2007-06-14 / News

Art museum accredited

Newport Art Museum has achieved accreditation from the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum.

Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, donors, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public.

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.

Of the nation's nearly 17,500 museums, about 775 are currently accredited. Newport Art Museum and Art Association is one of only 16 museums accredited in Rhode Island.

Accreditation is a very rigorous, but highly rewarding process that examines all aspects of a museum's operations. To earn accreditation, a museum must first conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM's Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, considers the selfstudy and visiting committee report in determining whether a museum should receive accreditation. While the time to complete the process varies by museum, it generally takes as long as three years.

The Newport Art Museum is located at 76 Bellevue Avenue, across from Touro Park. For group tours, call 848-2787. For more information, call 848-8200 or visit www.newportartmuseum.com.

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