Professional Development

Opportunities for California museum workers

Updated May 20, 2019

 

REPORT NOW AVAILABLE: RACE TO LEAD: WOMEN OF COLOR IN THE NONPROFIT SECTOR

This report reveals that women of color encounter systemic obstacles to their advancement over and above the barriers faced by white women and men of color. Education and training are not the solution—women of color with high levels of education are more likely to be in administrative roles and are more likely to report frustrations about inadequate and inequitable salaries.

 

NOW AVAILABLE: CALIFORNIA HUMANITIES 2019 ANNUAL REPORT

During 2018, California Humanities launched a new youth-focused initiative, made over $1 million in grants, and continued statewide reach and focus. Read about how California Humanities is working to expand access to programs in our 2018 Annual Report.

 

AAM PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CALENDAR

Hosted by the American Alliance of Museums and other museum service organizations, this calendar lists opportunities for museum professionals.

 

FREE DOWNLOAD: TRANSGENDER INCLUSION TOOLKIT FROM AAM LGBTQ ALLIANCE TASK FORCE The AAM LGBTQ Alliance’s Task Force for Transgender Inclusion recently released the Gender Transition and Transgender Inclusion in the Museum Workplace: A Toolkit for Trans Individuals, Institutions, and Coworkers. This expansive set of guides approaches trans inclusion from various perspectives in an approachable and easy-to-understand format.

 

SURVEY: AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR STATE AND LOCAL HISTORY CONTINUING EDUCATION AASLH is creating a new framework that will shape our continuing education programming for the next ten years and needs your input! This survey will take about 10-15 minutes.

 

WEBINARS: UPCOMING LUNCH & LEARN OPPORTUNITIES WITH CAM - MAY THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2019 Join CAM for our free Lunch & Learn webinar series, with topics this summer such as succession planning, decolonizing Native American museum interpretation, and case studies from our CAM Fellows.

 

WEBINAR: FUNDING IN REMOTE COMMUNITIES – MAY 21 Funding practices often come packaged for a similar prototype while the term "rural" remains a descriptor for objectively remote communities and bustling cities alike. Lindsie Bear, program director of Native Cultures Fund, Humboldt Area Foundation, and Reuben Roqueñi, director of National Artist Fellowships, Native Arts and Cultures Foundation will share suggestions for rural and remote arts and culture philanthropic practice for communities across the nation.

 

CAC STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK TELEPHONE THINK TANKS – MAY 29 & 30 To lift up the voices of individuals and communities who have been historically marginalized and underserved, two telephone think tanks will be offered, one with an urban focus and one with a rural focus. Discuss ideas and potential recommendations for the future of the CAC and share your thoughts on how the CAC can best meet the needs of your region of California. Telephone Think Tank: Rural Focus, May 29, 12:00 PM–1:30 PM Telephone Think Tank: Urban Focus, May 30, 2019, 12:00 PM–1:30 PM

 

WEBINAR: WRITING FOR HISTORY PUBLICATIONS – MAY 30 Every project has a story, and the field want to hear yours! Public history publications offer a way to share your research and experiences with others, gather feedback from across the field, and make connections for future partnerships. But how do you get started? Join editors from AASLH, NCPH, and Nursing Clio to learn about sharing your work through magazines, journals, and blogs.

 

2019 SECRETARY’S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABILITYDEADLINE EXTENDED! APPLY BY MAY 31 CAM and the California Natural Resources Agency are excited to announce the Call for Submissions for the 2nd Annual Secretary's Award for Excellence in Sustainability.

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: WMA 2019 POSTER SESSIONS – SUBMIT BY MAY 31 WMA is pleased to accept Poster Session Proposals for the 2019 Annual Meeting to be held in Boise, ID from October 4th-7th. The Poster Session will showcase how museums engage, and is an opportunity to obtain new insights, share ideas and projects, and network with museum colleagues in an informal setting.

 

AAM MUSEUM ACCREDITATION PROGRAM – DEADLINES JUNE 1 & OCTOBER 1

Museums benefit from both the status and the process of accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Different benefits emerge from each step of the review cycle and continue to unfold over the long-term. AAM reviews applications on a rolling basis, with the next deadlines approaching on June 1 and October 1.

