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Museum of the Coastal Bend chosen for American Alliance of Museums Program

Victoria College’s Museum of the Coastal Bend has been chosen to participate in the Museum Assessment Program.

Victoria College’s Museum of the Coastal Bend has been selected to participate in the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) administered by the American Alliance of Museums. 

The museum’s participation is made possible through funding provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). MAP helps museums strengthen operations, plan for the future and meet standards through self-study and a consultative site visit from an expert peer reviewer.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend has chosen to do a Community and Audience Engagement assessment in order to improve how the museum serves the Coastal Bend region, including ways to make exhibits more inclusive and accommodating to individuals with special needs.

“We’d like to better understand the needs of our audience,” said Sue Prudhomme, VC executive director of cultural affairs. “The results of the assessment will focus the museum’s community engagement planning in the coming years.”

“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 Victoria College’s Museum of the Coastal Bend,” 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.”

Since its creation in 1981, the MAP program has served over 5,000 museums. MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between AAM and IMLS.

The Museum of the Coastal Bend is located on Victoria College’s Main Campus at 2200 E. Red River Street in Victoria.

For more information on the Museum of the Coastal Bend, visit MuseumOfTheCoastalBend.org, email Museum@VictoriaCollege.edu or call (361) 582-2511.