KIA Achieves National Accreditation

Posted: July 25, 2019

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The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts has has been granted accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). The highest national recognition afforded U.S. museums, AAM accreditation acknowledges our commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, best practices, and continued institutional improvement.

Becoming accredited is a rigorous, multi-year process that examines all aspects of museum operations. The AAM Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, determined July 9 that the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts should receive accreditation.

Of the nation's estimated 33,000 museums, just over 1,070 are currently accredited. The KIA joins 37 museums accredited in Michigan, and is part of the 18% of Midwest museums that are accredited.

Developed and sustained by museum professionals for over 45 years, the Alliance's accreditation program is the field s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability. It strengthens the museum profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely, and remain financially and ethically accountable in order to provide the best possible service to the public.

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

"Over the course of this process, the KIA became a better, stronger institution," said KIA Executive Director Belinda Tate. "I must thank our stellar staff for this accomplishment and their commitment to excellence."

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