My Primary School is at the Museum – Squaring the Circle

Wendy James and Sage Morgan-HubbardFeatured, P-12 Education0 Comments

Greetings! This is Sage and I am excited to announce that we are reposting this great article because I am about to fly to Manchester, England to attend the Museum Association’s conference and be on a panel with these wonderful authors speaking about the “museum schools movement” in the UK and US. It will be refreshing to be able to … Read More

The Worcester Art Museum: A Re-envision Case Study

Valerie FletcherDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

A man and woman stand with several touchable tools in the Stone Carving section

THE VISION With the arrival of a new director in 2011, the board envisioned a more accessible and inclusive museum providing physical, sensory, intellectual, aesthetic, and social access for everyone. The board also aspired for the museum to appeal to a more broad audience, including the next generation of visitors; new immigrants from Brazil, Vietnam, and Ghana; and 30,000 students … Read More

10 Easy Ways Museums Can Be More LGBTQ-friendly

Katie SlivovskyDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

This post originally appeared on the Center for the Future of Museums Future of Education blog in December 2016. Have you ever been bothered by something, found co-workers who were bothered by the same thing, put your heads together, and made change happen?  That’s pretty much how in 2010 we got Chicago Children’s Museum’s LGBTQ Inclusion initiative off the ground. A group … Read More

We Want You!: The Targeted Recruitment of Youth

Danielle Marino, Nick Martinez, Andrea Motto, Neal Ramus,Featured, P-12 Education0 Comments

Two women help a young visitor learn about an object on exhibit

This post originally appeared on the Center for the Future of Museum’s Future of Education site in January 2017.  The world is rapidly growing, becoming more interconnected and increasingly diverse. Diversity means many things, from gender equality, to racial and socioeconomic equity. Many cultural institutions have out-of-school-time classes, internships, volunteer experiences, and research opportunities for students but many institutions have difficulty … Read More

Looking in the Mirror and Making Changes

Laura LottFeatured, Strategic Plan0 Comments

In every place I’ve worked, I’ve noticed two crucial keys to success: a bold but focused strategic plan and a strong, dynamic team culture. Without equal parts of both, it is hard for me to see a successful path forward. I probably sound like a broken record, repeatedly telling Alliance staff, volunteer leaders, and the field that we will not … Read More

When the global is local: building a world-class museum in Mogadishu, Minnesota

Sarah LarssonA World of Connections, Featured, Global Thinking0 Comments

A group of women dressed in traditional Somali garb dance at a festival

Our institutions are all asking that question: How can we build our museum’s audience as our communities are changing? I serve as Outreach & Development Director at the Somali Museum of Minnesota, the first museum celebrating the art and heritage of Somalia founded outside of East Africa. You might ask—someone named Larsson, at the Somali Museum? That’s right. I happily provide … Read More

Access and Inclusion Case Study: Connecting Students to the Museum Field

Amy Miller and Sarah SimsAnnual Meeting, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

In a session at the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting in St. Louis, a look around the room revealed a small sea of mostly mid-career museum professionals with experience and interest in education and interpretation. The presenter posed a question: “Think of a time when your curiosity was shut down. What held you back?” A murmur of voices swelled as attendees … Read More

Giving school groups a place to sit—Tips for Creating Museum Field Experiences from a Teacher’s Perspective

Lisa M. ThayneFeatured, P-12 Education0 Comments

Field trip to the National Gallery with children sitting on the floor in front of a painting with a teacher sitting and interpreting

I teach fifth-grade students in a small town in Northern Virginia. I’m lucky in many ways—first, fifth graders are full of life and energy and are still excited by learning. There’s nothing better than seeing a student’s face light up and experience art or an exhibit they’ve never seen before. And secondly, I live extremely close to many opportunities for … Read More

The Power of Amusement

David AllisonAccess, Featured0 Comments

Colorful image of amusement park rides spinning really fast in a blur of color.

David Allison is the Manager of Onsite Programs at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. How do museums fit in, confront, or adapt to a rapidly changing world? Now more than ever, this question becomes important for museum leaders. A short list of museum “reasons for being” illustrates the quandary that we face. Museums are: trusted educational resources. bastions … Read More

Taking a Stand: Prisons Today, The Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Award Winner

Nicole FrankhouserDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured1 Comment

Image of the exhbition with a closeup of one of the labels saying "Have you ever broken the law?"

The Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site’s Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration exhibition won first place in the 2017 Excellence in Exhibition award presented jointly by the following Professional Networks of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM): Curators Committee (CurCom), the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME), the Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE) and the … Read More