Museum Association of Arizona





Small Museum Association

Ocean City, MD

February 14-16, 2016 


National Council for Public History "Challenge the Exclusive Past"

Baltimore, MD

March 16-19, 2016


Arizona History Convention

Yuma AZ

April 14-17, 2016


ALI-ABA Legal Issues in Museums Administration

Los Angeles CA 

April 6-8, 2016


American Institute for Conservation Annual Meeting

Montreal, Canada

May 13-17, 2016 


Association of Academic Museums and Galleries

Katzen Arts Center, American University, Washington DC

May 24-25, 2016


American Alliance of Museums

Washington, D.C.

May 26-29, 2015 


Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums Annual Meeting

June 12-16, 2016

Baton Rouge, LA.


Arizona Historic Preservation Conference


June 8-10, 2016


European Registrars Conference
June 8 - 10, 2016

Vienna, Austria


Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections 2016

June 20-25, 2016

Berlin, Germany

Abstracts deadline: March 15, 2016


Council of State Archivists and the Society of American Archivists

July 31-August 6, 2016

Atlanta GA

Association of African American Museums

August 3 - 6, 2016 

Riverside CA


Western Museum Association


September 25-28, 2016 


Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM)

October 10-12, 2015

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass, Phoenix AZ


National Humanities Conference

November 10-13, 2016

Salt Lake City UT



Workshops and Seminars 


American Alliance of Museum

Sensory Morning: Examining Accessible Museum Programming

Walters Art Museum, Baltimore MD

February 11, 2016

Join staff from the Walters Art Museum as we explore the development of Sensory Morning, a program designed for families of children and adults with Sensory Processing Disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. Through developmentally appropriate opportunities for hands-on learning in the galleries and art studios, children and adults of all levels and abilities are welcome to learn in the museum.  


Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation and the Center for Creative Photography

Plastics Associated with Photographic Materials: Workshop and Symposium

Center for Creative Photography, Tucson AZ

March 14–18, 2016 


American Association for State and Local History

Focusing on Visitors: Public Programming and Exhibits at History Organizations

March 31, 2016 - April 1, 2016

Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE

This workshop provides a broad overview of public programming and exhibits focusing on active learning at different kinds of history organizations. Seasoned educators direct conversations about museum education and what it is museum educators do. Through interactive activities and case studies, participants will learn about 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.


American Association for State and Local History

Reinventing the Historic House Museum

April 4, 2016

Campbell House, St. Louis, MO

This one-day symposium is 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 are most of them dying. The field, however, needs to take time to reflect and renew as the world around our historic sites continues to change. The symposium will include presentations, discussion, a boxed lunch, historic site visit, and a brainstorming workshop.    


American Association for State and Local History

Connecting Your Collections to Teachers and Students

April 11, 2016 - April 12, 2016

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, Hermitage, TN

Through a combination of presentations, discussions, hands-on activities, and take-home materials, this workshop addresses the various elements of museum education and program planning needed to create an engaging, educational, and successful program with a focus on collections-based programming. Topics include learning styles, presentation strategies, audience types, planning strategies and program assessment, using research, training staff, and crafting programming that is meaningful to the education community.  


American Association for State and Local History

Historic House Museum Issues and Operations

April 28, 2016 - April 29, 2016

Brucemore, Cedar Rapids, IA

Why are historic houses necessary to their communities? How are historic house museums unique? 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

Exhibit Makeovers

May 12, 2016 - May 13, 2016  

Udall Center for Museum Resources, Santa Fe, NM  

Interpretive exhibits bring objects, images, and ideas to life for visitors through storytelling, diverse presentation media, and learning opportunities that engage multiple types of intelligence. 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.


American Association for State and Local History

Collections Management and Practices

June 9, 2016 - June 10, 2016

History Colorado, Denver, CO  

Participants will learn about their institution’s responsibility toward its collection, the necessary policies and procedures, and the best practices of collection management. During lively group discussions and hands-on activities, participants will become familiar with current issues and trends to better understand how collections fit within the context of history organizations.  


Academic Museums and Galleries Leadership Seminar

June 19-24, 2016

Northwestern University’s Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management, Evanston IL


American Association for State and Local History

Collections Camp: Military History

June 22, 2016 - June 24, 2016

North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh, NC

This two-and-a-half-day workshop will focus on the care, conservation, and exhibition of military artifacts in museum collections. Spend time working with conservators and curators to learn how to be better stewards of your military history collection


Image Permanence Institute

Preservation of Digitally Printed Materials in Libraries, Archives and Museums

Rochester Institute of Technology  (Rochester, NY)

October 25-27, 2016

Application deadline:  March 31, 2016



On-Line Classes and Webinars        


Connecting to Collections Care Webinar  

Re-Framing the Problem: Caring for Framed Objects in Small Institutions (aka: On a Budget)

February 9, 2016, 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET   


American Association for State and Local History Webinar

Are You Ready for Volunteers?

