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

Generational Inclusion: Shattering Stereotypes and Challenging Assumptions

Marsha l. Semmel with Elizabeth Isele, Samuel Moore, and Greg StevensAlliance Labs, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion, Featured0 Comments

This article originally appeared in Informal Learning Review (ILR) No. 144, May/June 2017. A copyrighted publication of Informal Learning Experiences, Inc. Reprinted with permission. My recognition of the power and importance of intergenerational collaboration began with my involvement with Generations United, a Washington-based organization,1 while serving as the Director of Strategic Partnerships at the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Generations United … 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

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

Girls Design the World

Megan LantzA World of Connections, Global Thinking, Strategic Plan1 Comment

Kenyan and American “Girls Design the World” participants at National Museums Kenya in Nairobi.

How can teens play a role in solving some of the most urgent environmental issues of our time? That is one of the questions 42 girls from Minneapolis, Minnesota and Nairobi, Kenya considered through Girls Design the World, an international museum and community project launched last fall between teen girls at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia) and National Museums … Read More