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9 Colossal Exhibit Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

A Comprehensive Tipsheet to Thoughtful Curation, Engaging Exhibits, and How to Limit Headaches When Bringing Museum Experiences to Life. This tipsheet was developed by Elizabeth Skrabonja …

Seeding the Future at the New Children’s Museum

I’m a huge fan of speculative fiction—stories with the power to immerse us in the daily reality of possible futures deeply and viscerally. We can fall in love with fiction in a way we …

Curatorial Chatbot: An Experiment with AI at the Nasher Museum of Art

CFM has explored museum applications of artificial intelligence (AI) since 2017, notably business analytics, customer service, collections data analysis, and provenance research. Today on …

Moments That Matter: Toward a Visitor-Centered Understanding of Belonging in Museum Spaces

Imagine being a visitor or a member of a visiting group walking into the lobby of a museum you’re familiar with: you see a sign proclaiming “you belong here.” How would you get a sense of …

Resisting the Colonial Imagination: The Role of Exhibition Design in the Decolonial Project

It is Monday morning at First Americans Museum (FAM), and a group of fifth graders are bustling with excitement as they embark on a gallery tour. A museum educator welcomes the students in …

The Six Tools for Effective Digital Design

In 2020, after a fifteen-year run working in museums on digital engagement projects, I decided to start my own consultancy. In the process of building it, I often heard from people familiar …

The Earnest Work of Dreaming: Chicanafuturism in Visual Art

Visions of the future created by and centering the experiences of Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC) are essential to our collective potential to transform the world as we …

The Value of Traveling Exhibits

This infographic shows some of the important ways that traveling exhibits provide financial, educational, and mission support for the museum. The Value of Traveli…

Crafting Cardboard Experiences: The Activity that Evolved into an Exhibition

This article first appeared in the journal Exhibition (Spring 2023) Vol. 42 No. 1 and is reproduced with permission. www.name-aam.org. If you don’t read the journal, learn how you can …
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Annual Report Template

Category: Governance & Support Organizations
An annual report is more than just a document; it’s a powerful engagement tool. It serves as a window into the museum’s soul, offering a transparent view of financial vitality, program …

Language/Arts: How the Verbal and Visual Intersect in Museums

Category: Alliance Blog
A picture is worth a thousand words. Or so the aphorism tells us. What, then, is the value of a single word? That is the question I have explored time and again as an educator in an art …

Define Museum: A Q&A with the Museum Glossary Project Team

Category: Alliance Blog
One of my all-time favorite sayings is, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together,” which was the case with the Museum Marketing, Communications, & Audience …

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