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



Statement from Sam Black, President, AAAM Board of Directors

November 28, 2014

Dear Members,

Samuel W. BlackThe Association of African American Museums supports the family of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Jordan Miles, Jonny Gammage, and many others who are examples of how racism gives birth to injustice. As a national organization and like most Americans of conscience we cannot sit idly by as unchecked police power cheapens our lives and creates a “failure of government not witnessed since the dark days of lynching.” In museums we have always expressed our humanity and defined our principles as a people through our education and outreach. I urge you to continue to do just that. Use your creativity to contextualize the African American struggle.

AAAM will address these issues and more as we are reminded in our 2015 conference theme, “Milestones in History: African American Museums and the Story of African American Progress.” Let’s use our collective voice as museums, curators, educators, designers, artists, poets, and playwrights and continue to tell our story as a people seeking freedom, democracy, and demanding justice.

Samuel W Black
President, AAAM

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums – FY15 Notice of Funding Opportunity

Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums – FY15 Notice of Funding Opportunity is now online. December 1 deadline. Short application form.  NO MATCH required!!!!

The Sparks! Ignition Grants for Museums program is a special funding opportunity within the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Museums program. These small grants encourage museums to prototype and evaluate specific innovations in the ways they operate and the services they provide. Project results – be they success, failure, or a combination thereof – should offer valuable information to the museum field and the potential for improvement in the ways museums serve their communities.

Rad more:

African American Episcopal Historical Collection

Travel reimbursement grants are available to individuals who would like to use the African American Episcopal Historical Collection (AAEHC) for research. VTSFaculty, graduate students, undergraduates, independent researchers, and Episcopal clergy and laypersons are encouraged to apply. Funds may be used for transportation, meals, lodging, photocopying, and other research costs. Deadline: January 15, 2015.

The AAEHC is a joint project of the Historical Society of the Episcopal Church and the Virginia Theological Seminary. Through documents, institutional records, oral histories, personal papers, and photographs, the collection documents the experiences of African American Episcopalians. Individual collections contain significant references to religious faith and involvement in the Episcopal Church, particularly at the regional, diocesan, and local levels. For more information and an application, please visit

Program Contact:

Joseph Thompson, Assistant Archivist

Phone: 703-461-1732


Apply Now for Museums Connect International Partnership Grant Opportunity

American Alliance of MuseumsThe American Alliance of Museums is currently accepting proposals for the Museums Connect grant program. An initiative of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in conjunction with the Alliance, Museums Connect strengthens connections and cultural understanding between people in the United States and abroad through innovative projects facilitated by museums and executed by their communities. The program’s mission is to build global communities through cross-cultural exchanges while also supporting U.S. foreign policy goals such as youth engagement and social innovation.

Museums Connect offers up to $100,000 for projects that address issues of critical need in the museums’ communities. Partnerships consist of at least one U.S. museum and at least one non-U.S. museum; museums may find partners through existing relationships or by posting a profile on the Museums Connect website. Projects for the upcoming cycle must be completed between August 2015–July 2016.

In the first phase of the application process, museums submit a basic profile form and search for a partner. Many profiles of U.S. and non-U.S. museums have already been posted online for potential partners to review.

If foreign or U.S. museums are interested in the project, but do not have a partner, they can fill out a profile before Oct. 31 and AAM will assist in suggesting potential partnerships. After partnering, museums submit a statement of intent to propose, accepted on a rolling basis through Jan. 20, 2015. Final proposals are due in April.

To learn more about the proposal process, we invite you to listen to a previously recorded audio conference posted on the Museums Connect webpage. Interested in an overview of the program? Check out this new video about Museums Connect.

Through Oct. 31, 2014
U.S. and non-U.S. museums seeking AAM assistance in finding a partner must submit profile forms.
Through Jan. 13, 2015
U.S. and non-U.S. museums with identified partnerships submit museum profile forms.
Through Jan. 20, 2015 U.S. museums submit statements of intent to propose on behalf of partnerships.
April 7, 2015 U.S. museums submit final proposals on behalf of partnerships.

Upcoming Webinars for IMLS funding opportunites!

The Institute of Museum and Library Services invites you to participate in pre-application webinars to learn more about our grant programs, ask questions, and listen to the questions and comments of other participants.  More detailed information about funding opportunities associated with our upcoming December 1, 2014 application deadline are located in the grant applicants section of the IMLS website.

Office of Museum Services

Pre-Recorded Webinar
A general presentation on IMLS museum grants. We recommend that you view this presentation before participating in a program-specific webinar.
Read transcript (PDF, 6.0MB)

Museums for America

Thursday, October 16, 3pm ET

To join the session, please click on the link below within 30 minutes of the session start time.

To join the teleconference:
Call-in number: 866-299-7945
Participant PIN: 5680404#

Museum Grants for African American History and Culture

Tuesday, October 21, 3pm ET

To join the session, please click on the link below within 30 minutes of the session start time.

To join the teleconference:
Call-in number: 866-299-7945

Major New African Museum Survey and Needs Assessment Now Available On-line

The first comprehensive continent-wide survey of African museums has just been completed and is now available on-line. The survey includes results of 99 museums from 32 countries. The findings of the study highlight and describe the prioritized needs of African museums and heritage institutions. The survey is available at: <>

The study was modeled on a similar survey undertaken by the Association of African American Museums in 2008 that served as the basis for the rapid development of this sector in the USA. The last survey of African museums was conducted in 2008 by the Ecole du Patrimoine Africain (EPA). That survey which was based on responses from 15 museums evaluated the continent’s professional capacities in relation to collections documentation, inventories and heritage protection.

This new survey provides an assessment of African museums in terms of their governance structures; funding modes and models; staffing levels and staff qualifications; public programming including types and frequency of both temporary and permanent exhibitions, educational and outreach programs; collection sizes and state of documentation; security measures; and emergency preparedness.

Additionally the study reveals that the current top seven greatest needs of African museums, in order of priority, are documentation & inventorying of collections, collections care, professional development, exhibition design & development, fundraising, technology & equipment, and outreach to schools.

According to Dr. Rudo Sithole, Director of the International Council of African Museums (AFRICOM), “The findings are extremely valuable to AFRICOM as they are going to facilitate the design and development of relevant strategies and programs for addressing the greatest needs of African museums. We invite both technical and funding partners to join us as we revitalize and strengthen the African heritage sector.”

The survey was made possible by generous funding from the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Smithsonian Institution and a Strategic Partnership Grant from Michigan State University (MSU).

This survey was initiated as part of the US- Africa Cultural Heritage Strategic Partnership Initiative (USACHSPI), a collaboration of: AFRICOM; Michigan State University Museum; the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution; National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution; National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution; and Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution; African Studies Center, Michigan State University; and Matrix: Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, Michigan State University; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; American Alliance of Museums; and the Association of African American Museums.

For additional information on this survey contact Dr. Rudo Sithole, Director of AFRICOM at: <>.