Association of Midwest Museums

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The Association of Midwest Museums (AMM), founded in 1927, is a dynamic, non-profit membership organization that provides resources to museums and cultural institutions and services to museum professionals in an eight-state region in the Midwest, including Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. AMM provides a forum for dialogue and an exchange of ideas, provid

es resources to create and sustain strong cultural institutions, and fosters professional development and leadership within the museum community. AMM manages a variety of social media channels intended to connect, inform, engage, and support members of the museum community in the Midwest and beyond. Our community includes diverse organizations and individuals, who all have the right to feel comfortable and who may not think what you think, believe what you believe, or see what you see. Help us create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive space for all by adhering to the following basic guidelines in your comments and exchanges related to our social media and blog posts. https://www.midwestmuseums.org/news/online-guidelines/

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Check out our latest   Update! 👉Sign up for our next meetup: psychological safety👀Read about how psychological safety ma...
10/04/2023

Check out our latest Update!
👉Sign up for our next meetup: psychological safety
👀Read about how psychological safety makes teams effective
▶️Watch a video about a Yayoi Kusama "Pumpkin" lithograph
➕Explore new programs, grants & more!

https://conta.cc/3tnOpSE

The G.A.R. Museum has established itself as a vital community resource through Eric Pry's leadership. Join us virtually ...
10/03/2023

The G.A.R. Museum has established itself as a vital community resource through Eric Pry's leadership. Join us virtually Oct 12 at 4pm CT to learn more about the partnerships he has forged + what it's like working for a municipal museum. https://www.midwestmuseums.org/2023-awards-virtual/

Our fall virtual program series focuses on the accomplishments and lessons learned of this year's 2023 AMM Awards recipi...
09/29/2023

Our fall virtual program series focuses on the accomplishments and lessons learned of this year's 2023 AMM Awards recipients. Join us for these free events to hear their stories! Learn more and sign up: https://www.midwestmuseums.org/2023-awards-virtual/

It's National Food Service Workers Day & you better believe we understand the value of great food & skilled service! So,...
09/25/2023

It's National Food Service Workers Day & you better believe we understand the value of great food & skilled service! So, here's a shoutout to everyone who made our food events a smash in Indy 👏👏👏

The Culture Over Carbon (COC) research project is the museum sector's first in-depth energy use analysis. Learn about th...
09/22/2023

The Culture Over Carbon (COC) research project is the museum sector's first in-depth energy use analysis. Learn about the project’s findings in the full report + find tips and action steps in their new factsheet:

The Culture Over Carbon (COC) research study created the cultural sector’s first in-depth energy use analysis and the first estimate of the sector’s energy impacts on climate. Cultural institutions can use this data to support strategic planning, and implement structural, mechanical, and behavio...

Check out our latest   Update! 👉Sign up for our next meetup: Culture Over Carbon Report👀Read about toxic histories/sites...
09/20/2023

Check out our latest Update!
👉Sign up for our next meetup: Culture Over Carbon Report
👀Read about toxic histories/sites
▶️Watch Wichita Art Museum reveal a new acquisition by Kehinde Wiley
➕Explore new programs, grants & more!

https://conta.cc/3RtbY6w

TGIF, right?! (Wishing we were back on that zip line Conner Prairie!)
09/15/2023

TGIF, right?! (Wishing we were back on that zip line Conner Prairie!)

Have you been tracking this story at Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University? We find this breaking news especially ...
09/15/2023

Have you been tracking this story at Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso University? We find this breaking news especially disheartening... Who poses the security risk? The students, staff, and faculty across campus who are advocating to keep these works in the museum and available to the public?

https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/ct-ptb-brauer-paintings-removed-st-0914-20230913-h5evbevphbcv5fhiucjsr76adm-story.html

If you want to catch up on the situation: https://www.valpotorch.com/news/article_0cb0810a-ea9c-11ed-9d07-a79892e852e5.html

The three paintings that Valparaiso University is considering for auction to raise funds for the renovation of dorms for first-year students were removed from the walls of the Brauer Museum of Art Tuesday afternoon and placed off campus for safekeeping until a lawsuit revolving around the possible s...

Open to all! Great new program by Richard Supa Josey!
09/13/2023

Open to all! Great new program by Richard Supa Josey!

Join us at this ! This workshop occurs in two parts - a pre-workshop video introducing the content about Psychological Safety and an interactive workshop to convert the content into actionable steps. At the end of this workshop, participants will leave with a checklist of action items to access or explore within their workplace.

