Boise Art Museum Receives Distinguished National Honor

Boise Art Museum Receives Distinguished National Honor
November 16, 2021

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the only organization representing the entire scope of the national museum community, today announced the award of reaccreditation to the Boise Art Museum (BAM). Only 3% (1,095 out of 33,000) of our nation’s museums are currently accredited, and this is a high honor awarded to the Boise Art Museum based upon its professional and community practices.

National AAM reaccreditation demonstrates that the Boise Art Museum is publicly committed to upholding the museum field’s high professional standards for education, public service, and collections care. By achieving this mark of distinction, BAM exemplifies the best that museums have to offer and serves as a reminder of the importance of museums to our communities.

Through a rigorous process of self-assessment and review by its peers, Boise Art Museum has demonstrated itself to be a good steward of its resources and collections and is committed to a philosophy of continual institutional growth. AAM noted that most impressive among BAM’s achievements is the Museum’s sense of its civic responsibility in the Boise area, such as its leadership in welcoming immigrant populations and implementing innovative strategies for inviting underserved visitors. They commended BAM as a model for its overall education program and for integrating diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI), throughout the organization as evidenced in exhibitions, programs, and in commitment to on-going dialogue with the community.

Recognized as the field’s gold standard for museum excellence for 50 years, AAM accreditation signifies a museum’s quality and credibility to the entire museum community, to governments and outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. The program helps to ensure the integrity and accessibility of museum collections, reinforce the educational and public service roles of museums, and promote good governance practices and ethical behavior.

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