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As the pandemic struck, like Alice in Wonderland or Dorothy in Oz, museum workers found themselves cast into a completely new reality. Lengthy closures and stay-at-home orders unmoored us …


The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020 threw museums into uncharted territory, simultaneously rendering their physical spaces inaccessible and triggering a mass shift to the …

The BTA 2022 Art Museum Trustee Survey

The Characteristics, Roles, and Experiences of Black Trustees Foreword The Black Trustee Alliance for Art Museums (BTA) was established in 2021 to transform art museums into more equitable …

Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey 2022

Foreword Art museums aspire to play a singular social role for the public—they commit to both preserving and stewarding collections of art for current and future generations, while also …

Art Museum Director Survey 2022 Documenting Change in Museum Strategy and Operations

Download the report Forward Art museum directors play a critical role in the cultural ecosystem, often serving as a bridge between trustees, staff, and the public. Directors have a …

Excellence in DEAI Report

Download the report Download a print-friendly version Navigation Introduction and how to use this report Next Steps Thank you and resources Support this work and contribute feedback, …

National Snapshot of COVID-19 Impact on United States Museums (fielded December 2021-January 2022)

The National Snapshot of COVID-19 Impact on United States Museums survey, conducted by AAM and Wilkening Consulting, was fielded December 8, 2021-January 20, 2022.  Over 700 museum …

Museums and Trust 2021

Museums consistently rank among the most trusted institutions in the US. Research commissioned by AAM in 2001 found almost 9 out of 10 Americans find museums to be trustworthy—and no other …

New Resource—Strategies for Engaging and Representing Latinos in Museums

The Latino Network of the American Alliance of Museums has released Strategies for Engaging and Representing Latinos in Museums, a new in-depth resource which provides background …

National Snapshot of COVID-19 Impact on United States Museums (fielded April 2021)

Between April 6-30, 2021, AAM and Seattle-based Wilkening Consulting conducted the third iteration of a survey of museum directors to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on the museum field. The …
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#AAM2023 Keynote: Gregg Deal

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Gregg Deal (Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe) took the stage as the 2023 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo keynote speaker. Deal is a multi-disciplinary artist, activist, and “disruptor.” His …

Empathy Interviews: A Tool for Museums to Understand the Feelings and Experiences of Others

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Imagine sitting down with local community members and hearing stories about the places they feel they can show up as their most authentic selves, or where and how they have learned …

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