Facilitating ‘Tough’ Conversations: A Case Study from the Evansville Museum

Karen Malone & the Community Relations CommitteeAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured, P-12 Education0 Comments

Karen Malone is the The Ruby C. Strickland Curator of Education at the Evansville Museum. You can reach out to her at karen@emuseum.org or follow her on Instagram @TheMuseumKaren. Make sure to ask her about the on-going adventures of the #MuseumShark! Have you ever wished to encourage a place for dialogue in your museum? How about using a format that would … Read More

Our Institutions as Sanctuaries

Eduardo DíazDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion0 Comments

Blooming cherry tree in front of All Souls Unitarian Church (1924, Coolidge & Shattuck) at 16th and Harvard Streets NW. Photo by Mr.TinDC (Flickr) CC BY-ND 2.0

Eduardo Díaz is the director of the Smithsonian Latino Center and a 30-year veteran of arts administration. He is an advisor to the Smithsonian’s Secretary and Provost/Under Secretary for Museums and Research as well as to Congress and other government agencies on a range of cultural development issues related to Latino communities in the United States and their impact on … Read More

Transcripts and Captions for Digital Video

Joshua MorinAccess, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured1 Comment

A screenshot of a video with closed captions

Here at the Alliance we are committed to finding ways to improve the accessibility and reach of our content (hey it’s in our strategic plan!). One place of particular interest for us has been video. We had previously settled for the built-in accessibility features in YouTube, but decided to dive in and experiment with ways to improve access using other tools. … Read More

Women’s Locker Room Talk: Gender and Leadership in Museums

Kaywin FeldmanDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured4 Comments

Kaywin Feldman

Kaywin Feldman is the Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) since 2008. She also serves on the boards of National Arts Strategies, the Chipstone Foundation, and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). She is a past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, and a past chair of AAM. You can … Read More

Failing Forward: On Web Accessibility

Rob SteinAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured, Strategic Plan4 Comments

Sign for speed bumps ahead

So we’re a few weeks into the launch of our new Alliance Labs initiative here at AAM and already we’re learning a lot.  In fact, the work of bringing our team together to launch this effort at all helped us to learn many different things. While I would love to tell you about how easy and smooth the whole process was – instead, … Read More

On Diversity and Inclusion

Brooke LeonardDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured, Strategic Plan9 Comments

Sticky notes on a poster board used to gather feedback

I must admit: writing this blog post about AAM’s work in diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion is humbling. In spite of the fact that I grew up in an African American-majority community, attended a majority-minority high school and college, and have a wonderfully diverse group of friends, there is so much that I don’t know. I am a white woman, … Read More