Why Museums Should Care About Young Children

Anna Forgerson Hindley, Cynthia Raso, and Tiffany McGettiganFeatured, P-12 Education0 Comments

A group of young children sit at a long table coloring and writing. One youngster is smiling up at someone off-camera.

Anne Forgerson Hindley is the Supervisory Early Childhood Education Coordinator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Cynthia Raso is Assistant Director of the Center for Innovation in Earling Learning at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. Tiffany McGettigan is an ARTLAB+ Educator for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Over the last three decades, many museums … Read More

Reflections on A Seat at the Table at NMAAHC

Kayleigh Bryant-GreenwellDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

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Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell is an education specialist with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. This essay is adapted from her presentation “Activating Social Justice in the Museum: A Public Programs Approach” at the 2017 Association for African American Museums (AAAM) conference. In the effort to be actively responsive social and cultural institutions one of our biggest challenges … Read More

Membership Isn’t the Top of the Mountain

Eric BruceFeatured, Financial Sustainability0 Comments

Infographic showing MIA membership process from no membership to paid membership

Eric Bruce is the Head of Visitor Experience at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). This is the third article in a series we are presenting on how Mia has expanded its audience. In this series of posts about the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) and our new strategy for long-term sustainability, we’ve previously shared our perspectives on audience segmentation and how … Read More

Workplace Culture – Face the Facts!

Shawn VanDerzielDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured, Financial Sustainability3 Comments

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Shawn VanDerziel is the Chief Human Resources Officer at The Field Museum in Chicago.  This is the second in a series we’ll be presenting that discusses the Field Museum’s staff culture and engagement initiative. Are we ready to hear the hard truths from our employees? What workplace dynamics lead our success? What workplace nuances are getting in our way? These … Read More

3 Questions with the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs

Cecelia WallsAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

A group of children and adults lean over a table with two costumed interpreters showing them how to make potourri

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

Image of Japanese American National Museum

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

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