How are you advocating for #museums this summer?

Ember FarberAdvocacy, Alliance Labs, Featured0 Comments

Group of people attending an advocacy day meeting on Capitol Hill

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

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 7/14/2017

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

Collage of the Weekly News

1. This week craft retail store Hobby Lobby was all over the news when it agreed to pay a $3 million fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi relics smuggled into the United States wrongly labelled as samples for its stores. Hyperallergic looks at the big picture surrounding the case. Dispelling the Myths Around the Hobby Lobby Antiquities Case Last … Read More

Watch Featured Speaker, Haben Girma, from the 2017 Annual Meeting

Joshua MorinAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

Haben Girma holding her braille diplay

We were very fortunate to have Global Inclusion Leader Haben Girma speak at the 2017 Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo as one of our Featured Speakers. Watch the video and read the transcript below. [Haben] Good morning. [Audience] Good morning. [Haben] Thank you to Sam for that wonderful introduction. I also want to say thank you to Andrea Streat for welcoming … Read More

Museums and Digital Strategy Today

Rob SteinAccess, Alliance Labs, Featured, Strategic Plan3 Comments

Museums and the Web Participant interacting with Gallery One at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Over the past decade, museums around the world have been adapting to the fast-pace of technical change and have debated a variety of approaches to digital strategy and whether to integrate (or not) digital approaches into the overarching strategies of their organizations. Recently, we’ve seen significant examples of digital strategy documents produced by the Tate , SFMOMA, NARA, and many others. … Read More

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

Liz NeelyFeatured, Museum News0 Comments

collage of weekly stories

1. Happy 30th birthday to the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago! I remember visiting the museum back in its early days, under a previous name and before significant expansions. The Chicago Tribune’s Lori Waxman reviews the museum’s anniversary show explaining that it’s more than just a party. National Museum of Mexican Art celebrates its 30th with a protest party It’s … Read More

The Museum Sector and the Paris Agreement

Sarah SuttonAlliance Labs, Featured1 Comment

Concept image for the new entrace to the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Sarah Sutton is principal of Sustainable Museums, a museum consultancy. She is also a member of the PIC-Green Professional Network. The very day President Donald Trump announced that the United States would not sign on to the Paris climate accord, the New York Times reported that “30 mayors, three governors, more than 80 university presidents and more than 100 businesses … Read More

Weekly Roundup: Museums in the News 6/30/2017

Liz NeelyMuseum News2 Comments

Collage of Weekly Roundup Stories

I hope everyone is celebrating independence in advance of our upcoming July 4th holiday! This week’s Roundup shares stories about social bridging, serving new audiences, learning from controversy, and creative techniques for audience engagement. Enjoy! 1. Museums often target certain distinct portions of their audiences in designing and marketing programs. Nina Simon, executive director of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & … Read More

Excellence & Equity at 25: Then, Now, Next

Greg StevensAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion1 Comment

Greg Stevens is director for professional development at AAM. (Excerpted in Museum magazine, Jul/Aug 2017) Diversity. Equity. Accessibility. Inclusion. These terms (together, “DEAI”) are central to current, often animated discourse across the field, reflecting a significant time of transition for museums. With the important diversity and inclusion conversations currently taking place, colleagues who were around in the late 1980s and early … Read More

3 Questions with the Nichols House Museum

Cecelia WallsAlliance Labs, Excellence, Featured0 Comments

View of courtyard entrance

Over the past few week’s we’ve heard from the Imagine Children’s Museum, the Mob Museum, and the Museum of Danish America on what it means to achieve accreditation. This week we hear from Victoria McKay, executive director, of the Nichols House Museum. 1. What does accreditation mean to you personally and/or to your museum? We are very proud of our accredited … Read More

10 Things We’ve Learned About Unbiased Hiring Practices at AAM

Katherine McNameeAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured2 Comments

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Last fall, I was a guest presenter in an AAM Webinar on unbiased hiring where I shared some blind screening techniques that we have begun incorporating into our hiring practices at AAM. With several recruitment efforts now concluded, my colleagues and I continue to reflect on the successes, challenges, and lessons learned as we experiment with ways to broaden the … Read More