Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation Selected to Participate in National Museum Assessment Program
by Pam Mickelson
The Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation in Sioux City has been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP), which is administered by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Through guided self-study assessment and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation in MAP will empower the museum to better serve the citizens of the Siouxland Region by facilitating its meeting and exceeding the highest professional standards of the museum field.
The museum’s participation is made possible through funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). MAP helps museums strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet standards through self-study assessment and a consultative site visit from an expert peer reviewer.
MAMAT has chosen to do a MAP Organizational Assessment in order to develop a strategic plan and align resources to bring the history of aviation and transportation to the region. Board director Pam Mickelson says, “the AAM resources and self-assessment study is very enlightening. We are excited to have been selected for the 2021 class with 90 other museums across the United States and look forward to learn from the industry leader with a reviewer on site this Fall.”
“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 Mid America Museum of Aviation and Transportation,” said 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.”
Since its creation in 1981, the MAP program has served over 5,000 museums. MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between AAM and IMLS. 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. To learn more about the Institute, please visit: http://www.imls.gov.