Ford Bell, President of the American Alliance of Museums

News Release

(OCALA, Fla.) Aug. 28, 2013 — The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, has earned accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums. The museum was presented a proclamation by Ocala Mayor Kent Guinn at the Aug. 28 meeting of the CF District Board of Trustees. “Accreditation of the Appleton Museum is testament to the quality of exhibitions and programming, and a commitment to high standards,” said Dr. Jim Henningsen, CF president. “We have known that the museum is a treasure in our community. Now we have the seal of approval.” The Appleton Museum is among the 6 percent of museums in the United States that are accredited. Only 50 museums in Florida have achieved accreditation. The proclamation from the City of Ocala is a fitting honor, since the museum was a gift to the Ocala community from Arthur I. Appleton in 1987. Accreditation is a rigorous process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations. According to the AAM, accreditation is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability. It earns national recognition for a museum for its commitment to excellence in all that it does: governance, collections stewardship, public programs, financial stability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement. “Accreditation assures the people of Ocala that their museum is among the finest in the nation,” said Ford W. Bell, president of the Alliance. “As a result, the citizens can take considerable pride in their homegrown institution, for its commitment to excellence and for the value it brings to the community.”