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  • 17 May 2021 7:30 AM | Anonymous

    A Word From Our President


    Dear colleagues and friends,

    What a fantastic spring it has been across North Carolina! Beautiful warm days with just enough cool snaps that make you wonder if you took the heavy quilt off your bed just a bit too early. Maybe it is that I somehow missed last spring while my life shifted from one of scheduled chaos to the uncertainty we were all thrust into, but this spring seems more vibrant, more refreshing, and more hopeful.  

    Much like spring's budding life after the gray dormant winter, museums are buzzing with the excitement after our dormant year of few visitors and small social bubbles.   As we continue to open further and welcome more visitors to our museums and sites, the anticipation is undeniable. The many programs and activities thought out over the past year are being implemented. Exhibit schedules are getting back on track.  Museums are opening and you and your museum colleagues are there to engage, educate, and inspire visitors eager to connect.  

    As you rise to meet this new time in your professional life, know that North Carolina Museums Council is here to help. Make sure to take advantage of the NCMC forum in our members-only section on our website to share ideas, ask questions, and brainstorm ideas with colleagues. Help get the word out about your new programs or tours throughout our various social media platforms. Keep an eye out for announcements of continued virtual networking and training opportunities that we will continue to host this year. NCMC is excited to keep supporting our museum community and I’m excited to be working with such a dedicated and enthusiastic group of professionals who are committed to ‘creating better museums one professional at a time’ through their work with the NCMC Board. Thank you for all you do and, please, never hesitate to reach out and to any of us. 

    Kindly,

    Christian Edwards

    NCMC President

  • 25 Feb 2021 7:23 PM | Anonymous



    Greetings!


    Spring is almost here and for us on the board it is a busy time as we prepare for the annual conference. This year’s conference will take on a different feel as we pivot towards an all-virtual format for our 2021 gathering. We have some great sessions planned, speakers and activities to get you engaged, opportunities to network with your fellow museum professionals and a chance to learn from our lineup of fantastic leaders in the museum field. Adrienne Nirdé, Professional Development Chair, and Felicia Knise Ingram, Assistant Professional Development Chair have done a great job in lining up these outstanding sessions. I also want to thank Alicyn Wiedrich, Annual Meetings Chair, and Liz Lord, Conference Administrator for pulling together the conference logistics. Lastly, I wanted to thank Randy Holmes and Steven Blashfield of Glavé and Holmes for their continued support of NCMC. Without great corporate partners such as Glavé and Holmes, we could not bring you this conference and these great sessions. 

    If you have not registered yet, it is not too late. We have reduced the cost of the conference this year and hopefully this will make it affordable for you to attend. Please remember that you must be a member to register. Not a member yet, no problem! You can easily join your statewide museum association by visiting http://www.ncmuseums.org/. After joining be sure to hop over to http://www.ncmuseums.org/registration and get registered. It is fast and super easy!

    We hope to “return to normal” in 2022 with an in-person event that will be held in Rocky Mount, NC. The Local Arrangements Committee there has been fantastic to work with and they have been willing to assist in any way possible to get our conference back in Rocky Mount for 2022.

    Lastly, this will be my last newsletter as your President. Beginning April 1, I will transition over to the Past President chair. I will still be on the board and I will be taking on a new project that I hope everyone will be excited about and one that I hope will make NCMC stand out. More details will follow in the coming months. Christian Edwards, current Vice-President, will take over as your President. Christian has some exciting ideas and a contagious energy that will propel NCMC forward. It has been a real honor to serve as your President and if I can ever be of service, please reach out to me through our website at www.ncmuseums.org. Have a great spring and I look forward to seeing you all online!


    Yours in museums,

    Scott Warren


  • 25 Feb 2021 7:07 PM | Anonymous

    Exhibiting Inclusion: An Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and Museum Participation

    Alexandra Olivares & Jaclyn Piatak

    This article offers data demonstrating that representation is more important than free admission when trying to reach diverse audiences.

    See the full article here: Olivares-Piatak2021_Article_ExhibitingInclusionAnExaminati.pdf

  • 25 Feb 2021 7:01 PM | Anonymous

    Celebrate Women in Science

    Karl McKinnon


    According to Ishani Singh’s article, By the Numbers: Women in STEM: What do the statistics reveal about ongoing gender disparities? (Yale Scientific, November 27, 2020) by the time children reach middle school more than twice as many boys as girls will say they are planning on being employed in a science, math, or engineering related job.

    Even more distressing is the statistic that once young women enter college and complete their first year of undergraduate classes in science and engineering, 49.2 percent of them will switch to a non-STEM major. Only 32.5 percent of men will change their science and engineering to a non-STEM major after their first year.

    Nationally it is reported that women make up 57.3 percent of bachelor degree recipients with STEM bachelor degrees  making up only 38.6 percent of those degrees. Factor in underrepresented minority women and we find that they earn only 16.6 percent of undergraduate degrees with 9.16 percent of those degrees being in science and engineering.

    As the leaky pipeline progresses the outcome is that women only represent 29 percent of the STEM workforce. At our institutions of higher learning women only make up 34.5 percent of faculty (Black women only 1.5 percent).

    Women comprise three-quarters of health care practitioners and technicians, the largest occupational cluster classified as STEM, with 9.0 million workers – 6.7 million of whom are women.

     The Pew Research Center reports in, Seven Facts about the STEM Workforce, that non-STEM workers with a Master’s Degree earn 26 percent less that STEM workers. A typical full-time STEM worker earns $54,745 while a similarly educated non-STEM worker earns $40,505.

    To say we need to encourage young girls to become interested in science and to become scientists is a tremendous understatement. As members of the informal and formal science platform we can take an active role in promoting science and technology with our female guests and program participants.

