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Fresno Art Museum - One of Ten US Museums Reaccredited by the American Alliance of Museums

Jul 21, 2016 01:52PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

The Fresno Art Museum. Photo courtesy of the Fresno Art Museum July 20th, 2016 Press Release.

In Arlington, Virginia, the American Alliance of Museums announced on July 18, 2016 that the Fresno Art Museum received reaccreditation. This ruling, made after a multi-year rigorous process of self-assessment and review by museum peers, demonstrates that the Fresno Art Museum continues to meet National Standards and Best Practices and has shown itself as a core educational entity that is a good steward of the collections and resources which it holds in public trust. 

Of the nation's estimated 35,000 museums, only 1,056 are currently accredited.
 The Fresno Art Museum has maintained continuous accreditation since 1973.
As the ultimate mark of distinction in the museum field, accreditation signifies excellence and credibility to the entire museum community, to governments and outside agencies, and to the museum-going public and donors. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for 45 years, the museum accreditation program is the field's primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability. Accreditation helps to ensure the integrity and accessibility of museum collections, reinforce the education and public service roles of museums, and promote good governance practices and ethical behavior. 
"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."
Below is the list of all fifteen museums, along with the Fresno Art Museum, that were just awarded accreditation or reaccreditation. First-time awards are indicated with an asterisk:
  • The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AR
  • Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State, Buffalo, NY
  • Cable Natural History Museum, Cable, WI*
  • Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Mount Vernon, IL*
  • Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO
  • Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, CA
  • The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
  • Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
  • Littleton Museum, Littleton, CO
  • Meadows Museum of Art at Centenary College of Louisiana, Shreveport, LA
  • Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA*
  • New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, Las Cruces, NM*
  • The Noguchi Museum, Long Island City, NY*
  • North Carolina Maritime Museum, Beaufort, NC
  • Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, Oklahoma City, OK
For more information about the Alliance and its Accreditation Program, including statistics and a list of accredited museums, visit

About the American Alliance of Museums

The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 30,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance is the only organization representing the entire scope of the broad museum community. For more information, visit

Content from the Fresno Art Museum July 20th, 2016 Press Release