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  • 15 Jan 2016 5:03 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)


    Announcing the 2016 AAM International Fellowship Program

    Dear Colleague,


    On behalf of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), I am pleased to invite you to apply to the 2016 AAM international fellowship program. Fellowships, generously supported by the Getty Foundation, are offered to those who work with art collections in museums from emerging countries to attend the 2016 AAM Annual Meeting, held in Washington, DC, from May 26-29.


    Attended by approximately 5,000 museum professionals from every U.S. state and more than 50 countries, the Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of museum professionals in the world. The 2016 conference, which will explore the theme of Power, Influence and Responsibility, will offer more than 150 thought-provoking sessions. The meeting also offers unparalleled networking opportunities and special events.


    Each fellowship includes:

    • Full conference registration
    • A one-year individual AAM membership
    • A travel stipend for airfare and per diem
    • Up to five nights of hotel lodging at a conference hotel
    • An on-site orientation session exclusively for international fellows
    • An invitation to the AAM Fellows Breakfast
    • Participation in an on-site Leadership and Career Management Program
    • A copy of the publication A Life in Museums

    Find instructions for applying to the fellowship program. Please note that those selected for fellowships will be required to attend the entire meeting, which begins on Thursday, May 26 and ends on Sunday, May 29. Fellows are also required to attend the orientation session and AAM Fellowship breakfast, participate in the on-site Leadership and Career Management Program and respond to an evaluation survey following the meeting.


    All applications must be received by January 29, 2016. 


    Applicants will be notified of their status via email by the end of February 2016.


    For more information, please contact global@aam-us.org.  


    I encourage those who meet the eligibility requirements to apply or to forward to colleagues you know who might be interested in the fellowship program.






    Dean Phelus

    Senior Director, Leadership Programs

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  • 21 Dec 2015 12:53 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    In the early 1960s, Denver, Colorado barbershop owner, Paul Stewart, began collecting memorabilia of the Old West, especially collections that illustrated and documented the Black presence west of the Mississippi River. In 1971, he officially established the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center. Billed as "the only Western-black-history museum in the world,” the museum highlights the history of African American's movement west and includes artifacts and pictorial histories of cowboys, farmers, ranchers, miners, Buffalo SoldiersTuskegee Airmen and the residents of the Five Points area of Denver. Sadly, Paul Stewart, a pioneer in the Black museum movement, passed away on November 12, 2015.

    Stewart welcomed AAAM to Denver for its national conference in the 1990s. An authority on the history of African Americans in the West, specifically Black cowboys, Stewart was sought after by scholars, documentarians, and schools as he interpreted the history of Black cowboys. AAAM extends its prayers and meditations to the family of Paul Stewart and the Black American West Museum.

  • 30 Oct 2015 3:14 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    CBS 60 Minutes

    7:00 p.m. EST, Sunday, November 1, 2015

    (check you local listings)

    This Sunday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. EST, CBS’ 60 Minutes will air a special segment on the São José slave ship that was discovered off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. The wreck site has been undergoing excavation and research through the Slave Wrecks Project (SWP), a unique global partnership between the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Iziko Museums, the South African Heritage Resources Agency, The George Washington University and a core group of international partners.

    Select objects from the São José, shipwrecked in 1794, will be on long-term loan to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and on view when the museum opens in Fall 2016.

    View a teaser of Sunday’s segment.  

    Hosted by 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley, the segment features interviews with NMAAHC Founding Director Lonnie Bunch, Anthropologist Steve Lubkemann from George Washington University and Maritime Archaeologist Jaco Boshoff from the IZIKO Museums of South Africa.
  • 30 Oct 2015 3:01 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The Getty Leadership Institute Apply Now for 2016

    Executive Education for Art Museum Leaders

    The Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University invites applications for the GLI 2016 and NextGen 2016 executive education programs for art museum leaders. Join a dynamic network of 1,500 alumni worldwide. GLI programs are academically rigorous and address current topics in the museum field. Applications are due in January.

    GLI 2016 is an intensive management program for leading CEOs, COOs, directors, and senior-level executives who influence policy and effect change, and are in the first two to seven years of their positions. Participants take two weeks of online courses plus two weeks of classroom study and practicum in residency in Claremont, CA. Program Dates: Online from May 9-21; Residency from June 10-25. Apply by January 11, 2016.

    NextGen 2016 is a blended learning experience for the field’s emerging top talent. The program is designed for mid-level staff with three to five years of museum management experience and recognized leadership potential. The program blends one week of online learning and one week of classroom study in residency in Claremont, CA. Program Dates: Online from March 7-12; Residency from March 28-April 2. Apply by January 4, 2016.

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

  • 08 Oct 2015 8:50 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Even as job prospects for historians have improved with the passing of the Great Recession, questions about the overall health of public history remain.  To address these concerns, the National Council on Public History has organized a task force that includes AASLH, the American Historical Association, and the Organization of American Historians to examine how the current and future needs and expectations of employers of public historians match up with the training provided by public history programs.  As an initial step, the task force has developed this online survey for public history employers. We urge AASLH members to take the survey.  The task force needs a large pool of responses for its efforts to succeed.  Put simply, we need to hear from you.

    Anyone involved in hiring public historians is eligible to take the survey.  Respondents do not have to be responsible for final hiring decisions, only involved in evaluating applicants.  Public history, for our purposes, encompasses the traditional fields of archives, museums, historical interpretation, historic preservation, and historical consulting as well as emerging areas of expertise such as digital media.  If you think of someone as a public historian, whether or not they self-identify as one, they probably are.

