3 Questions with the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center

Cecelia WallsAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

Exterior image of the front of the historic house two stories painted gray with a wrap around porch

Earlier this year, we heard from the Imagine Children’s Museum, the Mob Museum, the Museum of Danish America, and the Nichols House Museum on what it means to achieve accreditation. In this edition, we hear from Dr. Adam Long, Director of the Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Educational Center. 1. What does accreditation mean to you personally and/or to your museum? We loved the way that the accreditation … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 8/04/2017

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News1 Comment

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1. For 25 years the Getty Foundation‘s Multicultural Internship Program has funded paid internships for underrepresented minorities at dozens of cultural organizations across Los Angeles in an effort to develop museum professionals who better reflect the diversity of the city. Changing the city’s cultural profile is slow work – but it’s making a difference according to Getty Foundation Deputy Director Joan Weinstein. … Read More

Leadership, and Why You Need a SWOT Analysis (and a Personal Board of Directors)

Greg StevensDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured1 Comment

Picture of a detailed drawing with lines and images of how Anne Ackerson got where she is.

Recently, I was poking around on LinkedIn, and found a couple of short posts that caught my attention. One was How to Do a SWOT Analysis on Yourself (and Why You Need One) by speaker, professor, and author Andy Molinsky; the other was Why You (Yes You) Need a Board of Directors by speaker, author, executive and personal coach, and … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 7/28/2017

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

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1. The National Museums of Scotland has launched a ‘contactless donation experience’. The museums wanted to “make donating as easy as dropping a coin in a bucket” while integrating “the act of giving into the visitor experience, providing something both visual and interactive.” This article is an interesting primer on integrating new types of philanthropic experiences. Making Contact: Digital experiments … Read More

Generational Inclusion: Shattering Stereotypes and Challenging Assumptions

Marsha l. Semmel with Elizabeth Isele, Samuel Moore, and Greg StevensAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

This article originally appeared in Informal Learning Review (ILR) No. 144, May/June 2017. A copyrighted publication of Informal Learning Experiences, Inc. Reprinted with permission. My recognition of the power and importance of intergenerational collaboration began with my involvement with Generations United, a Washington-based organization,1 while serving as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Generations United … 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

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 7/21/2017

Liz NeelyMuseum News0 Comments

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1. The House Appropriations committee has voted to fund the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the National Endowments for the Humanities (NEH) and the Arts (NEA). This defies the president’s budget proposal which called for the elimination of the agency and endowments.  Your advocacy efforts matter, and it’s time to keep the pressure on! A Bill Funding Arts … Read More

Museum Fieldtrips, from the other side!

Tara YoungAlliance Labs, Featured, P-12 Education17 Comments

Group of children surrounding a statue framed with mat signed by all of the kids

Tara Young is Deputy Director at the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton, MA On a 95-degree day in mid-June, I accompanied my daughter Alice’s 3rd-grade class on a “field study” to Lexington and Concord (her twin sister Ruth went the next day). There was fierce competition for chaperone slots, and after having not made the cut for other trips, … Read More

How are you advocating for #museums this summer?

Ember FarberAdvocacy, Alliance Labs, Featured0 Comments

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Ember Farber is the director of Advocacy at the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). In that role, she communicates with AAM’s advocate network and the field about federal policy issues and advocacy opportunities through legislative and advocacy updates, calls-to-action, print, email and social media and through Museums Advocacy Day. As a long-time AAM staff member, I’ve had the honor of … Read More