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

Laura LottAlliance Labs, Featured, Financial Sustainability0 Comments

Image of the kitchen

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

Annual Meeting Featured Speaker Roundup

Cecelia WallsAlliance Labs, Annual Meeting, Featured0 Comments

Haben Girma, accessibility rights activist, lawyer

Hello from a sunny and warm St. Louis, MO. We’re learning so much about Gateways for Understanding at the AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. Today I thought I would give you a quick recap of what some of the attendees have been saying about our Featured Speakers. On Monday we had Haben Girma who inspired us to think about people with … Read More

How Québec changed my mind about museums!

John Early Museum Magnet Middle SchoolAlliance Labs, Featured, P-12 Education2 Comments

Katie attends John Early Museum Magnet Middle School in Tennesee. This is the first in a series we’ll be presenting from students attending John Early Museum Magnet Middle School. Spring break was approaching. I was told I would be going to Old Québec City for four days and then going skiing in Beaupré. “Gross. A week in the cold,” I … Read More

Missouri History Museum Exhibit Highlights St. Louis’ Role in Civil Rights Movement

Local Host CommitteeAlliance Labs, Annual Meeting, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

Woman reading a text panel

With a theme of Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums, the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting will put special focus on how our institutions can help support, heal and educate our communities. The Missouri History Museum will receive an AAM Award for diversity, accessibility, equity and inclusion at this year’s Annual Meeting for its #1 in Civil Rights: … Read More

Workplace Culture – Let’s talk about it!

Shawn VanDerzielAlliance Labs, Featured0 Comments

Image of a large group of people in front of taxadermied elephants taken from above

Shawn VanDerziel is the Chief Human Resources Officer at The Field Museum. This is the first in a series we’ll be presenting that discusses the Field Museum’s staff culture and engagement initiative. Last year I attended a great session at the AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo on hiring and diversity. One of the panelists spoke about the need to assess … Read More

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