Register here: https://www.vamuseums.org/events/september-virtual-workshop-fostering-psychological-safety-the-foundation-for-deai-efforts

We had so much fun celebrating our 2023 Awards recipients in Indy - now we're looking forward to fall virtual programs i...
09/12/2023

We had so much fun celebrating our 2023 Awards recipients in Indy - now we're looking forward to fall virtual programs in their honor! More info & signup links coming soon!

The Bakken Museum Downers Grove Museum
Tricia O'Connor, Eric Pry, Jessica Spiess

Check out our latest   Update! 👉Sign up for our next meetup: Your greatest challenges as a manager👀Read about why middle...
09/06/2023

Check out our latest Update!
👉Sign up for our next meetup: Your greatest challenges as a manager
👀Read about why middle managers get a bad rap
▶️Watch a video about a baby penguin
➕Explore new programs, grants & more!

https://conta.cc/3sHe4FL

It's National Read a Book Day, and we're over here thinking about A'Lelia Bundles' stories of her love of books as a chi...
09/06/2023

It's National Read a Book Day, and we're over here thinking about A'Lelia Bundles' stories of her love of books as a child and how reading opened the whole world up to her. What book are YOU reading today??

When your board gets to take a photo in a beautiful venue PLUS A'Lelia Bundles makes a cameo appearance - nothing but sm...
09/05/2023

When your board gets to take a photo in a beautiful venue PLUS A'Lelia Bundles makes a cameo appearance - nothing but smiles!

Thanks for helping us capture ALL the smiles, Midwest Virtual Experiences!

Did you catch the performance by singers from Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History during AMM & AIM's ...
09/02/2023

Did you catch the performance by singers from Freetown Village: A Living Experience in Black History during AMM & AIM's conference? What a powerful experience! You can see them in-person again at Penrod Arts Fair in Indy on Sept 9! Check out their upcoming events:

Sep 9 11:15 AM11:15 Freetown Village Singers @ Penrod Arts Fair 2023 Saturday, September 9, 2023 11:15 AM 11:40 AM 11:15 11:40 Newfields Art Museum (map) Google Calendar ICS The Freetown Village Singers have been invited to participate in the annual Penrod Arts Fair! Join us on Saturday, September 9...

Check out our latest   Update! 👉Sign up for our next meetup: Social Media, a necessary evil?👀Read about a TX museum maki...
08/23/2023

Check out our latest Update!
👉Sign up for our next meetup: Social Media, a necessary evil?
👀Read about a TX museum making waves with posts on Threads
▶️Watch a video about a plastic bottle pontoon
➕explore new programs, grants & more!

https://conta.cc/3OKWJ6a

Having regrets about not purchasing one of our limited edition cranberry   shirts during the   conference? We've got a s...
08/19/2023

Having regrets about not purchasing one of our limited edition cranberry shirts during the conference? We've got a small supply left - plus a few other colors. Order yours online now! https://ow.ly/NNLu50PAtU1

If we don't have your size available, you can still support AMM by purchasing the standard gray shirts directly from RAYGUN here: https://ow.ly/Mirl50PAtTZ

Is it too soon for a   post about the 2023 Joint Conference? 😉Check out this   recap video by our friends at ASH Interac...
08/17/2023

Is it too soon for a post about the 2023 Joint Conference? 😉Check out this recap video by our friends at ASH Interactive / Midwest Virtual Experiences!

Here's a look back at "Braking Point," the 2023 Joint Conference of the Association of Midwest Museums and Association of Indiana Museums in Indianapolis, IN...

Thanks to Conner Prairie for organizing a stress-reducing retreat to cap this year’s conference. We had a blast!
07/29/2023

Thanks to Conner Prairie for organizing a stress-reducing retreat to cap this year’s conference. We had a blast!

Good morning from Conner Praire!
07/29/2023

Good morning from Conner Praire!

This is just half the village it took to make the vision for   a reality - thanks to the whole team and all the friends ...
07/29/2023

This is just half the village it took to make the vision for a reality - thanks to the whole team and all the friends we made along the way!

Wow, wow, wow!! What an awesome final night at   thanks to Percussive Arts Society, the Vonnegut Museum & Library, and t...
07/29/2023

Wow, wow, wow!! What an awesome final night at thanks to Percussive Arts Society, the Vonnegut Museum & Library, and the beautiful Walker Theatre!

What (and who) would be in the Museum of Awesome? We asked attendees in a community drawing activity, and here were thei...
07/28/2023

What (and who) would be in the Museum of Awesome? We asked attendees in a community drawing activity, and here were their answers!

