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Documenting Diversity

How should museums identify art and artists? By Frances Lloyd-Baynes Mia has been collecting art for more than a century, from cultures around the world and across history. We now have more …

Good Teaching is Good Teaching: English Learners and Museums

Dr. Veronica Alvarez, Director of School and Teacher Programs, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). After walking up a dark staircase from a concrete parking lot, this is the view that …

Seven broad statements that may or may not help your museum do a bit better at social media

But it depends on your specific context and struggles A thicc sheep and a chicken in trousers catapulted The Museum of English Rural Life to viral fame on Twitter in 2018. We've gone from …

Exhibiting Absence

Museums display things: art, artifact, specimens. They do this, mostly, in the service of teaching facts, revealing ideas, or driving emotion or empathy. Things help museums tell stories. …

What is our museum’s social impact?

Trying to understand and measure how our museum changes lives in our community. When the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA) first opened its doors, it was considered a "people's museum," a …

Museums doing digital and museums doing good — can we forge a connection?

This article outlines initial thinking around an emerging area of museum digital and social practice. Its intention is to create debate and raise questions rather than identifying any firm a…

The subtlety of shepherding an audience toward collection visitation.

I often write about solving big challenges - how to launch things or fully rework things, etc., but what about the times when you want to take something from good to great? That was exactly …

Change – CODE | WORDS Technology and Theory in the Museum

Everybody loves a good story. Stories have the power to draw out universal threads in our common experience. They can inform and entertain, terrify and inspire us. And yet stories aren't …

Museums… So What?

In August last year, the ethicist and contemporary philosopher Peter Singer wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times that struck a nerve with me and with many in the arts community …

Latest Stories from AAM

The Strong gives children in hospital robotic access to museum

Category: Accessibility
The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, has teamed up with the WeGo Foundation to allow children in hospital robotic access to the museum. The partnership will give children in …

The Mind Behind the Myth: Navigating visitor reactions at Kew Palace

Category: Center for the Future Of Museums Blog
During the pandemic, museums supported the mental health of their communities in creative and generous ways. Some created outdoor art installations to boost the spirits of people in nursing …

Looking Ahead: Embracing Sustainability and Resiliency for a Better Tomorrow

Category: Environmental Sustainability
The United Nations (UN) Climate Week provides a platform for organizations which include museums and cultural institutions to come together to discuss how an understanding on environmental …

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