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New TrendsWatch! Navigating a Disrupted Future

In a normal year, TrendsWatch explores the impact emerging forces of change may have on museums in the next decade or longer. Some, such as demographic shifts, affect all museums in the …

The State of the Museum Field in 2020, as Viewed by Students

On a day in April 2020, Richard E. Jones—a recent St. John’s University graduate who grew up with a view of New York City’s famous “Museum Mile” from his Harlem neighborhood—looked down the …

How Museum Studies courses are adapting to the pandemic

Museum studies programs in the UK have stable or rising enrollment this fall, despite COVID-19. However, the pandemic has accelerated a trend towards digitising university study that was …

Tales from Campus: how a collections-based seminar went virtual

All museums have had their worlds turned upside-down in the past year, but college and university museums and galleries face a specific set of challenges. According to the Chronicle of …

The Call of the Moment: Marjorie Schwarzer on the New Edition of Riches, Rivals, and Radicals

Riches, Rivals, and Radicals: A History of Museums in America has been read by students, professionals, and museum lovers alike since its first publication in 2006; its public television …

Museum Studies Network Inaugural Online Gathering: MSN Shelfie

View a recording of “MSN SHELFIE,” the inaugural online gathering from American Alliance of Museum (AAM)’s Museum Studies Network held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Moderator Juilee …

Adrienne Arsht Gives the Met $5 Million for Paid Internships and MetLiveArts Programming Focused on Themes of Resilience

The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced on Monday that Adrienne Arsht has pledged $5 million in support of its MetLiveArts series and also its internship program. This transformative …

Reinventing Museums: Pandemic Disruption as an Opportunity for Change

Looking for some good things in a terrible time, people have pointed out that air pollution plummeted as the world locked down, sea turtles are nesting undisturbed, managers are realizing …

What Museum Education Students Learned at #AAMvirtual

With the AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo transitioning to a virtual format this year, a new crop of colleagues was able to attend, participate, and share their reactions on social …

TrendsWatch: Building Financial Resilience in a Time of Crisis

  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 Center for the Future …

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 …

Listen to the Interns: The Importance of the “Budding Scholar” for Museum Decolonization

As a junior in college, I think I might have found my calling—for now anyway. For the past two and a half years I have been studying Art History, Museum Studies, and African American …
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Integrating Civic Learning Across Museum Education

Category: On-Demand Programs: Education and Interpretation
For years, museums have wondered how to be more relevant and to embrace our identities as civic institutions. At a time when multiple pandemics and crises of governance face the country and …

CARE-apy: Psychological Science and the Visitor Experience

Category: On-Demand Programs: Audience Research & Evaluation
When visitors leave a museum, in what ways are they different than when they walked in? What intellectual connections did visitors make with the ideas and artifacts with which they …

Changing Expectations, Changing Experiences: Cultural Audiences in the Post‐pandemic World

Category: On-Demand Programs: Engaging Audiences
This is a recorded session from the 2020 AAM Virtual Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. Audience attitudes towards culture—including basic assumptions about what constitutes a cultural …

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