IMAS Reaccredited by American Alliance of Museums

McAllen, TX – The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has announced the latest accreditations granted by the Accreditation Commission in its October 2023 meeting. The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS), alongside 40 other museums, received reaccreditation honors. Currently, out of the estimated 33,000 museums across the nation, 1,106 hold accreditation status, including 48 museums in Texas.

IMAS underwent a rigorous evaluation process, including self-assessment and peer review. Their accreditation signifies their adherence to established standards and best practices, demonstrating their role as responsible stewards of public trust through their educational endeavors and management of collections and resources.

“IMAS was among the very first 223 museums to be accredited in the early 1970’s,” states Marise McDermott, Chair of the AAM Accreditation Commission and President Emerita of the Witte Museum. “Congratulations on achieving AAM accreditation. IMAS’s ongoing [50 year] accreditation is an astonishing achievement.” McDermott presented the award in person at the IMAS on Friday, February 16, among museum staff, trustees, City of McAllen and community members.

Left to Right: Marise McDermott, Chair of the AAM Accreditation Commission and President Emerita of the Witte Museum, presenting the AAM Reaccreditation award to Ann Fortescue, IMAS Executive Director, and Cassandra Moreno, IMAS Board President.

“Retaining AAM Accreditation for over 50 years is a remarkable accomplishment for any museum and an especially significant one for IMAS”, states Ann Fortescue, Executive Director at IMAS. “It signals to the community, the national and international museum field, donors and stakeholders that IMAS operates at the highest level of museum standards and practices, instilling pride and trust in the staff and Board of Trustees to carry out the museum’s mission, and its cultural stewardship and educational roles.”

AAM accreditation, acknowledged as the pinnacle of museum excellence, was established in 1970, and IMAS was among the first museums nationally to be granted initial accreditation in 1972. AAM Accreditation serves as a mark of quality and credibility within the museum community, to governmental bodies, external agencies, and the wider public audience. The Accreditation Program serves to safeguard the integrity and accessibility of museum collections, reinforces museums’ roles in education and public service, and fosters good governance and ethical conduct within the field.

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