 

ONLINE COURSE: PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOR HISTORY PROFESSIONALS – STARTS JUNE 3 Do you often juggle several projects, trying to keep each one focused and on track? Project management provides valuable training that will help you organize, manage, and successfully complete projects. This online course shows you how to implement internationally recognized project management principles in a history/nonprofit context.

 

AALSH VISITORS COUNT! – DEADLINE TO PARTICIPATE JUNE 3

Visitors Count! is AASLH’s visitor research program for mid- to large-sized museums and history organizations. Visitors Count! clients receive a one-time use of the Visitors Count! survey instrument, guidance from AASLH staff from start to finish, data entry, processing and analysis, a final report, and a one-day meeting. Find out how your museum or historic site stacks up to others in your region, those with similar budgets, and more.

 

CAM 2020 CALL FOR PROPOSALS NOW OPEN – SUBMIT BY JUNE 7 Join us March 4–6, 2020 in Los Angeles to explore the concept of 20/20 Vision. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a dynamic convening of California museum professionals.

 

CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL 2020 STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK AND STAKEHOLDER SURVEY – RESPOND BY JUNE 10 To better serve California's communities through culture, creativity, and the arts, it is important to have an up-to-date and relevant strategy to guide the work of the California Arts Council. A new strategic framework will serve as the CAC’s roadmap for the next five to seven years. This 15–30 minute survey is an opportunity to provide recommendations for their future priorities and to share your vision for the arts in California.

 

AAM 2019 MUSEUM PUBLICATIONS DESIGN COMPETITION – APPLY BY JUNE 14 Does your museum have an ingenious exhibition catalog, press kit, educational resource, or other publication it can't wait to show the field? Submissions are now open for the 2019 AAM Museum Publications Design Competition.

 

LIVE WEBINAR: RECORDING THE STORIES OF YOUR COMMUNITY – JUNE 27 (FREE)

Since 2003, StoryCorps has given thousands of people across the country the opportunity to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for the future. With the support of a project grant from IMLS, StoryCorps has created a set of online resources titled StoryCorps DIY, to support libraries, museums and archives in recording and preserving the histories and experiences of their communities.

 

ONLINE COURSE: LEADERSHIP AND ADMINISTRATION FOR HISTORY ORGANIZATIONS – STARTS JULY 1

History museum leadership is more complex and demanding than ever before, requiring updated and innovative ways to meet mission and keep organizations healthy. Administration and leadership matter, regardless the size or focus of your organization. This online course covers governance and administrative structure, nonprofit status, mission and vision, board and staff responsibilities, and more.

 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: NATIONAL COUNCIL ON PUBLIC HISTORY 2020 ANNUAL MEETING – APPLY BY JULY 15 The National Council on Public History is in the midst of celebrating its 40th anniversary, and we are planning on capping the party off with our 2020 Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Proposals for the conference (March 18-21, 2020) with the theme “Threads of Change” will be due July 15.

 

LIVE WEBINAR: CHOOSING A COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – JULY 30 Is your organization planning on acquiring a Collections Management System (CMS)? This webinar will help you plan the process whether you are acquiring a CMS for the first time or changing to a new one. You’ll learn about the important steps in putting together an RFP and how to prepare for a transition into a new system.

 

JFKU MUSEUM STUDIES FUNDAMENTALS ONLINE PROGRAM

CAM and John F. Kennedy University Museum Studies present a new online Museum Studies Fundamentals program. For questions about the courses or to receive more information about the program, contact Susan Spero at sspero@jfku.edu

Summer 2019 Course:

Strategy and Planning (Michelle Powers)
Credit Hours: 12, Starts July 1
Through engaging lectures, insightful readings, and a platform for robust dialogue with instructor and classmates, this 12-week course provides an overview of current business practices in museums with an emphasis on governance and planning for organizational success. Students who have taken the class note that the content was immediately applicable for work they do for their own museums, and changed how they approach their museum thinking.

Michelle Powers is a fundraising and leadership consultant with 15 years of experience working for institutions such as Tufts University, Stanford Law School, History San José, and the Fleet Science Center. Her specialties including development/membership, marketing/social media, employee engagement, and career development.

MUSEUM FUNDAMENTALS REGISTRATION DISCOUNT FOR CAM MEMBERS
CAM members receive 15% off registration - save $262 on the entire series! Each course costs $297.50 for CAM members or $350 for non-members. Contact CAM at admin@calmuseums.org to receive your discount.