The power of applied data for museums

Andrew SimnickAlliance Labs, Featured4 Comments

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

Election 2016: What it means for museums

Gail Ravnitzky SilbergliedAdvocacy, Featured0 Comments

Advocates from Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa review the issues and prepare for their Capitol Hill meetings at a Museums Advocacy Day.

Gail Ravnitzky Silberglied unpacks the results of the 2016 election and outlines steps every museum supporter can take to speak up for museums. “If anyone was on the fence about whether participating in Museums Advocacy Day makes a difference, make no mistake: The stakes could not be higher.” Gail is AAM’s VP for government relations and communications and a Capitol Hill … Read More

Transcripts and Captions for Digital Video

Joshua MorinAccess, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured1 Comment

A screenshot of a video with closed captions

Here at the Alliance we are committed to finding ways to improve the accessibility and reach of our content (hey it’s in our strategic plan!). One place of particular interest for us has been video. We had previously settled for the built-in accessibility features in YouTube, but decided to dive in and experiment with ways to improve access using other tools. … Read More

Women’s Locker Room Talk: Gender and Leadership in Museums

Kaywin FeldmanDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured4 Comments

Kaywin Feldman

Kaywin Feldman is the Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) since 2008. She also serves on the boards of National Arts Strategies, the Chipstone Foundation, and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). She is a past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, and a past chair of AAM. You can … Read More

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

Laura LottAlliance Labs, Featured1 Comment

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

Anatomy of a Lunchtime Conversation

Liz NeelyAccess, Featured2 Comments

Graphic of an office space with conversation bubbles. Original graphic by Flickr user opensourceway modified. CC BY-SA 2.0

Last week we noticed an intriguing Twitter conversation originating from a question Chad Weinard posed to the Twitterverse. The resulting conversation meanders in several directions addressing what museums could learn from tech companies, what tech companies could learn from museums, and, best of all, the value ‘thinking out loud’ with colleagues near and far – in this case facilitated by Twitter.

We asked Chad to share some thoughts on the conversation, and he put together the running commentary below.

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

Introducing Alliance Labs

Rob SteinAccess, Alliance Labs, Featured, Strategic Plan6 Comments

light bulbs

The American Alliance of Museums was founded in 1906 at a meeting of some 25 museum leaders of the day who gathered in New York City to discuss, “the advisability of endeavoring to establish an association of the museums of America”. While many things have changed about museums and our communities over those 110 years, we still believe that working … Read More

On Diversity and Inclusion

Brooke LeonardDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured, Strategic Plan9 Comments

Sticky notes on a poster board used to gather feedback

I must admit: writing this blog post about AAM’s work in diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion is humbling. In spite of the fact that I grew up in an African American-majority community, attended a majority-minority high school and college, and have a wonderfully diverse group of friends, there is so much that I don’t know. I am a white woman, … Read More