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In collaboration with the AAM Education Committee (EdCom), Diversity Committee (DivCom), and Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE), Professional Networks of the American Alliance of Museums; and with #MuseumEdChat on Twitter. 


An EdComversation Online Discussion

Excellence and Equity at 25: Then, Now, Next

August 24, 2017
2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET)

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Excellence and Equity: Education and the Public Dimension of Museums. This 1992 AAM report was the result of nearly three years of work by the AAM Task Force on Museum Education, a group made up of colleagues from across the field brought together to identify critical issues in museum education. Join museum thought leaders for a lively online conversation, as we recognize the silver anniversary of Excellence and Equity, and share reflections on the “then, now, and next” of this foundational report—especially timely as diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) are central to current discourse across the field. Attendees are encouraged to (re)read Excellence and Equity, and the related article in the July/August issue of Museum magazine, and prior to participating in the program, both available online in Alliance Labs

How Will I Benefit? 

By participating in this program, attendees will be better able to:

  • Consider the evolution of issues related to excellence and equity in the museum field 
  • Ensure that the educational role of museums is at the core of their service to a diverse public
  • Contribute to, and advocate for greater diversity and inclusion in museum staff, leadership, programs, and audiences 

Who Should Attend 

Museum practitioners from all disciplines within the museum field.  


  • Bonnie Pitman, distinguished scholar in residence, Edith O'Donnell Institute of Art History, The University of Texas at Dallas; then-chair of the AAM Taskforce on Museum Education that resulted in Excellence and Equity: Education and the Public Dimension of Museums
  • Cecile Shellman, diversity catalyst, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
  • Elaine Heumann Gurian, senior museum consultant, The Museum Group; then-member of the AAM Taskforce on Museum Education
  • Ellen Hirzy, editor and writer; editor, Excellence and Equity: Education and the Public
  • Dimension of Museums
  • Michael Lesperance, principal, The Design Minds; chair, LGBTQ Alliance
  • Sonnet Takahisa, deputy director for engagement and innovation, Newark Museum; then-member of the AAM Taskforce on Museum Education


  • Sheri Levinsky-Raskin, assistant vice president, education & evaluation, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum; chair for professional development, EdCom 
  • Greg Stevens, director, professional development, AAM


This program is free to all attendees, but online pre-registration is required. 

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You will receive a registration confirmation email within 24 hours. Access instructions will be sent via email closer to the live event.

Join the Conversation on Twitter

The dialogue will be held concurrently from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET on Twitter at #MuseumEdChat, hosted by Sarah Erdman @cabinetofcurios. The conversation will continue that evening from 8:00-9:00 p.m., ET, hosted by Lindsay Gottwald @LingoMuses. All participants from the AAM EdComVersation are encouraged to join and continue the conversation. On Twitter: @AAMers, @AAM_EdCom, #MuseumEdChat, @museumptnrs, @cabinetofcurios

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests for Alliance professional development programs must be received in writing no later than one week prior to the event date to receive a full refund of registration fees. Refund requests will not be accepted after that date. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel any program at any time, for any reason. In the event of a program cancellation by the Alliance, attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fees. For face-to-face programs, the Alliance is not responsible for any travel or hotel expenses incurred as a result of your participation or cancellation of an event.

About EdComversations

EdCom hosts EdComversations every third Thursday of the month at 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m. (PT). These online, talk-show-style discussions cover timely, relevant topics from the museum community and encourage dialogue, networking, and collaborative idea generation.

About EdCom

The American Alliance of Museums Education Professional Network (EdCom) advances the purpose of museums as places of lifelong learning, serves as an advocate for diverse audiences and educators and promotes professional standards and excellence in the best and next practice of museum education.