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

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 6/9/2017

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

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1. There are a multitude of practices worth exploring to create impactful engagement with museum visitors. Some museums have been dipping their toes into virtual reality for its potential to deliver through immersive storytelling. Check out this VR project by Oscar-winning film director Alejandro G. Iñárritu that “strives to recreate fear, anxiety and uncertainty experienced by migrants on their long, … 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

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 5/26/2017

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

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Happy weekend! This week’s Roundup shares stories about Memorial Day, the President’s budget, global professional development, 3D digitization and 404 errors. Enjoy! 1. While Memorial Day weekend symbolizes the kick off of the summer fun season in the United States, its true purpose is to honor the people who have given their lives while serving in the armed forces. The … Read More

Authentic Experiences and Innovative Instruction

Amanda Hilliard SmithFeatured, P-12 Education0 Comments

Amanda Hilliard Smith is the Museum Teaching Specialist at the Fulton County Schools Teaching Museum. Imagine a school system making a real commitment to authentic experiences and innovative instruction. What would it look like? It could look a lot like the Fulton County School’s Teaching Museum. The school system operates two museums in opposite ends of Fulton County to serve … Read More

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

Kristin PrestegaardAlliance Labs, Featured0 Comments

Student visitors to museum in gallery 240; Classical Greece and Rome gallery; temporary installations of African Art

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

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 5/19/2017

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

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This week’s Roundup shares stories about the evolving role of museums in our communities, diversity and inclusion, governance, a new take on the mobile app, and the Museopunks podcast. Enjoy! 1. Last week during the AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo, the Alliance’s own Nicole Ivy and Missouri History Museum’s Sarah Sims sat down with St. Louis Public Radio to talk about … 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