    - See more at: http://blogs.aaslh.org/public-history-employer-survey/#sthash.qceJw6S9.dpuf

  • 08 Oct 2015 8:42 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Grace Lee Boggs, known well for her civil and human rights activism in Detroit, passed away on October 5, 2015 at the age of 100. Grace, a Chinese American, was married to James Boggs, a Detroit social activist, and together, Grace and James worked on alleviating the ills facing many in Detroit including youth rights, racism, and civil rights. She was an organizer of the Black Power Movement and a Marxist theorist. Her 2011 book, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, focused on her life as a revolutionary seeking to change the fate of humanity. In 2014, Boggs was honored by the National Park Services Network to Freedom program at its Underground Railroad Conference in Detroit.   Boggs was one of the non-blacks who dedicated their lives to humanity, and particularly to the plight of African Americans. 

  • 01 Oct 2015 9:01 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The Architecture of  HBCUs: Principles, Legacy, and Preservation

    Morgan State University, November 5th & 6th, 2015


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    Program Web Site: http://www.morgan.edu/sap/hbcu-architecture


    This event will promote current scholarship concerning the social context, legacy, and preservation of the built environment at HBCUs like Morgan and others around the country. Seen as the first step of a larger academic initiative, the symposium will bring together scholars and professionals to discuss the history of HBCU’s architecture, their campus planning, and the landscape architecture which connected both. The tension between an institution’s architectural legacy and its vision for the future characterizes many places of higher learning in the United States; this symposium will, therefore, address specifically the competing roles of preservation, conservation, and new construction at today’s HBCUs. Our goal is to establish the topic in its own right and to attract participants from a wide range of institutions.


    Symposium topics will include the unique characteristics of HBCU campuses, the special achievements of African-American architects on those campuses, and the significance of HBCU buildings listed or eligible for listing on the National Register. Special attention will be given to projects built during the watershed years of Modern Architecture in the three decades following World War II.


    Keynote Lecture: The Black College Campus as Living Archive -- Recording the Struggle to Democratize Education in America,” to be delivered by Prof. K. Ian Grandison (University of Virginia)


    Session Leaders: Dr. Adrienne Brown (University of Chicago), Dr. Charles Davis II (UNCC), Mr. Arthur Clement, AIA (Independent Scholar/Architect), Prof. Dale Green (Morgan State University), Dr. Ellen Weiss (professor emerita, Tulane University)        


    Other Panelists & Presenters: Dr. Mark Barnes (Morgan State University), Dr. Hazel Edwards (The Catholic University of America), Mr. Sidney Evans, Jr. (Morgan State University), Prof. Roderick Fluker (Tuskegee University), Misti Nicole Harper (University of Arkansas), Prof. Gabriel Kroiz (Morgan State University), Brent Legg (National Trust for Historic Preservation), Dr. Ali Miri (National Park Service), Dr. Alfred Willis (Independent Scholar)  

  • 23 Sep 2015 10:16 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The Association of African American Museums is saddened to learn of the passing of one of its founders, Dr. Rowena Stewart on September 19, 2015. Dr. Stewart, or Rowena as she was known had mentored dozens of museum professionals and founded a number of museums. She was nationally known as one of the foremost African American museum directors - having led four major African American museums and historical societies between 1975 and 2002 - The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, the Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum in Philadelphia, the Motown Historical Museum in Detroit, and the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City. She was one of the most sought after African American museum directors and consultants in the country.  

    A native of Jacksonville, Florida, she was a graduate in 1955 from Edward Waters College in Jacksonville. She began her career in settlement houses and reformist-minded community centers in Jacksonville and then in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1975, Stewart became the first director of the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society in Providence. And then, from 1985 to 1992, Stewart served as the Director and Curator of Philadelphia’s Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum, today known as the African American Museum in Philadelphia. She transformed what was a rather static museum into one that was interactive. In 1992, Stewart moved to Detroit to head the Motown Historical Museum and three years later, she was recruited to Kansas City, Missouri where she oversaw the development of the American Jazz Museum and became its executive director upon completion in 1997. In 2002, Stewart retired and moved back home to Jacksonville. Here she served for a time as President of the A.L. Lewis Historical Society Board and Coordinator of the American Beach Community Center and Museum on Amelia Island north of Jacksonville.

    AAAM is indebted to Dr. Stewart as one of the most profound advisors and mentors for an entire field of museum professionals. She will be missed but her legacy lives on in the work of many museums and museum professionals.

  • 23 Sep 2015 9:38 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The Smithsonian's Office of Fellowships and Internships has several articles/highlights in the September edition of their newsletter such as 20,000 Smithsonian Marine Center (SMS) Fellows exploring life underwater, the James E. Webb Internship applications (Due: Oct. 1st, 2015!), new Office of Facilities Management and Reliability (OFMR) program called Museum Mindfulness, and OFI representation at the International Council of Museums (ICOM)'s Committee for Education and Cultural Action (CECA) annual conference held at the National Museum of the American Indian last week.   

    Read HERE for the FULL NEWSLETTER.  

  • 17 Sep 2015 9:33 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The next application deadline for the IMLS Museum Grants for African American History and Culture program is December 1, 2015. The Notice of Funding Opportunity which includes complete instructions for how to apply for this grant is now available on the IMLS website. 

    Please click here to go directly to the Museum Grants for African American History and Culture page on the IMLS website.

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