The 2023 American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) National Visitation Survey is now open! Your response to the survey will help AASLH create the National Visitation Report. This is the only report that monitors and assesses nationwide visitation trends at history institutions of all types and sizes. Your response will help your organizationRead more
<strong>Small Museum Association to Host National Conference on Healthy Workplaces & Fair Compensation in the Cultural Sector</strong>
There is an outdated perception of the typical museum worker as an intern or retiree who is compensated only with the privilege of doing something they love. However, there are now 249 museum study programs according to the American Alliance of Museums and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates a museum workforce of 125,000Read more
The Foundation for Advancement in Conservation (FAIC) is excited to announce that applications are now open for the 2023 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program with a deadline of February 28, 2023. Participating institutions receive support for a general conservation assessment from a qualified collection and building assessor. The assessment is a study of all the institution’s collections, buildings,Read more
The 2023 AAMG Annual Conference Call for Proposals is live now and they need voices like YOURS! What is required for academic museums and galleries to fully embrace their potential as dynamic civic institutions? AAMG’s 2023 annual conference will explore the role of our institutions in forwarding ethical social, civic, political, educational, environmental, and communityRead more
The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) are thrilled to share that Museums for All – a cooperative agreement between IMLS and ACM – has surpassed 1000 participating museums, spanning every state and every discipline. Museums for All is an access program that encourages people of all backgrounds toRead more
While the small museum workplace of the past was one of long hours and little compensation, the last three years have inspired many of us to reevaluate what we look for in a workplace. How do we find a work-life balance and still care for the cultural and historic resources that our institutions are entrustedRead more
The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums seeks an energetic, dynamic, creative, and networked professional to lead the Mid-Atlantic’s regional museum association as the Executive Director. This position reports to an active board of directors consisting of regional museum professionals and industry partners and is responsible for the overall operation of the Association. The Association is dedicated to the philosophy thatRead more
ONWARD!What’s Next? Register today!Sunday, October 9–Tuesday, October 11, 2022Washington, D.C.Omni Shoreham Hotel If 2020 and 2021 were about re-imaging the work of museums, 2022 is about taking what we learned, saw, and felt, and making lasting changes to our work in service of our visitors and our communities. This year’s conference embraces the work inRead more
Applications for the 2022 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program are closing soon. The deadline for applications is July 31, 2022. Participating institutions receive funding for a general conservation assessment from a qualified collection and building assessor. The assessment is a study of all the institution’s collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies and procedures relatingRead more
Tarin Jones reflects on his experience at the 2022 Building Museums Symposium.
One session at this year’s Building Museum Symposium, “Red Flags: Sharing Lessons Learned to Help Keep Your Project on Track,” discussed the role of ethical planning in the museum industry. The panelists outlined critical “Sins of Omission,” representing red flags for museums’ long-term planning and structure. Their critiques of today’s museum practices were complemented with case studies, anecdotes, and inspiring examples of successful projects. As a prospective graduate student of preservation at Pratt Institute, I was eager to understand their experience developing museum facilities to serve an expanding audience for future generations. I believe museum programs, exhibitions, facilities, and visitor engagement are intertwined with a building’s architecture. The key is to craft building campaigns and restoration projects with positive and active problem-solving individuals that can adapt to evolving museum programming.
The benefits of sustaining museum buildings allow the work curated inside to be reinterpreted for new communities and discussed in contemporary spaces. Through this practice, museum professionals draw on diverse perspectives from architects, politicians, planners, conservators, and, most importantly, the public. Initially, I struggled to grasp beyond the myriad of programming, designing, and construction projects that a standard museum may need to survive climate change or adaptive reuse. I couldn’t bypass the conventional social and physical formation of museum practices and, thus, found that red flags clouded my judgment of the profession. Now that I am a member of a long-term project— 50 to 100 years—I feel more comfortable in my role. The panelists underscored that growth is an evolution, and building flexibility at the outset supports core objectives. I can’t retrofit every issue. What has excited me are the issues that will prevail after I’m gone. The value I add to conversations, exhibitions, advisory meetings, and planning now is influential to future growth.
For instance, my work with arts management consultants as Programs and Exhibition Manager at The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design echoed the sentiment of planning in campaigns to expand museums. By inviting productive stakeholders to have unfiltered conversations, proclaiming a righteous mission and executing programs that align with local communities and their social efforts, and listening to advisors with interdisciplinary perspectives, we can begin to develop adaptable buildings for exemplary cultural programs. Marcy Goodwin, President of M. Goodwin Museum Planning Inc., spoke about the interconnectivity in museum practice and culture. She said, “If you’ve ever worked in a museum, you know, everything is interconnected.”
This sentiment never resonated more in today’s model of museums. Creating a strategy involves addressing parameters that exist collaboratively. While a project’s red flags may be disregarded due to financial or time constraints, transparency between institutions and community members creates relationships of accountability and support. I believe museums exhibit objects on view, buildings as art, and sites as a backdrop to community dialogue. This approach results in projects that contribute to reckonings throughout the museum, rather than particular areas of interest that often remain unnoticed.
- Submit Your Response to the AASLH National Visitation Survey
- Small Museum Association to Host National Conference on Healthy Workplaces & Fair Compensation in the Cultural Sector
- Collections Assessment for Preservation program now accepting applications
- 2023 AAMG Annual Conference Call for Proposals is LIVE NOW
- Museums for All Update