Rescuing Puerto Rico’s Cultural Heritage

Janet VaughanFeatured, Global Thinking1 Comment

Janet Vaughan is Vice President, Membership & Excellence for the American Alliance of Museums.  Not one, but two powerful hurricanes devastated Puerto Rico in less than two weeks’ time in September. The eye of Hurricane Irma passed north of the island but left more than a million residents in darkness. Just a few days later, the threat of Hurricane Maria … 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

Gabriela’s Bridge: Connecting Connecticut and Amazonian Brazil

William E. JeffriesA World of Connections, Featured, Global Thinking1 Comment

8 people stand and kneel on a wooden walkway in front of trees

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

Museum Education: China’s Next Big Build-Out?

Sarah JesseA World of Connections, Featured, Global Thinking2 Comments

Sarah Jesse is the Associate Vice President of Education at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where she oversees intergenerational, youth, student, teacher, and community programs.  This is the first in a three-part series sharing lessons learned from museum educators who participated in the “Connection—Engagement: A US-China Museum Education Forum”, a joint program between AAM and the Central Academy … Read More

What Are You Going to Build?: Creating a ‘Brighter World’ through International Exchange

Alexandra RoeA World of Connections, Featured, Global Thinking0 Comments

We stood near the back of a crowded art room surrounded by mismatched couches and stools where students fresh out of class and/or work for the day were seated: one rummaging through her backpack, a few typing away on their smartphones, most with their eyes trained on us. By complete chance, our tour of the AS220 art space in Providence, … Read More

Girls Design the World

Megan LantzA World of Connections, Global Thinking, Strategic Plan1 Comment

Kenyan and American “Girls Design the World” participants at National Museums Kenya in Nairobi.

How can teens play a role in solving some of the most urgent environmental issues of our time? That is one of the questions 42 girls from Minneapolis, Minnesota and Nairobi, Kenya considered through Girls Design the World, an international museum and community project launched last fall between teen girls at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) and National Museums … Read More