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Upcoming events

  • 02 Feb 2017 2:07 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Join us for Museums Advocacy Day 2017! AAAM is a proud supporter of Museums Advocacy Day. This February we invite you to join us in Washington, D.C. as the new Congress and administration get to work on critical funding and policy decisions. Please help us make sure that AAAM member sites are well represented!

    Perri Irmer, President and CEO of the DuSable Museum issues a passionate call to action to fellow AAAM members! Read Perri's letter HERE

  • 12 Dec 2016 10:27 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Knoxville civil-rights leader Avon Rollins Sr., who joined the movement as a high school student and became one of the charter members of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, died Wednesday, December 7, 2016.  

    Read FULL ARTICLE here

  • 26 Oct 2016 1:36 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    NEXTGEN 2017

    Online: March 6-11, 2017

    Residency: March 27-April 1, 2017

    APPLY BY JANUARY 4, 2017

    NextGen 2017 is a blended-learning experience for the museum field's emerging top talent. The program is designed for mid-level staff with three to five years of museum management experience.

    GLI 2017

    Online: May 15-27, 2017 Residency in Claremont, California: June 9-24, 2017

    APPLY BY JANUARY 18, 2017

    The renowned Executive Education Program for Museum Leaders is designed to help experienced top-level executives become better leaders to strengthen their institutions' capabilities and advance the field.

    For more information, and to apply, visit: www.cgu.edu/gli

  • 19 Oct 2016 9:57 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    An Innovative Research-Based Artist Residency Program

    2017 SARF Deadlines:

    • October 31, 2016 at 11:59 PM ESTNomination Deadline
    • January 9, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST:  Application deadline
    • March 31, 2017: All applicants notified of final decision 
    • September 30th, 2018: 2017 SARF Fellowships must be completed


  • 19 Oct 2016 9:20 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    AAAM expresses its deep appreciation for Mrs. Kearney's dedication to the progress of the African American museum and cultural preservation field, and extends to her family its sincere sympathy upon her passing.  Born on December 22, 1920 in Benchley, Texas, Mrs. Kearney's life was dedicated to the best interests of the historic African American community of Perris, California, where she and her husband focunded the Dora Nelson African American Art and History Museum.  The Museum currently serves to commemorate the African American heritage of the region and hosted the 38th Annual Conference of the Association of African American Museums (AAAM), making a tremendou impact on the local community and providing an unforgettable experience to attendees August 2 - 6, 2016.  

  • 18 Oct 2016 1:04 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) is pleased to announce a workshop opportunity for AAAM Members (or those who work at member organizations) in Interpretive Training, in partnership with the Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission at James Island County Park in Charleston, SC.  The workshop carries National Association for Interpretation Certification.  

    DOWNLOAD the Interpretation Workshop Application HERE

    All applications must be received by 5pm EDT November 14, 2016.  

  • 29 Aug 2016 12:55 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC)’s McLeod Plantation Historic Site was recently recognized by the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) for having the nation’s best wayside exhibits.

    Located on James Island, McLeod Plantation Historic Site is a former sea island cotton plantation that has borne witness to some of the most significant periods of history. Today McLeod Plantation is an important 37-acre Gullah/Geechee heritage site carefully preserved in recognition of its cultural and historical significance. The site’s buildings include homes that make up Transition Row, where enslaved families and their free descendants lived and transitioned from slavery to freedom during the 19th and 20th centuries.

    Wayside exhibits (outdoor interpretive signs located along walkways) throughout McLeod Plantation focus on a variety of topics related to the park’s theme, Transition to Freedom. Topics range from life in the homes of Transition Row to working conditions in the site’s cotton gin house, to longstanding controversial issues like racial discrimination.

    READ MORE HERE: http://charlestonchronicle.net/mobile/?MemberID=2152&ID=110521

  • 23 Aug 2016 9:31 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The National Park Service’s (NPS) FY 2016 African American Civil Rights Grant Program (Civil Rights Grants) will document, interpret, and preserve the sites and stories related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens in the 20th Century.  The Civil Rights Grant awards are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), and administered by the NPS. 


    This competitive grant program provides grants to states, tribes, local governments (including Certified Local Governments), and nonprofits. Non-federal matching share is not required, but preference will be given to applications that show community commitment through non-federal match and partnership collaboration.  Grants will fund a broad range of planning, development, and research projects for historic sites including: survey, inventory, documentation, interpretation, education, architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and bricks and mortar repair. $7,750,000 is available for FY 2016 Civil Rights Grants.




    Application packages must be submitted using Grants.gov (www.Grants.gov ). Search in Grants.gov for Funding Opportunity #P16AS00485, under Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 15.904 or African American Civil Rights Grants. Awards are issued under Public Law 114-113. Deadline for submittal through Grants.gov is 11:59pm EST Friday, October 14, 2016.


    Detailed instructions for the application process are posted under Application Guidance. If you have questions about the application please contact preservation_grants_info@nps.gov  or 202-354-2020.


    For assistance with Grants.gov registration and/or technical issues, please contact their help desk at 1-800-513-4726



  • 10 Aug 2016 12:00 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Chaos at the Museum (Spanish and English language versions) is a convening that mixes inspirational dialogue, practical and creative workshops around a dynamic group of attendees to reflect on the relationship between the museum, its role as community advocate and its physical/social/economic/political surroundings.

    This convening proposes to link the civic responsibilities of museums as public spaces with their functions as inclusive community generators and contributors in the development of diverse communities. It will also underscore the emerging role of designers as critical mediators between museums and their audiences.   


  • 20 Jan 2016 4:38 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services currently partners with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to provide support to libraries through the distribution of information, education materials, and training sessions on immigration and citizenship.

    USCIS is interested in expanding this work to provide support to museums that are engaged in serving immigrant populations.

    The current IMLS-USCIS agreement supports USCIS’s mission to promote instruction and training on citizenship rights and responsibilities and raise awareness of the importance of citizenship. At the same time, it supports IMLS in its efforts to foster cross-cultural understanding, promote learning opportunities in a trusted environment, and help libraries find new ways to serve their communities. 

    New opportunities for collaboration with museums may include informational webinars on USCIS’s educational materials, training for museum staff on citizenship programming, and coordinating with local USCIS field offices to hold naturalization information sessions or naturalization ceremonies at museums. Please see the USCIS Citizenship Resource Center page for more information on the citizenship resources that USCIS provides. 

    If your museum is interested in USCIS resources or engaging with USCIS, please contact Christopher Reich, Senior Museum Advisor, at creich@imls.gov.  

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Passing of AAAM Legend William (Bill) Billingsley

Visit his life legacy page HERE

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