Museum Association of Arizona





Museum Trustee Association Spring 2017 Trustee/Director Forum

March 31, 2017

National World War II Museum, New Orleans LA

Museum Association of Arizona

Spring One-Day Conference

April 3, 2017

Tucson AZ

PACCIN Preparators Conference

April 7-8, 2017

Modern Art Museum, Ft Worth TX  

National Council on Public History Annual Meeting

April 29-22, 2017

Indianapolis IN 

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association

April 12-15, 2016

San Diego CA

Deadline for Submissions: October 1, 2016

American Alliance of Museums

May 7-10, 2017

St Louis MO

Society of Southwest Archivists Annual Meeting  

May 24-27, 2017

Fayetteville AR  

Digital Data in Biodiversity Research Conference

June 5-6,  2017

Ann Arbor  MI 

Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums

June 9-13, 2017

Genesee County Village and Museum, Rochester, New York

Arizona Historic Preservation Conference

June 14-16, 2017

Hilton El Conquistador Hotel, Oro Valley AZ

Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections

June 18-24, 2017

Denver CO

Association of Academic Museums and Galleries Annual Conference

June 22-26, 2017

Eugene OR

Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship Conference

July 9-13, 2017 

Kansas City, MO


Visitor Studies Association

July 18-22, 2017

Columbus, OH

Oral History Association (OHA) 

October 4-7, 2017

Minneapolis, MN

Association of Tribal Libraries, Archives and Museums

October 9-12, 2017

Santa Ana Pueblo NM

Proposal Deadline: February 1, 2017

International ICOM Committee for Architecture and Museum Techniques

October 14-18, 2017

Cincinnati. Ohio. U.S.A.

Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC)

October 21-24, 2017

San Jose, CA

Arizona Library Association

October 25-27, 2017

Mesa AZ


Native American Art Studies Association Conference

October 25-29, 2017

Tulsa OK

CAMOC Annual Conference 2017

Museums of Cities and Contested Urban Histories

October 30-31, 2017

Mexico City, Mexico

ARCS Biennial Conference

November 1-5, 2017

Vancouver BC, Canada

National Humanities Conference

November 2-5, 2017

Boston MA

Museum Trustee Association Fall 2017 Trustee/Director Forum

November 3, 2017

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia PA


Workshops and Seminars

American Alliance of Museums

Change, Disruption, and Collaborative, Community-Based Programming

March 27, 2017

University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson

Join staff from the University of Arizona Museum of Art (UAMA) and the Tucson Museum Art Museum (TMA) to explore collaborative practices within two different art museums that seek to change, disrupt, and challenge dominant narratives and expected hierarchies within each institution.


American Legal Institute – American Bar Association

Legal Issues in Museum Administration

March 29 – 31, 2017

Dallas TX

This course of study, offered by the American Law Institute Continuing Legal Education, ALI-CLE, and cosponsored by the Smithsonian Institution, is an excellent means of staying up-to-date on legal and legislative issues crucial for museum/ gallery operations

American Association for State and Local History Workshop

Focusing on Visitors: Public Programming and Exhibits at History Institutions

March 30-31, 2017

Atlanta, GA

This workshop provides a broad overview of public programming and exhibits with a focus on active learning. Seasoned educators will direct conversations about museum education and the role of museum educators.  Through interactive activities and case studies, participants will gain knowledge and tools for a wide range of relevant topics, including audience types, volunteer management and training, tour techniques, active learning with people of all ages, developing exhibits with visitors in mind, technology, evaluations, planning, and working with others to build programs.

Getty Conservation Institute

Managing Collection Environments:  Preserving Collections in the Age of Sustainability

March 2017-July 2017

This three-phase course, which includes online activities, an intensive workshop, and a period of distance mentoring, aims to disseminate recent research and thinking on technical aspects of environmental management while enhancing participants’ critical thinking and analysis to different kinds of information, and enhance their decision-making and influence within institutional frameworks. The course intends to provide up-to-date knowledge on technical advances, practical implementation, and decision-making skills for collection preservation.

American Association for State and Local History Workshop

Historic House Museum Issues and Operations

April 7-8, 2017

Portsmouth, NH

This workshop focuses on the unique needs, management, and interpretation of historic houses. With a focus on historic house museums, topics covered include collections care, types of research appropriate for historic house museums, exhibition development, interpretive tours, volunteers, and building and landscape maintenance.

