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.
Museums as Site for Social (MASS) Action Toolkit
Created by The Minneapolis Institute of Art, in collaboration with stakeholders across the field, MASS Action is a platform for public dialogues on a variety of topics and issues affecting our communities locally and globally, leading to actionable practices for greater equity and inclusion in our institutions.
In thinking about museums as “sites for social action,” MASS Action has created a comprehensive guide that outlines the theory and tools for practice towards creating greater equity within the museum field.
Northwestern University Receives $500,000 Grant for Arts Program in Puerto Rico—ARTnews
Northwestern University has received a grant of $500,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support of a two-year arts program in Puerto Rico that aims to build up the cultural sphere on the island after the devastation caused by hurricanes Irma and Maria.
Inclusion 2025: A Practitioner’s Guide to Inclusive Museums
This guide is one of many components of the Museum Accessibility, Inclusion and Engagement Collaborative (MAIEC) project that was launched in December of 2015 by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA), the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI). The MAIEC project is our response to the challenge we posed to the broader museum community in the 2016 Conference, and a recognition of the needs we face as a sector to do better, and continue doing better, in truly being inclusive to the communities we serve.
Gender Equity in the Museum Workplace
Earlier this year, Leadership Matters released highlights from its recent survey examining the extent of gender discrimination in the museum workforce. The statistics are drawn from a survey conducted by Leadership Matters on Facebook from March through May 2018 to which more than 700 people responded.
CAA News Today: An Interview with Roberto Tejada, CAA’s New Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Roberto Tejada, CAA’s newly elected vice president for diversity and inclusion and Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor in the Departments of English and Art History at University of Houston, spoke with Hunter O’Hanian, CAA’s executive director, about the state of the field and why achieving true diversity is so difficult in the arts field.
Museum Access Consortium
Following the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, the Museum Access Consortium (MAC) was formed by a small group of museum and disability professionals that started meeting informally to discuss topics related to accessibility at their New York-based institutions. Today, MAC is an association that regularly hosts professional development workshops and offers a network of mutual support to help practitioners engage with disability advocates and people who have disabilities to learn about, implement, and strengthen best practices for access and inclusion in cultural facilities of all types throughout the New York metro area and beyond.