American Alliance of Museums heads to Phoenix for 2018 expo

The American Alliance of Museums will focus on education and learning opportunities at its Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo, which will take place in Phoenix, AZ in 2018.

Billed as the world’s largest gathering of museum professionals with more than 5,000 people expected to attend, the event is planned for May 6-9 and is themed Educate, Engage, Elevate! Museums on the Rise.

Recent surveys show that museums spend more than $2 billion a year on education, with three-quarters of the budget going to school-aged children. US-based museums receive more than 55 million visits every year from students in school groups.

Laura Lott, President and CEO of the American Alliance of Museums, said: “Museums are uniquely suited to better connect students to their communities, as well as to culture, to history — and to the world. It’s time to close the gap between the museum and education communities and forge new partnerships and programs to help our students learn in new and different ways.”

Speakers will include Kevin Jennings, President of the Tenement Museum in New York City and former assistant deputy secretary of education from 2009 to 2011 under President Obama. Human rights activist Ericka Huggins and social inequalities expert Donavon Livingston are also scheduled to present.

More than 250 exhibitors will display the latest innovations in the museum field, in areas such as technology, exhibit design, lighting and security. In addition to sessions at the Convention Center, attendees can also take part in site visits to museums in the Phoenix metropolitan region.

Image: American Alliance of Museums.