American Association for State and Local History

Collections Camp: Textiles  

April 24-25, 2017

Indiana Historical Society, Indianapolis IN

Do you have costumes and/or textiles in your museum collection? Would you like to spend time working with conservators and costume experts to learn how to be a better steward of your costume and textile collection? This two day workshop will focus on the care and conservation of textiles in museum collections.  Spend time working with conservators and curators to learn how to be a better steward of your textile collection.

Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists (ARCS)

Photo Synthesis: What You Need to Know About Photographs

April 25, 2017

Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria NY

This one-day workshop, designed to address concerns of staff who care for various types of photography collections, will cover identification and description of photographs, copyright, framing and mounting, display, storage, installation and packing.  Attend this workshop to strengthen your knowledge of photographic registration and preventive conservation. A buffet lunch is included.


Digital Photography 101: Managing Cameras, Lighting, and Workstations for Specimen Imaging

May 2-3, 2017

Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville FL

This is a basic course in digital photography for specimen imaging targeted to collections managers, digitization specialists, and others in museums and biodiversity collections that have little to moderate experience with digital photography and would like to learn methods for enhancing specimen imaging, as well as the technical workings of their camera. Participants are encouraged to bring the DSLR camera and lens they use in their work, the camera manual (if available), and preferably a laptop with the software used for managing the camera. Hands-on activities will be emphasized.   No registration fee.   Participants will be responsible for costs of travel, lodging, meals, and per diem. We have reserved a block of reasonably priced rooms near the Museum.  The workshop facility has limited capacity. Acceptance will be based on a first come, first served basis.

Society of American Archivists   

Arranging and Describing Photograph Workshop

May 16, 2017

Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson

Learn how to use archival principles to arrange and describe photographic materials and optimize physical and intellectual control. This one-day course addresses ways to build a viable plan to effectively process collections with photographs. We will review the impact of decisions in creating and managing photograph processing projects while considering priorities. Emphasis is placed on applying traditional concepts and practices specifically to photographic images in a variety of institutional settings. You'll explore options for describing photographs employing visual literacy skills, standardized tools and commonly used data elements. Activities are designed to generate practical solutions to improve organization and access to collections with photographic materials.

Arizona Commission on the Arts and ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

Create/Change AZ

May 22-24, 2017

Workshop from TimeSlips that focuses on transforming elder care through creative engagement.

American Association for State and Local History

Collections Management and Practices 

June 5-6, 2017

Maine Historical Society, Portland ME

Learn about your institution’s responsibility toward its collection, necessary policies and procedures, and the best practices of collection management.

American Association for State and Local History

Connecting Your Collections to Teachers and Students 

June 22-23, 2017

George Mason's Gunston Hall, Mason Neck VA

Through a combination of presentations, discussion, hands-on activities, and take-home materials, this workshop addresses the elements of museum educational and programming needed to create engaging, educational, and successful collections-based programming.

American Association for State and Local History

Exhibit Makeovers

June 29-30, 2017

Idaho History Center, Boise ID

In this workshop, you’ll learn the basics of exhibit planning, organization, text writing, and design. Drawing on resources of the host institution, working hands-on in small groups, you’ll experiment with ways to make exhibit content meaningful and memorable for visitors.

Cooperstown Graduate Program of the State University of New York

Institute for Cultural Entrepreneurship

July 9-13, 2017

Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, Kansas City, MO.

This program is an opportunity for mid-career arts and culture professionals to learn and develop skills in cultural entrepreneurship, with practical workshops on a variety of topics including creative problem solving, managing institutional change and developing an entrepreneurial mindset to help face changing organizational challenges in creative and sustainable ways.

On-Line Classes and Webinars                            

American Association for State and Local History Online Course

Collections Management

March 20-May 15, 2017

This eight-week course will introduce participants to the professional principles and practices in the management of museum collections. Topics will include collections development, registration and record keeping with an emphasis on the development of Collection Policies and Procedures and what it means to be intellectually and physically responsible for museum objects.

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Webinar

Moving And Renovating: Collection Concerns

March 28, 2017, 2-4 p.m. (ET)

American Association for State and Local History Online Course

Caring for Museum Collections 

April 3-May 29, 2017

American Association for State and Local History Webinar

Developing a Successful Volunteer Recruitment Program

April 4, 2017, 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Recruitment is a process that enables the selection of the right people for the right task. Recruitment is understanding the environment where people want to volunteer and the time they have to give. Learn more about recruitment and gain practical tools for running a successful volunteer recruitment program.

