Committees

AAMD maintains seven committees.

Art Issues Committee

The mission of the Committee is to aid AAMD's members in fulfilling their responsibilities to the art worksin their care; to artists; and to the public, in whose interest they preserve, collect, study, and interpret these works. This mission includes helping AAMD serve as a forum for discussions related to these issues and fulfill its role as an organization that sets professional standards and examines issues related to the appropriate care, development, and management of collections. The Committee will set specific goals in conjunction with, or at the request of, the Board of Trustees, and will work with other AAMD Committees to help develop programs for members, as well as to address members' art-related issues as needed.

Education and Community Issues Committee

The mission of the Committee is to help AAMD and its members address education, audience, and community service issues, in conjunction with, or at the request of, the Board of Trustees. The Committee will keep AAMD's members informed of best practices and new approaches in the areas of museum education, audience outreach, and community service; it will disseminate this information to the membership or coordinate with other Committees to do so. The Committee also will support AAMD in promoting museums as institutions that provide innovative lifelong learning experiences, respond to their audiences, and address a variety of community needs. It will fill this role by coordinating with the Public Affairs Committee on public communications initiatives, or by providing information directly to AAMD's members to aid their individual work.

Government Affairs Committee

The mission of the Committee is to oversee AAMD's government-related initiatives, including: monitoring national legislative and regulatory issues of importance to the organization, its members, and the profession; as appropriate, organizing public advocacy campaigns regarding these issues; and representing AAMD to legislative and regulatory communities. In conjunction with AAMD's staff, the Committee will set specific goals in conjunction with, or at the request of, the Board of Trustees, including recommendations regarding key issues to monitor and the launch of potential advocacy campaigns. The Committee and staff will communicate actively with AAMD's members about issues that may affect their institutions or communities. It will also work with the organization's other Committees as appropriate.

Membership Committee

The mission of the Committee is to review membership applications and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees regarding the selection of new members. In conjunction with, or at the request of, the Board, the Committee will also periodically review AAMD's criteria for individual and institutional membership; review application templates and membership materials; and support new member orientation programs to educate members about AAMD's policies and benefits.

Nominating Committee

 

Professional Issues Committee

The mission of the Committee is to support AAMD in advancing and maintaining the highest standards of professional practice for its members and for the art museum field, in conjunction with, or at the request of, the Board of Trustees. Included in its responsibilities are the ongoing review and updating of AAMD's standards and guidelines; providing support to the Board in establishing and upholding these standards; and organizing professional development programs for members, mentoring programs for new members, and other programs to encourage qualified individuals to enter the art museum profession. The Committee will also coordinate AAMD's relationships with other professional organizations representing the art museum community.

Public Affairs Committee

The mission of the Committee is to develop strategy for and oversee the shaping of AAMD's public profile and its communications to the media. The Committee will set specific goals in conjunction with, or at the request of, the Board of Trustees; make recommendations to the Board regarding publicly-stated positions on matters pertaining to the profession; assist in the development of public statements or press materials in consultation with all appropriate Committees, the Board, staff, and any consultants; and review such statements prepared by other AAMD Committees or the Board to ensure consistency in messages and positioning. At the request of the Board, the Committee may be called upon to develop public statements or white papers, participate in press briefings and be available as representatives of the Association. In addition, the Committee will collaborate with other AAMD Committees on programming for future meetings, and on the public communications aspects of AAMD initiatives.