The Denver Art Museum (DAM) announces that it has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum. Accreditation signifies excellence within the museum community to governments, funders, outside agencies and to the museum-going public. The Denver Art Museum was initially accredited in 1972. All museums must undergo a reaccreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status. Of the nation’s estimated 17,500 museums, 1,005 are currently accredited.
“The Denver Art Museum is committed to continuing its tradition of excellence and providing a place that celebrates and sparks creative thinking and expression through transformative art experiences,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director of the DAM. “We are honored that AAM has recognized the museum’s exemplary staff, accessible and engaging educational programs, beautiful facilities and thought-provoking exhibitions."
AAM accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards and continued institutional improvement. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for 35 years, AAM’s museum accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability. It strengthens the museum profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely and remain financially and ethically accountable in order to provide the best possible service to the public.
“Accreditation assures the people of Denver that their museum is among the finest in the nation,” said Ford W. Bell, president of AAM. “Our Accreditation Commission especially applauded the DAM’s exhibitions that showcase permanent collections from across departments and the programs designed to connect diverse audiences with art, such as the Artist-in-Residence Program for artists of Native American heritage and the Untitled series for young adults. The DAM’s rotating studio programs provide a national model for engaging visitors with hands on-experiences.”
Accreditation is a rigorous but highly rewarding process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations. To earn accreditation, a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, consider the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation. While the time to complete the process varies by museum, it generally takes as much as three years.
About the American Alliance of Museums
The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. With more than 15,000 individual, 3,000 institutional, and 300 corporate members, AAM is dedicated to ensuring that museums remain a vital part of the American landscape, connecting people with the greatest achievements of the human experience, past, present and future. For more information, visit www.aam-us.org.Download PDF of press release.