Museum Association of Arizona





Digitial Directions

August 21-23, 2017

Seattle WA

University Museums and Collections (UMAC)

September 5-8, 2017

Helsinki and in Jyväskylä, Finland

2017 Arts Education Partnership Annual Convening 
September 6-7, 2017 
Mayflower Hotel , Washington, DC

American Association for State and Local History

September 6-9, 2017

Austin TX

Arizona Informal Educators Network
September 7, 2017, 3:00–5:00 p.m.
South Mountain Environmental Education Center (SMEEC)

Cultural Property Protection

September 16-20, 2017

Yale University, New Haven CT

Western Museum Association

September 20-23, 2017

Edmonton, Alberta CANADA

Oral History Association (OHA) 

October 4-7, 2017

Minneapolis, MN

Visitor Experience Group

October 8-10, 2017

Philadelphia PA

Congreso ARCS
October 9-10, 2017  
Mexico City, Mexico

Association of Tribal Libraries, Archives and Museums

October 9-12, 2017

Santa Ana Pueblo NM

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

Conference of the Americas

Reimagining the Museum

November 1-3, 2017

Medellin, Columbia

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

Museum Computer Network

November 7-10, 2017

Pittsburgh PA

November 14-17, 2017
Chicago, IL

The Aarhus University Centre for Environmental Humanities
Remaking the Museum: Curation, Conservation, and Care in Times of Ecological Upheaval
December 6-8, 2017
Moesgaard Museum, Aarhus, Denmark

Small Museum Association
February 18-21, 2018
Hyattsville MD

Building Museums

March 9-11, 2018

Philadelphia PA

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference
March 28-31, 2018
J.W. Marriott, Indianapolis, IN

National Council on Public History
April 18-21, 2018
Las Vegas NV

American Alliance of Museums

May 6-9, 2018

Phoenix AZ


Workshops and Seminars

Museum Association of Arizona
Giving Great Tours Workshop

September 14, 2017
Pioneer Museum, Flagstaff AZ

American Association for State and Local History
Reinventing the Historic House Museum
October 5, 2017 
Alexander Majors House & Barn, Kansas City MO
One-day symposium designed to offer current thinking, practical information, and solutions to the challenges facing historic sites. The Historic House Museum in America is not dead nor is it dying. The field, however, needs to take time to reflect and renew as the world around our historic homes continues to change. The symposium will include presentations by historic house game-changers and local historic site administrators, discussion, a boxed lunch, historic site visit, and a brainstorming workshop at a historic house museum to try out the new ideas proposed during the symposium.  This course is led by Kenneth Turino of Historic New England and Max van Baloogy of Engaging Places, LLC.

Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifact
Behind the Scenes: Exploring Museum Collections Storage
November 8-9, 2017
Philadelphia PA
Participants in this two-day conference will hear experts in design, space planning, environmental control, and conservation speak about methods and applications to improve museum collection storage spaces.  Sessions will include case studies that demonstrate how museums of various sizes have implemented storage initiatives.This conference is intended for staff involved in collections care, planning, and management in museums, including directors and administrators, collections managers, curators, and facilities managers.

On-Line Classes and Webinars                            

Digitization for Small Institutions 

August 15 and 17, 2017, 2:00-4:00 p.m. (ET)
Participants will learn about starting a digitization program. The first session covers the basics of project planning, equipment selection, digitization preparation, care and during digitization. The second session covers technical information relevant to getting started with digitization, such as metadata, file format selection, compression, and more. The class also covers quality control, access, and touches upon basic concepts of digital preservation as relevant to small institutions planning digital projects.

Creating and Preserving Oral Histories
August 16, 2017, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM ET
Popularity of oral histories has been increasing since the mid 20th century when they were used as a research tool to discover the stories of the people behind the labor and political movements of the time. The content of oral history interviews is grounded in reflections on the past as opposed to commentary on purely contemporary events. Oral history can refer to a method of recording and preserving oral testimony and to the product of that process. A successful oral history programs require goals, procedures, and training as well as a plan for access to the interview's content. The class will also cover the selection and set-up of recording equipment to ensure high quality recordings.

Northeast Document Preservation Center Webinar
Writing A Disaster Plan 

August 17 and 31, 2017,  2:00 p.m. (ET)

Texas Historical Commission Webinar 
Millennial Talk is Everybody Talk: The Real Reason Why Museums Need To Engage This Audience (And How To Do It)
August 17, 2017, 10:00 -11:00 a.m. (ET)
Sick of all the recent talk about millennials? Even millennial Colleen Dilenschneider cannot blame you - although all this talk is for good reason! Millennials make up the largest generation in human history and they are not visiting or supporting cultural organizations at representative rates. This is a big problem for the long-term sustainability of museums...but not for the reasons that some organizations think. In this webinar, Colleen Dilenschneider - Chief Market Engagement Officer at IMPACTS and author of the popular website, "Know Your Own Bone" - will share data outlining the "millennial opportunity" facing museums today, highlight the mindset shifts necessary to better engage audiences, and propose a fresh, new way of approaching "millennial talk" that may renew your interest in this urgent call to action.

Preserving Photograph Collections 
August 22 and 23, 2017, 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 noon (ET)
Photographic materials present significant preservation concerns in cultural heritage collections. They are often heavily used and are fragile and susceptible to damage due to improper handling and storage conditions. Visual examples of photographic processes and deteriorated photographs will be identified and discussed.

