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Albany Museum of Art Receives Highest National Recognition

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Awarded Accreditation from the American Association of Museums

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The Albany Museum of Art has achieved accreditation from the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum.  Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.

AAM Accreditation is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability, and earns national recognition for a museum for its commitment to excellence in all that it does:  governance, collections, stewardship, public programs, financial stability, high professional standards, and continued institution improvement.  Developed and sustained by museum professionals for 35 years, AAM’s Museum Accreditation program strengthens the profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely, and to provide the best possible service to the public.

“This award not only demonstrates that the Albany Museum of Art is committed to excellence in its programs, operations, and exhibitions, it also represents an extraordinary effort by the Museum’s staff and Board of Trustees,” said AMA Executive Director, Nick Nelson.  “This reaccreditation bid has been years in the making and included a very rigorous self-study as well as an observational site-visit by top professionals in the museum field.  It validates what our staff, board, members, and supporters have always known- that the AMA is a terrific museum. We are so proud and happy to share this honor with the community.”

Of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums, 775 are currently accredited.  The Albany Museum of Art is one of only 15 museums accredited in Georgia.

“Accreditation assures the people of Albany that their museum is among the finest in the nation,” said Ford W. Bell, president of AAM.  “As a result, the citizens can take considerable pride in their homegrown institution, for its commitment to excellence and for the value it brings to the community.”

Accreditation is a rigorous process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations.  To earn accreditation, a museum must first conduct a year of self-study, then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers.  AAM’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, review and evaluate the self study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation.  While the time to complete the process varies by museum, it generally takes three years.

The Albany Museum of Art, located in Albany, Georgia, houses an impressive collection that includes 19th and 20th century American and European art as well as a substantial collection of sub-Saharan African art including masks, sculpture, pottery, textiles, and musical instruments.  The Albany Museum of Art is accredited by the American Association of Museums.  The Albany Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM until 5 PM.  Admission is free. For more information about the AMA please visit our website, www.albanymuseum.com or call 229-439-8400.


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