Celebrate the 9th Annual Art Museum Day!

Many AAMD museums will offer free admission, discounts, and/or special programs on May 18!

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Antiquities Provenance Workshop

AAMD and the AIA are co-sponsoring a research workshop for museum professionals at the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC April 24-25.

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Art museums as "human-centered problem solvers"

Plains Art Museum Director Andy Maus explores why museums are perfectly poised to address entrenched problems in society to create more inclusive, creative, and vibrant communities.

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Congratulations to Rep. Chellie Pingree of #Maine on becoming Democratic co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional A… https://t.co/nyW8hlYq7C

CAA Advancing Art & Design RT

Congratulations! @Yale professor Mary Miller has been named the next director of the Getty Research Institute: https://t.co/cSqs6sUte0

James A. Doyle RT

One of my favorite things to see in the @metmuseum galleries are NYC school groups! These bright young minds are le… https://t.co/TM8PJvdS8A

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“My responsibility as an arts advocate is never to tell anybody what to like or why to like it, but to provide a sp… https://t.co/j9QGZk1jcK

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On the AAMD job board: positions at @walters_museum, @GettyMuseum, @snitemuseum, @TacomaArtMuseum, @HeardMuseum, &… https://t.co/u9xjUDAVoH

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Perfect note to close on. Thank you @AmFedArts, Deborah Schwartz @brooklynhistory, Gretchen Dietrich @umfa,… https://t.co/zTi4C7pYgN

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Paraphrasing @sandrajd: museum staffs need to be trained in unconscious bias and microaggressions, or systemic raci… https://t.co/Wh1dySqyeu

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.@sandrajd and moderator Schwartz @brooklynhistory: diversity and inclusion need to be part of policies and long-te… https://t.co/WLtUGsoQez

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Suffolk: boards want success, and boards respond to data, which can help drive change especially for skeptics. That… https://t.co/CWh3LZBCqF

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Congratulations to Congresswoman Chellie Pingree of Maine on becoming Democratic co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional Arts Caucus! We look forward to working with her.

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“My responsibility as an arts advocate is never to tell anybody what to like or why to like it, but to provide a space for open dialogue. I’m more fired up by the person who visits our museum and asks, ‘What in the world is going on?’ I love creating opportunities where people can come in and we duke it out.” Spelman College Museum of Fine Art director Andrea Barnwell Brownlee on her professional path and the "intoxicating" power of art

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Big news today! Max Hollein, current director of de Young Museum and Legion of Honor Museum, is heading to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York!

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We're sorry to learn that Robert T. Buck has passed away. Buck served as president of AAMD from 1995-1996, while he was director of Brooklyn Museum. He also directed Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and the Washington University Gallery of Art (now Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum). We share our condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.

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AAMD believes firmly that the sale of works from a museum’s collections to fund non-collection-related expenses is a violation of the public trust—and is not a path to financial sustainability. Yet this is exactly the misguided approach being pursued by the leadership of the Berkshire Museum. The recent decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to approve the Berkshire Museum’s planned art sales addresses outstanding legal questions. It does not resolve the violations of ethical and professional standards that will occur when the Museum’s plans are implemented. Those are separate and distinct issues that are the purview of organizations such as ours, and the American Alliance of Museums. AAMD’s professional practice rules prohibit a museum from using the proceeds from sales of art to fund anything other than new acquisitions. We believe this is a critical issue of ethical conduct and best practice, one tied directly to the public trust. When museums violate the trust of their donors and the public, they diminish the opportunity and responsibility to make great works of art available to the public; this hurts the individual institution and affects the museum field as a whole. We are grateful to the Attorney General’s Office for its diligence in examining the public trust and donor intent issues raised by the Berkshire Museum case in such detail. It was an important process to pursue, even if we are ultimately disappointed with the legal outcome. Notwithstanding the decision by the Court, AAMD will continue to advocate for the highest ethical and professional practice standards in collections management and deaccessioning. And if the Berkshire Museum proceeds with its current plan for selling deaccessioned works and utilizing the funds for operating and capital purposes, AAMD will have no choice but to consider taking further action in accordance with its policy, which may include censure and/or sanctions.