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5 Ways to Keep Your Exhibit Project Moving…Remotely

Face-to-face collaboration has always been key to developing exhibitions at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. So, when COVID-19 led to a statewide shelter-in-place mandate halfway through a …

Prioritizing Image Descriptions and Digital Equity at Cooper Hewitt

During this time of crisis, it has never been more important to center access, equity, and inclusion in our response to the unknown. As we adapt quickly and shift our focus online, it is …

Now What?: Project Ideas for Museum Staff Working Remotely

By now, most of us are well into our stints of working from home. But weeks or months in, you might be finding it hard to think of new tasks you can do without access to your physical site. …

Seeking Self-Care Solutions, for COVID-19 and Beyond

Support Free COVID-19 Resources for the Field The current crisis is taking a distressing financial toll on cultural organizations, and AAM is no different. The Alliance Blog is supported by …

One Museum’s Plan to Keep Its Full Staff During COVID-19

Like most sectors of the economy, the museum field is facing sharp losses in revenue and uncertainty about when they will be reversed. Many institutions have decided to lay off, furlough, …

13 Tips for Working Remotely

With the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation in the US and elsewhere, museums may begin allowing employees to work from home. For those new to this type of work life, the Independent Museum …

The Top Ten Alliance Blog Posts of 2019

It was a whirlwind year of museums making themselves over for our changing world. Evolving ethics, social and technological transformation, and the looming presence of the bottom line are …

Reinventing Museum Careers

Museum workers tend to have a high sense of ethics, strong workplace values, and genuine pride in their organizations, relative to many other professions. But in recent times, the field has …

Taking Account

It’s natural that people tend to “take account” of their lives as they get older. They become interested in reviewing where they and their ancestors have been, and pay increased attention …

The battle to rebuild centuries of science after an epic inferno

Nearly a year after flames consumed Brazil's National Museum in Rio de Janeiro, researchers are struggling to revive their work and resume their lives. Nearly a year after flames consumed …

Revisiting Volunteers and Museum Labor

I’m working on an essay about museum volunteers and diversity, exploring how this issue intertwines with efforts to diversify our staff, boards, and audiences. What are the barriers …

TrendsWatch 2019: Take Care: Building resilience and sustainable practice

This is one of the five trends from the 2019 TrendsWatch. Click here to read more about the full report.  “Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” —Eleanor Brownn …
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