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 : Our annual conference last took place in Portland, ME in 2015. Portland is a well-loved location for attendees to enj...
10/05/2023

: Our annual conference last took place in Portland, ME in 2015. Portland is a well-loved location for attendees to enjoy the crisp fall air, walks around the historic downtown, delicious food, and great museums. Register for today: nemanet.org/conference.

Congratulations to the Museum of Science, Boston, which has won Best in Show in our 2023 Publication Awards Competition ...
10/05/2023

Congratulations to the Museum of Science, Boston, which has won Best in Show in our 2023 Publication Awards Competition for their Climate Change Poster Suite. The publication won First Place in the Posters category, and judges found that it successfully delivered its message while playing with typography and color scheme to draw the eye.

Overall, the winning submissions from eleven categories impressed the judges with their sophisticated simplicity, vibrant colors, and clever design. This year the competition included 203 submissions from 60 museums. Publications spanned the years 2020 - 2022, since the awards program was paused during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Competition winners will be recognized and exhibited at the Annual NEMA conference in Portland, ME, November 8 - 10, 2023. Learn more about the Publication Awards and see a complete list of winners on our website: nemanet.org/pubawards

Save on registration for   by being an Early Bird and signing up by this Friday, October 6! Check out our conference web...
10/04/2023

Save on registration for by being an Early Bird and signing up by this Friday, October 6! Check out our conference webpage to learn about pricing options, hotel savings, schedules and more: nemanet.org/conference

Have you ever seen an aggressive seagull steal lunch from a beachgoer on the coast of Maine? Be that seagull and grab Ea...
10/03/2023

Have you ever seen an aggressive seagull steal lunch from a beachgoer on the coast of Maine? Be that seagull and grab Early Bird savings for in Portland, ME! Register by Friday, October 6: nemanet.org/conference

This is the last week to land Early Bird savings for  . Register by deadline of October 6 and save! Sign up now at neman...
10/02/2023

This is the last week to land Early Bird savings for . Register by deadline of October 6 and save! Sign up now at nemanet.org/conference

Planning to come to  ? Don't miss these upcoming deadlines that can help you save! TODAY, 9/29: apply for scholarships &...
09/29/2023

Planning to come to ? Don't miss these upcoming deadlines that can help you save! TODAY, 9/29: apply for scholarships & fellowships. 10/6: register before midnight and receive Early Bird savings. Visit nemanet.org/conference for all the details.

 : The cover of the program book for our 1982 Annual Conference in Hartford, CT. More than four decades later, we still ...
09/28/2023

: The cover of the program book for our 1982 Annual Conference in Hartford, CT. More than four decades later, we still strive to provide opportunities for renewal at our conference. https://nemanet.org/Conference.

Reason  #3 to attend the Annual NEMA Conference Nov 8-10 in Portland, ME: in-person networking with your museum colleagu...
09/27/2023

Reason #3 to attend the Annual NEMA Conference Nov 8-10 in Portland, ME: in-person networking with your museum colleagues, two days of PAG lunches so you can join multiple conversations that match your interests, enlightening off-site sessions & after-hours gatherings. Register today at nemanet.org/conference

Don't miss the deadline! Sponsors have  provided scholarships and fellowships to make   more affordable, and it's easy t...
09/26/2023

Don't miss the deadline! Sponsors have provided scholarships and fellowships to make more affordable, and it's easy to apply online. Just visit nemanet.org/scholarships and fill out the form by midnight on Sept. 29. Recipients will be notified by mid-October.

Meet NEMA's new Executive Director, Kayla Coleman, prior to the in-person conference in Portland. We will be hosting a 3...
09/25/2023

Meet NEMA's new Executive Director, Kayla Coleman, prior to the in-person conference in Portland. We will be hosting a 30-minute virtual introductory session for each state. This is your chance hear about Kayla and future ideas for NEMA.

Can't make your state Meet & Greet? You are welcome to join another time and date that works best for you.

