Introducing Alliance Labs

Rob SteinAccess, Alliance Labs, Featured, Strategic Plan6 Comments

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The American Alliance of Museums was founded in 1906 at a meeting of some 25 museum leaders of the day who gathered in New York City to discuss, “the advisability of endeavoring to establish an association of the museums of America”. While many things have changed about museums and our communities over those 110 years, we still believe that working … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 2/17/2017

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

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This week’s Roundup shares stories about the virtues of complexity, #DayOfFacts, alternate reality in service of accessibility, #Art-Less without immigrants, and some tips for crafting a meaningful visitor experience. Enjoy! 1. We’ll kick off this week with Elaine Heumann Gurian suggesting that our culture has overly privileged simplicity over complexity resulting in a broadly divisive ‘us vs. them’ position. She argues that museums “have … Read More

#DayofFacts Questions Answered

Mara Kurlandsky and Allison HartleyAdvocacy, Alliance Labs, Featured0 Comments

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In a recent article, Alli Hartley and Mara Kurlandsky wrote about the inspiration and goals for the #DayofFacts social media campaign taking place on Friday, February 17. Over the course of the past few weeks, they’ve received a number of questions about the role of the campaign in the broader museum field’s response to current events. Here, Alli answers some … Read More

#DayofFacts Explained

Mara Kurlandsky and Allison HartleyAdvocacy, Alliance Labs, Featured0 Comments

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#DayofFacts is an international social media campaign occurring on February 17, 2017. Alli Hartley and Mara Kurlandsky developed the concept as a day where institutions share mission-related content using the hashtag #DayofFacts. Alli and Mara share this first of two posts on the idea behind the campaign. On February 17, museums, libraries, archives, science centers and other cultural institutions will take to social media platforms … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 2/10/2017

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

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This week’s five opens access to 375,000 images, ponders preserving the spirit of punk rock, immerses into virtual reality, writes social stories and develops risk-takers. Enjoy! 1. Earlier this week the Metropolitan Museum of Art made a big announcement that it would change its open access policy to allow use of 375,000 collection images for any purpose, including commercial and noncommercial use, free of … Read More

What Are You Going to Build?: Creating a ‘Brighter World’ through International Exchange

Alexandra RoeA World of Connections, Featured, Global Thinking0 Comments

We stood near the back of a crowded art room surrounded by mismatched couches and stools where students fresh out of class and/or work for the day were seated: one rummaging through her backpack, a few typing away on their smartphones, most with their eyes trained on us. By complete chance, our tour of the AS220 art space in Providence, … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 2/3/2017

Liz NeelyMuseum News0 Comments

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Enjoy your weekend with this week’s five picks for the Roundup.  1. Black History Month in the U.S. is intended to honor, as President Ford stated in his 1976 address officially designating the month, the “too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” February became the chosen month as it coincides with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News

Liz NeelyMuseum News0 Comments

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Welcome to our fresh baked new column entitled Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News. Here we’ll pick 5 stories from the week that we found relevant, intriguing, fun or all of the above.  1. We’ll start this week’s roundup with a shout out to zoos and aquariums for reminding us of the wonders, diversity and, well, cuteness of animal life with the #CuteAnimalTweetOff. … Read More

The power of applied data for museums

Andrew SimnickAlliance Labs, Featured4 Comments

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Dr. Andrew Simnick is Senior Vice President for Finance, Strategy, and Operations at The Art Institute of Chicago. Matthew W. Norris is Executive Director of Analytics at The Art Institute of Chicago.Since 2014, Andrew and Matthew have worked together to bring applied data and analytics to all aspects of the Art Institute of Chicago. Museums are complex organizations, although they are not … Read More

Election 2016: What it means for museums

Gail Ravnitzky SilbergliedAdvocacy, Featured0 Comments

Advocates from Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa review the issues and prepare for their Capitol Hill meetings at a Museums Advocacy Day.

Gail Ravnitzky Silberglied unpacks the results of the 2016 election and outlines steps every museum supporter can take to speak up for museums. “If anyone was on the fence about whether participating in Museums Advocacy Day makes a difference, make no mistake: The stakes could not be higher.” Gail is AAM’s VP for government relations and communications and a Capitol Hill … Read More