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.
Academic museums have to demonstrate our value in different ways than most museums and most other academic departments. But the data we sorely need just doesn’t exists. That is about to change as AAMG has partnered with Wilkening Consulting to collect data to help all of us. This is step one: baseline data collection. SomeRead more
Help researchers have a better understanding on how online courses reached and supported audiences during the pandemic. Knowing that it is important to gain a field perspective, the survey was created for the global cultural sector to provide deeper context. Here is the link to the survey: 2022 Online Learning Courses – Survey for theRead more
Applications Now Available Through the generosity of the 400 Years of African American History Commission, and in collaboration with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program is pleased to announce the availability of $100,000 in grant funds for 2022. TheseRead more
Calling all academic museum and gallery colleagues! As you know, academic museums have to demonstrate their value in different ways than most museums and academic departments. But the data needed just doesn’t currently exist. This is going to change. Thanks to a generous grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, AAMG is working with WilkeningRead more
Established in 2017, the Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award celebrates leaders who continue Cooper’s legacy of creating responsive and innovative opportunities for artists, arts organizations, and audiences. DEADLINE FOR 2022 AWARD NOMINATION: May 26, 2022 REVIEW CRITERIA The Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated visionary leadership inRead more
Bring free concerts to your community! Applications are now open for the 2023–2025 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards to activate underused public spaces and bring people of all ages and backgrounds together to build community through the power of free, live music. The acronym “AMP” speaks to the goals of the program: Amplify community pride and a city’s uniqueRead more
The 8th Annual Repatriation Conference continues the long standing legacy of the Association on American Indian Affairs to work at a grassroots level in order to strengthen our national and collective futures. This year’s Conference will be held on October 11, 12 & 13, 2022. We are happy to announce that the Pokagon Band of PotawatomiRead more