Authentic Experiences and Innovative Instruction

Amanda Hilliard SmithFeatured, P-12 Education0 Comments

Amanda Hilliard Smith is the Museum Teaching Specialist at the Fulton County Schools Teaching Museum. Imagine a school system making a real commitment to authentic experiences and innovative instruction. What would it look like? It could look a lot like the Fulton County School’s Teaching Museum. The school system operates two museums in opposite ends of Fulton County to serve … Read More

Mia’s new strategy navigates changing consumer expectations, focuses on long-term sustainability

Kristin PrestegaardAlliance Labs, Featured0 Comments

Student visitors to museum in gallery 240; Classical Greece and Rome gallery; temporary installations of African Art

Kristin Prestegaard is the Chief Engagement Officer at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). This is the first article in a series we are presenting on how Mia has expanded its audience. At the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), we’ve worked hard to increase awareness of and attraction to the museum, and our efforts have resulted in a dramatic expansion … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 5/19/2017

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

Weekly Roundup Collage of News

This week’s Roundup shares stories about the evolving role of museums in our communities, diversity and inclusion, governance, a new take on the mobile app, and the Museopunks podcast. Enjoy! 1. Last week during the AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo, the Alliance’s own Nicole Ivy and Missouri History Museum’s Sarah Sims sat down with St. Louis Public Radio to talk about … Read More

The Witte Museum – A Catalyst for San Antonio on the Rise

Laura LottAlliance Labs, Featured, Financial Sustainability0 Comments

Image of the kitchen

Laura Lott is the President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums. Have you heard about The New Witte? When you take the bold step of investing nearly $100 million in entirely reinventing a 90-year old beloved institution called The Witte Museum over a decade, you call the result “The New Witte.” Earlier this month, I got to experience … Read More

Annual Meeting Featured Speaker Roundup

Cecelia WallsAlliance Labs, Annual Meeting, Featured0 Comments

Haben Girma, accessibility rights activist, lawyer

Hello from a sunny and warm St. Louis, MO. We’re learning so much about Gateways for Understanding at the AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. Today I thought I would give you a quick recap of what some of the attendees have been saying about our Featured Speakers. On Monday we had Haben Girma who inspired us to think about people with … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 5/5/2017

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

Collage of Weekly Roundup Stories

Hello from St. Louis where we’re kicking off #AAM2017! Enjoy this week’s Roundup and be sure to follow our Social Media Journalists at #AAMSMJ (on Twitter and Instagram). 1. The museum field got some good news earlier this week when we learned that Congress had agreed on a bipartisan bill to fund the nation’s federal agencies and programs through September 30, … Read More

How Québec changed my mind about museums!

John Early Museum Magnet Middle SchoolAlliance Labs, Featured, P-12 Education2 Comments

Katie attends John Early Museum Magnet Middle School in Tennesee. This is the first in a series we’ll be presenting from students attending John Early Museum Magnet Middle School. Spring break was approaching. I was told I would be going to Old Québec City for four days and then going skiing in Beaupré. “Gross. A week in the cold,” I … Read More

Missouri History Museum Exhibit Highlights St. Louis’ Role in Civil Rights Movement

Local Host CommitteeAlliance Labs, Annual Meeting, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

Woman reading a text panel

With a theme of Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in Museums, the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting will put special focus on how our institutions can help support, heal and educate our communities. The Missouri History Museum will receive an AAM Award for diversity, accessibility, equity and inclusion at this year’s Annual Meeting for its #1 in Civil Rights: … Read More

Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion FAQ: AAM’s Annual Meeting Initiatives

Stephanie SzurekAnnual Meeting, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

At AAM, we’ve been busy working to integrate diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) into all of our practices, procedures, and programs. As you may remember, last year our chief of staff, Brooke Leonard, reported out on how your input influenced some of our early action steps. As the Annual Meeting approaches with the theme Gateways for Understanding: Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and … Read More