February 18th!

Take action by February 18th for these two great small museum resources:

“The MAP program has been the key to the success the Nichols House Museum has enjoyed over the past 10 years. The trustees, staff and executive director use the MAP reports extensively for institutional planning.” - Flavia Cigliano, Executive Director, Nichols House Museum

The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is an affordable way to strengthen your museum and achieve excellence. Within a year your museum can conduct a self-study, consult with a museum professional and gain the tools to become a stronger institution. MAP is open to small and mid-sized museums of all types, including zoos, aquariums, public gardens, history museums, art museums and children’s museums. It is free for museums with operating expenses under $125,000. Apply for one of three MAP assessments: Organizational, Collections Stewardship, or Community Engagement.

Apply now at www.aam-us.org/map. The postmark deadline is Feb. 18th.

MAP staff are available to answer any questions at map@aam-us.org or 202-289-9118. The annual application is supported through a cooperative agreement between AAM and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).


Engage Families: Ohio
Friday, March 4, 2011 - 8:45AM to 4:00PM
Ohio Historical Society
American House Hotel in the Ohio Village
1982 Velma Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43211

The USS Constitution Museum and the Ohio Historical Society are excited to present a FREE daylong, IMLS sponsored workshop for museum professionals that will explore how your museum can serve present and future family audiences. You are invited to this hands-on, minds-on workshop that offers case studies, innovative ideas, current research and an action plan for creating engaging and educational programming for a multi-generational audience.

Please register by Friday, February 18, 2011

For more information and to register, go to www.familylearningforum.org/about-the-project/ and click on 'Current Initiatives.'

SMAC-AAM Fellowships to attend the Annual Meeting in Houston

Join your small museum colleagues at the 2011 AAM Annual Meeting in Houston TX, May 22 to 25

The Small Museum Administrators Committee of AAM is offering four $750 fellowships to help cover the cost of conference registration, ticketed events and travel and hotel. Fellowship recipients will be eligible to register for the conference at AAM’s early bird rate.

* Applicants must be current SMAC-AAM members and be a full-time paid or unpaid employee of a museum with a budget of $350,000 or less. (You can join at the time of application.)
* Only one applicant per museum per year is eligible.

To apply, mail three complete sets of the following materials, postmarked by February 18th, to:

Janice Klein
SMAC-AAM Fellowship Chair
1103 East Redondo Circle
Tempe AZ 85282

• A letter (no more than 2 pages) which discusses your current responsibilities, activities (previous workshops, conferences, professional service) and career goals, and indicates how attendance at the AAM conference will benefit both you and your museum,
• A current resume,
• A brochure from your museum and proof of museum's budget size, and
• A letter of support from your institution (i.e. board member, executive director).
Make sure your letter includes contact address, e-mail and telephone number.

Remember: Send, by mail, three complete sets of required application materials postmarked by February 18,2011 to:

Janice Klein
SMAC-AAM Fellowship Chair
1103 East Redondo Circle
Tempe AZ 85282

Contact Janice Klein, SMAC-AAM Fellowship Chair, jkhm@mindspring.com, or
Visit http://www.aam-us.org/am11/upload/SMAC-Fellowship-2011.pdf

In addition to the annual celebration of Small Museums Day on Monday, May 23, special sessions for small museums include:
- Success in a Development Office of One
- Planning Tomorrow’s Collections Today: Collections Plans for Small Museums
- And Other Duties as Assigned: Prioritizing Collections Management in Small Museums
- Beyond Quill Pens and Butter Churns: Integrating Historical Thinking in the 21st Century
- No Problem! Technological Solutions to Museum Work from $0 to $100
- New and Creative Ways for Small Museums to Host and Produce Traveling Exhibitions
- Pushing the Envelope: Challenges for the First Collections Professional in a Small Museum