Posts Tagged ‘American Alliance of Museums’

Silvana Foti at Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC, Becomes Peer Reviewer for American Alliance of Museums

October 27, 2016

Silvana Foti, executive director for the David McCune International Art Gallery at Methodist University, in Fayetteville, NC, recently accepted an invitation to become a peer reviewer for the Accreditation Program and Continuum of Excellence Team for the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

As a peer reviewer, Foti will support the accreditation and Museum Assessment Program by conducting site visits, facilitating institutional planning processes and reviewing museum self-assessment materials. In particular, Foti will focus on assessing a museum’s community engagement and leadership skills.

“Needless to say, I am absolutely delighted to be chosen to be a part of this museum organization,” Foti said.

The Museum Assessment Program began in 1981 and has helped more than 4,600 small and mid-sized museums meet their needs while also helping them strengthen their operations and discuss plans for the future.

The museum assessment process takes about a year and consists of self-assessments, institutional activities and conductive peer reviews, in which Foti will participate. AAM has been bringing museums together since 1906 with the goal of uniting organizations like art museums, botanical gardens, zoos and historical sites, among others.

Silvana Foti is an accomplished artist and professor who served as the chair of Methodist University’s Department of Art for 29 years. She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College, her master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and Meredith College, and other degrees from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Youngstown State University. She is affiliated with the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries, the American Association of Museums, the Association of Art Museum Curators, the College Arts Association of America, the North Carolina Art Education Association and Kappa Delta Pi, an education honor society.

Foti is a practicing artist best known for her expertise in printmaking. Her personal works are on display in 34 public collections and 45 private collections. She has served as the executive director of the David McCune International Art Gallery since 2012 and has organized nine unique art exhibitions at Methodist University since the gallery’s inception.

Methodist University is an independent four-year institution of higher education with more than 2,400 students from 41 states and 69 countries. Methodist University offers 80 majors and concentrations, four master’s degree programs, one doctoral level program, 80 clubs and organizations, and 20 NCAA III intercollegiate sports.

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Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, SC, Receives National Support from the American Alliance of Museums

August 30, 2014


This fall, Spartanburg Art Museum (SAM) Spartanburg, SC, 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,” Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director, said. “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 roadmap for improving operations and meeting standards.

For the past 30 years, the MAP program has assisted more than 4,500 museums to strengthen operations, plan for the future and meet 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,” Goddard said. “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 Spartanburg Art Museum. The Board of Directors just welcomed several new members, Ryan Langley, Kerin Hannah, Sharon Butehorn, Cathy Bagwell, Epsie Coleman and Mary Ann Kotlarich. George Nixon, the current Board President is excited for SAM’s future. “SAM is helping us think – about ourselves and the world around us. Interactive places encourage children of all ages experience art in non-traditional ways,” Nixon recently wrote in a SAM website blog post.

Goddard has been with SAM for almost a year now and said, “with the contributions of our existing board members and the addition of these strong community minded members, SAM is moving forward with new sense of purpose, vision and understanding of what it means to function as a relevant cultural institution in the 21st century. And now with the assistance of such strong national organizations, like the American Alliance of Museums, we seem to gaining deep traction in moving our mission forward.”

SAM has a full fall season planned of new exhibitions, Art School classes, and outreach sites serving youth throughout Spartanburg County during afterschool hours with its COLORS program.

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