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

Exhibitors.

 

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 www.vts.edu/aaehc.

Program Contact:

Joseph Thompson, Assistant Archivist

Phone: 703-461-1732

Email: jthompson@vts.edu

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.

Deadlines
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.
https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2012653&password=M.B59E1F035361A1F5453F33D1C4E292

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.
https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2012653&password=M.BDE3F7E9E64EC35B9F01AC8A79FC96

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: <http://achsp.matrix.msu.edu/report.pdf>

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: <rdsithole9@gmail.com>.

Job Opening at Lincoln University

Nominations and applications are invited for Assistant Professor, Art History, Department of Visual and Performing Arts. This is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position offered at the rank of Assistant Professor. Start date: January 2015.

The Visual Arts program seeks a committed educator to join the faculty in a time of significant opportunity. A unique feature of the Visual Arts program is our collaboration with The Barnes Foundation, a partnership combining the resources of both institutions to promote education and appreciation of the fine arts. Lincoln University houses and extensive collection of African Art and the Visual Arts Program curriculum includes Museum Studies and Studio Arts options, lectures, studio courses and off-campus experiences utilizing the professional resources of both The Barnes Foundation and the University. The Foundation houses collections of post-impressionist and early modern painting masterpieces, and collections of African sculpture, European and American furniture, ceramics and ironwork, and Native American Arts that together reflect and inform the enduring educational mission of its founder Dr. Albert C. Barnes.

See announcement for job description and how to apply.

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: www.museum-search.com. Apply by 9/8/14. Nominations welcome. EOE.