February 9, 2016 3-4:15 pm 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.                 


Baylor University Institute for Oral History Webinar   

Managing An Oral History Project

February 17, 2016, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. (CT)
This advanced workshop is for persons who are directing an oral history project for their own research interests or on behalf of an organization, community group, or institution and will focus on some of the major management issues that arise between the planning and sharing phases of an oral history project: managing technology and workflow; managing partners, team members, and volunteers; managing budgets and funding; and managing evaluation and assessment.


FREE American Alliance of Museums Webinar

Taking Out the Guesswork: Using Research to Build Arts Audiences

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

In this webinar, we will explore examples and practices drawn from case studies of arts organizations that used research to support multi-year audience-building efforts, including learning about current and prospective audiences, creating effecting promotional materials and tracking and assessing results.  


iDigBio Webinar

Make the Worldwide Engagement for Digitizing Biocollections (WeDigBio) Event an Exciting Part of your Institution’s Education and Outreach Activities

February 17, 2016, 12 -1 pm EDT



American Association for State and Local History Webinar

Developing a Successful Volunteer Recruitment Program

February 18, 2016, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm ET

We know having volunteers in the wings who can give eight hours a day is no longer the case. 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. If you want to better attract and retain volunteers, this webinar is for you.


American Association for State and Local History Online Course

Basics of Archives

February 22, 2016 - March 21, 2016

The newly revised Basics of Archives online course is designed to give organizations and individuals who are responsible for the care of historical records an introduction to the core aspects of managing and protecting historical records collections, using appropriate principles and best practices. The course consists of five lessons: Archives and Archivists Acquiring Your Collections Processing Collections Housing Your Collections Access and Outreach.


American Association for State and Local History Webinar

Getting Ready for Grants

March 2, 2016, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

It’s all in the preparation!   Successful applications have more to do with institutional and project preparation than with writing — yes, really! In this fast-paced, fun, slightly off-the-wall webinar we will discuss the characteristics of a grant-ready institution and a grant-ready project, and then review the important components of the proposal-writing team and a successful proposal. There’s no need to have a project or grant deadline yet, just an interest in getting ready to get grants.


Connecting to Collections Care Webinar  

Much Ado About Mannequins: Making the Perfect Form

March 8, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET   


American Association for State and Local History Webinar

Writing the Grant: What’s the Process Like?

March 9, 2016, 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm ET

Proposal-writing is not rocket science. It’s a skill – and a bit of an art – and anyone can learn.  If your institution is ready to look for grants, this is the webinar for you! We’ll look at where to look for good information to make your case; what to do and what not to do when choosing words and examples; how to help yourself over writing blocks; and how to help get the application in on time.


American Alliance of Museums Webinar

Attracting the Tourist Audience: Local, Regional, Global

March 9, 2016, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

This 90-minute webinar highlights current trends of various tourist segments, tips on how to partner with local and regional organizations—e.g. tourism bureaus, destination management companies, etc.—in attracting tourists, plus resources and strategies for creating meaningful experiences that not only meet tourists’ needs, but also support your organization’s audience engagement goals.  


American Association for State and Local History Online Course  

Collections Management

March 21, 2016 - May 6, 2016

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.


American Alliance of Museums Webinar

The Nuts and Bolts of Managing Digitized Collections From Capture to Copyright

Wednesday, March 30, 2016, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

This webinar will provide an overview of the digitization and rights management workflow for a collection object, starting from acquisition through the use cases of online collections and open access.  Presenters will discuss the everyday management of digital reproductions – from initial capture to storage and what technology may be used – as well as best practices for recording rights information about the collection and how rights data may be integrated into an online publishing workflow.


Connecting to Collections Care Webinar  

Artifacts in Archives Collections

April 7, 2016, 2:00 – 3:30 PM ET        


American Alliance of Museums Webinar

Supporting, Retaining and Recognizing Volunteers

April 27, 2016, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Eastern)

Once your volunteers are recruited and trained, what next? Supporting, retaining and recognizing volunteers is an essential part of maintaining your volunteer program, getting the most out of those who dedicate their time to your institution, and building a program that attracts new volunteers.


Connecting to Collections Care Webinar  

Arsenic and Old Lace: Controlling Hazardous Collection Materials    

May 3, 2016, 1:30 – 3:00 ET                    




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