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Association of Children’s Museums Adopts New Mission and Vision Statements

—Board of Directors met this month to plan fiscal year 2017—

ARLINGTON, VA (10/27/16)—The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) adopted new mission and vision statements at its Washington, DC, Board of Directors meeting on October 13-14, 2016. These new statements of identity are the result of a year-long effort, including feedback from the field at large:

Our Vision: A world that honors all children and respects the diverse ways in which they learn and develop.
Our Mission: ACM champions children’s museums worldwide.

These new vision and mission statements are the cornerstone of ACM’s forthcoming Strategic Roadmap outlining its key priorities and goals for the coming years. The Roadmap, which will replace its 2012-2015 Strategic Framework, will be disseminated in the coming months.

The board meeting also marked the beginning of ACM’s 2017 fiscal year, as well as the start of new terms for four At-Large Board Members: Michael Luria, Children’s Museum of Tucson (AZ), Mort Sajadian, Amazement Square (Lynchburg, VA), Stephanie Terry, Louis J. Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville (IN), and Adam Woodworth, The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn (IL). It was also the first meeting presided over by ACM Board President Jennifer Farrington, President and CEO of Chicago Children’s Museum (IL). Visit ACM’s website for a complete list of the current Board of Directors.

On October 13, the Board hosted a reception with ACM’s friends and allies in the DC Metro Area, including representatives from the Alliance for Childhood, American Alliance of Museums, Association of Art Museum Directors, Association of Science-Technology Centers, Blue Star Families, Brookings Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Science Foundation, Smithsonian Latino Center, and Urban Libraries Council.

The next board meeting will be hosted in Tacoma, WA, from March 26-28, 2017, coinciding with the Children’s Museum of Tacoma’s third Symposium on Our Youngest Citizens.

About Association of Children's Museums (ACM)

There are approximately 400 children’s museums around the world, which annually reach more than thirty-one million visitors. ACM provides leadership, professional development, advocacy and resources for its member organizations and individuals. To learn more about ACM and to find an ACM-member children’s museum near you, visit

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