Professional Development

Updated October 9, 2020


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


CULTURE TRACK INTERACTIVE TOOL NOW LIVE This interactive dashboard provides compiles data from over 120,000 respondents who completed the Culture & Community in a Time of Crisis survey this spring. The comparisons included in the tool currently highlight members or subscribers to any arts or culture organization. In the coming weeks, it will be further enhanced to include splits by genre of cultural attendance as well as race and ethnicity to further aid cultural organizations in planning and implementation towards increased relevance, equity and sustainability. 


WEBINAR: FUNDRAISING IN 2020 AND BEYOND – OCTOBER 13 What does fundraising really look like during a pandemic? Join two museum fundraisers–one from a rural county museum and the other from an urban sports museum–as they walk through how they’ve handled fundraising since March. From closing to reopening and into an unknown “new normal,” presenters from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum and the Wabash County Museum will talk about strategies, results, and more.


WEBINAR: THE BLACK-INDIGENOUS/AFRO-INDIGENOUS EXPERIENCE – OCTOBER 14 This webinar will examine the relationships between black and Native cultural identities, notions of community recognition, artistic practice and activism. Audiences will have the opportunity to explore the work of these artists, culture bearers and activists who, through their practices, act as catalyzing agents in our communities and challenge legacies of colonial disempowerment.


ASTC 2020 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – OCTOBER 19–21 The Association of Science and Technology Centers' 2020 Annual Conference will be an all-virtual experience. Keynotes, concurrent sessions, exhibit hall, networking activities, and all other events will take place October 19–21, with pre-conference intensives happening October 13–16. This year's conference theme is “New Frontiers in Science, Technology, Learning, and Community Engagement Toward a More Equitable Tomorrow”.


6TH ANNUAL REPATRIATION CONFERENCE – OCTOBER 26–28 The Association on American Indian Affairs and the University of Denver Museum of Anthropology is partnering for the 6th Annual Repatriation Conference. This year's conference will be completely virtual and formatted for active participation and networking among participants from Indian Country, institutions, federal agencies, international institutions, attorneys, academics and others interested in repatriation and Indigenous human rights work. Scholarships are available. Apply by September 4.


WORKSHOP: WHY RACE?  – OCTOBER 29 In this workshop, the California Arts Council invites creative communities across the state to share, listen, reflect, and iterate together on racial equity commitments. This year the CAC will have a new eligibility requirement for grant applicant organizations to include a racial equity statement. This workshop is one element of the support they are offering for constituents to feel prepared for this new requirement.


WEBINAR: INQUIRY-BASED LEARNING & MUSEUM EDUCATION – STARTS NOVEMBER 1 This course will explore the following key ideas through discussions, small group work, and independent research: Theories of Learning, Object-Based Experiences: Curiosity and Interpretation, and more. Take 10% off with discount code CA10.


NOMINATIONS FOR IMLS NATIONAL MEDAL FOR MUSEUM AND LIBRARY SERVICES – ACCEPTED THROUGH NOVEMBER 2 The Institute of Museum and Library Services is now accepting nominations for the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor awarded to libraries and museums for service to their communities. Anyone—an employee, a board member, a volunteer, a member of the public, or a government official—is invited to nominate an institution. Museums and libraries of most disciplines and types are eligible.


WEBINAR: USING DATA IN MUSEUM PLANNING – STARTS NOVEMBER 8 This course's topics include understanding the difference between inputs, outputs, and outcomes when it comes to program design and planning, designing an effective logic model, and more. Take 10% off with discount code CA10.


WEBINAR: WRITING YOUR NEH PRESERVATION ASSISTANCE GRANT – NOVEMBER 20 & DECEMBER 3 Are you planning to apply for a National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grant? NEH Preservation Assistance Grants (PAG) for Smaller Institutions are relatively easy to apply for and have launched successful preservation projects and programs in institutions across the country. Application deadline for the NEH PAG is January 14, 2021.


WEBINAR: WRITING FOR EXHIBITS – STARTS DECEMBER 6 This course will offer expert instruction on the techniques and best practices used by museum professionals to write text and labels for audiences of diverse ages, abilities, and backgrounds. Take 10% off with discount code CA10.


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.


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.  


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.


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.


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).  


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.

FINAL REPORT: CCLI NATIONAL LANDSCAPE STUDY ON DEAI IN MUSEUMS In 2019, a ground-breaking study was launched to better understand the current state of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) practices in the U.S. museum field. Using data collected from 580 museums across the U.S., the landmark report CCLI National Landscape Study: The State of DEAI Practices in Museums highlights where organizational change is progressing and where gaps exist.


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

Three classes will be taught this fall starting October 5:

  • Collections Management Basics with Ted Greenberg, M.A.
  • Fundraising & Marketing with Michelle Powers MA/MBA
  • The Visitor Experience with Susan Spero, Ph.D.

For questions about the courses or to receive more information about the program, contact Susan Spero at

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.