Congrats to our AMM award winners! It was so great to be in the same beautiful room with   to celebrate  your amazing wo...
07/28/2023

Congrats to our AMM award winners! It was so great to be in the same beautiful room with to celebrate your amazing work.

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What a lovely evening exploring Indiana Historical Society and the Eiteljorg Museum!
07/28/2023

What a lovely evening exploring Indiana Historical Society and the Eiteljorg Museum!

A     here - this time yesterday, a workshop about label writing and a tour of the awesome (and world's largest) Childre...
07/27/2023

A here - this time yesterday, a workshop about label writing and a tour of the awesome (and world's largest) Children's Museum of Indianapolis wrapped up. What a fun and inspiring place!

“I truly believe that the full American story should be told. That we will never solve our divisions if we can’t underst...
07/27/2023

“I truly believe that the full American story should be told. That we will never solve our divisions if we can’t understand our history and the history of all Americans. That sugar-coating history only covers over the wounds. I also believe that the quest for to form a more perfect union is an important and necessary goal. And I know that museums will always have a role to play in helping us reach that goal.” Thank you, A’Lelia, for all you do and for the encouragement to keep going!

AND we made it to the top of The Crown! What a view - and what a crew!
07/27/2023

AND we made it to the top of The Crown! What a view - and what a crew!

It’s hot in Indy this week, but somehow we got a perfect summer night with a warm summer breeze as we explored Crown Hil...
07/27/2023

It’s hot in Indy this week, but somehow we got a perfect summer night with a warm summer breeze as we explored Crown Hill Cemetery.

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HIRING: Executive Director, IUMAA
Application deadline: January 28, 2023
Full description: https://museum-search.com/all-searches/2022/12/7/indiana-university-museum-of-archaeology-and-anthropology

We are pleased to announce an exceptional opportunity for a dynamic and forward-thinking cross-discipline museum professional to serve as Executive Director of the Indiana University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (IUMAA).

**The fundamental mission of the IUMAA is to bring university, Indigenous, and public audiences together in a progressive and respectful dialogue that increases knowledge of the material world in the service of social justice and environmental stewardship.**

The Executive Director is responsible for the operations of the Museum, including setting and implementing the Museum’s direction, managing its budget, expanding its financial support, and developing new in-person and online audiences. The Director must have a strong vision and high degree of professionalism to effectively mobilize and activate the Museum’s efforts to develop relationships that strengthen the Museum. The successful candidate will exhibit proficiency in fundraising and financial management and have a thorough understanding of legal and ethical museum management, including NAGPRA. They will also be cognizant of the broader political and cultural implications around repatriation, and familiar with the complex political, legal, and cultural milieu of Native American and global Indigenous peoples.

For a full list of responsibilities, necessary skills/experience, and compensation, please review the full job description: https://museum-search.com/all-searches/2022/12/7/indiana-university-museum-of-archaeology-and-anthropology

Association of Midwest Museums Midwest Archaeological Conference Society for American Archaeology Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology TrowelBlazers Society of Black Archaeologists LGBT Archaeologists

Congratulations to The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Glenn North for being recognized by the Association of Midwest Museums with the Groundbreakers Award for their podcast "A Frame of Mind." You can watch the virtual event here and learn all about this incredible work.

There are so many worthy organizations to support this , but please consider the Nelson-Atkins so they can continue to offer free general admission, school tours and workshops, community programming, and so much more. Go to nelson-atkins.org/donate today!

The Groundbreakers Award recognizes museums or cultural organizations who have pushed past boundaries, broken conventions, addressed uncomfortable truths about their institution’s histories and connection to oppressive systems and structures, and/or creatively engaged collaborative partners to affect change in the pursuit of a better, more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable future. Nominees’ external or internal projects or initiatives—big or small—have resulted in better support for their staff and volunteers, greater service to their diverse communities, new thinking about their collections, or advancement of social justice work in their communities. Museums of any size are qualified and encouraged to apply, and will be honored for their internal or external efforts to advance diversity and equity at their institutions.


The Black Creatures
The conference hotel block is now available!! We are so excited to meet new and old friends at the Association of Midwest Museums conference next July!
📣HIRING: Curator of Archaeological Collections, Job ID #303420

Apply by Dec 31st at: https://jobs.iu.edu/
[date updated to end of year on November 29]

The IUMAA is preparing to open to the public in the fall of 2023 and combines the strengths and rich collections of the former Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology and Mathers Museum of World Cultures into one museum with more than 5 million artifacts that span a broad range of human experience from Indiana’s first peoples to contemporary communities from around the world.

