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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 …

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 …

National Snapshot of COVID-19 Impact on United States Museums (October 2020)

Between October 15-28, AAM and Seattle-based Wilkening Consulting conducted the second iteration of a survey of 850 museum directors to assess the impacts of COVID-19 on the museum field. …

Art Museum Director Survey 2020

Foreword This inaugural Art Museum Director Survey launched in early 2020. At the time, we did not know that a global pandemic would claim the lives of millions over the following months, …

A Snapshot of US Museums’ Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (June 2020)

On June 8, 2020, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) launched a survey designed to capture a snapshot of the state of US museums during the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. By the …

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 …

Interested in International Museum Partnerships? Download the Museums Connect Evaluation Report

Download your free copy of the Museums Connect Evaluation Findings. In 2017, the Alliance received funding from the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural …

Facing Change: A New Report from the American Alliance of Museums’ Working Group on DEAI

As director of inclusion at AAM, I help shape the Alliance’s strategic direction in our diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) focus area. I am responsible for leading our …
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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 …

Creating Connections: Merging Lifelong Learning and Music Therapy

Category: Museums and Aging
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona, celebrates music and world cultures through a multisensory experience—where guests can “travel” the globe through the sights and …

How a Disturbing Historical Discovery Inspired a New Mission at Old North Foundation

Category: Mission & Institutional Planning
The enduring fame of the Old North Church in Boston began on the evening of April 18, 1775, when church sexton Robert Newman and vestryman Capt. John Pulling Jr. climbed the steeple and …

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