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Virtual Internships Are Here to Stay—and That’s a Good Thing

Amid the challenges of 2020, one of the most successful learning experiences for me was pivoting to a 100 percent remote internship program at the National Gallery of Art. When I began …

How the National Air and Space Museum Took Volunteering Virtual

A mother and her spaceship-loving children, ages five and seven, arrive at the Steven F. Udvar Hazy Center using their timed tickets. As they enter the museum, unsure where to turn first, a …

MSN Conversation #3: Making the Future Museum We Want

View a recording of “MSN Conversation #3: Making the Future Museum We Want” presented by American Alliance of Museum (AAM)’s Museum Studies Network on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. MSN’s …

Hosting Remote Internships: Successes, Challenges, and Thoughts for the Future

When I posted our call for internship applications last December, I had a very different idea of what the summer would look like. A typical internship at the Chrysler Museum of Art involves …

How Can We Make Volunteer Programs More Inclusive and Accessible?

Last year, AAM released a popular toolkit on structuring, developing, and supporting volunteer programs—whether starting from scratch or reimagining an existing program. Since the release …

Baltimore Museum to Sell 3 Blue-Chip Paintings to Advance Equity

The Baltimore Museum of Art is deaccessioning three paintings, by Brice Marden, Clyfford Still and Andy Warhol, and expects to receive approximately $65 million from a combination of an …

Navigating a Job Search in the COVID-19 Market

The museum field, and cultural institutions in general, have undoubtedly been hit hard by COVID-19. As a result, many museum professionals are finding themselves job searching and …

Museopunks Episode 45: Getting By With A Little Help

Mutual aid systems rely on forms of exchange, sharing support and resources, to enable communities to care for their members in the face of difficulty. In May this year, Museum Workers …

Mind the Accessibility Gap

When we talk about equity, diversity, and inclusion in museums, we have a usual list of groups we mention: Black and Indigenous people, other people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, unhoused …

Museums Have a Docent Problem: Inside the struggle to train a mostly white, unpaid tour guide corps to talk about race.

Palace Shaw was standing in one of the galleries in Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art when she heard something that rattled her. It was the summer of 2017, and the show on display …

Mutual Aid in a Time of Crisis

The upheavals of 2020 are drawing more attention to a venerable form of community self-help: mutual aid societies. These self-organized support groups arose in the eighteenth century as a …

Do Volunteer Programs Need Reinventing for the Reopened Museum?

Last year, AAM released a popular toolkit on structuring, developing, and supporting volunteer programs—whether starting from scratch or reimagining an existing program. Since the release …
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