Spartanburg Art Museum receives national support from the American Alliance of Museums

Spartanburg Art Museum receives national support from the American Alliance of Museums

This fall the Spartanburg Art Museum will take part in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) created in collaboration between the American Alliance of Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

“This is tremendous news for SAM,”said Elizabeth Goddard, executive director. “I have worked with both of these organizations in the past and feel very fortunate to have another opportunity to bring national standards of excellence to the work SAM is striving to accomplish.”

The American Alliance of Museums mission is to nurture excellence in museums through advocacy and service. MAP: A Customized Roadmap for Improvement is a powerful tool designed to support museums of all sizes through a one-year process of self-assessment, institutional activities and consultative peer review. At the end of this process SAM will emerge with an analysis of its strengths, weaknesses and opportunities and a prioritized road map for improving operations and meeting standards.

For the past 30 years, the MAP program has assisted more than 4,500 museums in strengthening operations, planning for the future and meeting standards. The IMLS-funded MAP grants provide $4,000 worth of consultative resources and services.

“What these means specifically for SAM is a year of access to an online community with years of expertise rooted in national best practices, peer reviews, free webinars, national recognition, and a site visit, all designed to emphasize strategic planning and ensuring operations and resource alignment with our evolving mission,” said Goddard. “This process will involve the staff and board of directors as we increase our knowledge together and improve our operations and build capacity for all of core components.”

This is a pivotal time for the museum. Goddard is approaching the one-year mark as executive director, and the board of directors just welcomed new members Ryan Langley, Kerin Hannah, Sharon Butehorn, Cathy Bagwell, Epsie Coleman and Mary Ann Kotlarich. George Nixon, board president, is excited for SAM’s future, writing in a recent blog post: “SAM is helping us think – about ourselves and the world around us. Interactive places encourage children of all ages to experience art in non-traditional ways.”

SAM has a full fall season planned of new exhibitions, Art School classes and outreach sites serving youth throughout Spartanburg County during after school hours with the COLORS program. For more information, visit spartanburgartmuseum.org or call (864) 582-7616.


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