We Must Decolonize Our Museums!

Cinnamon Catlin-LegutkoDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

This post originally appeared on the Center for the Future of Museums, Future of Education website. “Museums can be very painful sites for Native peoples, as they are intimately tied to the colonization process,” writes Ho-Chunk scholar Amy Lonetree.  Reading this passage for the first time in 2012 stopped me in my tracks and forced me to ask myself how … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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