In-Conversation Role of Arts Organizations – AAMC

AAMC Foundation’s regional programming series, In-Conversation, looks at important issues facing our museum and art organization community through a curatorial lens. By bringing this series forward, and opening the program to all, the Foundation continues to advance advocacy and inclusion within the curatorial profession. In hosting these programs in central regional areas, we are opening a dialogue within these communities and making connections across institutions.

In-Conversation is heading to New Haven where leading voices from Connecticut’s cultural community will discuss what role art organizations currently have and should seek to have within society.

The discussion will include promoting and interpreting collections and exhibitions in accessible ways, preserving works and honoring histories, providing meaningful educational opportunities, and connecting with the public. It will also explore new models of engagement, including hosting a wide array of community programs as opposed to only presenting our own orchestrated offerings, working to become a vibrant, cultural gathering place, and serving as a facilitator of dialogue around socio-political issues.

Our evening event will be held on Tuesday, November 13, 6:30 – 8:30 PM at the Yale Center for British Art.

This is a free, ticketed event open to all but pre-registration is required. Space is limited so do not delay!

 

 

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)

UMAC Award 2019 – Call for Nominations

UMAC celebrates the dedication, the creativity, the transferability and, more importantly, the impact of university museums and collections on their host universities, their communities and contemporary society through the UMAC AWARD.

The UMAC AWARD was created in 2016. It honours excellence and innovation in university museums and collections worldwide. It seeks to distinguish recent outstanding contributions to all areas of museum and collections theory and practice, particularly those with interdisciplinary approaches and potential wide application.

Eligibility

Projects and initiatives eligible to the UMAC AWARD must be less than 3 years old at the time of the nomination. They may cover all areas of museums and collections theory and practice, including exhibition, education, conservation, teaching, research, management and business models, design and architecture, ethics, service to the university and the public, strategic planning, and advances in museology.

All university museums and collections are eligible regardless of their location, type or size. They do not have to be UMAC members.

Criteria

Projects or initiatives nominated must demonstrate: i) innovation/creativity; ii) excellence; iii) transferability of ideas that can be adopted by other university museums and collections regardless of geography, size or location; and iv) impact on the host university, the community or society at large.

Evaluation is made by an external panel proposed by the UMAC Award Committee.

To submit a 2019 nomination: http://umac.icom.museum/umac-award/

 

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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How to Teach Ancient Art in the Age of #MeToo—Hyperallergic

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.

Calls For Papers: Art History Pedagogy and Practice

Calls For Papers: Art History Pedagogy and Practice

The founding of the journal Art History Pedagogy and Practice represents a quantum leap forward for art history into the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Yet art historians are still becoming aware of SoTL’s practices and how to develop systematic, evidence-based investigations of classroom practices.

The purpose of this special issue is both to model an array of SoTL methodologies and to facilitate an increase in SoTL-AH practitioners. With an exemplary sample of approaches, the issue will demonstrate SoTL’s potential in our field. To stimulate emulation and further research, each study will be preceded by a short summary of the paper’s methodology written in accessible language by a SoTL or educational research specialist. Continue reading “Calls For Papers: Art History Pedagogy and Practice”

AAM’s New Code of Conduct Advocates for Inclusive Dialogue

Encouraging Respectful, Productive Dialogues: Introducing AAM’s New Code of Conduct 

Last year, AAM’s Inclusion Team introduced a number of new offerings at the AAM Annual Meeting designed to create a more welcoming and inclusive environment for all attendees. This year, the Inclusion Team has led the effort to create a Code of Conduct for AAM events.This Code of Conduct, introduced in April 2018, is based on the example policy from the Geek Feminism wiki and uses language with permission from the Nonprofit Technology Conference’s Code of Conduct.

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.