Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Small Museum Fellowships to AAM's Annual Meeting

The Small Museum Administrators Committee of AAM (SMAC) is partnering with other Professional Networks to offer Fellowships to the 2012 AAM Annual Meeting for Mid-Career Professionals working in small museums.

Two Fellowships will be awarded for mid-career professional from small museums (budgets of $350,000 or less) who have worked in the museum field for at least 3 years. These Fellowships are open to volunteers as well as paid staff.

The Fellowships cover basic conference registration, registration for one evening event and one business lunch, a Fellowship Breakfast, and a $750 travel stipend. All monies must be used to attend the 2012 AAM Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.

To Apply:  Visit for more information about eligibility requirements and application. When applying, you will be expected to provide the following:
  • A description of your job responsibilities and how a fellowship would help advance your museum career and benefit your institution.
  • A summary of your significant contributions and future plans for service to the small museum community, highlighting any leadership roles. Examples include but are not limited to presenting sessions or teaching; serving on professional committees or association board; publications; and/or mentoring interns and emerging professionals.
  • How you will specifically use the opportunity to attend the meeting to assist your colleagues.
  • A statement of your financial need.
  • Your current resume
  • A letter of recommendation from your employer that includes a statement of the value to your institution of your conference attendance.   
  • A copy of the museum’s annual budget or other proof of budget size

Deadline: Tuesday, January 31, 2012. 

Emerging Museum Professionals Fellowships for those in the first 10 years of their careers and Diversity Fellowships for those who are members of under-represented groups in the museum field are also available.   Both are open to individuals working in small museums.   Visit for more information.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship

Cooperstown Graduate Program announces its third annual Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship (ICE) May 6-9, 2012. Twenty (20) openings are available for mid-career museum professionals at the spring 2012 entrepreneurial training program in Cooperstown, N.Y. 

ICE’s enrichment program teaches museum, preservation, historic site and other arts and culture professionals the entrepreneurial skills designed to strengthen institutions and build on sustainability while engaging community.
Here's what fellows from the 2011 institute said about their ICE experience:
  • ICE gave me "a new framework for problem solving, or rather taking challenges and transforming them into opportunities." - Laura Thayer
  • "Create the buzz folks - this program rocks!" - Elizabeth Shapiro
  • "Using the interaction and experiences I had at ICE has really allowed me to envision and plan for a future with a clarity that I did not have before." - Matthew Mittelstadt
ICE tuition is $500 and includes most meals and your stay at the historic Otesaga Resort Hotel ( ) on Otsego Lake in Cooperstown. Some scholarships are available.
Get more information on the ICE website:
E-mail Elizabeth Furlow at ICE:

Friday, December 2, 2011

Workshop: Incorporating Visitors into Museum Interpretation

[ Prepaid registration required.

To download the registration form, go to this program's website here. ]

You are invited to participate in this exciting museum workshop,

Incorporating Visitors into Museum Interpretation

Friday, January 13, 2012

The first workshop in a brand-new series:

“Creating the Visitor-Centered Museum”

This workshop series is one of only 10 museum programs in the nation supported by the

Institute of Museum and Library Services' 21st Century Museum Professionals Grant program.

The day’s sessions will cover:

What is Interpretation?

Customer Service and Interpretation

Being a Presence and Keeping the Visitors’ Attention

Recent Research on Visitor-Directed Interpretation

This interactive, engaging workshop will be hosted at

Historic London Town and Gardens.

839 Londontown Road; Edgewater, MD 21037

$10 for students

$25 general registration fee

$15 for staff and volunteers of supporting organizations

Lunch included in price.

For more information, or if you want to register by phone with a credit card,

please contact Rod Cofield at

This workshop and the workshop series are a jointly-sponsored project of:

Thanks to a 21st Century Museums Professionals grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Historic London Town and Gardens, in partnership with the Maryland Historical Trust and Maryland Association of History Museums, will be offering a series of twelve workshops during the next three years for museum staff and volunteers. This workshop series, “Creating a Visitor-Centered Museum,” will help area museums explore how their museums can become more engaging, educating, and fascinating places to visit.

This workshop series is also supported by:

The project is made possible through a 21st-Century Museum Professionals grant awarded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

For more information about this particular grant award and the grant program in general, follow this link.