Gurian to Sit on Architectural Panel for New Museum in Ukraine

In February, Elaine Heumann Gurian will sit on the Jury Colloquium to judge the winners of the Design Competition for the National Memorial for the Heavenly Hundred Heroes and Revolution of Dignity Museum in Kyiv, Ukraine. She received a Fulbright to work with this museum, which will display documentation of the revolution, […]

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Assessing Museum Impact Initiative

David Ellis and Laura Roberts, along with colleagues John Jacobsen and George Hein, are the project team for Assessing Museum Impact (AMI), a year-long initiative with the New England Museum Association. They are working with eight museums in eastern New England to sharpen their thinking about goals and intended impacts, identify metrics that might demonstrate […]

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Beth Tuttle Selected as next President and CEO of the American Horticultural Society

After an extensive national search, the American Horticultural Society (AHS) announced the selection of Beth Tuttle as its next President and CEO. Tuttle, who officially joined the AHS on October 30, brings to the role more than 25 years of experience as a nonprofit leader, organizational consultant, and brand strategist.

“Beth has exceptional leadership experience from […]

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TMG Achieves 501(c)(3) Status

The Internal Revenue Service has made it official. After 20 years serving the field as a nonprofit organization, The Museum Group applied for and received 501(c/)(3) status as a tax-exempt organization.

The formal recognition of TMG as tax-exempt reflects TMG’s ongoing role as a collective resource for the advancement of the museum field and its commitment […]

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Getting Started with Working Across Generations

Join Marsha Semmel for a Professional Development Live Webinar on Wednesday September 27 from 2-3:30 pm Eastern time.

“Getting Started with Working Across Generations”
Greg Stevens, Director AAM Professional Development; Elizabeth Isele, founder and CEO, GIEE (Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship), SavvySeniorsWork and; Samuel Moore, online communications coordinator, Missouri History Museum, St. Louis; and Semmel.

This […]

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EdComversation Online Discussion

Elaine Heumann Gurian and Ellen Hirzy participated in an online discussion sponsored by AAM EdCom on the diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion, continuing the field’s reflection on the 25th anniversary of the publication of Excellence and Equity.
To listen to a recording of the conversation, follow this link. You will be […]
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Vincent Beggs On Augmented Reality

For the last 3+ years, Vincent Beggs has been doing business development for a “new media” start up, Magnopus,  in downtown LA. Magnopus is a Visual Effects, Dome Film, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality content developer and producer. As a result of their relationship with Beggs, they have created work for the […]

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TMG Welcomes Two New Members

The Museum Group is thrilled that two experienced, dynamic professionals are joining us this year.

Janeen Bryant of Charlotte NC is a community engagement advocate and catalyst for building organizational capacity. Formerly vice president of education at the Levine Museum of the New South, she developed and implemented a community focused Listening Sessions model used in […]

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¡NUEVOlution! Receives Top Honors

Congrats to the Levine Museum of the New South and lead exhibition developer Darcie Fohrman (in collaboration with the in-house team and consultants from Morris Design, Melloweb Productions, AC&M, and Brad Larson Media)! The Southeastern Museum Conference named their ¡NUEVOlution: Latinos and the New South! exhibition as the winner of three awards in […]

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Joining the Board

Marsha Semmel has joined the Board of Directors of the Institute for Learning Innovation, an independent not-for-profit organization working at the intersection of research, practice, and policy.

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Outstanding Achievement in Exhibition–Science

Christine Lockett was honored to be part of the team with Reich + Petch Design International and The Design Foundation recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Exhibits–Science by the Canadian Museums Association for the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Christine created the interpretive plan and edited or wrote the […]

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TMG Welcomes Four New Members

The Museum Group welcomes four new members! We are thrilled to have these talented professionals joining our ranks.

(pictured left to right)

Salvador Acevedo is vice president of strategy at Scansion, where he focuses on museums and communities, helping them develop strategies for truly intercultural futures. Prior to joining Scansion, Salvador founded and led Contemporanea, where […]

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¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South Wins the 2016 MUSE Award

Darcie Fohrman‘s project ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South has been selected by the American Alliance of Museums Media and Technology Professional Network for a 2016 MUSE Award. The awards will be celebrated on Thursday, May 26th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis conference hotel in Washington, D.C. At this event, they  learn which […]

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Barbara Henry at the Museo Popol Vuh

Barbara Henry will be advising staff at the Museo Popol Vuh, Guatemala City, on undergoing a museum transformation (May 17 – 20). She will deliver a talk on “21st Century Museum Practices” on May 23rd as part of a weeklong museum studies public program organized by the museum with the Universidad Francisco Marroquin and […]

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Elaine Heumann Gurian Honors Ayala Gordon

Ayala Gordon was the founding director of the Ruth Youth Wing at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem when Elaine Heumann Gurian met her in the early 1970’s. She had begun work giving art classes to traumatized children in a combination of art and therapy beginning in the 1960’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, the […]

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Gathering For Transformation and Justice


at the AAM Annual Meeting


12:00 pm:
Talking Race: The Power, Influence, and Responsibility of Museum Professionals
Led by Janeen Bryant, Leadership for Educational Equity, and Lisa Junkin Lopez, Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

1:30 pm
Constructing Spaces for Honest Conversations About Race
Led […]

