Professional Development

Updated January 14, 2021


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


NOMINATE A CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL MEMBER Are you interested or do you know someone who may be interested in consideration for an appointment to a position on the California Arts Council? Members bring to the work varied backgrounds, knowledge and experience in the fields of arts and culture, and representation for our state's broad geographic landscape and racial, ethnic, and gender identities. 


CONVERSATION WITH EPIDEMIOLOGISTS FOR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS – JANUARY 21 The continuing COVID-19 surges illustrate that we will soon continue our pandemic-induced reality past the one-year mark. The Wende Museum in Culver City is hosting a virtual conversation and Q&A session for arts organizations with epidemiologist Dr. Gary Richwald and his colleague Natalie Ourishian.


ONLINE COURSE: INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT – STARTS JANUARY 25 (FULL) Designed for staff and volunteers of all abilities and organizations of all sizes, this four-week course provides an accessible, clear, and even fun introduction to financial concepts.


ONLINE COURSE: BASICS OF ARCHIVES – STARTS JANUARY 25 This course is 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.


ONLINE COURSE: COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT – STARTS JANUARY 25 (FULL) This course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects.


ONLINE COURSE: DEVELOPING EXHIBITIONS: DESIGN – STARTS JANUARY 25 Guided by an expert instructor and supported by cooperative student learning, participants will design an actual exhibit. Participants will decide what their exhibit will be about and why, identify its storyline ideas and organizing concepts, and decide on its look and feel.


ONLINE COURSE: MUSEUM EDUCATION & OUTREACH – STARTS JANUARY 25 (FULL) This course considers how we can 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.


CALL FOR PAPERS: THEORY AND PRACTICE JOURNAL – SUBMIT BY FEBRUARY 1 The journal Theory and Practice has released their call for papers around the theme "We the Museum". During calls for democratization and unions, amid the push to decolonize museums and public art, and throughout COVID-19 layoffs and budget cuts, museums have been reminded that they are inextricably linked to the political and social change in the communities they inhabit. However, the people who call for these changes—and who are affected by them—are often invisible within the institution.


EQUITY IN MUSEUMS VIRTUAL DISCUSSION SERIES – FEBRUARY 11 & MARCH 11 The Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento has made a commitment to examine racial and social inequities internally and in the Museum’s relationship with the community. The Museum is hosting a monthly virtual discussion series on Equity in Museums with the following upcoming events:


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.


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.