Our Institutions as Sanctuaries

Eduardo DíazDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion0 Comments

Blooming cherry tree in front of All Souls Unitarian Church (1924, Coolidge & Shattuck) at 16th and Harvard Streets NW. Photo by Mr.TinDC (Flickr) CC BY-ND 2.0

Eduardo Díaz is the director of the Smithsonian Latino Center and a 30-year veteran of arts administration. He is an advisor to the Smithsonian’s Secretary and Provost/Under Secretary for Museums and Research as well as to Congress and other government agencies on a range of cultural development issues related to Latino communities in the United States and their impact on … Read More

Meet Arthur Affleck, the Alliance’s New VP of Development

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Arthur Affleck, New VP of Development at AAM

On March 20, AAM welcomed Arthur Affleck as our new vice president of development. Arthur will lead all aspects of the Alliance’s fundraising programs and activities with the primary goal of building a culture of philanthropy in support of the Alliance’s 2016-2020 strategic plan. Before joining us, he has worked more than 30 years in higher education and most recently … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 3/17/2017

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

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This week’s Roundup shares stories of the federal budget, the role of museums as hosts for dialogue in difficult times and a story of cross-cultural empathy. Enjoy! 1. It’s official folks, the president’s first budget formally proposes the elimination of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities (NEA and NEH). But remember, … Read More

Measuring Impact in the Cultural Sector: Catching up with Harry Verwayen of Europeana

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Harry Verwayen. Deputy Director, Europeana

Though Washington D.C. didn’t get the worst of spring storm Stella, the weather promised just enough snow and ice to cause cancellations, delays, and low-level havoc on people’s schedules. Due to the impending weather, the Smithsonian Digitization Program Office had to postpone its 2017 Digitization Fair, a two-day deep dive into the issues of impact of digitization programs (keep an … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 3/10/2017

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This week’s Roundup shares stories of diversifying museum personalities, managing museum reputations, studying the impact museums as part of the education ecosystem and working with board and staff to best support museum professionals. Enjoy! 1. In part homage to the social media manager, Russell Dornan reflects on how digital communications have helped museums develop personalities. As the person in charge of social … Read More

How to Promote Museums’ Significance in our Nation

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Museums Advocacy Day group meeting with a legislator

Lindsey Steward is a museum education professional with seven years experience in the field. She has a Masters of Arts in Public History from Central Connecticut State. A version of this article originally appeared on Medium. You can find Lindsey on Twitter @Steward2Lindsey. Lindsey Steward Lindsey Steward Museums Advocacy Day 2017 took place February 27-28th. Each year since 2009, museum professionals … Read More

All Kids Need Museums: The Funding Hunt

Amanda SpencerFeatured, P-12 Education, Strategic Plan0 Comments

Children playing at the Reading Public Museum

Amanda Spencer is the grants manager at the Reading Public Museum in Reading, PA. You can reach Amanda and the museum on Facebook @readingpublicmuseum, Instagram @rdgmuseum & Twitter @rdgmuseum. “Thank you Reading Public Museum and Planetarium for the free field trip….Thanks for the awesome touring and for being nice and answering our questions. Also for letting us touch stuff like the glowing … Read More

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

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This week’s Roundup shares stories of a big art museum resignation, new museums opening, a whole country celebrating International Women’s Day through its museums and some thoughts about relevancy in these times. Enjoy! 1. The big news in art museums this week was the resignation of Thomas Campbell as director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The announcement … Read More

Inside Scoop: Museum Professionals Recommend St. Louis’ Best Eats

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The Annual Meeting in St. Louis is right around the corner (May 7-10). Let’s start exploring the Gateway City. With some of the most innovative and diverse restaurants in the Midwest, St. Louis is quickly becoming known for its food scene. Local chefs such as James Beard winner Gerard Craft of Niche Food Group, owner of Sardella, Pastaria, Brasserie and … Read More