Monday, October 16, 2023
Rhode Island: Noon - 12:30 pm
Maine: 2:00 - 2:30 pm

Tuesday, October 17, 2023
Massachusetts: Noon - 12:30 pm

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
Connecticut: 2:00 - 2:30 pm

Thursday, October 19, 2023
Vermont: Noon - 12:30 pm

Friday, October 20, 2023
New Hampshire: Noon - 12:30 pm

Find your state event and RSVP on the NEMA website: https://ow.ly/H08a50POLjU

Join the Conservators PAG on 10/18 at noon as they welcome Kathryn Carey (Casey), conservator of Asian Art and works of ...
09/22/2023

Join the Conservators PAG on 10/18 at noon as they welcome Kathryn Carey (Casey), conservator of Asian Art and works of art on paper, from Nahant, Mass. Bring your questions about any aspect of conservation or collections care. Register: https://ow.ly/6yQH50POCiF

Reason  #2 to attend the Annual NEMA Conference Nov 8-10 in Portland, ME: More than 100 sessions and events. Register fo...
09/22/2023

Reason #2 to attend the Annual NEMA Conference Nov 8-10 in Portland, ME: More than 100 sessions and events. Register for today: nemanet.org/conference

TBT: Now Hear This & Make a Note Now! We've been reminding members to sign up for our annual conference for decades. Don...
09/21/2023

TBT: Now Hear This & Make a Note Now! We've been reminding members to sign up for our annual conference for decades. Don't miss out on upcoming deadlines, including September 29 to apply for scholarships, and October 6 to register by the early-bird deadline.

Find information about these, and everything you need to know about at nemanet.org/conference.

Organizational inclusion consultant Ali Kane (she/they) will explore how LGBTQIA+ inclusion must start inside an organiz...
09/21/2023

Organizational inclusion consultant Ali Kane (she/they) will explore how LGBTQIA+ inclusion must start inside an organization, including workplace allyship for q***r staff and volunteers. Participants will learn about specific practices that can be implemented across education/exhibits, visitor services, private events/ rentals, and development/membership to position your museum as a safe, affirming space for the entire q***r community. September 27th form 9 am - Noon at the EcoTarium in Worcester, MA. Register: https://ow.ly/P9yj50PGYEU

We want to make attending the NEMA Conference as affordable and accessible as possible. Our generous sponsors have enabl...
09/20/2023

We want to make attending the NEMA Conference as affordable and accessible as possible. Our generous sponsors have enabled us to offer a range of registration options that make the conference accessible to everyone regardless of their financial circumstances.

Here are several important tips to help you save!

- Apply for a scholarship! NEMA is pleased to offer a multitude of scholarship and fellowship opportunities to make the annual conference more financially accessible. Applications due 9/29.

- Register by the early-bird deadline of October 6 and save!

- NEMA member museums can send 5 employees and save 5% or send 10 or more and save 25% off the member rate. Contact the NEMA office to register. Please note that the discount only applies to the full conference member rate.

- NEMA provides a roommate and carpool matching service. Email us or indicate on your registration form that you'd like to use this service.

- Volunteer! Volunteering is an easy way to save you and your institution money while still being able to attend the conference. Volunteer slots fill up fast, so don't delay!

- NEMA offers a discounted rate at our conference hotel, the Holiday Inn by the Bay, if you reserve by October 17 Book early as the hotel will sell out!

Find information about all of these opportunities to save, and everything you need to know about at nemanet.org/conference.

This week we are excited to have a fully staffed team once again as we welcome our new Executive Director, Kayla Coleman...
09/20/2023

This week we are excited to have a fully staffed team once again as we welcome our new Executive Director, Kayla Coleman! Kayla started Monday and has already been busy getting to know the staff, helping to prepare for the conference, and learning all things NEMA.

Keep an eye out for information about member meet-and-greets with Kayla, coming soon!

