From the Field

Museums and Communities News

May 6, 2021

Museums and Communities News is our roundup of stories demonstrating the many ways AAMD member museums serve their communities. Click here to subscribe to receive this newsletter in your inbox once a month!

Photo of the month (above): Members of the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council pose at the museum. The Walker Art Center has convened a Peer Learning Community with museums across the U.S. where museum educators working with Teen Art Councils can exchange ideas and share support and resources with each other. Learn more in the May edition of Museums and Communities News! (Image courtesy Walker Art Center)



Cincinnati Art Museum patrons view Deborah Butterfield’s sculpture "Horse No. 1," August 2020. Photograph by Erin Geideman

Museums and Communities News - May 2021

  • Walker Art Center convenes Peer Learning Community on Teen Art Councils
  • IMLS Medals Nominee Spotlight: Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH (above)
  • Dallas Museum of Art, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille offer museum resources for neurodiverse audiences



The Birmingham Museum of Art, image courtesy of the museum

Museums and Communities News - April 2021

  • Alabama's Birmingham Museum of Art is now a certified sensory inclusive venue (above)
  • IMLS Medals Nominee Spotlight: Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, NC
  • Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art Offers Free Virtual Field Trips (Bentonville, AR)



A grocery distribution at the Museum of Latin American Art, image courtesy of the museum

Museums and Communities News - March 2021

  • Museum of Latin American Art hosts twice-montly food drives for community (Long Beach, CA)
  • Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College partners to provide art access for K-6 students on and offline (Winter Park, FL)
  • Free summer lunches for kids in Utica, NY, thanks to partnership with Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute



From the Henry Art Gallery's Set in Motion exhibition: Genevieve Gaignard, "Frontline (Nothing to Hide)," 2017. Image courtesy of the artist/Sound Transit.

Museums and Communities News - February 2021

  • Henry Art Gallery's Set in Motion brings art to public buses in Seattle
  • Toledo Museum of Art  partners with Ability Center to improve museum accessibility at all levels
  • The Block Museum at Northwestern University announces student docent cohort for 2020-21


Photo: The Perception,

Museums and Communities News - January 2021

  • The Newark Museum of Art distributes free masks to city residents
  • Lowe Art Museum’s new digital platform invites audience response and engagement
  • Public Art for Public Health with Carrie Mae Weems and Portland Art Museum



One of the Currier Museum of Art's art therapy programs for veterans, active duty service members, and their families; image courtesy of the museum

Museums and Communities News - December 2020

  • Currier Museum expands veteran art therapy programs with help from CARES Act grant
  • AGO Virtual School Programs reach thousands of students in Canada and beyond
  • Exhibition commemorates ten years of Frye programs for people with dementia


At the start of the pandemic, Corning Museum of Glass staff  found many ways to help their communities, including using 3D printers to create face shields and other PPE. Here, John van Otterloo of the Chemung County Library Distric and Ryan Langile, Corning Museum of Glass, pose with some of these 3D printed face shields. Photo by Sarah Langille, courtesy of Corning Museum of Glass.

Museums and Communities News - COVID relief edition (April 2020)

  • Art museums are making masks and face shields
  • Art museums are feeding their communities
  • Museums donate PPE to hospitals and healthcare workers (revised list from March 2020)
  • Art museums are supporting healthcare workers and COVID relief efforts
  • Art museums are bridging the digital divide
  • Art museums supporting artists


The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, NY was one of dozens to donate gloves and masks to local medical facilities at the start of the COVID pandemic.

Museums and Communities News - March 2020

  • Museums donate PPE to hospitals and healthcare workers
  • Virtual Museum Education Resources from AAMD museums


Jenny Bevill, Missoula Art Museum educator and outreach specialist, conducting a Museum as Megaphone pilot session.  Photo courtesy of Missoula Art Museum

Museums and Communities News - February 2020

  • Missoula Art Museum launches remote access platform to reach more Montana students
  • Just Us at the National Gallery of Art provides respite for memory loss patients and caregivers
  • Through technology, students around the world learn from Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collections


The Dali Museum’s Innovation Lab uses the strategies of visual innovation to generate resilience and empower individuals to reimagine their lives and then to step into that new world. The Dali uses this museum-based model of creative problem solving to help women living with domestic violence, or recovering from substance abuse or confinement, to reenter the work force. Photo courtesy of the Dali Museum

Museums and Communities News - January 2020

  • Women's Empowerment Project at the Dali Museum
  • The Columbus Museum expands programs for art, outreach in local housing communities
  • The Anchorage Museum’s creative and critical response to climate change