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Tapestry Newsletter
August 9, 2017



Pennsylvania is still without an agreement on revenue to support the spending package that was passed a month ago. The Senate put together a compromise revenue agreement, and the House has not yet finalized the deal. Governor Wolf has been hopeful that the House will return soon to finish the budget, and in the meantime, Pennsylvania's borrowing $750 million to keep oil in the machine has been in the news.

The Pennsylvania Museum Preservation Act was not included in this year's budget discussions around the spending plan. PA Museums has supported the Pennsylvania Museum Preservation Act from its introduction, and we continue to feel this bill is an important one. It may be taken up again when the legislature returns to session after their summer break and after the budget is settled. We will continue to monitor its progress.
The American Alliance of Museums has set aside August 12-19 for its annual Invite Congress to Your Museum week. Here is a step-by-step guide to participating.



Find Your Centre: Cultivating Community Connections  PA Museums Annual Statewide Museum Conference
Centre County 
April 15-17, 2018 
Museums and historical organizations are used to being pulled in different directions. One moment, an institution is protecting its collection for future generations mostly out of the view of the public. The next moment there is a wedding being celebrated, caterers rolling carts down hallways, and musicians setting up to perform in a room. At the same time, someone is leaving a voicemail about something they have found in their attic, and the accountant just sent an email about the organization's 990. Whether it is hectic or not, the day to day work sometimes needs to be set aside for time to reflect, relax, and rejuvenate.

Centre County, with its rich agricultural landscape, beautiful and industrious towns, and the presence of Penn State University, is in the center of Pennsylvania, and it provides an ideal backdrop for us to find our center together at our annual statewide museum conference. Our museum community will connect and learn as we enjoy special events showcasing our member museums, educational sessions and excellent speakers, honoring the winners of our annual Special Achievement Awards, and opportunities to connect with our colleagues. We look forward to seeing you there!

Pennsylvania's cultural community is rich and diverse. Museums, galleries, zoos, science centers, visitor centers, historic sites, monuments, parks, libraries, archives, and educational institutions all contribute to our cultural community in the Commonwealth by connecting our past with future generations. 
The PA Museums Annual Conference offers museum professionals an interactive forum for the exchange of ideas, sharing best practices, professional networking and discussion of trends in the museum field.  The event is an excellent opportunity for p rofessionals to reconnect and recharge as well as learn from colleagues.

We are seeking proposals echoing our theme, Find Your Centre: Cultivating Community Connections, for presentation at the conference. The deadline to submit session proposals is November 1.

To submit a proposal, please email the following information to Chrisoula Randas Perdziola, Programming Specialist by November 1, 2017. The Programs Committee will announce selected sessions by January 15, 2018. Please contact Chrisoula if you have any questions.

Tentative Title
(concise and catchy!)

Description - Please include the concept, area of relevance (e.g. collections, fundraising, etc.), and the intended audience. This description will be used to promote the conference and for content in our final program.

Participant(s) - Name, title, institution, address, phone and email of each participant. Please designate main contact if there are two or more participants.  


Thanks to the individuals, institutions, organizations, and businesses that have joined PA Museums or renewed! Those members with September quarterly renewal dates will soon receive our request to renew.

Has PA Museums helped you? Did you find a job through our job bank? Did you learn something important at one of our workshops or conferences? PA Museums is looking for your story. We are seeking testimonials about the value of being part of our statewide association. If you have a story to tell, send it our way!

PA Museums often helps our members find each other! If you are looking for a consultant to work with your organization, we can help by providing lists of firms or individuals that work with museums and historical organizations. We have members who can help with your strategic and operational planning, fundraising, branding, bench marking, or exhibition development. Please feel free to contact us if you need help finding help.


The Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia announced two grant opportunities earlier this week for museums or employees of museums in the Philadelphia region.

The Gretchen Worden Memorial Award is a stipend awarded to a cultural professional to attend a national or regional conference, or to participate in a professional development opportunity. This year, thanks to the generosity of the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the successful applicant for this award will receive a $1,000 grant to put toward their chosen conference. The award is named in honor of Gretchen Worden, who spent her career at the Mütter Museum and was an avid supporter of local, national, and international professional organizations. Click to learn more and apply. 

The new John Alviti Fund For Museum Innovation is accepting applications from local cultural institutions. From this fund, Museum Council will award one grant in the amount of $2,000 to support an institution in the Philadelphia region as it tests a new or expanded approach in programming, exhibitions, community engagement, and/or audience development. As this is a new program, Museum Council is open to ideas varying in size, scope, and impact that have the potential to benefit both visitors and the field. The fund honors cultural leader John Alviti, an important member of Museum Council known for sharing his deep knowledge of history, science, and technology, and for mentoring emerging museum colleagues. Applications for each of these awards are due no later than September 30, 2017



Rutgers Camden
Certification Program in Historic Preservation

Rutgers-Camden is launching a new continuing ed certificate program in historic preservation this fall. Students can take individual classes or workshops or several and work toward a certificate.  Information on the entire program can be found here. Information for the classes offered this fall can be found here.  Registration is now open. 