There are now 50 days until  ! Register today to join us for a 3-day adventure of learning, growing, and professional fr...
09/18/2023

There are now 50 days until ! Register today to join us for a 3-day adventure of learning, growing, and professional friendships in beautiful Portland, Maine: nemanet.org/conference

Throwback Thursday: here are some excerpts from our newsletter in 1977, when registration to our conference in Sturbridg...
09/14/2023

Throwback Thursday: here are some excerpts from our newsletter in 1977, when registration to our conference in Sturbridge (then called the "New England Conference") cost $20 or less, and we promoted campgrounds as an inexpensive lodging option.

There are many ways you can save this year on , including applying for a scholarship (deadline 9/29), Early Bird Registration (deadline 10/6), reserving your room soon at our conference hotel, and more.

Visit nemanet.org/conference for all of the details!

(PS: longtime members - what else has changed over the years? We'd love to hear your memories in the comments!)

We are excited to announce that Kayla G. Coleman has been named NEMA's new Executive Director. She will officially start...
09/13/2023

We are excited to announce that Kayla G. Coleman has been named NEMA's new Executive Director. She will officially start her position on September 18, 2023.

"The NEMA staff and board are thrilled to welcome Kayla Coleman as our new executive director," commented Raney Bench, NEMA Board President. "Kayla's passion for the arts, culture, and history sector is evident in her past work experience, and in the creative ways in which she approaches her work with museums. She is a powerful advocate for our field and in addressing historic and current inequity in the sector. Her leadership will guide the NEMA team as we begin the work of implementing our new values."

Read more: https://ow.ly/OhkY50PLfbS

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, NEMA is able to offer multiple scholarships and fellowships opportunities to help ...
09/13/2023

Thanks to the generosity of sponsors, NEMA is able to offer multiple scholarships and fellowships opportunities to help make more affordable and accessible. Deadline 9/29. Click here for complete details including a scholarship application form: http://nemanet.org/scholarships

We have so many great sessions, workshops, events and networking opportunities planned for you at  ! A complete schedule...
09/08/2023

We have so many great sessions, workshops, events and networking opportunities planned for you at ! A complete schedule can be found in the preliminary program book here: nemanet.org/sessions

Save on registration for   by being an Early Bird and signing up by October 8! Check out our conference webpage to learn...
09/07/2023

Save on registration for by being an Early Bird and signing up by October 8! Check out our conference webpage to learn about pricing options, hotel savings, schedules and more: nemanet.org/conference

Tomorrow, Sept. 8, is the deadline! Don't miss your chance to help honor colleagues who exemplify excellence in the muse...
09/07/2023

Tomorrow, Sept. 8, is the deadline! Don't miss your chance to help honor colleagues who exemplify excellence in the museum field. We need your nominations to know who is out there doing great work: https://ow.ly/kli050PgmNy

It's time! Registration is now open for the 2023 NEMA Conference! Join us for a 3-day adventure of learning, growing, an...
09/06/2023

It's time! Registration is now open for the 2023 NEMA Conference!

Join us for a 3-day adventure of learning, growing, and professional friendships in beautiful Portland, Maine. Take advantage of the country’s largest regional gathering of museum professionals, with 100+ professional development sessions, lively discussions, and tons of networking opportunities that challenge your intellect and boost your museum passion. Whether you’re new to museums or a seasoned pro, the NEMA Conference is the place to be.

Get ready for the best conference ever! Register today for : nemanet.org/conference.

09/06/2023

The Culture Over Carbon (COC) report has just been released! COC created the cultural sector’s first in-depth energy use analysis and the first estimate of the sector’s energy impacts on climate. Learn about the next steps for energy efficiency at your museum: https://ecprs.org/engagement/culture-over-carbon/

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Check out the latest issue of New England Museums Now, to read "Decolonizing starts with you," and learn how three diffe...
09/05/2023

Check out the latest issue of New England Museums Now, to read "Decolonizing starts with you," and learn how three different types of museums (Boston Children's Museum, the Trustees, and the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology), found a shared connection through work their institutions completed around NAGPRA and through items from a common collector and donor.

