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
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
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
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
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
Dr. Jay Xu is Director of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors. As a passionate champion of Asian art and culture, Dr. Xu is committed to sharing his extensive knowledge of Asian art with a wide audience, and to promoting art and culture as an essential platform for cross-cultural … Read More
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
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
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
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.