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

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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

Becoming a Data Startup – Part 1

Rob SteinAlliance Labs, Featured0 Comments

A photo of the Grace Museum from the street

Have you ever wished you could visualize and analyze some of your museum’s data, but weren’t quite sure how to start? Maybe you’re a museum person who is comfortable with technology, but not quite a coder.  Perhaps you don’t think of yourself as a technology person at all, but love to learn and see the value of data for helping … Read More

#DayofFacts Questions Answered

Mara Kurlandsky and Allison HartleyAdvocacy, Alliance Labs, Featured0 Comments

DayofFacts Logo over map of the world

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

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DayofFacts Logo over map of the world

#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

The power of applied data for museums

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Heat map showing visitor heat signatures.

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

AAM’s Organizational Culture: It’s About How We Work

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AAM Group work at the Building Museum

Laura Lott, President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums Laura Lott, President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums I have always been a student of organizational culture – intrigued by how groups of people operate together and curious about how different leadership styles and management techniques can produce dramatically different outcomes from the same group of … Read More

Failing Forward: On Web Accessibility

Rob SteinAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured, Strategic Plan4 Comments

Sign for speed bumps ahead

So we’re a few weeks into the launch of our new Alliance Labs initiative here at AAM and already we’re learning a lot.  In fact, the work of bringing our team together to launch this effort at all helped us to learn many different things. While I would love to tell you about how easy and smooth the whole process was – instead, … Read More