Through conversations around repatriation, they realized that they are all taking steps to integrate a decolonizing mindset into their collections stewardship work, and that decolonizing is a journey to reflect upon our own assumptions and identify the small, but concrete, steps that one can take to acknowledge and prioritize Indigenous ways of knowing. https://ow.ly/JJa050PEA5H

Calling all IMPs: survey reopened! With all the changes since the pandemic, a majority of us have made some shifts in ho...
08/30/2023

Calling all IMPs: survey reopened!

With all the changes since the pandemic, a majority of us have made some shifts in how, where, and what we charge for our services. The Independent Museum Professional (IMP) PAG is conducting a survey of fees from all the independent museum professionals to gather the most recent data to compare pre and post-pandemic statistics. The results will be shared at the IMP Breakfast at the upcoming NEMA Conference in November.

If you did not take the survey earlier this year, please take at least 10 minutes to fill it out so that we may share our findings to help us all. Survey deadline is September 15, 2023: https://ow.ly/u1Yz50PEAsc

In "How to Step Up as a New(ish) Leader," Carole Ann Penney and Jessica Crowley of Penney Leadership explain how to reco...
08/28/2023

In "How to Step Up as a New(ish) Leader," Carole Ann Penney and Jessica Crowley of Penney Leadership explain how to recognize the ways in which you are already leading in your career, regardless of your job title, and how to build your skills and develop your own authentic leadership. Read this and more in the latest issue of New England Museums Now: https://ow.ly/b4kh50PEsjC

Cool opportunity for museums from NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration!
08/24/2023

Cool opportunity for museums from NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration!

From: space
To: your school, library, or museum!

Educators, apply now to receive a sapling from seeds that flew beyond the Moon on Artemis I. Deadline is Oct. 6. Details via NASA STEM: https://go.nasa.gov/47FLQLD

On Tuesday, 9/ 12, 12-1 PM, join the Sports Community of Practice and hear from Jeff Brodie and Jesse Lovejoy to discuss...
08/24/2023

On Tuesday, 9/ 12, 12-1 PM, join the Sports Community of Practice and hear from Jeff Brodie and Jesse Lovejoy to discuss their project at the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the "Change YOUR Game" project, which opens in March 2024. Jeff Brodie is the Acting Director at the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Jesse Lovejoy is a consultant to the project focusing on education and community engagement program design and implementation. All are invited to attend.

Register on the NEMA website: https://ow.ly/G9Ln50PBtBJ

On Tuesday, September 12, 12-1 PM, join the Sports Community of Practice and hear from Jeff Brodie and Jesse Lovejoy to ...
08/24/2023

On Tuesday, September 12, 12-1 PM, join the Sports Community of Practice and hear from Jeff Brodie and Jesse Lovejoy to discuss their project at the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center for the "Change YOUR Game" project, which opens in March 2024. Jeff Brodie is the Acting Director at the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Jesse Lovejoy is a consultant to the project focusing on education and community engagement program design and implementation. All are invited to attend.

Register on the NEMA website: https://ow.ly/G9Ln50PBtBJ

Don't miss your chance to help honor colleagues who exemplify excellence in the museum field! We need your nominations t...
08/23/2023

Don't miss your chance to help honor colleagues who exemplify excellence in the museum field! We need your nominations to know who is out there doing great work. The deadline is coming up on Sept 8: https://ow.ly/kli050PgmNy

Join the Environmental Community of Practice for a meeting with Sarah Sutton and Stephanie Shapiro of Environment & Cult...
08/22/2023

Join the Environmental Community of Practice for a meeting with Sarah Sutton and Stephanie Shapiro of Environment & Culture Partners. Learn about their work with and for museums around climate change and other environmental challenges intersecting with museums. Bring your questions and ideas for peer-to-peer learning. All are invited. Register on the NEMA website: https://ow.ly/rYhh50PBrrX

Learn about ways to handle, assess & safely dispose of chemicals in your historic collection in "What's In That Old Bott...
08/21/2023

Learn about ways to handle, assess & safely dispose of chemicals in your historic collection in "What's In That Old Bottle? Collections Stewardship for Pharmaceutical Collections," in the latest issue of New England Museums Now: https://ow.ly/PCyq50Pu7OQ

Read about lessons learned by the Yale Center for British Art as they partnered with a local organization serving young ...
08/15/2023

Read about lessons learned by the Yale Center for British Art as they partnered with a local organization serving young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities in "Art Museums and the Neuro-diverse: Communities in Dialogue," in the latest issue of New England Museums Now: https://ow.ly/W4N850PkUiz

This is Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum week! Do you have plans for legislators or staff to visit your museum this ...
08/14/2023

This is Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum week! Do you have plans for legislators or staff to visit your museum this month?

