Preserving the Story and Soul of the Mountain State
The mission of the West Virginia Association of Museums is to serve, educate, advocate for, and enhance communications within the museum community. WVAM carries out this mission by listening to its members and serving their interests and by keeping the members abreast of current standards and activities on a national scale.
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The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum, in the heart of Historic Matewan, preserves and interprets artifacts and historical records of the local communities affected by the West Virginia Mine Wars, exploring historical events from multiple perspectives through the lives of ordinary people. The museum is located at 336 Mate Street in Matewan, in a building that still bears the scars of bullet holes from the Matewan Massacre shootout. Its offerings include exhibits about coal camp life, the Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike of 1912-1913, the Matewan Massacre, the Miners’ March, and the Battle of Blair Mountain. Using audio, video, artifacts, maps, and historic photos, the museum simulates the journey that many mining families took as they began to organize to gain rights.
On October 7, the museum hosted a screening of “Matewan” in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary. Over 500 people attended the event and many others attended a Q&A with the film’s creators! Congratulations on your successful event, WV Mine Wars Museum! The museum has also recently hosted tours with young children in the community!
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
AAMG & UMAC CONFERENCE 2018
June 21-24, 2018
Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, FL
This year, AAMG (Association of Academic Museums & Galleries) is partnering with UMAC (University Museums and Collections), a committee of ICOM (International Council of Museums) for our 2018 Annual Conference in Miami, FL. We look forward to sharing great ideas and pressing concerns—and learning and networking with our global colleagues.
This Year’s Theme:
Audacious Ideas: University Museums and Collections as Change-Agents for a Better World
We live in a dangerous, often unstable, and environmentally compromised world. What can academic museums, galleries, and collections do to remedy this situation? If we are dedicated to teaching and training new generations of students, to serving increasingly diverse communities, how do we make a positive difference? How do we know we are making that difference?
Audacious Ideas asks presenters to share with us exciting and unusual ways that their museums, galleries, and collections are serving as change-agents. We’re interested in proposals that address how you are adopting new roles and adapting old ones, welcoming new constituencies while keeping current visitors, and creating new paradigms that make our institutions more valued and critical partners in higher education and in building a more peaceful and healthy world.
Please note: all proposals should be submitted in English, as the entire conference will be conducted in English.
We invite proposals that address:
- New models of teaching across campus, including exhibitions and collections.
- New strategies for equity and inclusion on and off campus.
- Innovative transnational collaborations.
- New ideas for advancing our mission as change-agents in society – locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Presenters may select from the following formats for their proposals:
- Roundtable Facilitator: Would you like to lead a conversation on a specific topic? These lively discussions will be held on Thursday afternoon at the Donna E. Shalala Student Activity Center (University of Miami). We invite you to propose a topic and explain why your skills, experiences, and interests will contribute to your success as a discussion leader, particularly as this relates to conference’s theme. As the Roundtable Facilitator, you will welcome attendees, offer a 5-10 minute overview about the topic and your personal connection to it, and then facilitate a conversation with those present. Roundtables run 1 ¼ hours.
- Throwdown: We select up to 10 presenters for 5 minute (no more than 20 slides) talks on Thursday evening, during our opening reception. We call it a “Throwdown” because it’s high energy, quick-paced, and foregrounds powerful ideas. This is an excellent opportunity for students and emerging professionals to share a special program or practice.
- Panels: Panels are the heart of our conference. Over two days, we anticipate having 18 panels. That breaks out to 9 per day: 3 simultaneous sessions 3 times per day, one in the morning and two in the afternoon. Panels are 1 ¼ hours each and have 2-4 presenters, with one panelist or convener serving as moderator. A minimum of 15 minutes should be used for dialogue with your audience, following the presentations. All presentations should be in PowerPoint format, and the moderator is responsible for gathering them and bringing them on a laptop. The moderator is also responsible for time-keeping. You’ll need to tell us the topic, what each presenter will contribute, and how the proposal relates to the conference theme. If you’d like to lead a panel but need to find panelists, you can query the AAMG and UMAC listservs for participants.
- Poster Sessions: Tell us the topic, why it’s relevant to the theme, and confirm that you will be present. Poster specifications will be sent later and posters may be brought to the conference or mailed earlier.
- Workshops: Would you like to lead a workshop that strengthens museum practice? We’re willing to share the income. Tell us what you would teach, what your experience is leading this, how long you would like your workshop to run (full or half day), and how many attendees you would prefer. Workshop day to be determined, but it will likely be Sunday morning.
We now have a Google form for proposals: please find the link here.
Deadline for submitting your proposal is: October 30, 2017
Download the proposal form here: aamg umac 2018 cfp
The Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (FAIC) is excited to announce that applications will open for the 2018 Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program on November 1st 2017, with a deadline of February 1, 2018.
The CAP program is open to small and medium-sized museums, zoos, aquariums, arboreta, and botanical gardens in the United States. Participating institutions receive funding for a general conservation assessment from a qualified collections and building assessor. The assessment is a study of all the institution’s collections, buildings, and building systems, as well as its policies and procedures relating to collections care. The two assessors work collaboratively to provide institutions with prioritized recommendations for improved collections care. Assessments consist of preparatory work, a two-day site visit, a written report, and a one-year follow-up consultation. CAP is often a first step for small institutions that wish to improve the condition of their collections or develop a long-range preservation plan, and can serve as a fundraising tool for future collections projects. Additional information on the CAP process, eligibility, and applications are available at www.conservation-us.org/cap.
In anticipation of the application cycle, FAIC will host an informational webinar on October 24, 2017, at 2 p.m. EST. To register for the webinar, visit the Is CAP a Good Fit for My Institution? registration page.
CAP is administered by FAIC under a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
After conducting a survey of our members this summer, we have compiled the data and created readable graphs based on responses. We asked our members eight questions, hoping to learn about their institutions and how we can better serve them. We are looking forward to supporting our members and meeting their needs in the coming year! Below are the results of the survey.