In collaboration with the following AAM Professional Networks: LGBTQ Alliance, Diversity Committee (DIVCOM), the Latino Network, COMPT, and the Leadership and Management Network (LMN).  

Local Colleague Discussions

AAM LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines: Overview, Issues, and Actions

November 6-9, 2017

Join colleagues at host institutions across the country during the week of November 6-9, to discuss the AAM LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines for Museums. The Welcoming Guidelines compile preferred practices for museums to use in working with LGBTQ professionals and communities. A series of checklists allows museums to review each of AAM’s 38 Characteristics of Excellence from the perspective of LGBTQ staff and visitors, and groups the characteristics into functional areas.  

The goal of these local convenings is to help museum colleagues better understand how to use the Welcoming Guidelines and how they can be applied in all types of institutions. Participants will briefly discuss the goals of the Welcoming Guidelines, review the document, and work through an exercise that is relevant to their institution. Participants are encouraged to download and read the LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines for Museums prior to attending a local convening.

How Will I Benefit?  

By participating in a local convening, attendees will be better able to:  
  • Understand and discuss the LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines 
  • Consider strategies for making your institution welcoming to LGBTQ staff and audiences 
  • Access resources, including case studies and best practice related to diversity and inclusion 
  • Connect with peers in the field 

Who Should Attend 

Anyone who works in, with, or for museums is welcome to host or attend a local convening, especially those colleagues who work in human resources, diversity, exhibition, or public/education programming 

Attending an Event 

There is no cost to attend a local convening, but RSVP is requested. Confirmed hosts are listed below. Please be sure to note day, date, time and location, then click RSVP. You will receive more information once you are signed up for a local event. 



March Field Air Museum
Wednesday, November 8
10:00 a.m,. – 12:30 p.m.
Museum Library Conference Room
The March Field Air Museum opens at 10 a.m. Attendees are welcome to tour the museum and its exhibits after the event concludes, and/or following lunch (edpending on the wishes of attendees, we invite you to join us for on- or off-site lunch following the program).
Contact Host for more information: Paul Hammond   

San Francisco

California Academy of Sciences
(In collaboration with the Oakland Museum of California)
Monday, November 6
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Academy Classroom
Event capacity is 48 attendees. Attendees must checkin at business reception located at 75 Nancy Pelosi Drive.
Contact Host for more information: Annette Gavigan  



Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Thursday, November 9
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Vizcaya Historic Garage
The program will take place in the Historic Garage in the Vizcaya Village, on the other side of South Miami Avenue from the Main House and gardens. Following the program we welcome participants to stay for lunch, and to visit the Main House and gardens for a guided, self-guided, or audio tour.
Contact Host for more information: Remko Jansonius

St. Petersburg

The Dali Museum
Monday, November 6
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Raymond James Community Room
Contact Host for more information: Jim Nixon



Figge Art Museum
Tuesday, November 7
10:00 a.m. –  12:00 p.m.
Grand Lobby
Event is co-hosted by the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art. Attendees will check in at the museum store. Light refreshments will be served. Attendees are welcome to continue conversations at lunch on their own in the Figge Cafe.
Contact Host for more information:Claire Kovacs 


New Orleans

National World War II Museum Thursday, November 9 10:00 a.m. –  12:00 p.m. Purple Heart Board Room
Please check in at the visitors desk, coffee available in break room, free admission to the museum after the meeting
Contact Host for more information: Tiffany Charles



Minneapolis Institute of Art/MIA 
Thursday, November 9
3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Studios, first floor in Community Commons
Receive a voucher for our special exhibtion, "Eyewitness Views: Making History in Eighteenth-Century Europe" Stay for happy hour at Agra Cafe! 
Contact Host for more information: Camille Erickson  



McClure Archives and University Museum
Tuesday, November 7
2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Kirkpatrick Library 1470
You will receive an email from host with details about the event, including parking.
Contact Host for more information: Amber Clifford-Napoleone



Wilbur D. May Museum
Tuesday, November 7
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served.
Contact Host for more information: Samantha Szesciorka

New York

New York City

Thursday, November 9
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Kunsthalle (gallery)
Museum will be open and attendees can tour the exhibitions at no charge; light refreshments will be served.
Contact Host for more information: Kristina Mompoint



