Help Shape CAA’s New Guidelines for Addressing Changes to Visual Arts Programs at Colleges and Universities

About the Project:

Over the past few months there have been an alarming number of colleges and universities throughout the nation—from University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point to University of Texas at Austin—taking actions we perceive as detrimental to the education of future generations in the arts and humanities, particularly in the fields of art history, studio art, and design.

From our perspective, in many instances, it appears that decisions to merge departments, eliminate degrees, or reduce libraries are largely transactional in nature, designed to balance present-day budgets. Continue reading “Help Shape CAA’s New Guidelines for Addressing Changes to Visual Arts Programs at Colleges and Universities”

Seven tips for greater accessibility at events from AAM

In spring 2017, following its strategic plan, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) convened the Working Group on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI). Twenty museum professionals, representing a variety of disciplines, organizational sizes and types, and perspectives, came together monthly at the Alliance’s offices in Arlington, Virginia, and once at the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. For six months, this group examined the characteristics of effective museum inclusion practices and considered what steps the field could take to promote DEAI.

In this article, Nicole Smith of the Kennedy Center provides seven tips for museum professionals on how to make public programs more accessible. (AAM)

Notes from the Field: AAMD’s 2018 Salary Survey Results

AAMD has completed its 2018 Salary Survey, which includes responses from 222 museums in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and covers more than 50 different staff positions, from the director’s office to leadership and support positions in curatorial, education, advancement, communications, and security departments. Responding institutions include both current and former AAMD members.

Read more about the survey here.

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Facing Change: Insights from the American Alliance of Museums’ Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Working Group

In spring 2017, following its strategic plan, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) convened the Working Group on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI). Twenty museum professionals, representing a variety of disciplines, organizational sizes and types, and perspectives, came together monthly at the Alliance’s offices in Arlington, Virginia, and once at the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. For six months, this group examined the characteristics of effective museum inclusion practices and considered what steps the field could take to promote DEAI.

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The Museum Education Act passes the New York State Legislature

The board and staff of the Museum Association of New York (MANY) have been working in concert with the New York State Education Department, its Board of Regents and Office of Cultural Education, Legislators, MANY members, and Sheila Healy, our Government Affairs Consultant for over a dozen years to help secure funding to help museums serve their communities and fulfill their missions as partners providing access to exhibitions, collections, and education programs that help define us as New Yorkers and Americans. (AAM)

UMAC (ICOM) Statement on Protection of Museum Infrastructure

UMAC, the International Council of Museums committee on University Museums and Collections

Museums are the custodians of the world’s artistic, cultural, and scientific heritage. They hold the evidence of human civilization, culture, creativity, imagination, and knowledge in their collections. Museums are institutions of research, investigation, inquiry, and learning.

A ravaging fire engulfed the Museu Nacional, a museum at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The incalculable loss of the collections of the largest natural history museum in Latin America has brought the fragility of many museums to the world’s attention. Continue reading “UMAC (ICOM) Statement on Protection of Museum Infrastructure”

The Pervasive Power of Male Privilege at America’s Elite Universities—Hyperallergic

In this op-ed,  artist Nancy Bowen discusses the prominent rise of sexual misconduct allegations on college and university campuses, and the mechanisms that allow the accused to stay in power.

Institutions have hired men with predatory reputations and retained them, despite complaints from women students and faculty. All because women haven’t had a strong enough voice in the system.

Sexual harassment at education institutions is a systemic problem…As Susan Faludi eloquently noted in an op-ed piece last winter, we must ‘[fight] the ways the world is structurally engineered against women. Tied to that fight is the difficult and ambiguous labor of building an equitable system within which women have the wherewithal and power to lead full lives.’

Identifying and Transforming Racism in Museum Education—Journal of Museum Education

Identifying and Transforming Racism in Museum Education

This issue comes at a particularly important moment in that many museum educators – across racial lines – are seeking scholarship to make sense of the ways in which racism shapes museum education. While there has been little written about the historical dimensions of racism in museums, nor strategies to identify and combat it, this edited issue will build on three recent collections of essays – Multiculturalism in Art Museums Today, the March 2017 issue of the Journal of Museum Education on “Race, Dialogue and Inclusion: A Museum on the National Stage,” and the upcoming volume, The Arts as White Property: Interrogating Racism within Arts in Education – that have begun to lay the ground for a more concerted effort to talk about racism in museums. To live up to their roles as spaces for civic engagement and public accessibility, museums must transform how they address institutionalized racism. As educators, we have a responsibility to be actively engaged citizens who are willing and able to bring the conditions of the world into the museums. To do so requires both an understanding of the ways in which museums can perpetuate inequality as well as how we can work to dismantle systems of injustice in our everyday practices.