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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 …

Museums as Economic Engines: Infographics Released!

While the Museums as Economic Engines – Full Report gives you all the detail you’ll need to understand the facts of museums’ economic contributions, sometimes you’ll …

Don’t Raid the Cookie Jar: Creating Early Interventions to Prevent Deaccessioning Crises

This paper summarizes the ideas and recommendations generated at “Don’t Raid the Cookie Jar: Creating Early Interventions to Prevent Deaccessioning Crises,” a convening …

Museum Board Leadership 2017

Good governance is essential to the work of museum trustees and directors, providing the very foundation for the museum’s success. Together the board and the director set the direction of …
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