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Diversity Initiatives: A Welcome, an Invitation, and a Voice

From Dimensions By Natalie Bortoli Special Edition At the entryway to Chicago Children’s Museum (CCM), a vibrant collection of nearly 400 self-portraits greets visitors, proclaiming, “We are Chicago Children’s Museum.” The faces of children, teachers, community leaders, parents, and caregivers from a variety of backgrounds are intermingled with mirrors so that all visitors are reflected... Read More

Migration and Museums

This is an extended version of an article that appeared in a special edition of Dimensions magazine on equity, diversity, and inclusion. The majority of countries in the world have seen a rise in immigration since the beginning of this century. Between 2000 and 2013, the number of international migrants increased in 165 countries or... Read More

Q&A with Ann Fumarolo: Making Diversity a Priority in Science Centers and Museums

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson This interview appeared in a special edition of Dimensions magazine on equity, diversity, and inclusion. Having been part of the ASTC Equity and Diversity Committee for much of its history, outgoing committee chair Ann Fumarolo has seen the difference equity and diversity initiatives can make. Fumarolo, who serves as president and... Read More

ASTC on Air with Andrea Bandelli

On January 25, a new season of ASTC on Air kicked off with Andrea Bandelli, executive director of Science Gallery International and a participant in ASTC’s 2016 Alan J. Friedman Science Center Dialogues on the meaning of “public engagement with science.” Joined by members of the Science Gallery International staff, he discussed why and how... Read More

16 Boston Institutions Trade Instagrams

Instagram followers of some of the ASTC-member institutions in the Boston area noticed something slightly different on Thursday, December 1, when 16 cultural organizations took over one another’s Instagram accounts during a regional #MuseumInstaSwap. Modeled on similar events in London, New York, and Los Angeles, planners hoped to make connections among institutions; show off the region’s... Read More

Webinar—Great Ideas under $1,000 for Small Museums (and Big Ones, Too!)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 2:00 p.m. ET      Presented by ASTC’s Early Childhood and Small Museums Communities of Practice Are you looking for new, low-cost ways to keep visitors (and staff) engaged? Providing new and creative visitor experiences in museums is paramount, but budget and time constraints can make innovation challenging. Enter “micro-innovations,” the small, relatively... Read More