Online Conference/Workshops/Webinars with American Association for State and Local History (AASLH)
AASLH offers courses, workshops, and webinars coming up this winter and spring. These online courses and onsite workshops have limited capacity and fill up quickly, so register soon to secure your spot.  AASLH is offering four scholarships for our 2017 onsite workshops.

August 23 
Cost: Free AASLH Members/ $40 Nonmembers

September 7-8 
Cost: Varies ($60-$180)

More webinars will be added to the calendar soon, so make sure to bookmark the AASLH Event Calendar
and check back.

Webinar with the Pennsylvania Association of Non Profit Organizations (PANO) 
Wednesday, August 23 | 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Presented by: Don Kramer, Editor and Publisher, Nonprofit Issues & Tish Mogan, Standards for Excellence Director, PANO
Many nonprofits raise funds through special events or other activities that involve sponsorships, auctions, lotteries, or thank-you gifts. There are many nuances with a variety of technical legal requirements in advertising, calculating, and acknowledging the money for these events. This webinar will cover:
  • Charitable solicitation registration
  • Hidden issues in fundraising events
  • Waivers, releases, and indemnification
  • Liquor liability
  • Substantiation and "quid pro quo" acknowledgments
  • Charity auctions and their special rules for valuing contributions
  • Sponsorship rules distinguishing contributions from advertising
  • Lotteries and sweepstakes
  • Form 990 reporting for special events 
Making Museums Matter: From Advocacy to Action
The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums
October 19-21, 2017
Pittsburgh, PA

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) is pleased to announce that this year's annual conference will be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel from October 19-21, 2017. This year's theme is "Making Museums Matter: From Advocacy to Action." We will be highlighting stories of how staff at museums take the next step and create real change through their actions.
Registration should be open soon!

Museum Trustee Association
Director/Trustee Forum
November 2-3, 2017
Philadelphia, PA

The Museum Trustee Association will convene a forum for Directors and Trustees in Philadelphia. Have a look at the schedule. Registration is open.

The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
Exploring Museum Collections Storage
November 8-9, 2017

Participants in this  two-day conference will hear experts in design, space planning, environmental control, and conservation speak about methods and applications to improve museum collection storage spaces.  Sessions will include case studies that demonstrate how museums of various sizes have implemented storage initiatives. Please click here for more information and registration.

Call for Session Proposals 
Building Museums
Mid Atlantic Association of Museums  
March 9-11, 2018
Philadelphia, PA
Join museum colleagues, architects, other design and construction professionals, and project funders in lively conversation about what is involved in a museum building project. 
Attend a day-long workshop on all the elements you need to know to plan, design, and build a successful and sustainable new museum or addition to an existing museum. Learn about planning and building best practices, and how to identify project "red flags."

Visit new and refurbished museums by attending behind-the-scenes tours. Meet the 2018 winners of the prestigious Buildy Award given to honor exemplary museum building projects. Network with conferees at special receptions and informal "birds of a feather" gatherings.

Please visit MAAM's website to view the Call for Sessions and other information.

Call for Buildy Awards Nominations 
Building Museums 
Mid Atlantic Association of Museums 
March 9-11, 2018 

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) recognizes institutions whose construction projects demonstrate high achievement in the areas of planning, implementing, and surviving  with the Buildy Award at the the Building Museums® Symposium each year.

About the Award:

The purpose of the Buildy Award is to increase awareness within the field, and by the public at large, of the value of museums and the need for their ongoing rehabilitation and expansion to serve future generations.

Nominations are solicited from all Museum Directors with qualifying projects. Architects and other project team members are encouraged to collaborate with the Museum Directors to complete the nomination. Nominations submitted previously are eligible for resubmission if the project still meets the requirements. You can find nomination forms here.
Please submit all nominations by 5:00 pm on September 15, 2017 to:  
Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums 
Building Museums® Symposium 
Attention: 2018 Buildy Award 
PO Box 4 
Cooperstown, NY 13326

Save The Date! 
Find Your Centre: Cultivating Community Connections 
PA Museums Annual Statewide Museum Conference
Centre County
April 15-17, 2018

Annual Meeting and Museum Expo
The American Alliance of Museums
May 6-9, 2018
Phoenix, AZ



The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) announced the appointment of Andrea Lowery to Executive Director.

The Daily Mail (UK)reported on plans for a new John Updike Museum in Shillington.

The Observer-Reporter visited the Maridon Museum.

GoErie exit interviewed the Erie Art Museum's director, John Vanco.

The Allentown Morning Call checked in with PA Museums and others on the National Museum of Industrial History.

The Lockhaven Express featured the Centre County Historical Society.

The Senator John Heinz History Center's Andy Masich talked with CBS about the significance of Meadowcroft Rockshelter.

WJAC6 rolled with the Jefferson County Historical Society about a historic wagon's coming home from Ohio after over a hundred years.

Check out the PA Museums directory for all member museums and historic sites to get ideas for i nteresting activities at home or away and be sure to spread the word!  If your institution is not on our list, please let us know
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