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Tate Director delivers hard line on the future of museums

Directors of Tate and MCA join in launching the acquisition of artworks across their institutions with the assistance of Qantas; photo ArtsHub When Sir Nicholas Serota left the directorship …

Museums have a duty to be political

The former director of the Queens Museum in New York, Laura Raicovich, was celebrated for her political outspokenness. "At Queens Museum, the Director Is as Political as the Art" read the …

A Woman Who Is a Rare Find Among Museum Leaders

One particularly audacious show at the Musée d'Orsay was "Sade: Attacking the Sun." It focused on how the writings of the Marquis de Sade (who inspired the term "sadism") spurred a …

Do museum directors need curatorial experience?

The appointment of new directors at many of London's leading museums has provoked debate about what it takes to run a top institution. Are today's curators cut out for cultural …

Leadership, and Why You Need a SWOT Analysis (and a Personal Board of Directors)

Recently, I was poking around on LinkedIn, and found a couple of short posts that caught my attention. One was How to Do a SWOT Analysis on Yourself (and Why You Need One) by speaker, …

American Alliance of Museums Honors National Museum of African American History and Culture With Chair’s Leadership Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 1, 2017 Arlington, VA–The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the only organization representing the entire scope of the museum community, announced today that it …

Museum Leadership, Organizational Readiness, and Institutional Transformation

This case study was a part of a series on museum leadership, developed for the career and leader-ship management workshop for participants in the International Program, held at the AAM …

Museum Directors on Mentorship and Their Professional Journey

This article originally appeared in the March/April edition of Museum magazine. All museum directors started off as young people trying to find their way. Recently, in a series of …

Museum Leadership, Organizational Readiness, and Institutional Transformation

This article originally appeared in the March/April 2017 edition of Museum magazine. This case study was a part of a series on museum leadership, developed for the career and leadership …

Reflections on AAM’s Board Diversity Training

Laura Lott is the President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums. As I have spoken and blogged about for the past year, I learned A LOT in just a few days at the 2016 Forum on …

Leadership: The Self-Aware Museum Leader

Leadership experts and museum colleagues address the links between self-awareness and successful leadership, in addition to the connections between self-aware leadership and organization…

Museum Leadership and Growing Enormous Pumpkins

When I was a kid my dad got interested in growing big pumpkins—the kind that require several people or a forklift to pick up. To grow enormous pumpkins you need good seeds and soil, but the …
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