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Osage Nation Museum selected to participate in museum assessment program

The Osage Nation Museum has been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP), which seeks to help museums improve their operations.

Through guided self-study and on-site consultation with a museum professional, participation in MAP will empower the museum to better serve the citizens of the Osage Nation and Pawhuska by facilitating and exceeding the highest professional standards of the museum field, according to a news release.

The MAP is administered by the American Alliance of Museums in Arlington, Va., which has helped over 4,600 small and mid-sized museums since its 1981 inception, according to its website.

“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 the Osage Nation Museum,” 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.

MAP is a confidential process of self-study, peer review and implementation. Museums use the assessment process to strengthen operations, build capacity, and enhance communication throughout the organization and in response to community needs. Participant museums choose one of three categories for its assessment: Collections Stewardship, Organizational, and Community Engagement.The ONM will take part in the Organizational assessment process, the release said.  

Hallie Winter, Curator at the Osage Nation Museum said: “The ONM is pleased to be accepted into the MAP program. We are looking forward to completing the seven-month process to better serve our community and implement best practices and standards of the museum field. The assessment team will consist of the museum staff as well as a member from the Executive office and an Osage Nation constituent. It is our hope that in completing this lengthy process, the Osage Nation Museum will begin working toward museum accreditation, as well as improving our financial sustainability, care of collections, development of policies and procedures, and furthering our community engagement. The staff at the ONM strives to present unique programming and exhibits of the highest quality as well as excellence in leadership, integrity, collaboration, enlightenment, stability, and respect.”