Practical Digital Preservation on a Shoestring: Triage for the Underfunded 
August 22 and 24, 2017,1:00-3:00 p.m. (ET)
This course will help you understand that different digital preservation tools/services can perform different functions within the digital curation lifecycle, and will teach methods for investigating and selecting potential tools/services. The focus will be on low-cost and free tools and services. The instructor will cover how to build daily workflows that incorporate accessioning digital materials (both born-digital and previously digitized), processing them, and planning for their long-term preservation.  The focus of this course is on preservation, and not on access or digitization of materials. We will not be addressing the “why” of digital preservation; rather, we are preparing for the “how” of making informed decisions regarding tool selection and demonstrating some tools in action.  An introductory knowledge of digital preservation issues, such as those outlined in the Library of Congress's Digital Preservation Outreach & Education Curriculum, is re

American Association for State and Local History
Historic House Call: Developing a Discussion Based Interpretation
August 23, 2017. 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Conversation. Chat. Dialogue. Discussion. These are words that visitors may not often associate with the guided tour. However, historic house museums have the unique opportunity to invite visitors in, offer them a place to sit, and give them a voice. This webinar illustrates how conversation promotes individual and group learning and helps to build connections to historic sites. It will provide strategies for encouraging conversation and discussion on tours, including asking the right questions, listening, and breaking down barriers to comfort and connection. Attendees will also receive resources and training materials for interpreters.

American Association for State and Local History
Online Conference
September 7-8, 2017
Field Services Alliance Tips: Caring for Collections on a Budget
Historic Preservation Never Ends: Practical Maintenance for Your Historic Buildings
Engaging Programs = Engaging Communities?
Innovative Audience Engagement From Outside the Museum Bubble
Seeking Absent Voices: Inclusion and Relevance; Examples, Tools, and a Conversation
The Art of Saying “No”: Declining Collections Gifts Gracefully
MAA has purchased a Group Registration for all of these sessions; login information will be sent to all ACTIVE MAA Members to use for FREE

Permanence Institute Webinar
Photographic Process Identification: 19th Century Materials and Technologies
September 13, 2017, 2:00-3:00pm EST
This webinar will discuss the diverse range of photographic materials and technologies used during the nineteenth century. It will begin with a brief introduction to basic photographic technologies including the camera and printing methods. An overview of photographic printing processes and materials based on the light sensitivity of silver, iron, and chromium will be given.

Texas Historical Commission Webinar
Textile Conservation
September 13, 2017, 10:00 -11:00 a.m. (ET)
Do you have quilts, costumes or embroidered samplers in your collection? Join us for an informative hour to discuss methods for storage, handling and display that will extend the lifespans of these fragile but vulnerable materials.

American Alliance of Museums Webinar
Getting Started with Employee Onboarding

September 14, 2017, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (ET)

American Association for State and Local History Webinar|
Interpreting Agriculture at Museums and Historic Sites
September 26, 2017, 3:00 p.m. (ET)
This webinar will include an overview of different disciplinary methodology useful to interpreting agriculture (sciences, social sciences, and humanities), and then case studies of interpreting agricultural machinery using a social history and humanist approach.

Image Permanence Institute Webinar
Photographic Process Identification: 20th Century Materials and Technologies
October 11, 2017, 2:00-3:00pm EST
This webinar will begin with an overview of twentieth century materials and technologies. It will focus on the diversity of silver gelatin developed out prints. It will also include a discussion of color photographic processes and technologies.

Texas Historical Commission Webinar
How Do We Pay For It?: Grants and Grant Writing for Collections
October 18, 2017, 10:00 -11:00 a.m. (ET)
By now, you probably have a long list of collections care projects you would like to accomplish, but you probably don’t have the resources you need to make them happen. Let’s talk about potential funding sources and the grant writing process so that you can make your collections care dreams come true.

American Association for State and Local History Webinar
Best Practices for Developing History Internships
October 24, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
This webinar will give you tips and strategies for creating an internship program that both you and your interns will get something out of We’ll cover the ethics of internships, best practices for managing interns, and a look at some common challenges and possible solutions. You’ll leave with ideas you can use at every organization, no matter its size.

Image Permanence Institute Webinar
Photographic Process Identification: 21st Century Materials and Technologies
November 8, 2017, 2:00-3:00pm EST
This webinar will provide an overview of 21st century digital printing processes. It will include a description of the three most common printing technologies as well as the range of materials available.

American Association for State and Local History Webinar
Policies and Procedures for Deaccessioning
November 14, 2017, 3:00 p.m. (ET)
This webinar will examine the necessary components of an effective deaccessioning policy, including options for removal, ethical considerations, broad-level legal concerns (not from a legal professional!), and general best practices.  Options for dealing with items such as found-in-collections and abandoned property will also be addressed.

American Association for State and Local History
Caring for Photograph Collections
December 5, 2017, 3:00 p.m. (ET)
Photographic media are sensitive materials that require special housing to ensure their longevity. This webinar will examine suitable housing supplies, including paper, plastics, interleaving papers, boxes, and more. Environmental parameters for storage, proper labeling techniques, and safe handling of photographs will also be discussed. 

American Association for State and Local History Webinar
Caring for Paper Collections
December 12, 2017, 3 p.m. (ET)
This webinar will give an introduction to best practices in caring for any paper-based collection. Topics covered will include: handling guidelines, assessing storage materials and special needs items, prioritizing for treatment, and understanding preservation and conservation terminology. This program is appropriate for those looking to develop new skills, as well as for individuals wanting to increase their knowledge about best practices in the care of paper-based collections.  

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