Taking a Stand: Prisons Today, The Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Award Winner

Nicole FrankhouserDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured1 Comment

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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

Leaving the Museum Field

Sarah Erdman, Claudia Ocello, Dawn Estabrooks Salerno, and Marieke Van DammeFeatured40 Comments

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Noted museum bloggers Sarah Erdman, Cabinet of Curiosities, and Marieke Van Damme, Joyful Museums, join Claudia Ocello, President & CEO of Museum Partners Consulting, and Dawn Estabrooks Salerno, Deputy Director for Public Engagement and Operations at the Mystic Museum of Art in this post about why more museum professionals are leaving the field. Sarah Erdman, Museum Blogger, Cabinet of Curiosities … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 9/22/2017

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1. The last few Roundups have centered around museums and natural disasters with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Unfortunately, this week the theme continues with sad news of an earthquake in Mexico, which is already responsible for more than 200 deaths, and another hurricane devastating Puerto Rico. Our thoughts are with all of our colleagues and the people in these affected … Read More

Don Wildman: Why does the Museum of Science & Industry look the way it does?

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Have you ever wondered why certain museums look the way they do? In this first in a series, noted Travel Channel host Don Wildman, elaborates on various architectural elements of museums. Here, he discusses why the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago looks like the Museum of Science and Industry. Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago, IL Museum of Science … Read More

Why Museums Should Care About Young Children

Anna Forgerson Hindley, Cynthia Raso, and Tiffany McGettiganFeatured, P-12 Education0 Comments

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Anne Forgerson Hindley is the Supervisory Early Childhood Education Coordinator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Cynthia Raso is Assistant Director of the Center for Innovation in Earling Learning at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. Tiffany McGettigan is an ARTLAB+ Educator for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Over the last three decades, many museums … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 9/15/2017

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1. In the U.S. we’ve talked quite a bit about the place of confederate statues and names reflecting that past in our communities. Here’s a story where a Dutch museum takes action to change its colonialst name. Dutch Art Museum Chooses to Change Its Colonialist Name On Thursday, Rotterdam’s Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art announced that it has … Read More

Sustainability at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

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The Smithsonian Folklife Festival won AAM’s PIC-Green Professional Network  2017 Sustainability Excellence Award for Programming. Here, James Deutsch, Program Curator for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and Eric Hollinger an archaeologist from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History explain why and how they changed the way waste is diverted for the festival.  For many years, the Smithsonian … Read More

Reflections on A Seat at the Table at NMAAHC

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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

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 9/8/2017

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1. Last week’s Roundup focused on Houston and the effects of Hurricane Harvey. This week the southeast is bracing for Hurricane Imra, which has already devastated island communities in the Caribbean. Our thoughts are with everyone in the potential path of this storm. In the spirit of resilience and preparedness, I love this story that focuses on how zoos prepare … Read More

Membership Isn’t the Top of the Mountain

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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