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IMLS to Invest $3 Million in Professional Development, Capacity Building Across Museum Sector
The museum sector cares for invaluable cultural and national heritage assets, contributes billions to the economy each year, and improves the well-being of communities across the nation. With the passage of the FY 2020 budget on December 20, 2019, IMLS was allocated an additional $3 million through its largest program, Museums for America. IMLS plans to invest this additional funding towards improving the recruitment, preparation, and professional development of museum professionals.
The increased funding of $3 million will be channeled through two special funding opportunities under Museums for America: Museums Empowered, Grants for Professional Development and Inspire! Grants for Small Museums .
Museums Empowered, launched in 2017, allows museums to use funds in four focused categories of professional development: improving organizational effectiveness, evaluation practices, digital stewardship, and diversity and inclusion.
Inspire, Grants for Small Museums, launched in 2019, supports small museums’ capacity building efforts related to collections, learning, and community at their institutions.
For more information, including future funding opportunity announcements, please visit imls.gov.
Tourism Awards Nominations Open Until 2/16
Recognize your peers with a Tourism Award nomination.
These awards recognize outstanding accomplishments of the people, businesses, organizations and communities that strengthen Montana’s tourism and recreation industries. Nominations are open until February 16, 2020.
Marketing Campaign of the Year
Public and Private Collaboration
Outstanding Tourism Volunteer
Heritage and Cultural Tourism Award
Tourism Ambassador of the Year
Winners and finalists will be honored at the Tourism Award Banquet on April 27, 2020 in Billings as part of the Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation on April 26-28, 2020.
Yellowstone Historic Center 2019 Annual Report
The 2019 Annual Report of the Yellowstone Historic Center is now available! The Annual Report highlights several accomplishments throughout 2019 and also has information about the audit and financial standing of the organization.
You can read the report by clicking this link.
Professional Development Opportunities
WebinaR: History Check-IN – African American Women’s suffrage
Date: February 11, 2020
Time: 3:00 – 4:15 pm Eastern
Cost: $20 Members of AASLH and OAH (OAH members should contact OAH for a discount code) / $30 Non-members
Northwest Archivists NACR Scholarship Deadline
This is a reminder that the Northwest Archivists Native American Collections Roundtable is offering three scholarships to those attending this year’s Western Archivists Meeting (WAM) in San Francisco, California.
Internship at The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
SERC is seeking an intern to help with the research and development of hands-on activities related to women in STEM that will be implemented in public areas (i.e. public libraries). The work will involve conducting research to identify women from a variety of time periods, with a specific focus on contributions made by women of color, to feature in program materials. This research will be done independently and by working in collaboration with staff from other Smithsonian units, including the National Museum of American History, National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Museum of the American Indian, and the Smithsonian Latino Center.
The intern will be based on the SERC campus in Edgewater, Maryland. This is a paid, full-time, 16-week internship ($550/week) funded by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. On-site housing is available. Travel reimbursement is available.
To apply please email a resume and cover letter to Dr. Alison Cawood (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Ms. Jillie Drutz (email@example.com). Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with a goal of the internship starting as soon as possible. The specific start date will be agreed upon when the candidate has been chosen. Members of historically underrepresented groups in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply. For any questions, please contact Dr. Cawood.
Executive Director – Yellowstone Gateway Museum
To preserve and interpret the cultural and natural history of Park County, Montana and its relationship to Yellowstone National Park for the education of everyone.
Save The Date
MAM 2020 | Museums Association of Montana
Spilling the Stories: Overcoming Prohibitive Barriers
March 26-28, 2020
Holiday Inn, Missoula, Montana.
Join us for our annual conference. Thursday has an array of workshops. Friday and Saturday are full of lectures and discussions. Attendees receive lunch and dinner. Stay tuned for more details!