The museum is dedicated to creating an inclusive and welcoming workplace and values teamwork, communication, and fun. Preparing for opening day will entail creativity and a commitment to hard work.

Association of Midwest Museums Midwest Archaeological Conference Society for American Archaeology Indiana Division of Historic Preservation & Archaeology TrowelBlazers Society of Black Archaeologists LGBT Archaeologists

Another alert! The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College is looking for their next Curator of Education and Exhibitions. If you have experience in education outreach, programming, and curatorial work, this position may be the right fit for you!

Applications are due by October 4th! See the posting on the Association of Midwest Museums website for more information about this interesting art opportunity.

Please feel free to like/follow The Association of Carceral Sites and Museums! The Association of Carceral Sites and Museums is an organization dedicated to the meaningful interpretation of incarceration. It provides networking, information, and resources for historic carceral sites and museums, as well as the general public.
Exciting news -- we won an award!

In July, Hannah Johnson, former Director of Youth and Family Education at the Museum, attended the Association of Midwest Museums' annual conference in Milwaukee, WI, to receive the exclusive Best Practices 2022 Award on behalf of Breaking Bread and its 20+ contributors. "The Best Practices Award recognizes museums and cultural organizations whose innovative projects or community partnerships and collaborations have pushed beyond the status quo and led to the advancement of best museum practices or the establishment of new practices at their institutions in order to better fulfill their missions. Typically, one organization is recognized."

What an honor for this program to be recognized as best in the Midwest! This award belongs to all the community partners who contributed their time, knowledge, and recipes to this effort. Thank you!

Breaking Bread in McLean County (2021) is a 10-part online program series highlighting the shared and disparate experiences of local im/migrant communities from the Kickapoo Nation to Congolese Americans through stories of food, family, tradition, trauma, and exchange. It was a partnership between the McLean County Museum of History (MCMH), BN Welcoming (a coalition of the The Immigration Project, Not In Our Town: Bloomington-Normal/Not In Our Schools, West Bloomington Revitalization Project, Mennonite Church of Normal, and First United Methodist Church together creating a supportive environment for immigrants to McLean County), Design Streak at Illinois State University, and Heartland Community College.

This is the second award for the Breaking Bread series, the first was an Illinois Association of Museums award in April 2022 for Superior Achievement in Community Partnerships.

The entire award-winning Breaking Bread series can be viewed on the McLean County Museum of History’s YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeoTL4N-ea-TQb1qZ58J2lbArEiV86k5l
Join us for a collections and archives tour at the Indiana Historical Society! This free event is open to everyone and will include a presentation from the Director of Collections Management!
Not sure if this is a Midwest museum that's on your radar, but it was a bucket list place for me!

Congratulations to Stephen White, Chief Strategy Officer at COSI - Center of Science and Industry for receiving the Promising Leadership Award from the Association of Midwest Museums!
If you’re in Milwaukee for this week’s Association of Midwest Museums - Wisconsin Federation of Museums joint conference, stop by and say hi 👋 to our Co-Founder, Dan! We also have some goodies for you at our booth...
Luci Creative is headed to the Association of Midwest Museums conference in Milwaukee! Look out for Project Strategy Director Annie Vedder and Project Coordinator Rebecca Husk in sessions and at events.
Our podcast, A Frame of Mind, received the Groundbreakers Award from Association of Midwest Museums. Congratulations to host Glenn North, producer Christine Murray, all the guests, and our amazing Learning & Engagement staff. Listen to the five-episode series described as "a thoughtful, introspective response to community requests for accountability," available where you find podcasts or on our website here: https://bit.ly/3yOyc88.
Attention all paid staff members (Directors, administrative staff, instructional staff, etc.) from Environmental Learning (EL) organizations in the U.S. that offer youth-based education programs and have been working in their position for 6 months or more! Can you give around 20 minutes of your time to complete a survey?

My study is titled “Inclusive Practices in Environmental Learning for Students with Disabilities: What are EL organizations doing?”. The survey inquires what EL Organizations are doing to increase accessibility to diverse populations so all children can fully participate in their educational programs.

Environmental Learning (EL) is an umbrella term used to include the various iterations of environmental-focused education programs dealing with human relationships with the natural environment.
This survey will take 20– 30 minutes to complete. Participation is completely voluntary, and you can end your participation at any time by closing your web browser with the open survey. At the end of the survey, you have the option to enter a drawing for a gift card. The survey will remain open until May 1st, 2022.

The link to complete the survey: https://uarizona.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_87BApVFHpk5YDs2
The link will initially take you to the Informed Consent Form that also has more information on the study prior to starting the survey. This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Arizona IRB office.

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