What Are You Going to Build?: Creating a ‘Brighter World’ through International Exchange

Alexandra RoeA World of Connections, Featured, Global Thinking0 Comments

We stood near the back of a crowded art room surrounded by mismatched couches and stools where students fresh out of class and/or work for the day were seated: one rummaging through her backpack, a few typing away on their smartphones, most with their eyes trained on us. By complete chance, our tour of the AS220 art space in Providence, … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 2/3/2017

Liz NeelyMuseum News0 Comments

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Enjoy your weekend with this week’s five picks for the Roundup.  1. Black History Month in the U.S. is intended to honor, as President Ford stated in his 1976 address officially designating the month, the “too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.” February became the chosen month as it coincides with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News

Liz NeelyMuseum News0 Comments

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Welcome to our fresh baked new column entitled Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News. Here we’ll pick 5 stories from the week that we found relevant, intriguing, fun or all of the above.  1. We’ll start this week’s roundup with a shout out to zoos and aquariums for reminding us of the wonders, diversity and, well, cuteness of animal life with the #CuteAnimalTweetOff. … Read More

The power of applied data for museums

Andrew SimnickAlliance Labs, Featured4 Comments

Heat map showing visitor heat signatures.

Dr. Andrew Simnick is Senior Vice President for Finance, Strategy, and Operations at The Art Institute of Chicago. Matthew W. Norris is Executive Director of Analytics at The Art Institute of Chicago.Since 2014, Andrew and Matthew have worked together to bring applied data and analytics to all aspects of the Art Institute of Chicago. Museums are complex organizations, although they are not … Read More

Election 2016: What it means for museums

Gail Ravnitzky SilbergliedAdvocacy, Featured0 Comments

Advocates from Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa review the issues and prepare for their Capitol Hill meetings at a Museums Advocacy Day.

Gail Ravnitzky Silberglied unpacks the results of the 2016 election and outlines steps every museum supporter can take to speak up for museums. “If anyone was on the fence about whether participating in Museums Advocacy Day makes a difference, make no mistake: The stakes could not be higher.” Gail is AAM’s VP for government relations and communications and a Capitol Hill … Read More

Transcripts and Captions for Digital Video

Joshua MorinAccess, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured1 Comment

A screenshot of a video with closed captions

Here at the Alliance we are committed to finding ways to improve the accessibility and reach of our content (hey it’s in our strategic plan!). One place of particular interest for us has been video. We had previously settled for the built-in accessibility features in YouTube, but decided to dive in and experiment with ways to improve access using other tools. … Read More

Women’s Locker Room Talk: Gender and Leadership in Museums

Kaywin FeldmanDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured4 Comments

Kaywin Feldman

Kaywin Feldman is the Duncan and Nivin MacMillan Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) since 2008. She also serves on the boards of National Arts Strategies, the Chipstone Foundation, and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). She is a past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors, and a past chair of AAM. You can … Read More

AAM’s Organizational Culture: It’s About How We Work

Laura LottAlliance Labs, Featured1 Comment

AAM Group work at the Building Museum

Laura Lott, President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums Laura Lott, President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums I have always been a student of organizational culture – intrigued by how groups of people operate together and curious about how different leadership styles and management techniques can produce dramatically different outcomes from the same group of … Read More

Anatomy of a Lunchtime Conversation

Liz NeelyAccess, Featured2 Comments

Graphic of an office space with conversation bubbles. Original graphic by Flickr user opensourceway modified. CC BY-SA 2.0

Last week we noticed an intriguing Twitter conversation originating from a question Chad Weinard posed to the Twitterverse. The resulting conversation meanders in several directions addressing what museums could learn from tech companies, what tech companies could learn from museums, and, best of all, the value ‘thinking out loud’ with colleagues near and far – in this case facilitated by Twitter.

We asked Chad to share some thoughts on the conversation, and he put together the running commentary below.