Wanted: Small Museums with Big Voices

The Johns Hopkins Listening Post Project has been studing non-profits and museums in particular since 2003. They would like more volunteers from the small museum sector to fill out their surveys (2-3 times a year) in order to research how this portion of the non-profit sector is fairing. Participating museums can see the research results and network with each other.

Sign up at: listeningpostproject@jhu.edu

For more information contact Philip Katz of the American Association of Museums at pkatz@aam-us.org or go to http://ccss.jhu.edu/index.php?section=content&view=9&sub=5

Let's Move Museums

A new program called Let's Move Museums was launched at the 2011 AAM Meeting with a video introduction from First Lady Michelle Obama. Part of the Let's Move initiative, it is dedicated to solving the problem of obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.

There are an estimated 17,500 museums in the U.S. which collectively host at least 850 million visits each year. Through the Let’s Move! Museums initiative, museums, zoos, public gardens, historic sites and science and technology centers can join the call to action in fighting childhood obesity.

Small museums, with their family and community focus, are a perfect venue for this program. Here are some of the ways your small museum can participate:

- Create interactive experiences that promote healthy eating and physical activity.
- Offer programming that includes healthy food choices and physical activity with emphasis on afterschool, summer and school-based programs.
- If you have food service, make sure your menu offers food options that reflect healthy choices and include interpretation about healthy food choices in your eating area.

For more information and to sign up to become a Let's Move! Museum visit http://www.imls.gov/about/letsmove.shtm.

Let's hear from small museums that have joined the program and what they are doing.