AAAM Conference 2011

Awards luncheon.

AAAM Conference 2011

FAMU reception.

AAAM Conference 2011

John G. Riley House & Museum reception.

AAAM Conference 2011

Keynote Luncheon.

AAAM Conference 2011



Job Opening at the Taft Museum of Art

Taft_LogoThe Taft Museum of Art in vibrant downtown Cincinnati, Ohio seeks dynamic, creative, visionary Director of Education to engage new audiences, increase public involvement, expand museum’s role in the community. Director of Education serves on senior management team and oversees $375,000 budget, 4 employees, plus volunteers. Recent 23,000-square-foot expansion transformed the Taft into one of the finest small art museums in America. Cincinnati is among the top five cities in the US for per capita spending on the arts and is home to a thriving arts community. For details and to apply, visit: Apply by 9/8/14. Nominations welcome. EOE.

AAAM Awards Nominations Deadline Extended

Each year the Association of African American Museums presents awards to outstanding museum professionals.

The submission deadline for 2014 Awards Nominations has been extended to June 30, 2014.

Don’t miss the opportunity to recognize your peers!

Click for more information and to download the nomination form.

U.S. Government Unveils New Museum Data Set, Calls for Field-wide Review; Webinar scheduled for June 11

On May 19, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced a new estimate of 35,144 active museums in the United States and published a new museum data file that is available for use, reuse, and distribution. The Museum Universe Data File will be actively maintained, updated, and released publicly twice a year. For more information see the news announcement.

IMLS will present a webinar about the Museum Universe Data File for interested stakeholders including museum staff, membership organizations, researchers, policymakers, and members of the media and public. IMLS Statistician Justin Grimes will discuss how the file was created and answer questions about it.

This webinar is free and no pre-registration is required. To participate, simply go to this Blackboard Collaborative Meeting Room at the time of the webinar, enter your information, and join the conversation. You may listen using your computer’s speakers or dial 1-866-299-7945. When prompted, enter the passcode 9485763#.

Title: 35,000 Museums: About the IMLS Estimate and Data File

Date: Wednesday, June 11

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. EDT 

Webinar Presenter: IMLS Statistician Justin Grimes

Topics to be covered include:

  • Why was the file created?
  • How did IMLS decide what institutions to include and what institutions to leave out of this list?
  • The list identifies a “museum type” for most entries; how was the museum type identified?
  • How was this list created?
  • What kind of information is in the file?
  • How can the information be used?
  • What are the caveats for using the data?

Questions about the data file? Contact

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Register Now for the 2014 Annual Conference!

Registration is now open for the 2014 AAAM Annual Conference to be held August 6-9, 2014 in Birmingham, Alabama. Visit the 2014 Conference website to register and to reserve your rooms at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel.

River Road African American Museum Celebrates 20 Years

The River Road African American Museum in Donaldsonville (LA) turns 20 this year, and they need help. The museum is trying to raise funds to keep the exhibit going.

It’s all a part of its celebration they call ‘Ovation.’ It culminates with performances by a number of grammy winners at the Shaw Center later this month.

River road is one of the few African American museums that collects buildings. Organizers say donations will help keep that tradition, and others like it, going.

Executive Director, Kathe Hambrick-Jackson said, “It’s just very important. This is a very important part of Louisiana history. It’s not just African American History. We’ve been here twenty years, we’re looking forward to our long range plan for the next twenty years.

That program is on Sunday, March 23rd. The reception begins at 3:00 p.m. and the program starts at 4:30 p.m. If you’d like to donate, or would like tickets, visit

Contact Kathe Hambrick Jackson at or call 225-474-5553.



Panel Readers Needed for USDE International Programs

The International and Foreign Language Education (IFLE) Office in the U.S. Department of Education administers a variety of international programs. IFLE continually seeks language and area studies specialists to serve as readers for grant competitions.

For more information: