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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What makes K-12 public school educators choose to use a museum as part of their curriculum?—AAM

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”

Request for Proposal: Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG) National Survey

Request for Proposal Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG) National Survey

Project Overview

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”

MASS Action Toolkit on Greater Equity in the Museum Field

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.

Case Studies in Museum Diversity

Case Studies in Museum Diversity

In 2015, Ithaka S+R, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) set out to quantify with demographic data an issue that has been of increasing concern within and beyond the arts community: the lack of representative diversity in professional museum roles. Ithaka’s analysis found there were structural barriers to entry in these positions for people of color.