Holland Museum selected for national assessment program

The Holland Museum is committed to telling the community’s history through a lens of inclusion. 

That mission will be supported by the museum’s selection to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP), which is administered by the American Alliance of  Museums. 

Through guided self-study assessment and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation in MAP will empower Holland Museum to better serve residents of the Holland area by helping it meet and exceed the highest professional standards. 

“One of our strategic goals is to celebrate our community’s diversity,” says Ricki Levine, executive director of the museum, located at 31 W. 10th Street in downtown Holland. “In order to do that in a relevant and appropriate manner, we need to engage representatives of our entire community. This will enable us to provide a platform for everyone’s stories to be shared.” 

Path for self-improvement

MAP is a national, voluntary program that helps museums strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet standards through self-study and a site visit from an expert peer reviewer. The program offers several assessment types that focus on multiple aspects of museum operations, allowing participants to work on various methods of self-improvement. 

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) represents the nation’s museum community and has been dedicated to promoting excellence within the field for more than a century. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums.  

“Choosing to be part of the MAP program is indicative of the commitment to civic involvement,  public service, and overall excellence on the part of the Holland Museum,”  says Laura Lott,  president of AAM. “Studies have shown America’s museums to be among the country’s most trusted and valued institutions. MAP is designed to make them even better.” 
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