In 2009, the American Textile History Museum became an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian Affiliations program allows selected organizations to have greater access to the collections and educational resources of the museums, libraries, and research centers in the Smithsonian network. ATHM is one of only six museums in the country selected to participate in the Smithsonian Institution’s pilot “Places of Invention” program at the renowned Lemelson Center for the Study of Innovation and Invention.
Mass Cultural Council (MCC)
The American Textile History Museum has been named a “Partner” of the MCC’s Cultural Investment Portfolio – the Portfolio’s highest level of funding. Seeking to strengthen the Massachusetts cultural sector as a whole, the Cultural Investment Portfolio provides unrestricted support to approximately 400 organizations each year.
As a “Partner,” ATHM participates in the MCC’s Cultural Data Project, an online reporting tool and resource that is free to access by all participating organizations and funding sources. Through this collaboration, the Cultural Data Project allows ATHM to benchmark its data against other cultural organizations in the state and reach out to new sources of support. ATHM is proud to be a partner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
American Alliance of Museums (AAM)
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. ATHM has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 1973.
New England Museum Association (NEMA)
ATHM is an active member of the New England Museum Association. NEMA fosters communication and ethical conduct; provides professional development; promotes excellence in museum operations; and encourages support for the museum community.