Children’s Museums Contributed $5.5 Billion to U.S. Economy in 2016

New research from the Association of Children’s Museums shares the economic impact of children’s museums

ARLINGTON, VA (October 9, 2018)—According to new research released today by the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM), children’s museums contributed $5.5 billion to U.S. economic activity in 2016. This research is shared in the second volume of ACM Trends Reports, produced in collaboration with New Knowledge Organization, Ltd. These reports share findings from ACM’s study on the economic impact of children’s museums, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

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ACM’s Laura Huerta Migus Named 2018 Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow

ACM Executive Director Selected for Work on Behalf of Children’s Museums to Advance Opportunity for Low-Income Families

ARLINGTON, VA (September 21, 2018) – This month, the Aspen Institute announced last week the 2018 class of Aspen Institute Ascend Fellows, including Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) Executive Director Laura Huerta Migus. This year’s class features twenty-one U.S.-based leaders committed to addressing inequality for low-income children and families. 

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The Children’s Museum Research Network (CMRN) Welcomes Five Institutions

ARLINGTON, Va (November 24, 2017) – Last week, the Children’s Museum Research Network (CMRN) held its fall meeting to welcome five new institutions to the research cohort: The Children's Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus (CO), Glazer Children's Museum (Tampa, FL), the Canadian Children's Museum (Gatineau, QC), Port Discovery Children’s Museum (Baltimore, MD), and the Children's Museum of Sonoma County (Santa Rosa, CA).

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The Junior League Named “Great Friend to Kids” for Role in Starting Children’s Museums Worldwide

—Honor Awarded During ACM's InterActivity Conference—

ARLINGTON, Va. (April 10, 2017)--The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) has selected The Junior League as the recipient of the 2017 ACM Great Friend to Kids Award. The award will be accepted by Susan Danish, executive director of The Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., on May 5th during ACM’s InterActivity 2017 conference in Pasadena, Ca.

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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 Museums 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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