3 Questions with the Museum of Danish America

Cecelia WallsAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

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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

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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

3 Questions with the Imagine Children’s Museum

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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

Authentic Experiences and Innovative Instruction

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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

The Witte Museum – A Catalyst for San Antonio on the Rise

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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

How Québec changed my mind about museums!

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Katie attends John Early Museum Magnet Middle School in Tennesee. This is the first in a series we’ll be presenting from students attending John Early Museum Magnet Middle School. Spring break was approaching. I was told I would be going to Old Québec City for four days and then going skiing in Beaupré. “Gross. A week in the cold,” I … Read More

Missouri History Museum Exhibit Highlights St. Louis’ Role in Civil Rights Movement

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With a theme of Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums, the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting will put special focus on how our institutions can help support, heal and educate our communities. The Missouri History Museum will receive an AAM Award for diversity, accessibility, equity and inclusion at this year’s Annual Meeting for its #1 in Civil Rights: … Read More

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion FAQ: AAM’s Annual Meeting Initiatives

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At AAM, we’ve been busy working to integrate diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) into all of our practices, procedures, and programs. As you may remember, last year our chief of staff, Brooke Leonard, reported out on how your input influenced some of our early action steps. As the Annual Meeting approaches with the theme Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and … Read More

Meet the #AAM2017 Social Media Journalists

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We’re excited to introduce our #AAM2017 Social Media Journalists. You may recognize each of them from their ongoing contributions to conversations around race, LGBTQ rights, and gender issues in museums. They’ll be important contributors in engaging discussions around the Annual Meeting theme,  Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums. If you’re coming to St. Louis and you see … Read More

A Museum-School Partnership: Why It’s Important & How It Works

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Ellen Balkin is the Education Manager and Suzanna Ritz is the Curriculum Coordinator for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. By all accounts, the educational landscape of New Orleans has changed dramatically since Hurricane Katrina. The city “essentially erased its traditional school district and started over,” wrote Doug Harris, director of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans. The Orleans Parish School … Read More