Upcoming events

    • 1 Oct 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (UTC-04:00)
    • Virtual
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    Mental Wellness for Museum Staff and Visitors

    Presenter: Susan Ward, MA, MS, LPC

    Museums can help their staff, their visitors, and their community with regards to mental health and wellness. This year has brought new levels of stress and anxiety into everyone’s personal and professional lives.This session will address easy-to-implement techniques that staff can integrate into their daily lives, whether at home or work, that will help reduce anxiety, calm the nervous system, and build emotional resilience. These include self-calming tools that can be used individually, as well as approaches that can be integrated into staff and board meetings. When it comes to visitors, inspiration, creativity, and curiosity are practices that bolster mental wellness—museums already provide these. Attendees will learn a wide range of strategies that museums can incorporate so as to build mental wellness while continuing to improve their visitor experience. Some of these are small tweaks that can be implemented quickly and easily. Others are larger and will take more planning, but have the potential to foster mental wellness as part of a collaborative approach with other museums as well as within the larger community. Mental health issues, whether they are on-going daily stress, depression, early childhood trauma, grief and loss,  isolation, autism, or more, can all be helped as museums add a mental wellness component to their overall operations. Mental health and wellness is a social concern and a place where museums have an important role to play.



    • 8 Oct 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (UTC-03:00)
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    Packing, Storing, and Transporting Collections

    Presenters: Christian Edwards and Mary Hauser

    For most museums, the bulk of our artifacts and objects are stored out of sight of our visitor and day-to-day operations. This presentation will examine the different factors professionals need to consider before packing, storing, and transporting artifacts and collections objects. What materials will best protect certain artifacts? How do you decide the best type of storage for your collection type and specific circumstance? What goes into space planning for a collections storage area? What types of transport are appropriate for various kinds of materials and situations? What compromises can be made to meet budgetary limitations without sacrificing artifact and employee safety? Session attendees will leave with knowledge of available resources and materials and the skills needed to make informed decisions about caring for collections on the move.



    • 15 Oct 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (UTC-03:00)
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    Taking Raleigh to Rural

    Presenters: Mary Kelley and Bill Holmes

    Hometown Strong is the Governor's initiative that offers a more personal and hands-on approach for state government's reaction to the needs of North Carolina's rural communities. Hometown Strong creates a partnership between state agencies and local leaders to champion rural communities. The effort leverages state and local resources, identifies ongoing projects and community needs, and implements focused plans to boost the economy, improve infrastructure and strengthen North Carolina's hometowns. Come hear how museums can fill a critical role and draw on state resources through this economic and community development initiative.



    • 21 Oct 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (UTC-03:00)
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    The North Carolina Museums Council is proud to present a workshop in collaboration with the American Alliance of Museums, with a generous sponsorship from Glave & Holmes Architecture and support from the North Carolina Museum of Art.

    In an effort to create a world informed and enriched by thriving museums, the American Alliance of Museums began its unprecedented Facing Change: Advancing Museum Diversity and Inclusion initiative in 2019. This national pilot program, funded by the Alice Walton, Mellon, and Ford foundation is the first of its kind, and was established to improve museum board diversity and inclusion across the nation. Since this journey began to build a more diverse, inclusive, and ultimately equitable museum field, AAM has learned much. Join this conversation as we share the learnings from our first two years of implementing a nation-wide, museum field DEAI initiative.

    Results/Goals

    1. Learn about the lead up to the Facing Change Pilot and why this initiative is so essential to the field
    2. Understand the key components to the Facing Change Initiative
    3. Find out the key learnings from the past 2 years of implementing a national DEAI initiative


    Presenter


    Ibrahim is a United States Air Force Veteran, holds a BA in History from the University of Toledo, an MA in Museum Professions, and a Graduate Certificate of Non-Profit Organization Management from Seton Hall University. A firm believer that museums have the potential to change lives, Ibrahim created a pilot program, Museums 4 Us, to improve academic achievement among marginalized students and expose a severely underrepresented population to career possibilities within the museum profession. He is now responsible for the development and implementation of project management processes for various components of Facing Change: Advancing Museum Board Diversity & Inclusion, a major national initiative to advance diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion among museum leadership.



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    • 22 Oct 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (UTC-03:00)
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    The Art of Scrum! Applying Silicon Valley’s Favorite Management Framework to Small Museums with Big Potential.

    Presenters: Alexandrea Pizza and Ashley McCallister

    Discover how small museums with limited resources can create positive work environments, retain talent, eliminate burnout, and create a lasting impact in their communities. In this virtual session, presenters will walk through “scrum”, a management framework grounded in flexibility and continuous learning that enables teams to break down big projects into manageable workflow. With a special focus on engaging teams remotely, the presenters will walk through a day in the life of a creative start-up, showing how scrum is used to motivate teams, and will give practical and no-cost examples that one small museum utilized to increase communication and develop better programs and exhibits.



    • 29 Oct 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (UTC-03:00)
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    Small Steps, Big Topic: Introducing Equity and Inclusion into the Institution

    Presenters: Alexander Brooks and Nancy Fields

    Diversity, Equity, Accessibility and Inclusion (DEAI) continue to be hot button topics these days, particularly in the museum field. How should institutions apply these topics in respect to their employees, their volunteers, their exhibits and programming and their audiences? With so many different things to consider and polarizing elements, the whole concept can be daunting, particularly to institutions without substantial resources to devote to the issues. In this session, speakers from three very different museums will examine their own institution’s handling and experiences of DEAI and discuss the roles of museums as effective conduits of community discussion and places of acceptance in a world that, at times, isn’t so accepting.


    This session will begin with an informal round-table discussion by the speakers and will break out into smaller, moderated groups to explore ways in which institutions can begin to implement DEAI practices, celebrating race, age, disability, sexuality and gender in all aspects of the institution without breaking the bank or causing staff burnout.



    • 5 Nov 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (UTC-03:00)
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    Inventorying: The Planning, the Process, and the Recovery

    Presenters: Corinne Midgett and Ainsley Powell

    Conducting an inventory can be a daunting task making an institution put it on the back burner again and again. This session will explain and show how to plan your workflow, carry out, and reconcile your collections storage and exhibit spaces in a way that will be clear to even non-collection staff. Additionally, institutions that have never done a full inventory and the lack of records from previous inventories will be covered. Example worksheets and handouts will be available during and after the session.



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