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Webinar

Caring For Digital Media

April 4, 2017, 2-4 p.m. (ET)

American Association for State and Local History Webinar

Steps to Environmental Sustainability  

April 5, 3pm EST

Environmental sustainability doesn’t trump preservation work – yet. It does provide important pathways for strengthening your institution and improving community relevance. This webinar explores how it’s possible to align organizational mission and environmental goals for the benefit of your site.

American Association for State and Local History Online Course

Project Management for History Professionals

April 10-May 5, 2017

Project Management for History Professionals online course provides valuable instruction in planning, managing and successfully completing projects of all types. In this course, you will learn how to implement internationally recognized project management principles in a history context.

American Association for State and Local History Webinar

Are You Ready for Volunteers

April 11, 2017, 3:00 p.m. (ET)

Many volunteer programs have existed with little or no formal processes and assessments in place. Often, there is no paid staff member who manages the volunteer program. The result is that the programs are often not well run, translating into high volunteer turnover, anemic buy-in from the organization’s management and staff, and ultimately, low program success. This webinar will address how to plan for a volunteer program at your history organization or how to improve the program that you currently have.

iDigBio Webinar

How to Design a Great Storytelling Project: Insights from NPR Training

April 12, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm EDT

How does your collection currently speak to the online world?  Would you like to learn more about digital storytelling and how to use online platforms for outreach?  Come join us for an exciting opportunity to learn from a member of NPR's training team and ask her questions on how you can improve your collection’s outreach with storytelling!

Texas Historical Commission Webinar

Webinar: Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Earthquakes, Oh My: Creating Your Emergency Plan

April 19, 2017, 8-9 a.m. (Az Time)

One of the most basic steps for protecting your collection is creating an emergency plan. This webinar will start by assessing threats to your collection, and then introduce a simple, free tool for creating an emergency plan that will leave you ready when the worst happens. This webinar is free but you must register in advance. 

FREE American Alliance of Museums EdComVersation Online Discussion

Developing a Strategy for Inclusion and Diversity

April 20, 2017, 2:00-3:00 p.m. (ET)

Join colleagues from the EdCom Steering Committee in this online conversation highlighting efforts by colleagues from the Minnesota Historical Society and National Center for Civil and Human Rights to create and implement strategies for inclusion, including those for increasing intercultural competence of staff, effective relationship building through community engagement, and efforts to diversify staff.  

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Webinar

What Is Preservation?

April 25, 2017, 12:30pm – 1:30pm (ET)


Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Webinar

Assessing Your Preservation Practices

April 26, 2017, 12:30pm – 1:30pm (ET)


American Association for State and Local History Webinar

Training Volunteers

April 26, 2017, 3:00 p.m. (ET)

How can we train our volunteers for projects that will help them make a difference in our organizations? And how do we make it fun and empowering while avoiding conflicts? Learn about training tips and tactics that can stimulate the long-term sustainability of a volunteer program. This session will be presented by staff from two Field Services offices and will be jam-packed with ideas for how to train volunteers and make their service a rewarding experience.

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Webinar

Writing A Preservation Plan

April 27, 2017, 12:30pm – 1:30pm (ET)


Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Webinar

Coping With Pests And Mold

May 9, 2017, 2-4 p.m. (ET)

Northeast Document Conservation Center (Nedcc) Webinar

Creating Useful Digital Objects 

May 16, 2017, 2-4 p.m. (ET)

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Webinar

Caring For Scrapbooks

May 23, 2017, 2:00pm – 4 p.m. (ET)

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Webinar

Digitizing Scrapbooks

May 24, 2017, 12:30pm – 1:30pm (ET)

Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) Online Course

Preservation 101 

June 1 - August 24, 2017  (10 Sessions)

This comprehensive introduction prepares participants to complete a preservation needs assessment and provides structured guidance on developing an institutional disaster plan. Revised and updated, the course uses the free online version of Preservation 101 as its textbook, adding expanded resources and assignments, interactive discussions, and new content covering audiovisual and digital formats and digital preservation.   Preservation 101 is a hybrid course. A series of ten live webinars builds on self-paced study through assigned readings. Feedback will be provided by the instructor. The webinars are interactive, and are supported by NEDCC’s Preservation 101 Education Classroom. Participants will have access to webinar recordings, readings, and additional resources, and can communicate with the instructor and fellow participants.  

Class Dates: June 1, 2017, June 8, 2017, June 15, 2017, June 29, 2017, July 6, 2017, July 13, 2017, July 20, 2017, August 3, 2017, August 10, 2017, August 24, 2017.   Meeting times are 2pm-4pm ET

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Museum Association of Arizona

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