Proving the Power of Place

Erin Carlson MastFeatured0 Comments

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The “Lincoln shiver” is what most people called it during the restoration of President Lincoln’s Cottage. The words were meant to evoke the feeling one gets just by being in the house, or on the grounds—here at the Soldiers’ Home, on a hilltop located on a federal campus in northwest Washington, DC. The shiver came at different times for different … Read More

10 Tips for First-Time Annual Meeting Attendees

Josette SouzaAnnual Meeting, Featured0 Comments

Phoenix in the Spring. Shot from South Mountain. Phoenix in the Spring. Shot from South Mountain. In 6 short weeks, thousands of museum professionals will arrive in Phoenix for the 2018 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo. With all the keynotes, sessions, networking events, and tours going on, it’s sure to be a whirlwind of professional development, connection, and fun. And … Read More

Labor of Love: Revaluing Museum Work

Emma Boast and Maddie MottDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured3 Comments

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This post was originally published on Medium, December 20, 2017. Over the last few years, museum workers have been increasingly vocal about job dissatisfaction. At the 2015 American Alliance of Museums (AAM) annual conference, several museum workers hosted a rogue session on the connections between museum labor practices and social justice, which would later evolve into Museum Workers Speak. In the summer of … Read More

Digital Storytelling coming to a museum near you: 3 reasons to use Lume

Gretchen HalversonFeatured0 Comments

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Gretchen Halverson is the Media and Technology Assistant at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. The reinstallation of the African galleries at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) in 2013 involved the drastic reduction in the number of objects on display. Less to see, less to learn? On the contrary. The new presentation resulted in reinvigorated visitor engagement and ushered in … Read More

Goldilocks data: Benefiting from the data that’s “just right” might be easier—and harder—than you think.

Tom ShapiroFeatured1 Comment

Image of three square bowls in a row. The first bowl has a yellow Post-It note attached that says "Too Hot", the second bowl has a yellow Post-It Note attached that says "Too Cold", the third bowl has a yellow Post-It Note that says "Just Right" handwritten.

There’s big data, there’s your own organization’s internal data (aka hyper-local data), and, increasingly, there’s Goldilocks data—the “just right” blend of timely information, relevant context, and affordability. All three types can improve resource utilization and operational outcomes. Acquiring the data that serves you best, however, is challenging. What follows is a glimpse at the kind of data you might want … Read More

EdComversations 2.0

Tony Pennay, Sheri Levinsky-Raskin, and Rebekah HardingFeatured, P-12 Education1 Comment

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“Who dares to teach, must never cease to learn.”–John Cotton Dana In March, the EdCom Professional Network is launching a new format for our EdComversations. If you haven’t joined us for one in the past, the idea is pretty simple. Get a bunch of thoughtful, insightful, dedicated museum educators together, and have a conversation about an issue we’re facing either … Read More

Join #5WomenArtists

Stacy MeteerDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured2 Comments

Image of several women looking at a set of blank white frames hanging on a wall with "Can you name 5 women artists?" written above the frames.

Ask someone to name five artists and responses will likely include names such as Warhol, Picasso, van Gogh, Monet, da Vinci—all male artists. Ask someone to name five women artists, and the question poses more of a challenge. The truth is that women have never been treated equally in the art world, and today they remain dramatically underrepresented and undervalued in museums, … Read More

Lorem Ipsum: 5 Keys to Speaking the Same Language as Your Project Team

David WhitemyerFeatured0 Comments

Image of 12 Post-It notes on a wall with various acronyms or design words. Top row: MDF, Schematic Design, Axon. Second row: Greek Text, FPO, Placeholder. Third row: Interpretive, Story Mapping, NIC. The final note is being held by a woman's hand wearing dark nail polish.

My financial planner talks at lightning speed, using terms like “asset class diversification,” “large-cap funds,” and “variable annuity.” Embarrassingly, I don’t know what any of it means, and it’s overwhelming. I simply want him to understand my financial goals and risk aversion, and then to figure out the rest for me. We museum and exhibition professionals need to keep in … Read More

Leaving the country for new models and brilliant inspirations! “My Primary School is at the Museum” and the Museum Association Conference 2017

Sage Morgan HubbardFeatured, P-12 Education0 Comments

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I have been blessed to attend many conferences over the course of my Ford W. Bell fellowship and have helped support many projects over the past year, however, none have been as comprehensive and accessible as the “My Primary School is at the Museum” project. In fact, I was so revitalized following this conference that I now champion all museum … Read More