    To aide us in this pursuit we can use resources such as 40 Important STEM Resources For Womenproduced by TeachThought. Another contemporary and timely collection of video resources discussing the fight against COVID-19 has been produced by boClips to celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science(February 11, 2021). These resources represent a great taking off point for future inquiry and thought. Who knows? Maybe a young lady in one of your programs could be the scientist that crushes the next pandemic.




  • 25 Feb 2021 6:46 PM | Anonymous

    "There's Still More To Do"

    Alexander Brooks, History Section Member


    Since 1995, the National Women's History Alliance has dedicated a theme to each year's March celebration of National Women's History Month. In 2020, that theme was to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of women's suffrage and the passing of the 19th Amendment. Because many of celebrations were curtailed by the events of that year, the theme has been extended for 2021 to “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.”  The passing of the 19th Amendment was pivotal, but it was by no means the end of the struggle for women's voices to be heard.

    The spirit of Jim Crow legislation and a women's rights movement that often discriminated against non-white women prevented all women from gaining voting rights that day. Black women had to fight for another forty-five years to gain their own right to vote through the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    The story of women's voting rights and the struggles women continue to face in the United States cannot be fully explained in one moment or one day on a calendar. Genuine progress on these issues was, and is, limited, piecemeal, and slow-moving. 1920 is but one date on a larger timeline of struggle and activism for women's rights in U.S. history. With hope, there be many more to add to future calendars.


  • 30 Jan 2021 9:51 PM | Anonymous

    Interested in supporting NCMC’s work while developing professionally and building your network? Consider volunteering for one of the NCMC board positions, which has different openings each year. From maintaining archives to public relations to event planning, the NCMC board always has projects under way! If you are interested in volunteering but not ready to commit to a board position, there are lots of opportunities throughout the organization, including assisting our Section Chairs or assisting with various subcommittees.

  • 13 Jan 2021 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    Like most of my fellow North Carolinians, I was shocked and saddened by the events of last week. To see mob rule take place in our country was nothing short of appalling. Insurrectionists stampeding through the halls of democracy looking to disrupt and cause mayhem was heartbreaking. This did not have to happen, and the results were the tragic loss of life and destruction of our hallowed halls.

    History unfolded before our eyes. We were reminded that democracy is fragile. However, the human spirit is not. The events of this past week, as grim as they were, reminded me of these qualities that allow the human spirit to persevere curiosity, compassion, and determination. 

    This is where museums, across all mediums, can continue to play a vital role in how we interpret the past, and how we discuss and put into context the social structures that led to what we are witnessing unfold in our American society today. Years of oppression and systemic racism led to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Andre Hill, among many, many, others. The rhetoric and perpetuation of propaganda and misinformation from leaders, that led to domestic terrorists storming our halls of democracy. As grim as we may feel in the wake of these events, we as museums must continue to hold important discussions around race, violence, equality, and the role of democracy in our country.

    Museums will and must continue to be places to contemplate, absorb, listen, and host these important discussions. Though COVID-19 has made this more challenging, it should strengthen our resolve as museums to bring together thoughts and conversations around the history and future of race and democracy, to work with BIPOC artists, historians, and activists who explore these ideas and experiences in their own work, and to listen when we engage so that we can do the work. Listening can, and should, play just as an important of a role as any when museums engage our visiting public, both in-person and virtually.

    How should we move forward? We must engage with difficult topics, we must work for our communities, we must seek out and create these opportunities. Our work as museum professionals must continue, whether virtually or in personal encounters with our visitors, to hold these discussions around civil engagement, race, and consider what must be done as a nation as we move forward.

    Thank you for your continued commitment to do this important work!

    Yours in museums,

    Scott Warren
    President
    North Carolina Museums Council

  • 5 Nov 2020 9:15 PM | Anonymous



    On October 21, NCMC launched our newest member perk, the Museum Services Resource List. This resource is designed to help museums seeking professional assistance in North Carolina. The searchable PDF directory, accessible in the members only area of the NCMC website, lists assorted businesses' contact information, areas of expertise, and geographical areas of operation. Museums are encouraged to research and interview businesses to find the best professional fit. We are still welcoming submissions as we develop this list.

    Please direct any questions to Lindsey Waldenberg at membership@ncmc.org.


  • 2 Nov 2020 8:31 AM | Anonymous

         Happy Fall everyone! As we move towards the end of this election cycle, I was reminded how fortunate that we truly are that we are part of the greatest experiment in democracy and that even though it may not turn out the way that you want the election to, I feel that we still can reach out to one another to find that common ground that makes the process the best in the world. I hope that if you have not already voted that you will do so on Tuesday.

         This is a truly exciting time for NCMC! We are wrapping up our great Brown Bag Lunch Series, thank you to Adrienne Nirdé and Felica Ingram for an amazing job, where we presented informative talks on a variety of subjects.

         We also have a great committee that is already hard at work in planning the 2021 NCMC Conference, March 22-24. Although our next conference will be all virtual, we are planning opportunities for you to connect and grow. This year’s theme, “Shifting Roles: Finding a New Path” promises to be one of the most educational conferences in our recent history. Do you have an idea for our next conference? Then please submit your ideas now at http://www.ncmuseums.org/2021-Annual-Meeting-Session-Proposals. We would love to hear your ideas! The deadline for submission is Friday, November 20, 2020.

         Our next newsletter will not be out until after the new year so with that, I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family. I know it is easy to get lost in everything that is happening. Take the time to ask your friends, family members and colleagues, “How are you?” because isn’t that one of the reasons for the holidays? Please stay well, safe and healthy!

    -Yours in museums!

    Scott Warren

    President


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