit development/design is creating a space for open and honest feedback. We know candid feedback is crucial for …

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 …

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 …

AAM’s Education Committee Announces Four Pandemic Innovation and Education Awards

For Immediate Release Arlington, VA—The COVID-19 pandemic altered many established museum education practices. In response to these challenging times, museum education staff created …

A Futures Approach to Museum Planning

Nothing gives me greater joy than learning how the futurist materials created by CFM have helped museums and museum people in their work. Today on the blog, Ty Smith and Jeremy Taylor tell …

Pivoting to Virtual Field Trips and Education Programs: Advice from The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum

At The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, our mission is to teach history in order to impact behaviors today. With students in particular, we want them to encounter the history of …

Virtual Programs for Children—What Do Parents Want Now?

After of year of chaos, anguish, and reflection, the world is entering a new phase—perhaps “post-pandemic,” maybe the “new normal”—it will take a while to settle on the right label. Last …

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 …

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 …

Up Close and Personal: Finding Connection through Virtual Education Programs

My husband is a registered nurse, so his impact in our current reality is immediate and tangible. He has been working with patients since the beginning of the pandemic, and now is teaching …

Essential Evaluators: Answering COVID Questions

Essential Evaluators seeks to gather evaluators in a common space to dialogue, reflect, and support each other in a world upended by COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter protest movement. …
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