Alliance Advisory Services and Speakers Bureau

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Alliance Advisory Services and Speakers Bureau

Alliance expertise is available to museums, consortia, and companies on a select basis when such engagements enable us to amplify the value of our work, pioneer new areas of practice and help realize our vision of “a world informed and enriched by thriving museums.”

How can the Alliance help you with fee-based customized services? Talk to our staff about how we can help your organization improve your planning, inspire your community, explore new areas of practice, and become early adopters of emerging technology and business practices.

I represent a museum, and we want

  • a speaker to expand the thinking of our staff and board
  • a workshop to help us explore critical issues facing society, our sector and our institution
  • a national perspective in our strategic planning process
  • a presentation or keynote with tools, tips, and resources for advocacy
  • help planning and implementing digital projects
  • guidance on how we can work our way through the Continuum of Excellence towards accreditation
  • assistance with future-proofing our operations

I represent an association or service provider, and we want

  • an inspiring keynote or workshop for our conference
  • to partner with the Alliance on a program, project, or advocacy efforts
  • to collaborate on research that benefits museums or communities

I represent a funder, and we want

  • to help the nonprofits we support become more financially stable and self-sufficient
  • to evaluate our own operations in light of current financial, cultural, and technological trend
  • current and credible research to inform our funding decisions and document the impact of our work

I’m a developer or entrepreneur, and I want

  • input on the product or service I am designing for museums
  • help finding museum partners to test and refine my prototypes

Staff and Collective Expertise

Our staff collectively represent over 30 years of experience working in museums of all types and sizes. Staff are available on a selective basis for lectures, workshops, service on planning committees and consultations on key projects.


Based on the areas of focus identified in the Alliance’s strategic plan, and based on input from our wide membership, we concentrate on content and services related to:

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Museums and P-12 Education
  • Financial Sustainability
  • Museum Standards and Best Practices
  • Governance
  • Strategic Foresight and Exploring the Future of Museums and their Communities

Examples of Recent Work:

Exhibit planning charrette, the DoSeum, San Antonio, TX (contributing participant)

Strategic Re-visioning Task Force, National WWII Museum, New Orleans, LA (contributing participant)

Advising the American Library Association on the formation of the ALA Center for the Future of Libraries

Thought paper on the future of history organizations for the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage

Workshops on the future of inclusive museums for the US Embassy in Athens and Thessaloniki, Greece

Digital strategy and technology consultation with the Gilcrease Museum and the Tucson Museum of Art

Helping the Terra Foundation for American Art to identify candidate museums for a grant program

Assisting the Arizona Science Center to enhance its audience growth initiatives with visitor data and analytics

Use this form to start a conversation with Alliance staff about how we might provide customized services or a speaker to meet your needs.

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