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Point of View: In Defense of Volunteerism in Museums

Volunteers play a vital role for museums, and museums need to prioritize their voluntee…

Welcoming Change at the USC Pacific Asia Museum

The USC Pacific Asia Museum took a trust-building approach to working with docents on an evolving education program for stu…

Valuing Our Volunteers

This article originally appeared in Museum magazine’s March/April 2024 issue, a benefit of AAM membership. While you may know me as the editor in chief of this magazine, I have another …

Point of View: A Renewal in the Rebuilding

Docent programs that evolve with the times will continue to serve their museums and commun…

Slowing Down With Intention at the Long Island Children’s Museum

Through reflective practice, the Green Teens volunteers at the Long Island Children’s Museum develop programming for visitors—and lifel…

Pride of Place at the Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum

The Quincy Valley Historical Society & Museum is a community jewel that runs mainly on volun…

Rethinking the Status Quo

What does museum volunteer retention look like in a post-pand…

Steering Your Museum’s Search for a Volunteer Management System

This tipsheet was developed by Elisa Kosarin, CVA, a Volunteer Engagement Specialist at TwentyHats, and Abbey Earich, Lead Volunteer Coordinator for the Smithsonian Office of Visitor …

Yes, I’m a Real Person! Adapting Your Volunteer Program during Instability

This is a recorded session from the 2021 AAM Virtual Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. As it cautiously reopened after closing for COVID-19, the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum …

Volunteers Want to Give: How to Respectfully Cultivate Donors from Your Corps

If you ask museum leaders, their advancement teams, and volunteer program staff about cultivating volunteers as donors, you’re likely to get a mix of reactions, ranging from enthusiasm to …

The Top Ten Alliance Blog Posts of 2021

Though 2021 was a slightly more normal year than 2020, with mostly open museums gradually regaining visitors, the pandemic still loomed large and colored most conversations. On the Alliance …
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Category: Alliance Blog
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Museums with a Future: Prioritizing Climate Resilience to Respond to a Changing World

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
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Guiding Light: How Values Exercises Can Help You Present Challenging Content

Category: Alliance Blog
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