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2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
AUGUST 8 - 11, 2018 | HAMPTON, VA
The Association of African American Museums is saddened to learn of the passing of one of its founders, Dr. Rowena Stewart on September 19, 2015. Dr. Stewart, or Rowena as she was known had mentored dozens of museum professionals and founded a number of museums. She was nationally known as one of the foremost African American museum directors - having led four major African American museums and historical societies between 1975 and 2002 - The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum in Philadelphia, the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit, and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. She was one of the most sought after African American museum directors and consultants in the country.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, she was a graduate in 1955 from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville. She began her career in settlement houses and reformist-minded community centers in Jacksonville and then in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1975, Stewart became the first director of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society in Providence. And then, from 1985 to 1992, Stewart served as the Director and Curator of Philadelphia’s Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, today known as the African American Museum in Philadelphia. She transformed what was a rather static museum into one that was interactive. In 1992, Stewart moved to Detroit to head the Motown Historical Museum and three years later, she was recruited to Kansas City, Missouri where she oversaw the development of the American Jazz Museum and became its executive director upon completion in 1997. In 2002, Stewart retired and moved back home to Jacksonville. Here she served for a time as President of the A.L. Lewis Historical Society Board and Coordinator of the American Beach Community Center and Museum on Amelia Island north of Jacksonville.
AAAM is indebted to Dr. Stewart as one of the most profound advisors and mentors for an entire field of museum professionals. She will be missed but her legacy lives on in the work of many museums and museum professionals.
The Smithsonian's Office of Fellowships and Internships has several articles/highlights in the September edition of their newsletter such as 20,000 Smithsonian Marine Center (SMS) Fellows exploring life underwater, the James E. Webb Internship applications (Due: Oct. 1st, 2015!), new Office of Facilities Management and Reliability (OFMR) program called Museum Mindfulness, and OFI representation at the International Council of Museums (ICOM)'s Committee for Education and Cultural Action (CECA) annual conference held at the National Museum of the American Indian last week.
Read HERE for the FULL NEWSLETTER.
The next application deadline for the IMLS Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program is December 1, 2015. The Notice of Funding Opportunity which includes complete instructions for how to apply for this grant is now available on the IMLS website.
Please click here to go directly to the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture page on the IMLS website.
Mid-America Arts Alliance provides Artistic Innovations grants to support new, innovative works in our six-state region with the spirit of experimentation and exploration. Grants of up to $15,000 will be made to artists and arts organizations presenting new works that culminate in regional public outreach and engagement between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 (FY2017).
Previous Artistic Innovations grant recipients:
To learn more about this opportunity, visit our website or attend one of our informational webinars:
For All The World To See: Visual Culture and The Struggle for Civil Rights
This exhibition examines the role that visual culture played in shaping and transforming the struggle for racial equality in America from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s. Through a compelling assortment of photographs, television clips, art posters, and historic artifacts, For All the World to See traces how images and media disseminated to the American public transformed the modern civil rights movement, and jolted Americans—both black and white—out of a state of denial or complacency.January 28–March 16, 2016 (last available booking date)Booking Fee: $1,000
Shipping Fee: $1,000
House & Home
Throughout American history, people have lived in all sorts of places, from military barracks and two-story colonials to college dormitories and row houses. Drawn from the flagship installation at the National Building Museum, House & Home embarks on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, to explore the varied history and many cultural meanings of the American home. June 16–August 11, 2017 (last available booking date)Booking Fee: $1,000
Shipping Fee: $1,000
The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is pleased to announce a scholarship 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 McLeod Plantation Historic Site 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 October 16, 2015.
The Alabama Tourism Department has announced Dr. Lawrence J. Pijeaux, Jr., as a 2015 inductee into the Alabama Hall of Fame. Dr. Pijeaux served as an AAAM board member and president (2006-2008) and for nineteen years as President & CEO of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. In 2010, he was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve on the National Museum and Library Services Board, and in 2013 he was appointed to the board of the American Alliance of Museums. A national leader in the field demonstrated by his long-term success as a college instructor, educator and museum administrator. He has received the Reader's Digest American Hero Award, the Smithsonian Institution's Award for Museum Leadership, and the Association of African American Museum's Service and Achievement Award. The Alabama Hall of Fame award and induction ceremony was held in Mobile, Alabama on August 3, 2015. The AAAM board and its members congratulate Dr. Lawrence J. Pijeaux, Jr., on his induction, it is well deserved.
The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea L. Taylor as President and CEO effective September 8, 2015. Most recently, Taylor served as Director of Citizenship and Public Affairs, North America for the Microsoft Corporation, where she managed employee engagement and giving and strategic partnerships in the U.S. and Canada with donors, government entities and community-based organizations. Additionally, she was also instrumental in the creation and implementation of the Elevate America and Elevate America Veterans technology training programs as well as YouthSpark, an initiative providing education, employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for 300 million youth worldwide.
Prior to her tenure at Microsoft, she created and led global and national grant programs for the Ford Foundation and the Benton Foundation. She is also a former trustee of the Cleveland Foundation, the Council on Foundations, the Donors Forum of Ohio, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the Ms. Foundation for Women and Philanthropy Northwest.
See the full press release HERE
2018 NMAAHC Interpretation Workshop
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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