3 Questions with the Imagine Children’s Museum

Cecelia WallsAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

Young child examining a glowing orb closely

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

Collage of the Weekly News

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

Weekly Roundup Collage of News

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

Image of the kitchen

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

Annual Meeting Featured Speaker Roundup

Cecelia WallsAlliance Labs, Annual Meeting, Featured0 Comments

Haben Girma, accessibility rights activist, lawyer

Hello from a sunny and warm St. Louis, MO. We’re learning so much about Gateways for Understanding at the AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. Today I thought I would give you a quick recap of what some of the attendees have been saying about our Featured Speakers. On Monday we had Haben Girma who inspired us to think about people with … Read More

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

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

Collage of Weekly Roundup Stories

Hello from St. Louis where we’re kicking off #AAM2017! Enjoy this week’s Roundup and be sure to follow our Social Media Journalists at #AAMSMJ (on Twitter and Instagram). 1. The museum field got some good news earlier this week when we learned that Congress had agreed on a bipartisan bill to fund the nation’s federal agencies and programs through September 30, … Read More