MOLAA Joins Highest Rank of American Museums Nationwide with New Accreditation

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The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) announced last month that six museums were re-accredited at the October meeting of the Accreditation Commission, while five museums were newly accredited, and Long Beach’s Museum of Latin American Art (MOLAA) was, not surprisingly, one of those honored institutions.

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Of the nation’s estimated 35,000 museums, 1,054 are currently accredited, according to the AAM’s release. MOLAA now stands as one of 247 accredited museums in the state, according to the local institution. The Long Beach Museum of Art and the University Art Museum at Cal State Long Beach (CSULB) are also accredited.

An accreditation signifies excellence and major credibility within the greater museum community and to museum-goers, governments and outside agencies, according to the release. It is also the highest national recognition for a museum to receive. AAM’s 45-year-old accreditation program strengthens the museum profession by holding museum leaders accountable to rigorous standards.

“Accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums is a great honor and an important milestone for MOLAA, as the Museum prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2016,” said Stuart Ashman, MOLAA’s President and CEO, in a statement. “I am pleased and excited to share this achievement with MOLAA’s Board and staff and would like to thank them for their support throughout the accreditation process.”

MOLAA is a part of the first class of museums to be accepted into the 11-to-16-month accreditation program since 2010, when last year since it was revamped, relaunched and reopened to applicants. The Museum of Russian Icons in Massachusetts, the Tampa Bay History Center in Florida, The History Museum in Indiana and the U.S. Army Women’s Museum in Virginia were also newly accredited.

“Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” said Laura Lott, Alliance president and CEO, in a statement. “Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.”

This is not the first time MOLAA, or a MOLAA higher-up, has received accolades from the AAM. Three years ago Ashman received an award of excellence for his nine years (2003-2012) of service as an AAM Accreditation Commissioner.

“Serving on the Accreditation Commission is emblematic of a deep commitment to the advancement of the entire museum field," said AAM President Ford Bell said in a statement. "Few demonstrate that dedication as much as Stuart Ashman. His wisdom, experience and insight have benefitted museums of all sizes and types, all across the country.”

MOLAA, we’re glad you’re in good hands.

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MOLAA is located at 628 Alamitos Avenue.


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