Since 2012, has empowered museums of all types and sizes to invite their federal, state, and local legislators and stakeholders into the museum for a firsthand look at the meaningful work of museums and museum professionals. Inviting legislators and their staff to experience your museum and its programs is a powerful way to create valuable relationships with them and help them become uniquely invested in the museum. The August Congressional work period provides a critical and timely opportunity for museum advocates to build and strengthen important federal, state, and local support for museums.

Visit the AAM website to learn for a helpful how-to guide: https://ow.ly/X2Ut50PwO4E

Grab your lunch and join the Historic Sites PAG for an informal chat over Zoom to problem solve, commiserate, and social...
08/14/2023

Grab your lunch and join the Historic Sites PAG for an informal chat over Zoom to problem solve, commiserate, and socialize. All are welcome, so bring your lunch & your questions. Thursday, 9/21, noon - 1 PM. RSVP: https://ow.ly/5sz250PwME5

Attention Massachusetts organizations: the free Archival Field Fellow program, sponsored by the MA State Archives with F...
08/11/2023

Attention Massachusetts organizations: the free Archival Field Fellow program, sponsored by the MA State Archives with Federal funds, is actively recruiting potential host institutions. Hosts are paired with current or recent graduate students with archives training, who then work to “process” a couple of selected archival collections. If your museum would benefit from such a program and could host a fellow for the next academic year (2023-2024), read more here and apply by September 1: https://ow.ly/HVyA50PwGSN

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Today is “Vermont Museum Day,” sponsored by the New England Museum Association. Admission to Fleming is always free! Come check out our newest exhibitions and sign up to join our now-free membership program. http://ow.ly/r9Uw50ImNoB New England Museum Association
Are you interested in Integrated Pest Management but are not sure where to start? Conserv has prepared a free webinar series where you can learn all you need to know to start off your own program using the IPM feature in the Conserv software (also free)! These webinars have been designed for small and medium-sized institutions planning to set up an IPM program for the very first time. The next webinar is on March 24th and will be presented by Rachael Arenstein with special guest Matt Mickletz from Museumpests. This webinar, “What is in my monitors?” will focus specifically on pest identification and life cycles while utilizing MuseumPests’ new and improved database, which is embedded into Conserv’s free IPM software tool.

Sign up here: https://conserv.io/ipm-webinar-series/

Webinar 2: What is in my monitors?
Date: Thursday, March 24th
Time: 11:00 a.m. (CST)
Main speaker: Rachael Arenstein, Museumpests.net
Special guest: Matt Mickletz, Museumpests.net

Webinar 3: What to do with my pest data?
Date: Thursday, April 28th
Time: 11:00 a.m. (CST)
Main speaker: Christian Baars, National Museums Liverpool
Special guest: Jane Henderson, Cardiff University

If you missed the first webinar, “What is IPM?” or cannot attend one of the following webinars, do not fret! We will have recordings of every webinar to share at the completion of the series.
This week, the New England Museum Association celebrates in .

Thank you for supporting museums in , they are incredible treasures within our communities. New England
https://nemanet.org/museums/search?state%5B%5D=MA&search=1
Museums are the lifeblood of many of our signature programs and we're excited to spread the good word of New England Museum Week! Check out the resources made available by New England Museum Association to celebrate some favorite and familiar attractions.

https://nemanet.org/resources/advocacy/new-england-museum-week/
New England Museum Association announced that today is New England Museum Week! Who is your favorite New England Museum? I may be a bit biased being 2nd Vice Chairwoman of Stamford History Center How is SHC celebrating? The wonderful pop-up Women’s History Month Exhibit focusing on both the extraordinary and ordinary events in women’s lives told through our selection of photos and textile pieces, curated by Jennifer Hawthorne, located at The Ferguson Library Downtown Stamford!

