Generational Inclusion: Shattering Stereotypes and Challenging Assumptions

Marsha l. Semmel with Elizabeth Isele, Samuel Moore, and Greg StevensAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

This article originally appeared in Informal Learning Review (ILR) No. 144, May/June 2017. A copyrighted publication of Informal Learning Experiences, Inc. Reprinted with permission. My recognition of the power and importance of intergenerational collaboration began with my involvement with Generations United, a Washington-based organization,1 while serving as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Generations United … Read More

Museum Fieldtrips, from the other side!

Tara YoungAlliance Labs, Featured, P-12 Education6 Comments

Group of children surrounding a statue framed with mat signed by all of the kids

Tara Young is Deputy Director at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA On a 95-degree day in mid-June, I accompanied my daughter Alice’s 3rd-grade class on a “field study” to Lexington and Concord (her twin sister Ruth went the next day). There was fierce competition for chaperone slots, and after having not made the cut for other trips, … Read More

How are you advocating for #museums this summer?

Ember FarberAdvocacy, Alliance Labs, Featured0 Comments

Group of people attending an advocacy day meeting on Capitol Hill

Ember Farber is the director of Advocacy at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). In that role, she communicates with AAM’s advocate network and the field about federal policy issues and advocacy opportunities through legislative and advocacy updates, calls-to-action, print, email and social media and through Museums Advocacy Day. As a long-time AAM staff member, I’ve had the honor of … Read More

Watch Featured Speaker, Haben Girma, from the 2017 Annual Meeting

Joshua MorinAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

Haben Girma holding her braille diplay

We were very fortunate to have Global Inclusion Leader Haben Girma speak at the 2017 Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo as one of our Featured Speakers. Watch the video and read the transcript below. [Haben] Good morning. [Audience] Good morning. [Haben] Thank you to Sam for that wonderful introduction. I also want to say thank you to Andrea Streat for welcoming … Read More

Museums and Digital Strategy Today

Rob SteinAccess, Alliance Labs, Featured, Strategic Plan3 Comments

Museums and the Web Participant interacting with Gallery One at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Over the past decade, museums around the world have been adapting to the fast-pace of technical change and have debated a variety of approaches to digital strategy and whether to integrate (or not) digital approaches into the overarching strategies of their organizations. Recently, we’ve seen significant examples of digital strategy documents produced by the Tate , SFMOMA, NARA, and many others. … Read More

Excellence & Equity at 25: Then, Now, Next

Greg StevensAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion1 Comment

Greg Stevens is director for professional development at AAM. (Excerpted in Museum magazine, Jul/Aug 2017) Diversity. Equity. Accessibility. Inclusion. These terms (together, “DEAI”) are central to current, often animated discourse across the field, reflecting a significant time of transition for museums. With the important diversity and inclusion conversations currently taking place, colleagues who were around in the late 1980s and early … Read More

3 Questions with the Nichols House Museum

Cecelia WallsAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

View of courtyard entrance

Over the past few week’s we’ve heard from the Imagine Children’s Museum, the Mob Museum, and the Museum of Danish America on what it means to achieve accreditation. This week we hear from Victoria McKay, executive director, of the Nichols House Museum. 1. What does accreditation mean to you personally and/or to your museum? We are very proud of our accredited … Read More

10 Things We’ve Learned About Unbiased Hiring Practices at AAM

Katherine McNameeAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured2 Comments

Image of a woman with short black hair in a purple shirt.

Last fall, I was a guest presenter in an AAM Webinar on unbiased hiring where I shared some blind screening techniques that we have begun incorporating into our hiring practices at AAM. With several recruitment efforts now concluded, my colleagues and I continue to reflect on the successes, challenges, and lessons learned as we experiment with ways to broaden the … Read More

3 Questions with the Museum of Danish America

Cecelia WallsAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

Image of A-frame building

Over the past two week’s we’ve heard from the Imagine Children’s Museum and the Mob Museum on what it means to achieve accreditation. This week we hear from Rasmus Thøgersen from the Museum of Danish America.   1. What does accreditation mean to you personally and/or to your museum? Achieving accreditation places the Museum of Danish America amongst the top … Read More

3 Questions with the Mob Museum

Cecelia WallsAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

Image of front of museum building

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