Excellence & Equity at 25: Then, Now, Next

Greg StevensAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion1 Comment

Greg Stevens is director for professional development at AAM. (Excerpted in Museum magazine, Jul/Aug 2017) Diversity. Equity. Accessibility. Inclusion. These terms (together, “DEAI”) are central to current, often animated discourse across the field, reflecting a significant time of transition for museums. With the important diversity and inclusion conversations currently taking place, colleagues who were around in the late 1980s and early … Read More

3 Questions with the Nichols House Museum

Cecelia WallsAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

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Over the past few week’s we’ve heard from the Imagine Children’s Museum, the Mob Museum, and the Museum of Danish America on what it means to achieve accreditation. This week we hear from Victoria McKay, executive director, of the Nichols House Museum. 1. What does accreditation mean to you personally and/or to your museum? We are very proud of our accredited … Read More

10 Things We’ve Learned About Unbiased Hiring Practices at AAM

Katherine McNameeAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured2 Comments

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Last fall, I was a guest presenter in an AAM Webinar on unbiased hiring where I shared some blind screening techniques that we have begun incorporating into our hiring practices at AAM. With several recruitment efforts now concluded, my colleagues and I continue to reflect on the successes, challenges, and lessons learned as we experiment with ways to broaden the … Read More

3 Questions with the Museum of Danish America

Cecelia WallsAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

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Over the past two week’s we’ve heard from the Imagine Children’s Museum and the Mob Museum on what it means to achieve accreditation. This week we hear from Rasmus Thøgersen from the Museum of Danish America.   1. What does accreditation mean to you personally and/or to your museum? Achieving accreditation places the Museum of Danish America amongst the top … Read More

How Mia’s new strategy uses data to create personalized visitor experiences

Clare ReganAlliance Labs, Featured3 Comments

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Clare Regan is the Audience Insight Analyst at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). This is the second article in a series we are presenting on how Mia has expanded its audience. Last month, the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) talked about our new strategy for long-term sustainability. A key component of that strategy is personalization, the use of data and … Read More

3 Questions with the Mob Museum

Cecelia WallsAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

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Last week we heard from Nancy Johnson about the Imagine Children’s Museum’s accreditation experience. This week we talk with Jonathan Ullman, Executive Director of the Mob Museum. 1. What does accreditation mean to you personally and/or to your museum? I think we all have a profound sense of accomplishment in receiving accreditation. We have had accreditation as part of our strategic … Read More

Meet Roosevelt Dzime-Assison, the Alliance’s New VP of Finance and Administration

Joseph KlemAlliance Labs, Featured0 Comments

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On May 1, AAM welcomed Roosevelt Dzime-Assison as our new Vice President of Finance and Administration. Roosevelt will ensure the long-term growth and sustainability of the organization’s financial and business operations and is responsible for effective resource allocation to support the Alliance’s mission and achieve its 2016-2020 strategic plan. Before joining us, Dzime–Assison (pronounced “jim-ah-see-son”) most recently served as CFO at … Read More

3 Questions with the Imagine Children’s Museum

Cecelia WallsAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

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Pursuing museum accreditation can be a daunting prospect. But accreditation not only increases a museum’s credibility and value to its community and peers, it helps ensure the longevity of collections, it reinforces the museum’s education and public service roles and promotes ethical behavior. Something we should all strive for, don’t you think? As many of you know, AAM has recognized museum … Read More

Mia’s new strategy navigates changing consumer expectations, focuses on long-term sustainability

Kristin PrestegaardAlliance Labs, Featured0 Comments

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Kristin Prestegaard is the Chief Engagement Officer at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). This is the first article in a series we are presenting on how Mia has expanded its audience. At the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), we’ve worked hard to increase awareness of and attraction to the museum, and our efforts have resulted in a dramatic expansion … Read More

The Witte Museum – A Catalyst for San Antonio on the Rise

Laura LottAlliance Labs, Featured, Financial Sustainability0 Comments

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Laura Lott is the President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums. Have you heard about The New Witte? When you take the bold step of investing nearly $100 million in entirely reinventing a 90-year old beloved institution called The Witte Museum over a decade, you call the result “The New Witte.” Earlier this month, I got to experience … Read More