Though today is , our friends at New England Museum Association are dedicating a week to advocate with each state in the region for :
📢 Our third pre-event webinar begins in one hour.

Registrants can join this deep dive session to learn about actionable strategies and information to help you be an effective advocate for yourself and for museums.

Featured speakers include Meg Winikates, Director of Engagement at New England Museum Association; Nicole Allen White, Director of Government Affairs at Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Donna K. Sack, Vice President and Chief Program Officer at Naper Settlement.

If you are registered, log in to the Museums Advocacy Day Event Center with the information previously emailed to you to view advocacy resources, links to live webinars, public policy briefings, and more.

Learn more about :
aam-us.org/museums-advocacy
Monday means it's time for our ! Here's a short list of diverse topics. Feel free to add yours in our comments section.

Monday, 2/14 at 7 p.m. ET: The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum / Poe Baltimore hosts “In Her Own Words: A Valentine to Edgar Allan Poe” as part of their Virginia Poe Bicentennial Discussion Series. Register here: https://bit.ly/3GP6U3t

Wednesday, 2/16 at 9:30 a.m. ET: New England Museum Association hosts “Introduction to Museums Advocacy.” Register here: https://bit.ly/3J9CcDI

Thursday, 2/17 at 7 p.m. ET: The Reginald F. Lewis Museum hosts their Fireside Book Chat on “How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America” with author Clint Smith. Register here: https://bit.ly/3GNXLsa

Tuesday, 2/22 at 6 p.m ET: The Maryland Women's Heritage Center hosts “Critical Race Theory: What Is It?” Register here: https://bit.ly/35wPDz7
Hi, because im in financial troubles, im seelling pieces of my art collection, 100 pieces aprox.... this is an example...thanks for help me. 🙏👍
Fresh off the heels of his presentation at the New England Museum Association conference, CLA archivist Zachary summarizes the importance and promise of digital collections, especially their role in facilitating access by bringing diverse physical collections together online:
https://www.congregationallibrary.org/blog/202112/digital-projects-and-unique-opportunities-collaboration

Our very own Manager of Youth Education & Outreach has won a New England Museum Association (NEMA)Excellence Award!

Julie is a passionate advocate for the power of the arts to bring joy and healing into every life. She is an enthusiastic leader on-site of hundreds of elementary school field trips; programs for homeschoolers and Scout troops; summer camp for 1st-8th graders; and non-stop programming during the ever-popular Wee Faerie Village installation each October. Seeking to enfold those who think art is for “other people,” Julie is actively growing the Museum’s outreach program, taking Museum materials and instruction directly to Alzheimer’s patients, Head Start preschools, children living with cancer, victims of domestic violence, at-risk teens, Navy wives, and the elderly. She lovingly provides arts therapy at a local homeless shelter and – despite the language barrier-- inspires immigrant students learning English at a local adult education center with warm, inclusive teaching.

“Given the upheaval in our field over the past eighteen months, these awards are even more important this year to recognize the innovation, dedication, and vision of the recipients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their work strengthens our community of museum professionals and improves visitor experience across New England,” said NEMA Executive Director Dan Yaeger when announcing the honor. “We are proud to acknowledge, celebrate, and recognize these outstanding individuals as leaders in service to the museum profession.”

The NEMA Excellence Award competition recognizes individual members for excellence in museum practice, whether they’re behind-the-scenes or on the front lines, the unsung heroes or the superstars. Nominated by their peers, nominees represent a range of worthy practices, acts of outreach, kind deeds, and sustained commitments to going above and beyond, regardless of job description. Winners were recognized at the 2021 Annual NEMA Conference, conducted virtually last week.
So many amazing museums in + ! Congrats to these museum folks for receiving Excellence Awards in their field. New England Museum Association New England