Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 9/01/2017

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

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Last week Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston and other parts of the gulf coast. Our thoughts are with our many museum colleagues affected by the storm’s effects. This week’s Roundup shares some of the museum stories from and about Houston. This Is How Museums In And Around Houston Prepared For Hurricane Harvey Over the past five days, Tropical Storm Harvey, the … Read More

3 Questions with the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs

Cecelia WallsAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

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Recently, we heard from Dr. Adam Long, Director of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center, and Ann Burroughs, President and CEO, of the Japanese American National Museum about their experiences in Accreditation. Today, we hear from Timothy Slavin, Director & State Historic Preservation Officer for the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs. 1. What does accreditation mean to you personally and/or to … Read More

The Question of Gender: The “Unseen” Problem in Museum Workplaces

Joan BaldwinDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured3 Comments

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Joan Baldwin is Curator of Special Collections at The Hotchkiss School. Why is it important? Because for too long women–and more recently those openly identifying as women–have experienced both hostile and benevolent sexism in the museum workplace. Yes, this is a problem across the board in American workplaces, but for-profit organizations don’t define their mission as all embracing. Shouldn’t museums … Read More

Gabriela’s Bridge: Connecting Connecticut and Amazonian Brazil

William E. JeffriesA World of Connections, Featured, Global Thinking1 Comment

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William E. Jeffries, III is the director of strategic initiatives at Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, Connecticut. The media has been permeated recently with stories that suggest an increase in physical and social barriers between people due to cultural, linguistic, religious or other perceived differences. These developments counter much of the recent work in museums of all shapes and … Read More

3 Questions with the Japanese American National Museum

Cecelia WallsAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

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Recently we heard from Dr. Adam Long, Director of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center about their experience in Accreditation. Today, we hear from Ann Burroughs, President and CEO, of the Japanese American National Museum. 1. What does accreditation mean to you personally and/or to your museum? For the Japanese American National Museum, re-accreditation is an important validation of the professionalism that … Read More

Building the Dreamspace in Museum Education

Sage Morgan HubbardDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured, P-12 Education1 Comment

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Sage Morgan-Hubbard is the Ford W. Bell Fellow in P-12 Education and Museums at the American Alliance of Museums. I have been asking Alyssa Machida to share her brilliance with all of you since I met her last October at Mass Action MIA. I cannot imagine a better time to share her work and have us all begin to think more about the … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 8/18/2017

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

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1. We’ve all been grappling with topics of violence and hate following last weekend’s events in Charlottesville. Many museums have condemned the Neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups staging the rally including this powerful statement from the U.S. Holocaust Museum. Holocaust Museum Asserts That Neo-Nazism Has No Place In America The United States Holocaust Museum has added its voice to the … Read More

Tools and Resources In the Wake of Charlottesville

Cecelia WallsDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured2 Comments

First, let me state how proud I am to work in a field where museums and other institutions (AAM included) publicly denounce hatred and bigotry. Simply knowing there are places that offer respite to those affected by violence and intolerance helps make all the darkness a little more bearable. With these continuing events taking place across the country and around the … Read More

The African American Firefighter Museum’s MAP Experience

Susan ZwerlingAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

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Susan Zwerling is a Museum Assessment Program Officer for AAM.   I recently interviewed African American Firefighter Museum Board President David Spence (DS) about the museum’s latest Museum Assessment Program (MAP) experience. The museum has undertaken an Organizational, a Collections Stewardship, and now a Community Engagement MAP: Susan Zwerling (SZ): Your organization has been through 3 MAPs. Have there been any … Read More

4 reasons you should vote for “Partnering with museums for hands-on learning year-round” for SXSW today!

Sage Morgan HubbardAlliance Labs, Featured, P-12 Education1 Comment

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Dearest colleagues, thank you for taking the time out to read this blog. I need your help. Please vote to allow me to attend and present at SXSWEdu (South by Southwest Education). My presentation is entitled, “Partnering with museums for hands-on learning year-round.” Voting is easy. All you have to do is quickly create a free account and click on the … Read More