Digital birds perch at Yale’s Peabody Museum

Mike CummingsAlliance Labs, Featured0 Comments

The completed model of a Baird's sandpiper. This is the first bird model created at the Peabody using 3D technology.

Mike Cummings is a communications officer at Yale University. He previously worked as a reporter for daily newspapers in Mississippi and Connecticut. This article was originally published on YaleNews, April 7, 2017. Republished with permission. Four sandpipers congregate on a workbench in the basement of Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History. At first glance, the shorebirds look genuine — not unlike … Read More

Facilitating ‘Tough’ Conversations: A Case Study from the Evansville Museum

Karen Malone & the Community Relations CommitteeAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured, P-12 Education0 Comments

Karen Malone is the The Ruby C. Strickland Curator of Education at the Evansville Museum. You can reach out to her at karen@emuseum.org or follow her on Instagram @TheMuseumKaren. Make sure to ask her about the on-going adventures of the #MuseumShark! Have you ever wished to encourage a place for dialogue in your museum? How about using a format that would … Read More

The Most Important Question to Ask in a Capital Campaign

Nina SimonAlliance Labs, Featured, Financial Sustainability2 Comments

Rendering of what Abbott Square will look like when complete.

Nina Simon is the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History and author of The Participatory Museum (2010), The Art of Relevance (2016) and the popular Museum 2.0 blog. This article was originally published on Museum 2.0, March 28, 2017. Republished with permission. Nina Simon, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History Nina Simon, Executive Director, … Read More

Teaching Students to be Change Makers: Civic Education at Morven Park

Abby PfistererAlliance Labs, Featured, P-12 Education0 Comments

Advocacy Game

Abby Pfisterer is the Director of Education at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia. In this role, she leads the development of K-12 school programs that teach students the skills, knowledge, and mindset they need to be leaders and change makers – continuing the legacy of leadership left behind by the historic owners of Morven Park. In 2010 Morven Park, a … 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

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

Trusted Sources: Why Museums and Libraries Are More Relevant Than Ever

Dr. David SkortonAdvocacy, Alliance Labs, Headline0 Comments

South side of the Smithsonian Castle facing the Enid A. Haupt Garden during summer 2010

Dr. David J. Skorton is the 13th Secretary of the Smithsonian overseeing 19 museums and galleries, 20 libraries, the National Zoo and numerous research centers, including the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Washington, D.C. is a city of symbols. The rites, rituals, and places that define Washington capture the aspirations of … Read More