Ohio History Connection 
Co-hosted by the Ohio History Connection, COSI and the Columbus Museum of Art
Thursday, November 9
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. 
Ohio History Center - Cardinal Classroom    
Please check in at the welcome desk and they will direct you to the discussion 
Contact Hosts for more information: Ben AnthonyJoe Heimlich or Cindy Foley  



Eastern State Penitentiary
Wednesday, November 8
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
On street parking; take note that most spots have a two to three hour limit. The neighborhood is served by public transit. Please check in through Admissions, and our staff will direct you to the classroom. Refreshments will be served. After the event concludes, attendees are welcome to learn more about Eastern State’s interpretation of LGBTQ issues and tour the site. Attendees will have access to all-gender, wheelchair-accessible restrooms.
Contact Host for more information: Annie Andersen


Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
Monday, November 6
1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Exact location(s) at Carnegie Museums TBD
Contact Host for more information: Cecile Shellman  



Chrysler Museum of Art
Wednesday, November 8
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Education Workshop 
Light refreshments will be served
Contact Host for more information: Michael Berlucchi



The Museum of Flight
Monday, November 6
10:00 a.m. – 12:00
View Lounge
The View Lounge is on the second floor, with elevator access from the main lobby. There are all-gender restrooms next to our meeting room. Attendees are welcome to tour the Museum after the discussion.
Contact Host for more information: Mac Buff

Washington, D.C.

Hosted by Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Monday, November 6
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Attendees must use Newseum Group entrance on C Street, Level 3
Attendees must check in with ID
Contact Host for more information: John Suau

Smithsonian American Art Museum 
Thursday, November 9
9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.     
MacMillan Education Center
This program begins before the museum opens to the public. Attendees must enter through the G Street lobby. Non-Smithsonian attendees must check in with security near the desk. Attendees are welcome to tour the museum. Room capacity is 35.
Contact Host for more information: Ryan Linthicum  



Madison Children’s Museum
Tuesday, November 7th
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Celebrations Rooms
Attendees can check in at the front desk and are welcome to bring their own lunch. Light refreshments will be offered and attendees are welcome to tour our building afterward including a tour of our newest exhibit: From Coops to Cathedrals: Nature, Childhood, and Architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Contact Host for more information: Sandra Bonnici

If there is no confirmed event in your local area, we encourage you to host one at your institution (see information below).

How to Host a Local Colleague Discussion

If you are interested in hosting a local colleague discussion at your institution, please see this information and host RSVP form. You may schedule your event during the week of November 6-9, on a date and time that is most convenient to you and your organization. Deadline to sign up to host an event is October 27.

A hosted event includes a minimum of:

  • 30 minutes for check-in, networking, and informal discussion
  • 60 minutes facilitated discussion and activity
  • 30 minutes recap and conclusion

We ask all hosts to:

  • Confirm date and a space for event
  • Confirm a host representative to serve as discussion leader and note-taker
  • Promote the event to co-workers and to colleague in your community
  • Confirm that your space is fully accessible
  • Participate in a host orientation webinar
  • Use the LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines for Museums and discussion questions (forthcoming) as a foundation for discussion
  • Provide AAM with brief report on your event
  • Track onsite attendance using the RSVP list to be provided by AAM, as well as an AAM walk-in sheet to capture contact information


Contact Greg Stevens, director for professional development, American Alliance of Museums.

About the LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines Convenings 

These local colleague discussions are an extension of discussions that have taken place at meetings and conferences that initially helped establish the LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines for Museums, and subsequently helped clarify the goals and practical application of the Welcoming Guidelines in museums.

About the LGBTQ Alliance

The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Alliance (LGBTQ Alliance) of the American Alliance of Museums provides a forum for communication and dialogue and is committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and inquiry with particular respect to sexual orientation and gender identity within museums.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests for Alliance professional development programs must be received in writing no later than one week prior to the event date to receive a full refund of your registration fees. Refund requests will not be accepted after that date. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel any program at any time, for any reason. In the event of a program cancellation by the Alliance, attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fees. For face-to-face programs, the Alliance is not responsible for any travel or hotel expenses incurred as a result of your participation or cancellation of an event.