The Elephant in the Room

John FraserFeatured0 Comments

Close-up image of an elephant's trunk and tusks.

In the January 2018 special issue of Curator: The Museum Journal, several authors explore the issue of ivory and what it means to museums collections today. Here’s a review from the Editor John Fraser and the Guest Editors for the Special Issue: Cheryl Braunstein, Holly Trusted and Scott Miller. For museum professionals, the topic of provenance is paramount. Where did an … Read More

Quick wins for building empathy with visitors: 4 hacks inspired by School Retool

Dana Mitroff SilversFeatured, P-12 Education0 Comments

This post originally appeared on Design Thinking for Museums and is republished here with permission. Last spring and this winter, I’ve had the opportunity to work as a coach for a project called School Retool, an initiative developed by the K12 Lab Network at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (the in collaboration with IDEO and the Hewlett Foundation. School Retool is professional development fellowship that helps public … Read More

Sharing Outcomes from “Don’t Raid the Cookie Jar” – Opening remarks by Laura Lott

Laura LottFeatured, Financial Sustainability1 Comment

Image of a pair or hands holding a clear glass cookie jar with what look like oatmeal and raisin cookies inside. Shot taken from above looking down into the jar at an angle.

This post is adapted from opening remarks made by Alliance CEO Laura Lott at “Don’t Raid the Cookie Jar: Creating Early Interventions to Prevent Deaccessioning Crises,” a convening held December 14-15, 2017 in Cambridge, MA, and organized in partnership with the Association of Art Museum Directors, the American Association for State and Local History, the Association for Academic Museums and … Read More

What does collaborative learning look like for museum professionals?

Ivy YoungFeatured0 Comments

Museum associations, like the organizations they serve, face significant shifts in responding to 21st-century learning models that emphasize opportunities for building new skills and practices in self-directed, participant-centered, and multi-directional learning environments. Mindful of these shifts and sensitive to the need for providing local opportunities, the California Association of Museums (CAM) and 13 other partner organizations across the state joined … Read More

The power of evaluation: Assessing how museum experiences influence classroom practice at the Monticello Teacher Institute

Lora CooperFeatured, P-12 Education0 Comments

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When teachers talk about the value of field trips to their students, the power of experiencing history or being in “the room where it happen[ed]” to quote Lin-Manuel Miranda, is often mentioned. The same is true for teachers themselves, as their passion for history is reignited by professional development programs hosted by museums and sites across the country. At the … Read More

Seamless Coordination: 7 Reasons to Hire Your Architect and Exhibit Designer at the Same Time

David WhitemyerFeatured4 Comments

Image of the exterior of an exhibition with two young people waking out and one person walking through the exhibition doors. There is a large floor to ceiling wall graphic depicting a war scene with soldiers on the exterior of the exhibition entrance.

A museum expansion, or the design and construction of a brand new museum, usually begins by hiring an architect, and may also include bringing on engineers, estimators, interior designers, and other building specialists. This makes a lot of sense because, typically, the majority of the project budget is devoted to the building’s design and construction. And there are a number … Read More

Learn more about C.J. Roberts, the newest AAM Accreditation Commissioner

Joseph KlemExcellence, Featured1 Comment

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The following is an interview with newly appointed Accreditation Commissioner, C.J. Roberts, on what this new appointment means to him and the field.  1. You were part of the Tampa Bay History Center from its inception. Tell me how that experience has affected your view of Excellence programs in general, and accreditation in particular. The takeaway for me was to … Read More

Time and Space Self-Care Plan

Seema RaoDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured2 Comments

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Resolution-makers often accidentally set themselves up for failure. They set goals that are totally out of character. They imagine they will change a dozen bad habits overnight. When within a few weeks, they somehow remain unchanged, the failure creates a feeling of stasis. Basically, the whole element of resolution-making becomes a self-fulfilling failure. So, in this new year, these three … Read More

Top Ten Takeaways from the Museums & Schools: The LA Convening

Sage Morgan HubbardA World of Connections, Featured, P-12 Education0 Comments

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Greetings, and Happy New Year! This is Sage Morgan-Hubbard and Megan Lantz from AAM writing to share some of our top takeaways from Museums & Schools: The LA Convening. AAM co-hosted this event with the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County on Tuesday, November 28. Our aim was to spark dialogue about the central role museums … Read More