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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 …

New Report—Museums and Creative Aging: A Healthful Partnership

This landmark report commissioned by the American Alliance of Museums and written by Marjorie Schwarzer is a call to action for museums to change the narrative about what it means to grow …

Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 on People in the Museum Field

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating effect on the US arts and culture sector—both on the nonprofit organizations that form an essential part of our civic infrastructure and on the …

Invite Your Visitors and Participants To Be Seen in a National Research Portrait — Especially if Your Museum Serves BIPOC or Rural Communities

Sometimes “anyone can participate” isn’t as inclusive as it seems. There can be all sorts of invisible barriers, including who even hears the invitation to begin with. …

Audiences and Inclusion: A Primer for Cultivating More Inclusive Attitudes Among the Public

In a deeply divided nation, museums can play an essential role in creating safe and welcoming spaces for the most marginalized and at-risk communities. A component of this work is in …
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Museums as Economic Engines

Category: Research and Reports
Museums play an essential role in cultural and social life across the US. They tell our stories, preserve our heritage, interpret the past, and explore the future. In this way, museums …

#AAM2023: New Focus, New Flow, New Formats

Category: Alliance Blog
For as long as anyone could remember, AAM’s 115-year-old Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo had been structured in about the same way. As with most professional conferences, people who wanted …

Post-Election Updates and Museums Advocacy Day 2023

Category: Advocacy Alert
Advocacy Alert – November 18, 2022 In this Alliance Advocacy Alert: Take Action to Support Funding for Museums: FY 2023 Funding Decisions Are Being Made Now. Last Chance! Urge Your …

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