Professional Development


Updated August 3, 2020

AAM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR

Hosted by the American Alliance of Museums and other museum service organizations, this calendar lists opportunities for museum professionals.

 

DOWNLOAD THE AAM RACIAL EQUITY AND INCLUSION PLAN PRIMER Advancing racial and ethnic diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion on boards can be a daunting task for any institution. No matter where you are in the process of creating a racial equity and inclusion plan for your museum, learn more from this new resource, including questions to help guide you and links to additional resources.

 

POLARIS MUSEUM MENTOR NETWORK Serve as an online mentor or to reach out for support as a mentee during this time of physical distancing by joining POLARIS: The Museum Mentor Network (free to all museum professionals).

 

WEBINAR: SOME GOOD (MUSEUM NEWS) – AUGUST 6 Join the Council of Regional Museum Associations on August 6th for our 2nd "Some Good (Museum) News"! Inspired by John Krasinski's "Some Good News", this museum version will cover all of the inspirational and uplifting stories and programs of our nation's museums. These can include programs, movements, feel-good moments, the Shedd Aquarium penguins, and whatever else you find "good"!

 

WEBINAR: HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT SUSTAINABILITY AT YOUR MUSEUM – AUGUST 13
How do you create lasting change in your museum? Learn from the Mystic Seaport Museums journey to eliminate single-use plastic and the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden’s “Make the Switch at Phipps: Green Power Drive” that helped over 5,000 homes have switched to green power.

 

CAC ADMINISTRATORS OF COLOR FELLOWSHIP – DEADLINE EXTENDED! APPLY BY AUGUST 14
The School of Arts and Culture at MHP (SOAC), in partnership with the California Arts Council (CAC) and SVCreates, is administering a pilot program with the goal of uplifting an inclusive workforce and supporting the vibrancy of organizations that create and preserve the cultural identities of all California communities. The SOAC will pair 10 arts administrators of color with an equal number of arts and culture organizations dedicated to equity and community engagement for a nine- to 12- month paid fellowship.

 

NCPH 2021 CALL FOR PROPOSALS – DEADLINE EXTENDED TO AUGUST 15
The National Council on Public History has extended the deadline for proposals for its 2021 Annual Meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, "The Presence and Persistence of Stories".

 

WEBINAR: HOW XR EXPERIENCES IN MUSEUMS CAN SUPPORT EQUITY AND INCLUSION – AUGUST 20
Discover affordances, design considerations and examples of XR experiences (including AR and VR) in museums that promote equity and inclusion. As we move into a new phase of technology, museums can help increase equitable access to XR technology and create experiences that engage and support all learners. This webinar is part of CAM's Technology Fellowship program.

 

WEBINAR: ELECTION ENGAGEMENT THE RIGHT WAY – AUGUST 27
Find out what nonprofits can and can’t do to help register new voters, provide public education about elections, engage candidates, and still stay safely within the limits allowed for tax-exempt organizations.

 

WEBINAR: INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT – STARTS SEPTEMBER 14 Designed for staff and volunteers of all abilities and organizations of all sizes, this 4-week course provides an accessible, clear, and even fun introduction to financial concepts. Over four weeks, students will participate in dynamic discussions, review relevant and timely readings, and ultimately build a real, usable budget tailored to their organization’s needs.

 

WEBINAR: BASICS OF ARCHIVES – STARTS SEPTEMBER 14 The Basics of Archives online course includes 7 lessons designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices.

 

WEBINAR: MUSEUM EDUCATION AND OUTREACH – STARTS SEPTEMBER 14 This 8-week course is about how to facilitate visitors’ meaningful and memorable experiences in the informal environments of museums. The program looks at the larger umbrella of programming at sites and explores the large concept of who our audiences are, how best to connect with them, and what is needed to develop various methods.

 

WEBINAR: CARING FOR MUSEUM COLLECTIONS – STARTS SEPTEMBER 14 This 8-week course will deal with the physical care and preservation of your museum collections. This practical course will cover how collections age and deteriorate, handling collections, storage requirements, environmental considerations, housekeeping, and risk management.

 

WEBINAR: DEVELOPING EXHIBITIONS: PLANNING – STARTS SEPTEMBER 14 This course focuses on developing an understanding of current issues within exhibit development and creation of original planning material for a potential exhibit at participants’ institution (or other selected venue). Drawing upon their professional and educational experiences, course participants will examine their own perspectives on exhibition development and strengthen their role within its practice.

 

AASLH ONLINE ANNUAL MEETING – SEPTEMBER 24–30 The American Association for State and Local History's 2020 online conference will address questions that are emerging from the pandemic, such as defining what history institutions will look like and how they will operate in and after the recovery. AASLH will also continue to examine the unique roles that history museums, historic sites, historical societies, and other history organizations must play in combating systematic racism, among the nation’s most deep-seated societal challenges.

 

NEW RESOURCE: THE INCLUSIVE HISTORIAN'S HANDBOOK This reference source supports inclusive and equity-focused historical work in public settings by sharing a knowledge base that invites more people to engage in history projects. This handbook provides concrete examples of how to make history work more relevant. It centers on equity, inclusivity, diversity, and public service while offering accessible windows into the many ways public historians work.

 

NEW TOOL FOR CHANGEMAKERS NOW AVAILABLE: BAY AREA EQUITY ATLAS The Bay Area Equity Atlas is a comprehensive data support system to track the state of equity across the region and inform solutions for inclusive prosperity as well as policy solutions and stories. 

 

REPORT NOW AVAILABLE: RACE TO LEAD: WOMEN OF COLOR IN THE NONPROFIT SECTOR

This report reveals that women of color encounter systemic obstacles to their advancement over and above the barriers faced by white women and men of color. Education and training are not the solution—women of color with high levels of education are more likely to be in administrative roles and are more likely to report frustrations about inadequate and inequitable salaries.

 

FREE DOWNLOAD: TRANSGENDER INCLUSION TOOLKIT FROM AAM LGBTQ ALLIANCE TASK FORCE The AAM LGBTQ Alliance’s Task Force for Transgender Inclusion recently released the Gender Transition and Transgender Inclusion in the Museum Workplace: A Toolkit for Trans Individuals, Institutions, and Coworkers. This expansive set of guides approaches trans inclusion from various perspectives in an approachable and easy-to-understand format.

 

BECOME A PEER REVIEWER FOR THE AMERICAN ALLIANCE OF MUSEUMS 
Peer reviewers are museum professionals who volunteer their time to support AAM's Accreditation and Museum Assessment Programs (MAP). They review museum self-assessment materials, conduct site visits and facilitate the institutional planning process. Their service is the critical backbone to the success of both programs. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

JFKU MUSEUM STUDIES FUNDAMENTALS ONLINE PROGRAM

Get weekly professional development when you sign up for a JFKU online Museum Fundamentals class.

All courses offer twelve lessons that involve key concepts and discussions with the online instructor. Each course costs $350 ($300 for CAM members). The online classes present engaging lectures, insightful readings, and a platform for robust dialog with instructor and classmates. Learn more

For questions about the courses or to receive more information about the program, contact Susan Spero at sspero@jfku.edu.

MUSEUM FUNDAMENTALS REGISTRATION DISCOUNT FOR CAM MEMBERS
CAM members receive 15% off registration - save $262 on the entire series! Each course costs $297.50 for CAM members or $350 for non-members. Contact CAM at admin@calmuseums.org to receive your discount.