Access and Inclusion Case Study: Connecting Students to the Museum Field

Amy Miller and Sarah SimsAnnual Meeting, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

In a session at the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting in St. Louis, a look around the room revealed a small sea of mostly mid-career museum professionals with experience and interest in education and interpretation. The presenter posed a question: “Think of a time when your curiosity was shut down. What held you back?” A murmur of voices swelled as attendees … Read More

Taking a Stand: Prisons Today, The Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Award Winner

Nicole FrankhouserDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured1 Comment

Image of the exhbition with a closeup of one of the labels saying "Have you ever broken the law?"

The Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site’s Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration exhibition won first place in the 2017 Excellence in Exhibition award presented jointly by the following Professional Networks of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM): Curators Committee (CurCom), the National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME), the Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE) and the … Read More

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

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

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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

Our Institutions as Sanctuaries

Eduardo DíazDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion0 Comments

Blooming cherry tree in front of All Souls Unitarian Church (1924, Coolidge & Shattuck) at 16th and Harvard Streets NW. Photo by Mr.TinDC (Flickr) CC BY-ND 2.0

Eduardo Díaz is the director of the Smithsonian Latino Center and a 30-year veteran of arts administration. He is an advisor to the Smithsonian’s Secretary and Provost/Under Secretary for Museums and Research as well as to Congress and other government agencies on a range of cultural development issues related to Latino communities in the United States and their impact on … Read More

On Diversity and Inclusion

Brooke LeonardDiversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured, Strategic Plan9 Comments

Sticky notes on a poster board used to gather feedback

I must admit: writing this blog post about AAM’s work in diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion is humbling. In spite of the fact that I grew up in an African American-majority community, attended a majority-minority high school and college, and have a wonderfully diverse group of friends, there is so much that I don’t know. I am a white woman, … Read More