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April 16, 2018
Republished with permission by the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice Blog
5 Most Popular Posts of 2017 from the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice

Brigitte Tohm / UnsplashFrom the practical to the philosophical, from the local to the international, from big to small museums of all types, the first six months of the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice Blog are full of promise...
April 10, 2018
Reposted with permission from the Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice Blog 
Today’s Guest Post is by Erin Richardson, currently pursuing doctoral research focusing on the cost of collecting in U.S. museums, and Douglas Worts, culture & sustainability specialist with WorldViews Consulting, in Toronto, Canada.
How much energy is required to maintain temperature and humidity levels inside a...
April 9, 2018

By Stacy Hicks
Tall, strong, hairy wanderer of the woods that sometimes frightens small children is seeking a volunteer opportunity with your organization. How would you respond to this inquiry?
Ignore and delete the message, they are obviously yanking our chain
Respond with “Thank you for your interest but we have no volunteer opportunities matching your skills and interests” and then hide...
March 30, 2018

by Hillary Ryan, Communications and Programs Strategist, Western Museums Association
As Earth Day approaches you may be asking yourself “what can I do lessen my carbon footprint on the planet?” And while you may not be able to convince your boss to install solar panels on the roof or convert the museum van to an electric hybrid, there are still ways that your impact can make a measurable impact...
March 30, 2018

by Karen Marshall, member of the Gender Equity in Museums Movement (GEMM) Steering Committee
In 1973, a Women’s Caucus was held at the AAM Annual Meeting to call for change to end gender-based discriminatory hiring and promotion practices, support for transparent salary data, and fair employment practices.  How much has changed? Although today almost half of the museum profession is filled by...
March 19, 2018

by Mairin Kerr, Communications Specialist at the Royal BC Museum
How do you keep your core galleries interesting for repeat visitors? Over half of the Royal BC Museum’s visitors are locals so we’ve come up with a few ways to keep them engaged. 
Our Learning Staff have developed a huge variety of programs. They conduct research, experiment with new programs and build on existing popular ones. One...
March 19, 2018
Ember Farber is Director of Advocacy at the American Alliance of Museums, where she has been on staff since late 2003. Here Ember answers some of the questions about advocacy and Museums Advocacy Day she gets asked most often throughout the year.
Why is an advocacy day so important?
An advocacy day for any cause serves several important purposes.  First and foremost, on Capitol Hill, it puts your...
March 17, 2018

Plans are underway for a spectacular joint conference bringing together two amazing organizations to provide a dynamic and groundbreaking professional development experience in two years.
The Western Museums Association and the California Museums Association will be collaborating to bring together museum professionals in Los Angeles in 2020 and we need you to help us in the planning.

Our short...


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