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Independent Museum Professionals Network

Consultant, freelancer, independent professional, those making a career from multiple institutions. There are many names for those who don’t fall under the umbrella of a single institution, but instead are doing their best to hold umbrellas over their own heads.

Independent museum professionals come from every corner of the museum field – educators, curators, registrars, exhibit designers, fundraisers, public relations, etc. – and have common needs that go beyond their content specialty. This Professional Network aims to help fill those gaps.

The purpose of this network is:

  • to have a place where independent museum professionals can connect and ask questions of others who do this kind of work both at in-person events and through digital forums
  • to help the wider museum field understand how to effectively find and use independent museum professionals by providing printed and digital resources, workshops and networking events
  • to help independent museum professionals find targeted professional development that will help people at each stage of their careers by collaborating with other groups both inside AAM and externally
  • to collaborate with other Professional Networks on programs that benefit ALL museum professionals and support institutions in their use of independent museum professionals


The Independent Museum Professionals Network provides a central hub of resources, knowledge and connections. It actively works to support independent museum professionals as well as strengthen the relationship between independent museum professionals and museums.

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