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Get Your Geek On! How Museums Can Host Mission-Driven Community Conventions

Did you know that a freight elevator can just barely fit a life-size Tyrannosaurus rex puppet? We happened to learn this while getting ready for the Geek Con, an annual event held by the …

Strategic Budgeting: Eight Ideas to Help Finances Power Your Priorities

Every dollar that enters your museum has the power to advance your mission. It can fund your highest priorities, create goodwill with your community, and engage your staff. Why, then, is a …

Museums and the Living Wage: How Filoli Developed a Bold Pay Equity Initiative

Each year CFM’s TrendsWatch brings attention to bear on critical issues for museums, challenging our sector to think about how we might adapt to a rapidly changing environment. Examining a …

Museums Discover Impact Investing

CFM first flagged impact investing as a trend of significance to museums in 2013, inspired by a talk Seth Miller gave at SXSW in which he declared that “every time you spend a dollar, you …

The Path to Financial Recovery and Resilience: An #AAM2022 Keynote by Michael Bobbitt

Michael Bobbitt, Executive Director of Mass Cultural Council, opened the Financial Wellness focus area of the 2022 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo with his keynote, “The Path to …

Evolve Your Fundraising to Become More Anti racist Real Examples From the Field

Hear from professionals at museums around the country who are trying to make their fundraising practices more antiracist. As museums face ever growing pressure to holistically live the …

Capital Campaign Clinic

Museum Capital Campaigns are moving forward—even thriving—and are helping institutions navigate current challenges and ensure their future relevance. Gain practical guidance on effectively …

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 …

Planning for Sustainable Success Fundraising Management in a Changing World

This is a recorded session from the 2020 AAM Virtual Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. Presenters: Donna McGinnis, President & CEO, Naples Botanical Garden and Kate Brueggemann, VP, …

Applying Art History to Workplace Safety: Saving Lives and Growing Revenue at the Toledo Museum of Art

Over the course of its distinguished 120-year history of art education, the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA) has offered classes that extend beyond simple drawing and painting into topics ranging …

Measuring Social Impact for Financial Sustainability

This is a recorded session from the 2020 AAM Virtual Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. This session will unpack one museum’s journey to articulate and measure their social impact. …

NHM reveals economic benefits of digitising 80 million objects

The Natural History Museum aims to digitise 80 million objects in its collection, revealing that the economic benefits of digitisation are 'at least ten times greater than the c…

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#AAM2023: New Focus, New Flow, New Formats

Category: Alliance Blog
For as long as anyone could remember, AAM’s 115-year-old Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo had been structured in about the same way. As with most professional conferences, people who wanted …

The BTA 2022 Art Museum Trustee Survey

Category: Research and Reports
The Characteristics, Roles, and Experiences of Black Trustees Foreword The Black Trustee Alliance for Art Museums (BTA) was established in 2021 to transform art museums into more equitable …

Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey 2022

Category: Research and Reports
Foreword Art museums aspire to play a singular social role for the public—they commit to both preserving and stewarding collections of art for current and future generations, while also …

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