Aroha Philanthropies, the American Alliance of Museums, and Lifetime Arts has announced that 20 museums and organizations have been tapped to participate in a new initiative, funded and managed by Aroha Philanthropies, Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums.
The more than $1 million project will enable these museums to develop and implement high quality, intensive arts learning opportunities for older adults.
All three organizations feel there is an urgent need to change the narrative about what it means to grow old in America, combat ageism, and promote a healthy change in societal attitudes toward aging as growth and older adults as contributors.
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Museum Education Impacts: Advocacy 101
Journal of Museum Education
Guest editors: Brooke DiGiovanni Evans and Meg Winikates
About this Issue:
Readers of, and writers for, the Journal of Museum Education come from all over the world. In some countries, the case for state support for museums and related organizations is understood. In others, it requires repeated efforts, clear arguments, and stories that stand out from the crowds of other advocates and their causes. In the United States, where national politics especially seems ever more divisive, museums have the advantage of being a topic on which nearly everyone agrees, regardless of party lines. Culture, heritage, and education are topics everyone says they support, whether or not they’re willing to fund them.
Museum professionals are comparatively new to the world of advocacy, and many avoid it for fear of running afoul of the rules governing lobbyists or from concern that they might threaten their organizations’ non-profit status. Fortunately, the majority of what you are likely to want to do: presenting your case with supporting evidence about a cause you care about, is considered advocacy. Only saying “and therefore we want you to vote this way” is lobbying, and saying it about a few bills in the course of a meeting or two over a year is not going to run afoul of the limits on lobbying placed on non-profits. The shorthand rule is that causes are safe, people are not. As long as you do not campaign for (or against) a particular candidate using your organization’s resources, your non-profit status is safe. Even once committed to doing advocacy, it can be daunting to think about where to start and how to make your case. This collection of articles from recent issues of the Journal of Museum Education is designed to help. Continue reading “A Virtual Issue of the Journal of Museum Education on Advocacy”
Art Spaces Can Bridge Social Divides—But First You Need to Know Your Neighbor—Artsy
An organization committed to social bridging understands it is not just part of a professional network, but part of a local network of people and institutions. It must assess its place beyond the art world in order to understand which local networks it can join, and what kinds of relationships it might facilitate. Who is in the community that we might learn from? Who might benefit from meeting one another?
How to Teach Ancient Art in the Age of #MeToo
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, it is crucial to reassess the way we teach and write about art historically important works that portray violence against women – violence spanning millennia when viewed through the lens of art history – in order to reinvigorate the role played by art history in contemporary social movements. Although images of violence against women are not exclusive to ancient Greek art, the large number of artworks from ancient Greece depicting this violence, such as abduction (a metaphor for rape in ancient Greece), coupled with the perception of Greece as a paradigm of democracy in the West, suggests a reanalysis of Greek art is a good place to start.
YES, You Can Advocate! What Nonprofits Can and Can’t Do*
The American Alliance of Museums offers solutions to some of the most frequently asked questions about how nonprofit organizations, including museums, can advocate during this election cycle.
What makes K-12 public school educators choose to use a museum as part of their curriculum?
From September 2015 through September 2017, the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College conducted a cross-sectional study that asked, “What makes K-12 public school educators choose to use a museum as part of their curriculum?” At the time of this research, no qualitative studies—either regional or national—could be found on this subject. Studies addressing the “how” and the “what” involved in museum-school collaborations had been published, but none looked at the “why” that motivated such partnerships. Continue reading “What makes K-12 public school educators choose to use a museum as part of their curriculum?—AAM”
AAMG plans to develop and conduct a comprehensive survey of all academic museums and galleries in the United States. This will be the first time such a survey has ever been done for the academic museum field, and the published findings will identify much-needed benchmarks, comparisons, and challenges that will benefit our academic museum community, our parent institutions, and the field as a whole.
This is especially important because academic museums are teaching museums, training the next generations of museum professionals, visitors, and supporters. It is our intent to create a replicable template with this survey, so that AAMG can conduct it on a regular basis to study and share trends and needs of the academic museum community. With this research, AAMG can better serve academic museums and galleries throughout our country, disseminate professional practices, and offer timely, expert advice and advocacy. Continue reading “Request for Proposal: Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG) National Survey”
One of higher ed’s main roles is to preserve and transmit culture while adapting to and being changed by it.
From libraries to classrooms, each generation of teachers and students communicates ideas and demonstrates theories that have evolved over thousands of years of civilization, now more and more including non-Western and non-white cultures. Since education isn’t a zero-sum game, all of the collected wisdom and foolishness of the world comes crashing together in college. One way or another, students leave (ideally) with a greater sense of the world and who they are in it. The back and forth of educated debate is both a cause and a result of where we have come from and where we are now.
With New Urgency, Museums Aim to Cultivate Curators of Color
For decades the country’s mainstream art museums have excluded people of color — from their top leadership to the curators who create shows to the artists they display on their walls.
Now, eager to attract a broader cross-section of visitors at a time when the country’s demographics are changing — and, in New York, facing an ultimatum linking city funding to inclusion plans — a growing number of museums are addressing diversity with new urgency. From the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Lacma), they are hiring more minority staff members, offering paid internships and partnering with foundations and universities that fund curatorial jobs, to ensure that the next generation of leaders of color get into the pipeline.