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Engaging Descendant Communities in Inclusive Programing, Exhibitions, and Interpretation on Slavery

This recording is from the Future of Museums Summit held November 1-2, 2023. Engaging descendant communities in the interpretation of slavery involves addressing the historical …

The Transformative Power of Employee Activism

Museums and cultural institutions are undergoing a seismic shift, being rightly called to reassess norms and practices to address historical inequities and better reflect and serve their …

From SME to C-Suite: Complementing Your Specialization with a Business School Education

In June, reporter Robin Pogrebin published “What Does It Take to Run a Museum? The Job Description is Changing.” in The New York Times. Drawing on interviews with veteran art museum …

Advancing DEAI in a Polarized World

Recently, we hosted a webinar with museum leaders on values-based communications for diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI). While all attendees were eager to commit fully …

AAM Announces Leadership Transition

Credited with leading transformational change, President and CEO Laura Lott steps down in June For Immediate Release ARLINGTON, VA – The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the only …

The Museum System Upgrade: A Q&A with András Szántó

In the early days of COVID lockdowns, longtime cultural consultant and writer András Szántó began interviewing dozens of museum leaders around the world. As the pandemic simultaneously …

More Than Words Solidarity Statements and Action

When it comes to structural racism, museums must be honest about their past mistakes, including how they will address them and what they believe in now. Sites of Conscience members will …

Community, connection and activism at the National Museum of African Art

Ngaire Blankenberg , the new director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art (), has been a consultant for museums and cultural destinations around the world. She draws on a …

Assess for Success

The AAM Museum Assessment Program inspired the Janet Turner Print Museum to expand its programming, collection, and collaboration with campus and commun…

The Role of the Board in Times of Crisis

This is a recorded session from the 2020 AAM Virtual Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. As the world responds to the impacts of COVID‐19, many museums are faced with the challenge to …
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Celebrating Deaf Culture: How 5 Leading Museums Approach Accessibility and ASL Year-Round

Category: Alliance Blog
After I asked my husband to repeat himself multiple times in one conversation, he eventually turned to me and said, “You don’t hear anything I say. Please get your hearing checked.” I …

Museums with a Future: Prioritizing Climate Resilience to Respond to a Changing World

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
This year’s TrendsWatch report spotlights the urgent need for humanity to curb our carbon emissions if we are to stave off the worst extremes of climate change. The term …

Guiding Light: How Values Exercises Can Help You Present Challenging Content

Category: Alliance Blog
Editor’s Note: If you’re interested in experiencing Ashley’s wellness work for yourself, come see her at AAM 2024, where she’ll lead two unique “Empathy in …

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