SEMC partnered with the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) to pilot this new program focused on leadership training for staff of small and mid-sized institutions. Their goal is to develop a diverse and inclusive group of future museum leaders who:
Can identify and build on their existing personal strengths
Assess how to maximize these strengths internally in an organization and externally as part of a community
Identify methods to capitalize on their strengths and their environment to move an institution forward
The curriculum covers six areas:
Reflecting Your Best Self
Building Inclusive Cultures
Strategic Communication and Thinking
Creating Your Best Self as an Organization
Leadership Arlington's Annual Arts Day
Semmel was also the principal coordinator and faculty forLeadership Arlington's Annual Arts Day, involving 27 corporate, civic, and nonprofit leaders throughout Arlington County, CA and held virtually on December 2, 2020.
Paul Orselli was interviewed in the Association of Children's Museums (ACM) journal, Hand to Hand, about developing museum exhibitions and what a post-COVID future might hold for interactive experiences.
In this article from the Informal Learning Review, Paul Orselli questions whether museums can really make the changes needed to move into the post-COVID world.
Collections and Deaccessioning in a Post-Pandemic World: Cases from the Old Reality
Laura Roberts contributed a chapter on deaccessioning and its aftermath at the Delaware Art Museum to Collections and Deaccessioning in a Post-Pandemic World: Cases from the Old Reality, part of a three volume set edited by Stefanie Jandl and Mark Gold, to be published by MuseumsEtc in early 2021.