90 Days of Action Campaign Celebrates Museums' Role in Welcoming Immigrants and Refugees

—Campaign Tagline #WorldTheyDeserve Captures Efforts—

ARLINGTON, Va. (February 28, 2017)—The Association of Children's Museums (ACM) has launched a new campaign—90 Days of Action—to showcase the important role children’s museums play in welcoming immigrant and refugee children and families to their communities. The campaign includes a variety of elements including a social media push, a survey of its members to learn more about current and planned programs to serve immigrant and refugee children and families, and resources to help members communicate about their efforts at the local level.

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2 Million People Visited Asian Culture Exhibits at 28 Children’s Museums

Association of Children’s Museums Announces 2017 Tour Schedule

ARLINGTON, Va. (November 30, 2016) — More than two million visitors at children’s museums across the U.S. have already experienced the Freeman Foundation Asian Culture Exhibit Series, according to the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM). This multi-year initiative promotes cultural understanding among children and their families with five traveling exhibits showcasing life in Asia. The project is coordinated by ACM and funded through a $6 million grant from The Freeman Foundation.

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Association of Children’s Museum Adopts New Mission and Vision Statements

—Board of Directors met this month to plan fiscal year 2017—

ARLINGTON, VA (10/27/16)—The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) adopted new mission and vision statements at its Washington, DC, Board of Directors meeting on October 13-14, 2016. These new statements of identity are the result of a year-long effort, including feedback from the field at large:

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Children’s Museums Celebrate Back-to-School with Horizon Organic

—Partnership with Association of Children’s Museums brings Horizon Organic products to community events this August—

ARLINGTON, VA (8/11/16)—The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) announced a national partnership with Horizon Organic to celebrate the start of the school year with new products for families. This August, Horizon Organic will offer free sampling at children’s museums across the U.S. during events celebrating the end of summer.

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ACM Lends Expertise to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Curious World Tour

—Two ACM members will host the mobile summer learning experience in August—

Arlington, VA (July 27, 2016)—This summer, global learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) launched Curious World Tour, a mobile and immersive playful learning experience created in partnership with the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and Ultimate Block Party. Throughout development of the project, ACM shared knowledge about out-of-school and summer learning, bolstering its mission to promote play-based education.

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Announcing the 2016 ACM Board of Directors Elections Results

Association of Children’s Museums Announces Election of President, Four New Members to Board of Directors

Arlington, VA (June 24, 2015)—Today, the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) announced the results of its 2016 Board of Directors election. ACM’s membership approved the slate following InterActivity, the Association’s annual conference.

Jennifer Farrington, President and CEO of the Chicago Children’s Museum, was elected Board President for the 2016-2018 term. Marilee Jennings, Executive Director of the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, will continue to serve the Board in as Past President. Returning officers include Rhonda Kiest, President and CEO of Stepping Stones Museum for Children (Vice President); Michael Yankovich, President and CEO of Children’s Museum of Denver (Vice President); Catherine Wilson Horne, President and CEO of Discovery Place (Treasurer); and Tanya Andrews, Executive Director of Children’s Museum of Tacoma (Secretary). Also joining the Board as At-Large Members for three-year terms are Michael Luria, Mort Sajadian, Stephanie Terry, and Adam Woodworth.

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White House Names ACM’s Laura Huerta Migus a “Champion Of Change” for Summer Opportunity

—Honor Marks Partnership between Association of Children’s Museums and White House to Advance Summer Learning—

Arlington, VA – On February 26, the White House named Laura Huerta Migus, Executive Director of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), one of nine “Champions of Change” for Summer Opportunity, in recognition of the work of ACM and children museums to support the wellbeing of children outside of the classroom.

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ACM Member Resource Library

ACM's new member resource library is now available digitally for current ACM members! This library features archival documents and information collected from your peers at member children's museums.

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Hand to Hand

Read the latest edition of Hand to Hand: Amenities.

"The Lobby: Designing and Staffing for a 'No-Free' Visit"—Tanya Andrews, Children's Museum of Tacoma

"All the Safety You Cannot See"—Lauren Kaye, Kidspace Children's Museum

"Food, Glorious Food"—Marilee Jennings, Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose; Mary Maher

"Balancing Act"—Christa Simpson, The DoSeum, San Antonio's Museum for Kids

"Built for Comfort: Amenities Aimed at Adults"—Jen Alexander, KidCity Children's Museum

"The Value of a $27 Sign"—Katie Slivovsky, Chicago Children's Museum

Record-Breaking InterActivity

More than 975 people attended InterActivity 2015: Bringing the World to Children and Families, May 13-15, hosted by The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. They represented more than 270 museums, plus early childhood educators, librarians, funders, product and service providers, and affiliated organizations serving children and families. 

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Ruby Bridges, Yvonne Simons, and Jeanne White-Ginder Named 2015 Great Friends to Kids

The Association of Children's Museums (ACM) recognizes Ruby Bridges, Yvonne Simons, and Jeanne White-Ginder with its 2015 Great Friend to Kids Award for advocating the power of children to change the world. The award ceremony will take place at InterActivity 2015: Bringing the World to Children and Families on Friday, May 15, 10:30 a.m., at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. The awards will be presented by Dr. William Adams, chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Immediately following the presentation ceremony, all three honorees will join a moderated armchair discussion moderated by Dr. Jeffrey Patchen, president and CEO of The Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

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ACM Convenes Children's Museums from Around the World

The Association of Children's Museums (ACM) and The Children's Museum of Indianapolis will host InterActivity 2015: Bringing the World to Children, May 13-15 in Indianapolis. InterActivity is the largest convening of children's museum professionals, bringing nearly 900 attendees from twenty countries to discuss and share best practices and pressing issues affecting children, families, and children's museums themselves. 

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