Professional Development

Opportunities for California museum workers

Updated May 13, 2019


SURVEY: AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR STATE AND LOCAL HISTORY CONTINUING EDUCATION AASLH is creating a new framework that will shape our continuing education programming for the next ten years and needs your input! This survey will take about 10-15 minutes.



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


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.


WEBINARS: UPCOMING LUNCH & LEARN OPPORTUNITIES WITH CAM - MAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2019 Join CAM for our free Lunch & Learn webinar series, with topics this summer such as succession planning, decolonizing Native American museum interpretation, and case studies from our CAM Fellows.



AASLH will hold its 2019 Annual Meeting and Online Conference in Philadelphia August 28-31. For the fourteenth year, AASLH’s Small Museums Affinity Community is offering $700 conference scholarships to AASLH members who are full-time, part-time, paid, or volunteer employees of small museums to offset the costs of attending.


FREE IN-PERSON TRAINING: THE RETIREMENT CRISIS – MAY 16 (SF) The old model of working to 65 and retiring for a decade of pension-funded leisure is outdated and broken. From now until 2029, 10,000 Americans will turn 65 each day, but many won’t – or can’t – retire. Learn about the ways employers and advocates are addressing the challenge, via phased retirement, flexible work schedules, financial literacy counseling and policy advocacy.


2019 SECRETARY’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITY – APPLY BY MAY 17 CAM and the California Natural Resources Agency are excited to announce the Call for Submissions for the 2nd Annual Secretary's Award for Excellence in Sustainability.


WEBINAR: FUNDING IN REMOTE COMMUNITIES – MAY 21 Funding practices often come packaged for a similar prototype while the term "rural" remains a descriptor for objectively remote communities and bustling cities alike. Lindsie Bear, program director of Native Cultures Fund, Humboldt Area Foundation, and Reuben Roqueñi, director of National Artist Fellowships, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation will share suggestions for rural and remote arts and culture philanthropic practice for communities across the nation.


CAC STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK TELEPHONE THINK TANKS – MAY 29 & 30 To lift up the voices of individuals and communities who have been historically marginalized and underserved, two telephone think tanks will be offered, one with an urban focus and one with a rural focus. Discuss ideas and potential recommendations for the future of the CAC and share your thoughts on how the CAC can best meet the needs of your region of California. Telephone Think Tank: Rural Focus, May 29, 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Telephone Think Tank: Urban Focus, May 30, 2019, 12:00 PM–1:30 PM


WEBINAR: WRITING FOR HISTORY PUBLICATIONS – MAY 30 Every project has a story, and the field want to hear yours! Public history publications offer a way to share your research and experiences with others, gather feedback from across the field, and make connections for future partnerships. But how do you get started? Join editors from AASLH, NCPH, and Nursing Clio to learn about sharing your work through magazines, journals, and blogs.


REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: WMA 2019 POSTER SESSIONS – SUBMIT BY MAY 31 WMA is pleased to accept Poster Session Proposals for the 2019 Annual Meeting to be held in Boise, ID from October 4th-7th. The Poster Session will showcase how museums engage, and is an opportunity to obtain new insights, share ideas and projects, and network with museum colleagues in an informal setting.


ONLINE COURSE: PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR HISTORY PROFESSIONALS – STARTS JUNE 3 Do you often juggle several projects, trying to keep each one focused and on track? Project management provides valuable training that will help you organize, manage, and successfully complete projects. This online course shows you how to implement internationally recognized project management principles in a history/nonprofit context.


CAM 2020 CALL FOR PROPOSALS NOW OPEN – SUBMIT BY JUNE 7 Join us March 4–6, 2020 in Los Angeles to explore the concept of 20/20 Vision. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a dynamic convening of California museum professionals.


CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL 2020 STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK AND STAKEHOLDER SURVEY – RESPOND BY JUNE 10 To better serve California's communities through culture, creativity, and the arts, it is important to have an up-to-date and relevant strategy to guide the work of the California Arts Council. A new strategic framework will serve as the CAC’s roadmap for the next five to seven years. This 15–30 minute survey is an opportunity to provide recommendations for their future priorities and to share your vision for the arts in California.


AAM 2019 MUSEUM PUBLICATIONS DESIGN COMPETITION – APPLY BY JUNE 14 Does your museum have an ingenious exhibition catalog, press kit, educational resource, or other publication it can't wait to show the field? Submissions are now open for the 2019 AAM Museum Publications Design Competition.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: NATIONAL COUNCIL ON PUBLIC HISTORY 2020 ANNUAL MEETING – APPLY BY JULY 15 The National Council on Public History is in the midst of celebrating its 40th anniversary, and we are planning on capping the party off with our 2020 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Proposals for the conference (March 18-21, 2020) with the theme “Threads of Change” will be due July 15.



CAM and John F. Kennedy University Museum Studies present a new online Museum Studies Fundamentals program. For questions about the courses or to receive more information about the program, contact Susan Spero at

Summer 2019 Course:

Strategy and Planning (Michelle Powers)
Credit Hours: 12, Starts July 1
Through engaging lectures, insightful readings, and a platform for robust dialogue with instructor and classmates, this 12-week course provides an overview of current business practices in museums with an emphasis on governance and planning for organizational success. Students who have taken the class note that the content was immediately applicable for work they do for their own museums, and changed how they approach their museum thinking.

Michelle Powers is a fundraising and leadership consultant with 15 years of experience working for institutions such as Tufts University, Stanford Law School, History San José, and the Fleet Science Center. Her specialties including development/membership, marketing/social media, employee engagement, and career development.

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 to receive your discount.