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What Does it Mean to Trust a Museum?

Last September, AAM released Museums and Trust 2021, a survey that measured how museums were performing during a time of record public distrust in a wide range of institutions, from news …

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 …

What Does It Mean to be Trustworthy?

On September 30, the Alliance released Museums and Trust 2021, the latest research to measure public trust in US museums. It was reassuring, though not surprising, that the results confirm …

A Q&A with Dirk Hiscock, Designer of This Year’s Winner for Excellence in Publication Design

After reviewing hundreds of entries every year, the jury for AAM’s annual Museum Publications Design Competition awards only one publication with the Frances Smyth-Ravenel Prize for …

From the President and CEO: Adapting to Community Needs

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2021 issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of AAM membership. Distrust and skepticism in many of our country’s institutions is …

Point of View: Museums Must Be More

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2021 issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of AAM membership. ICOM’s definition of “museum” needs to take into account how the …

Exploring Museums and Trust 2021

The 2019 edition of TrendsWatch took a deep dive into the topic of trust, summarizing the global “trust deficit” and its effect on society. The subject was of particular importance to …

Museums and Trust 2021

Museums consistently rank among the most trusted institutions in the US. Research commissioned by AAM in 2001 found almost 9 out of 10 Americans find museums to be trustworthy—and no other …

Museums Can Renew America Through the Semiquincentennial

Though it may still feel like a long way off, the United States’ 250th anniversary is rapidly approaching. Right now, the US Semiquincentennial Commission, federal agencies, state history …

Point of View: Harnessing an Untapped Power

Museums can use emotions to encourage empathy, inspire action, and build …

From the President: Practicing Empathetic Leadership

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2021 issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of AAM membership. Like many of you, my family and I have really missed going to museums. Until …

A National Collaboration Unites Black Museums in Celebration of Juneteenth

African American museums across the country bear a glorious responsibility to educate and engage, to inform and inspire, to bring together and build. As anchors for this engagement …
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Category: Alliance Blog
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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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