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 AUGUST 8 - 11, 2018 | HAMPTON, VA


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  • 08 Mar 2017 10:54 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the availability of new grants for professional development and capacity building opportunities for museums. The program is a special initiative of the Museums for America (MFA) grant program, which supports projects developed by individual museums to enable them to better serve their communities.

    Application Deadline: May 1, 2017


  • 21 Feb 2017 10:40 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be offering two paid Robert F. Smith internships onsite related to collection information management and digital imaging in summer 2017.

    Information about the internships is here:  https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/internships-fellowships

    Undergraduate and graduate students may apply through the portal on the main Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships:  https://www.smithsonianofi.com/internship-opportunities/

  • 02 Feb 2017 2:07 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Join us for Museums Advocacy Day 2017! AAAM is a proud supporter of Museums Advocacy Day. This February we invite you to join us in Washington, D.C. as the new Congress and administration get to work on critical funding and policy decisions. Please help us make sure that AAAM member sites are well represented!

    Perri Irmer, President and CEO of the DuSable Museum issues a passionate call to action to fellow AAAM members! Read Perri's letter HERE

  • 12 Dec 2016 10:27 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Knoxville civil-rights leader Avon Rollins Sr., who joined the movement as a high school student and became one of the charter members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, died Wednesday, December 7, 2016.  

    Read FULL ARTICLE here

  • 26 Oct 2016 1:36 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    NEXTGEN 2017

    Online: March 6-11, 2017

    Residency: March 27-April 1, 2017

    APPLY BY JANUARY 4, 2017

    NextGen 2017 is a blended-learning experience for the museum field's emerging top talent. The program is designed for mid-level staff with three to five years of museum management experience.

    GLI 2017

    Online: May 15-27, 2017 Residency in Claremont, California: June 9-24, 2017

    APPLY BY JANUARY 18, 2017

    The renowned Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders is designed to help experienced top-level executives become better leaders to strengthen their institutions' capabilities and advance the field.

    For more information, and to apply, visit: www.cgu.edu/gli

  • 19 Oct 2016 9:57 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    An Innovative Research-Based Artist Residency Program

    2017 SARF Deadlines:

    • October 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM ESTNomination Deadline
    • January 9, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST:  Application deadline
    • March 31, 2017: All applicants notified of final decision 
    • September 30th, 2018: 2017 SARF Fellowships must be completed


  • 19 Oct 2016 9:20 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    AAAM expresses its deep appreciation for Mrs. Kearney's dedication to the progress of the African American museum and cultural preservation field, and extends to her family its sincere sympathy upon her passing.  Born on December 22, 1920 in Benchley, Texas, Mrs. Kearney's life was dedicated to the best interests of the historic African American community of Perris, California, where she and her husband focunded the Dora Nelson African American Art and History Museum.  The Museum currently serves to commemorate the African American heritage of the region and hosted the 38th Annual Conference of the Association of African American Museums (AAAM), making a tremendou impact on the local community and providing an unforgettable experience to attendees August 2 - 6, 2016.  

  • 18 Oct 2016 1:04 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is pleased to announce a workshop opportunity for AAAM Members (or those who work at member organizations) in Interpretive Training, in partnership with the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission at James Island County Park in Charleston, SC.  The workshop carries National Association for Interpretation Certification.  

    DOWNLOAD the Interpretation Workshop Application HERE

    All applications must be received by 5pm EDT November 14, 2016.  

  • 29 Aug 2016 12:55 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC)’s McLeod Plantation Historic Site was recently recognized by the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) for having the nation’s best wayside exhibits.

    Located on James Island, McLeod Plantation Historic Site is a former sea island cotton plantation that has borne witness to some of the most significant periods of history. Today McLeod Plantation is an important 37-acre Gullah/Geechee heritage site carefully preserved in recognition of its cultural and historical significance. The site’s buildings include homes that make up Transition Row, where enslaved families and their free descendants lived and transitioned from slavery to freedom during the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Wayside exhibits (outdoor interpretive signs located along walkways) throughout McLeod Plantation focus on a variety of topics related to the park’s theme, Transition to Freedom. Topics range from life in the homes of Transition Row to working conditions in the site’s cotton gin house, to longstanding controversial issues like racial discrimination.

    READ MORE HERE: http://charlestonchronicle.net/mobile/?MemberID=2152&ID=110521

  • 29 Aug 2016 12:47 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    To continue Claudine’s legacy and vision, the Claudine K. Brown Fund for Education has been established to provide internship opportunities in education for youth at the Smithsonian. A gift to the fund will support interns who focus on innovative educational projects and program development and the broad dissemination of high-quality educational resources to learners everywhere.

    READ MORE HERE: http://www.e-torch.org/2016/08/claudine-k-brown-fund-for-education/

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2018 NMAAHC Interpretation Workshop

Applications Due: 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Apply HERE

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