Muscatine Art Center Receives Highest National Recognition; Obtained reaccreditation from the American Alliance of Museums

MUSCATINE, IOWA (November 22, 2022) – The Muscatine Art Center has once again earned accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition given to museums in the nation. Accreditation is synonymous with excellence for the museum community, governments, funders, external organizations and the public who visit the museum. The Muscatine Art Center was originally accredited in 1993. All museums must undergo a re-accreditation review at least every ten years to maintain their accreditation status.

Alliance accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continuous institutional improvement. Developed and supported by museum professionals for fifty years, the Alliance’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 responsible in order to provide the best possible service to the public.

“Completing the re-accreditation process was truly a team effort,” says Melanie Alexander, director of the Muscatine Art Center. “We brought together members of staff, the Board of Trustees, the Friends of the Muscatine Art Center Board of Trustees, the Muscatine Art Center Support Foundation Advisory Committee, volunteers, donors and business leaders and communities to set the direction for the coming years. . The new Institutional Plan, adopted in July 2022, helped win reaccreditation.

Of the approximately 33,000 museums in the country, more than 1,080 are currently accredited. The Muscatine Art Center is one of thirty-three accredited museums in Iowa.

Accreditation is a very rigorous yet very rewarding process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations. To gain accreditation, a museum must first complete a year of self-study and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. The AAM Accreditation Commission, an independent and self-governing body of museum professionals, reviews the report of the Self-Assessment and Visitation Committee to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation.

“Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable for excellence,” said Laura L Lott, President and CEO of the Alliance. “Accreditation is clearly an important achievement, one of which institutions and the communities they serve can be immensely proud.

About Muscatine Art Center

The Muscatine Art Center is located at 1314 Mulberry Avenue in Muscatine, Iowa. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday evenings until 7 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free entry. Donations are appreciated. Visit muscatineartcenter.org for more information on programs and events.

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 advocating for the interests of the entire museum community. Representing over 35,000 professionals and volunteers from museums, institutions and partner companies serving the museum field, the Alliance represents the broad spectrum of the museum community. For more information, visit aam-us.org.