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).
Mark Your Calendars for Our Annual Conference and Meeting
Join WVAM as we build our museum community and take over Charleston! Communities are ever expanding entities; people come and go, interests change over time, and new ideas and time-tested tactics must come into play to both maintain and build relationships. By strengthening our community ties, whether within our organization, county, state, or nationally, we can better serve as stewards and advocates for culture, science, and history.
We are now accepting Session Proposals for our 2018 Conference. Please fill out the downloadable form below and return a digital copy to email@example.com or mail your form to
West Virginia Association of Museums
P.O. Box 4589
Morgantown, WV 26504
Deadline for proposals is October 15th.
“Celebrate West Virginia” is a weekend-long celebration of West Virginia Day! A kickoff celebration, held Thursday June 22 from 4-7 PM at Spark! Imagination and Science Center, will feature live music and food. Representatives from museums and historic sites in the community will present family-friendly activities and information about their organization.
Throughout the weekend, area museums and historic sites will have special, family-friendly events (all of which will be free). Participating organizations are Spark! Imagination and Science Center, Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum, Art Museum of WVU, West Virginia Botanic Garden, Old Hemlock Foundation, Monongalia Historical Society, WVU Libraries/West Virginia & Regional History Center, and Arthurdale Heritage, Inc.
Sunday, May 14th
Seating from 1pm to 3:30pm
Guests for this day are treated to the mouthwatering down home cooking of Adaland’s long time cook, Lucy Williamson. The buffet table will be laden with two entrees, a collection of sides, salad with Lucy’s famous dressing, homemade bread, and a sideboard of luscious desserts. Adaland’s signature peach iced tea and coffee round out the afternoon meal that has become a favorite of many visitors. Adults $20.00 plus tip. Children $10.00 plus tip. Reservations are required and limited to 10 per caller. Reservations for six or more must be paid in advance. Credit card, check or cash accepted with 10% house gratuity.
Call 304-457-2415 for Mother’s Day Buffet Dinner tickets
Reservations of six or more must be paid in advance.
To honor the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Senator Robert C. Byrd in 2017, the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History & Education has designed a major traveling exhibit, “Robert C. Byrd: Senator, Statesman, West Virginian.” The exhibit features digital representations of more than 100 documents and photographs from the extensive Robert C. Byrd Congressional Papers Collection.
The Harrison County Historical Society and the Auxilary UHC will be partnering on the showing of the exhibit here in Harrison County from
April 12th – May 15th on the first floor of at the United Hospital Center.
Has your organization recently created an exhibit, publication, program, or project with an innovative approach to interpreting West Virginia history? If the answer is “YES,” then you should consider nominating your organization for an American Association of State and Local History (AASLH) Leadership in History Award.
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Join Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. on November 16th for the Holiday Paper Quilling Class
Cost is $15 for AHI members, $20 for others PLUS cost of materials. You must preregister; call or email to today!
Reita Marks is back for another paper quilling class! Join us and create a gift your friends and family will treasure. Make a framed poinsettia or evergreen, or wreath, or candle gift tags using only paper and glue! Perfect projects for this season!