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51 Museums Selected for Board Diversity and Inclusion Program as Part of $4 Million National Initiative

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American Alliance of Museums Names Task Force For Its National Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, And Inclusion Initiative

Excellence in DEAI Report

The culminating report from the Excellence in DEAI Task Force, co-chaired by Lonnie Bunch and Elizabeth Pierce, is now available. As a core component of AAM’s Facing Change initiative, the Excellence in DEAI report:

  • highlights the results from the task force,
  • lays the groundwork that allows our field to establish a common set of Core Concepts and Key Indicators of excellence in DEAI
  • offers strategies for assessing and measuring excellence in DEAI in museums,
  • and provides recommendations for how AAM can better embed DEAI within the Framework for Museum Excellence.

Visit this page to download the full report, discover what’s next for AAM, and find resources to support your work.

Facing Change: Insights from AAM’s DEAI Working Group

Facing Change Report Cover: A man looks into they eyes of a woman facing him with the text, "Facing Change" between them

In spring 2017, following its strategic plan, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) convened the Working Group on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI). Twenty museum professionals, representing a variety of disciplines, organizational sizes and types, and perspectives, came together monthly at the Alliance’s offices in Arlington, Virginia, and once at the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. For six months, this group examined the characteristics of effective museum inclusion practices and considered what steps the field could take to promote DEAI.

Download the report now to gain insights from the working group’s conversations about big-picture ideas and specific examples from their collective experiences.

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Point of View: What Matters Most

Accountability to our community means making changes from the inside out as well as from the …

Shifting the Conversation

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2022 issue of Museum magazine, a benefit of AAM membership. Two Facing Change Senior Fellows talk about their work supporting board …

Collaboration for Community Impact

After Facing Change, four historical societies in the Twin Cities are working together to better engage the African American communities …

A Transformative Journey

Participating in Facing Change has helped the Naper Settlement board and staff transform the i…

On Board with Change

The Walker Art Center’s Racial Equity and Inclusion Action Plan aims to change the makeup and culture of the institution’s board o…

Facing Change: An Overview

In 2015, Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole delivered a landmark keynote address at the AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo in Atlanta. In it she called upon museums to “be of social value by not …

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