The American Association 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. 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. AAM is the only organization representing the entire scope of museums and professionals and nonpaid staff who work for and with museums. It currently represents more than 15,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, 3,000 institutions and 300 corporate members. GMOA is accredited by AAM.
In 1916, the directors of 12 American museums founded the Association of Art Museum Directors. The association began its transformation into a professional organization in 1969 when it formally incorporated. At that time, it also hired an employee and increased the meetings from once to twice a year. AAMD’s charter members were motivated by a desire to create an intimate forum to share news and ideas. AAMD has maintained a limited membership bringing the directors into closer contact with their peers at a wide variety of leading art institutions.
The Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries is a statewide organization dedicated to serving a diverse membership in a way that establishes a responsive network, provides a resource base and promotes professionalism so that Georgia’s museum community is strong, effective and proactive.
The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC), begun in 1951, is a nonprofit membership organization that serves 12 states throughout the Southeast—Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia—and Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. SEMC fosters professionalism, mutual support and communication among its members and the larger museum community. A non-profit membership organization, SEMC strives to increase educational and professional development opportunities, improve the interchange of ideas and information and encourage respect and collegiality.