Coffee, Cacti, and Collaboration: National Program Committee Kicks off #AAM2018 in Phoenix

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Image of Samuel Moore's name plate at the National Program Committee meeting

As a professional museum nerd, I can state for a fact that there is nothing more exciting than being in a room filled with other museum nerds–which is what makes AAM’s Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo so exciting. But every fall, long before people begin boarding planes to attend the annual meeting in its host city, a group of around 35 … Read More

Access and Inclusion Case Study: Connecting Students to the Museum Field

Amy Miller and Sarah SimsAnnual Meeting, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

In a session at the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting in St. Louis, a look around the room revealed a small sea of mostly mid-career museum professionals with experience and interest in education and interpretation. The presenter posed a question: “Think of a time when your curiosity was shut down. What held you back?” A murmur of voices swelled as attendees … Read More

Annual Meeting Featured Speaker Roundup

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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

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

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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

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion FAQ: AAM’s Annual Meeting Initiatives

Stephanie SzurekAnnual Meeting, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

At AAM, we’ve been busy working to integrate diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) into all of our practices, procedures, and programs. As you may remember, last year our chief of staff, Brooke Leonard, reported out on how your input influenced some of our early action steps. As the Annual Meeting approaches with the theme Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and … Read More

Meet the #AAM2017 Social Media Journalists

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We’re excited to introduce our #AAM2017 Social Media Journalists. You may recognize each of them from their ongoing contributions to conversations around race, LGBTQ rights, and gender issues in museums. They’ll be important contributors in engaging discussions around the Annual Meeting theme,  Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums. If you’re coming to St. Louis and you see … Read More

“Go Explore” Excursions Highlight St. Louis Museums, Neighborhoods and Food!

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Infographic Go Old North and Downtowncrop

From the nationally-renowned St. Louis Zoo, Laumeier Sculpture Park and St. Louis Art Museum to hidden gems like the World Chess Hall of Fame, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art and Field House Museum, “Go Explore St. Louis,” taking place on Sunday, May 7 and Monday, May 8, will give Annual Meeting attendees a chance to check out St. Louis’ top … 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