Workplace Culture – Let’s talk about it!

Shawn VanDerzielAlliance Labs, Featured0 Comments

Image of a large group of people in front of taxadermied elephants taken from above

Shawn VanDerziel is the Chief Human Resources Officer at The Field Museum. This is the first in a series we’ll be presenting that discusses the Field Museum’s staff culture and engagement initiative. Last year I attended a great session at the AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo on hiring and diversity. One of the panelists spoke about the need to assess … Read More

Meet the #AAM2017 Social Media Journalists

Cecelia WallsAnnual Meeting, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured2 Comments

We’re excited to introduce our #AAM2017 Social Media Journalists. You may recognize each of them from their ongoing contributions to conversations around race, LGBTQ rights, and gender issues in museums. They’ll be important contributors in engaging discussions around the Annual Meeting theme,  Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums. If you’re coming to St. Louis and you see … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 4/21/2017

Liz NeelyMuseum News0 Comments

Happy Earth Day! This week’s Roundup shares stories about conflict resolution, conference museum going, the Science March, Native American art and Antoni Gaudí. 1. I caught up with a lot of inspiring colleagues at the Museums and the Web conference in Cleveland this week. The convening’s keynote Tim Phillips is a pioneer in the field of conflict resolution and co-founder … Read More

Digital birds perch at Yale’s Peabody Museum

Mike CummingsAlliance Labs, Featured0 Comments

The completed model of a Baird's sandpiper. This is the first bird model created at the Peabody using 3D technology.

Mike Cummings is a communications officer at Yale University. He previously worked as a reporter for daily newspapers in Mississippi and Connecticut. This article was originally published on YaleNews, April 7, 2017. Republished with permission. Four sandpipers congregate on a workbench in the basement of Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History. At first glance, the shorebirds look genuine — not unlike … Read More

A Museum-School Partnership: Why It’s Important & How It Works

Ellen Balkin & Suzanna RitzP-12 Education0 Comments

Landscape from Museum School Parntership in New Orleans

Ellen Balkin is the Education Manager and Suzanna Ritz is the Curriculum Coordinator for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. By all accounts, the educational landscape of New Orleans has changed dramatically since Hurricane Katrina. The city “essentially erased its traditional school district and started over,” wrote Doug Harris, director of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans. The Orleans Parish School … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 4/14/2017

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Weekly Roundup 4/14/2017 collage of stories

This week’s Roundup shares stories about innovation, failure, and sharing (oh and 3D printing!) 1. “Failure is necessary for innovation,” explains Samuel West, founder of Sweden’s new Museum of Failure. The museum will display innovation flops hoping to make audiences laugh and learn.  West wants to share the message that “It’s OK to fail small scale, when nobody dies and … Read More

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 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

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 4/7/2017

Liz NeelyMuseum News2 Comments

Collage of images from the Round Up

This week’s Roundup shares stories about Native American art at the Met, data visualization, Olafur Eliasson and happiness.  1. The museum field in the United States is experiencing a welcomed re-examination of the display and interpretation of Native American artworks and artifacts. As an example, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is taking the opportunity of a new promised gift from … Read More

“Go Explore” Excursions Highlight St. Louis Museums, Neighborhoods and Food!

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Infographic Go Old North and Downtowncrop

From the nationally-renowned St. Louis Zoo, Laumeier Sculpture Park and St. Louis Art Museum to hidden gems like the World Chess Hall of Fame, Museum of Contemporary Religious Art and Field House Museum, “Go Explore St. Louis,” taking place on Sunday, May 7 and Monday, May 8, will give Annual Meeting attendees a chance to check out St. Louis’ top … Read More