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Pursuing Learning through Intentional Practice

Most museum staff yearn to affect those who visit their museum; they want to create meaningful experiences that will be remembered long after people’s encounters. Stephen Weil believed that …

A Case Study—in Progress—of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Brand Refresh

With the arrival of a new director and CEO in 2016, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco expanded its largely encyclopedic approach to art history by introducing a curatorial department …

Attack of the 100-Year Old Startup

At first glance, museums and startups may not seem to have an overwhelming amount in common. The majority of museums are not-for-profit, mission-driven institutions and operate in a …

Killer Mike, the High Museum’s Newest Board Member, on How He Wants to Make Art More Accessible to the Working Class

Killer Mike is a busy man these days. The 43-year-old rapper is a committed activist and father of four. And now, he is also the newest member appointed to the board of Atlanta's High Mus…

What is our museum’s social impact?

Trying to understand and measure how our museum changes lives in our community. When the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) first opened its doors, it was considered a "people's museum," a …

Restructuring Nonprofit Organizations: Mergers, Acquisitions, Consolidations, Partnerships and Separations

*Please note that I am not your attorney, I am not giving legal advice and there is no attorney-client relationship. All legal questions should be directed to your legal counsel. This …

Internet and Cyberlaw Issues Impacting Cultural Organizations

*Please note that I am not your attorney, I am not giving legal advice, and there is no attorney-client relationship. This article seeks to raise awareness of some key internet and cyberlaw …

Point/Counterpoint

This article originally appeared in the January/February 2014 issue of Museum magazine. A benefit of membership in AAM.  The concept of strategic planning has been integral to American …

Required Elements of an Institutional Plan

This recorded webinar explores the elements of an institutional plan based on core standards; the most common plan shortcomings; and different approaches to planning and imple…

Required Elements of an Education-Focused Mission Statement

Watch this recorded webinar where colleagues explore the required elements of an education-focused mission statement based on national standards, why your museum needs an effective mission …

The Migratory Museum

This article originally appeared in the November/December 2009 issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of AAM membership. The Mount Horeb Mustard Museum is leaving Mount Horeb. After years of …

The Upside to Cutting Down

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2009 issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of AAM membership. Thirty percent of staff eliminated. Endowments evaporated overnight. …
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