Tools and Resources In the Wake of Charlottesville

Cecelia WallsDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured2 Comments

First, let me state how proud I am to work in a field where museums and other institutions (AAM included) publicly denounce hatred and bigotry. Simply knowing there are places that offer respite to those affected by violence and intolerance helps make all the darkness a little more bearable. With these continuing events taking place across the country and around the … Read More

The African American Firefighter Museum’s MAP Experience

Susan ZwerlingAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

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Susan Zwerling is a Museum Assessment Program Officer for AAM.   I recently interviewed African American Firefighter Museum Board President David Spence (DS) about the museum’s latest Museum Assessment Program (MAP) experience. The museum has undertaken an Organizational, a Collections Stewardship, and now a Community Engagement MAP: Susan Zwerling (SZ): Your organization has been through 3 MAPs. Have there been any … Read More

4 reasons you should vote for “Partnering with museums for hands-on learning year-round” for SXSW today!

Sage Morgan HubbardAlliance Labs, Featured, P-12 Education1 Comment

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Dearest colleagues, thank you for taking the time out to read this blog. I need your help. Please vote to allow me to attend and present at SXSWEdu (South by Southwest Education). My presentation is entitled, “Partnering with museums for hands-on learning year-round.” Voting is easy. All you have to do is quickly create a free account and click on the … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 8/11/2017

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

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1. Have you ever wondered what happens when a museum releases 375,000 images into the wild with no restrictions? Loic Tallon, Chief Digital Officer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, gives us a 6 month status update on the Met’s Open Access initiative. Celebrating Six Months of Open Access, plus The Met on Google BigQuery Loic Tallon discusses the impact of the … Read More

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, Featured2 Comments

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

Collage of Roundup Stories

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