Sharing Outcomes from “Don’t Raid the Cookie Jar” – Opening remarks by Laura Lott

Laura LottFeatured, Financial Sustainability1 Comment

Image of a pair or hands holding a clear glass cookie jar with what look like oatmeal and raisin cookies inside. Shot taken from above looking down into the jar at an angle.

This post is adapted from opening remarks made by Alliance CEO Laura Lott at “Don’t Raid the Cookie Jar: Creating Early Interventions to Prevent Deaccessioning Crises,” a convening held December 14-15, 2017 in Cambridge, MA, and organized in partnership with the Association of Art Museum Directors, the American Association for State and Local History, the Association for Academic Museums and … 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

Group of diverse individuarls standing and sitting in front of a white wall with post-it notes on it

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 Witte Museum – A Catalyst for San Antonio on the Rise

Laura LottAlliance Labs, Featured, Financial Sustainability0 Comments

Image of the kitchen

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

The Most Important Question to Ask in a Capital Campaign

Nina SimonAlliance Labs, Featured, Financial Sustainability2 Comments

Rendering of what Abbott Square will look like when complete.

Nina Simon is the Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History and author of The Participatory Museum (2010), The Art of Relevance (2016) and the popular Museum 2.0 blog. This article was originally published on Museum 2.0, March 28, 2017. Republished with permission. Nina Simon, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History Nina Simon, Executive Director, … Read More