Crocker Art Museum receives highest national recognition

By From page B8 | June 07, 2017

After completing a lengthy and detailed review by the American Alliance of Museums Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum announces that it has been awarded reaccreditation, the gold standard of excellence for museums in the United States. Out of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums only 1,065 are currently accredited, placing the Crocker in a group of museums recognized for their public trust and accountability, mission and planning, collections stewardship, education and interpretation, financial stability and facilities and risk management.

Dating back more than 40 years, the American Alliance of Museums’ accreditation program serves as the museum field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation and public accountability in the United States. The application process for accreditation and reaccreditation takes more than a year and involves structured self-assessments as well as a series of reviews and inspections by a team of nationally recognized peers. Museums must undergo a reaccreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status.

The Crocker Art Museum was first awarded accreditation in 1975. Since then the museum has been awarded reaccreditation each time that its status has been up for renewal. During its most recent application and review the Crocker underwent a series of rigorous facility inspections, budget examinations and scrutiny of its structure, programs, functions and staff roles on a variety of operational levels.

In a detailed report provided to museum leadership the accrediting commission indicated that the Crocker Art Museum met — and in many categories exceeded — the alliance’s ratings for museum standards and best practices, placing the Crocker in the 3 percent of U.S. museums.

“Reaccreditation is a marker of excellence in the field,” said Lial Jones, Mort and Marcy Friedman director and CEO. “I am very proud of the museum staff, co-trustees and other volunteers; our reaccreditation would not be possible without all of them striving to make the Crocker essential to the vitality of the Sacramento region on a daily basis.”

Described by the American Alliance of Museums as “the ultimate mark of distinction in the museum field,” the award of accreditation or in the Crocker Art Museum’s case re-accreditation, indicates that the museum is a core educational entity and an outstanding steward of the collections and resources that it holds in the public trust.

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

As noted in the accreditation report:

• “We feel that the [Crocker Art Museum] is a top-notch, exemplary institution and far exceeded our expectations in terms of best practices and public service.”

• “The public service focus is at the core of everything the [Crocker Art Museum] does and they deliver every day in service to the community and region. One site reviewer stated, “I have never seen another institution with the dedication universally expressed as at the Crocker Art Museum.”

• “Perhaps the most noticeable aspect of our site visit was the knowledge base, commitment and enthusiasm expressed by members of the board of directors.”

• “… the [Crocker Art Museum] is one of the best-run, professional, forward-thinking and progressive museums we have seen. The staff and board are clearly working together toward a common goal and the level of commitment and enthusiasm from all is compelling. We are certain they will achieve the goals of their upcoming campaign with as much success as the last expansion. Both board and staff should be congratulated on their wonderful work toward making a better, more vibrant community through the wonderful programs coming from the [Crocker Art Museum].

For more information about the Alliance and the Accreditation program, including statistics and a list of accredited museums visit aam-us.org.

The first public art museum founded in the Western United States, the Crocker Art Museum was established in 1885 and is now one of the leading art museums in California and in the nation. For more information go to crockerart.org or call (916) 808-7000.

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