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International Assignments

Elaine Heumann Gurian has two Spring 2016 international assignments. She will serve as the external reviewer at a two-day staff and scholar workshop to draft content to replace the permanent exhibition at The Jewish Museum, Berlin, which has been in place for 15 years. She has also been chosen to be on the faculty of […]

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¡NUEVOlution! Sparking National Conversation

Exhibit developer Darcie Fohrman partnered with Latino filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman and the Levine Museum of the New South, in collaboration with the Atlanta History Center and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, to create ¡NUEVOlution!. This 3500 square foot, bilingual, interactive exhibit explores the way Latinos are shaping the South and the South is shaping Latinos and serves […]

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Henry Appointed Interim Director of diRosa

Barbara Henry has been appointed Interim director of Education and Public Engagement at diRosa Art.  di Rosa is noted for its significant collection of Northern California contemporary art located on 217 acres in the Napa Valley. Barbara is working with staff in enhancing the visitor experience and pursuing a renewed commitment to deepening public […]

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The Museum Life 2-Year Anniversary

Carol Bossert is celebrating two years hosting The Museum Life, a weekly radio program hosted by VoiceAmerica Radio. Museum Life showcases leaders in the museum field who provide perspective on current issues as well as creative thinkers who are impacting the future of museums. All shows are available as podcasts.  Download at

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Leadership in History Awards

Jean Svadlenak received two Leadership in History Awards from AASLH. AASLH bestows Leadership in History Awards to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans. By publicly recognizing superior and innovative […]

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The Museum Life

On Friday, September 11, Carol Bossert interviewed fellow TMGer Leslie Bedford on her weekly podcast “The Museum Life.” Bedford shared her thoughts and experiences after attending the Reimagining the Museum-Conference of the Americas held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2-4, 2015. The conference, co-sponsored by Teoría y Práctica de las Artes […]

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Rethinking Museum Leadership

Marsha Semmel was the introductory speaker and a member of the faculty for the second George Washington University/Smithsonian Affiliations 2015 Museum Leadership Skills Seminar.She spoke on “Rethinking Museum Leadership for Today’s World.”

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Co-Creating with Communities

Barbara Henry was the featured speaker for the public lecture, Museums Co-Creating with Communities, at MALBA, The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires on May 16. The lecture was targeted to museum professionals from diverse institutions in Buenos Aires. Barbara also conducted a series of workshops, entitled Education Department: Becoming a […]

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TMG Welcomes Three New Members!

(from left to right: Barbara Henry, Margaret Kadoyama, and Beverly Sheppard)

TMG is pleased to welcome three new members!

Barbara Henry
Barbara Henry is principal of Barbara Henry & Associates, a consulting practice devoted to transforming museums through dynamic public engagement. Before BH&A, Barbara held executive positions as Lab Center Director and Chief Curator of Education at the Oakland […]

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The Informal Learning Review

The Informal Learning Review is a bimonthly publication that contains original articles on various aspects of the museum world – programming, exhibitions, planning, how to approach controversies and/or current events, trends, unique accomplishments, etc. With subscribers on five continents, it has a worldwide reach. […]

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The Teachings of a Getty Scholar

During her time as a Getty Scholar Leslie Bedford has continued to talk with museum professionals about exhibition as art form: on February 25 she addressed the Getty’s education department, on March 3 the Autrey Museum and on March 11 the Balboa Park Learning Institute.

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Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority

Myriam Springuel recently taught a week-long museum education and interpretation course for mid-level professionals for the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. The program included formal lectures, workshops and the development of education projects to put the learning into practice

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The Art of Museum Exhibits

Leslie Bedford spoke to a group of students, faculty and area museum professionals on February 5 at the JFK Museum Studies Program in Berkeley. The subject was her recent book, The Art of Museums Exhibitions.

In celebration of its fortieth year, JFK Museum Studies invited back its many alumnae and faculty including former […]

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An Icefjord Visitor Center

Robert “Mac” West is participating in a workshop from January 12-14 in Ilulissat, Greenland. The element he is involved in is to plan a visitor center for the Icefjord, are area at the base of a massive, rapidly-moving glacier, that calves off numerous huge icebergs every year. It is the focus of a UNESCO […]

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Money Talks

Laura B. Roberts and Stacy Klingler are presenting a webinar for AASLH on February 5, 2015 at 2 p.m.: Money Talks: How to discussion financial information with your board.

People say that money talks. Too often, however, people don’t want to talk about money. Board members and directors often shy away from talking […]

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The SENCER-ISE project

Marsha Semmel is now serving as Senior Advisor to the SENCER-ISE project of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. This NSF and Noyce Foundation-funded project supports ten cross-sector partnerships between higher education and informal science education institutions.

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Museums R+D

Susie Wilkening, Senior Consultant at Reach Advisors, announced the launching of Reach Advisors | Museums R+D.  This new initiative is a membership program consisting of museums that have pooled resources in order to field national research and development to understand the impact they are capable of having on visitors, communities, and society.  […]

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In Collaboration with Bill T. Jones

Vince Beggs has directed and produced a documentary film featuring Macarthur Award and two time Tony Award winning dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones. Beggs’ film, “In Collaboration with Bill T. Jones, Reading Mercy and the Artificial Nigger”, was accepted this year as an official entry in the Capital City Black Film […]

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