Spelman awarded grant from the Walton Family Foundation to increase diversity in museum field

Spelman College has announced that it has received a $5.4 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation to establish the Atlanta University Center Collective for the Study of Art History and Curatorial Studies. In conjunction with Walton Family Foundation grants to fund scholarships at Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University, the new initiative will result in the creation of an Art History major and Curatorial Studies minor at the Atlanta University Center.

The goal of the package of grants is to foster innovation and create an educational pipeline into art museum leadership that is more representative of our nation’s increasing diversity. The initiative will position the Atlanta University Center as a leading incubator of African-American museum professionals in the United States.

Read the full press release here.

CAA Announces Campus Ambassador Program

Students have always been vital to CAA. Our student membership, which is nearly one quarter of our entire membership, has always been vocal, engaged, and eager. This fall we are looking to our students to help carry CAA into the future with the launch of the CAA Ambassador Program.

CAA is seeking Ambassadors in the New York, Boston, and Chicago areas to represent CAA and give short talks about the organization to their fellow classmates and students in nearby schools. The six selected Ambassadors will be compensated for each talk and given a complimentary CAA Annual Conference registration and one-year CAA membership at the student level. Ambassadors will collect feedback at their talks and have check-ins with CAA staff leading the project. Continue reading “CAA Announces Campus Ambassador Program”

Notes from the Field: AAMD’s 2018 Salary Survey Results

AAMD has completed its 2018 Salary Survey, which includes responses from 222 museums in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and covers more than 50 different staff positions, from the director’s office to leadership and support positions in curatorial, education, advancement, communications, and security departments. Responding institutions include both current and former AAMD members.

Read more about the survey here.

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Celebrate the Smithsonian’s 14th Annual Museum Day

1,400 US Museums to Offer Free Admission on September 22—Hyperallergic

On September 22, 2018, almost 1,400 art and cultural institutions will offer free admission to the general public for Museum Day. Interested patrons can peruse the participating institutions and acquire two advance tickets per person. Museum Day will celebrate its 14th annual edition with the theme “Women Making History.”

Sir David Adjaye Tapped to Design New Princeton University Art Museum

Celebrated architect, David Adjaye has been selected to design Princeton University’s new art museum. The new space will supersede the university’s current museum, and will feature “dramatically enlarged space for the exhibition and study of the museum’s encyclopedic collections, special exhibitions and art conservation, as well as object-study classrooms and office space for the 100-person museum staff,” according to the school’s statement. (Artforum)

Macquarie University Learning and Teaching project: The Knowledgeable Object Symposium and Training Workshop

The Australian History Museum and the Museum of Ancient Cultures at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia) are hosting two free events as part of our Learning &Teaching project, The Knowledgeable Object Symposium and Training Workshop, at the end of November

The Training Workshop (limited places available for the workshop day), aimed at teachers, students and early career professionals in education and the GLAM sector, will be held on Tuesday 27th November 2018 at Macquarie University. (Find out more here: http://bit.ly/TKOWorkshop ).

The Symposium, aimed at teachers, students, professionals and academics in education and the GLAM sector, will be held on Wednesday 28th November 2018 at Macquarie University. (Find out more about the symposium: http://bit.ly/TKOSymposium) and if you are interested in presenting please (download the abstract submission template here: https://t.co/WTdFlCvn7a)

Registration will be available online from late September, please email ahmuseum@mq.edu.au with any queries you have. Please forward this notification to any interested parties.

The #OBLCoP Project Team

[Object Based Learning Community of Practice]

Faculty of Arts Macquarie University, NSW 2109 Australia

The Museum Education Act passes the New York State Legislature

The board and staff of the Museum Association of New York (MANY) have been working in concert with the New York State Education Department, its Board of Regents and Office of Cultural Education, Legislators, MANY members, and Sheila Healy, our Government Affairs Consultant for over a dozen years to help secure funding to help museums serve their communities and fulfill their missions as partners providing access to exhibitions, collections, and education programs that help define us as New Yorkers and Americans. (AAM)

UMAC (ICOM) Statement on Protection of Museum Infrastructure

UMAC, the International Council of Museums committee on University Museums and Collections

Museums are the custodians of the world’s artistic, cultural, and scientific heritage. They hold the evidence of human civilization, culture, creativity, imagination, and knowledge in their collections. Museums are institutions of research, investigation, inquiry, and learning.

A ravaging fire engulfed the Museu Nacional, a museum at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The incalculable loss of the collections of the largest natural history museum in Latin America has brought the fragility of many museums to the world’s attention. Continue reading “UMAC (ICOM) Statement on Protection of Museum Infrastructure”