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Be Informed: VAM News 
On October 1st we premiered our new website and database. 

Be on the lookout over the coming month for useful emails that will cover new features of the website. For now, we invite you to visit vamuseums.org and take a look around. Be sure to read the welcome letter on the home page of the new site  to get started with updating your profile or that of your member organization.

In order to get the most out of your member experience, you will need to create a new login. Simply sign-in using the email address associated with your account and then create a new username and password.

We're always here to help and answer any questions. Just call 804.358.3170 or email Dan Goldstein at

Archaeology Month: Every October, Virginia celebrates Virginia archaeology at libraries, museums, historical societies, clubs, and at active archaeological sites.  For more information about archaeology month and to receive copies of Archaeology Month posters every October contact  Dee Deroche at the Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
In This Issue
Be Informed: VAM News
Conference/Workshop News
General News
Be Informed: Member News
Member to Member
Find Funding
Expand Your View
Upcoming Deadlines
Conference/Workshop News

Workshop - At the Crossroads: Collections Care and Sustainability
Location: Danville Science Center, 677 Craghead Street, Danville, VA 24541

Museums, arts and cultural organizations, and collecting institutions are invited to join Preservation Virginia and Virginia Association of Museums for a special half-day event devoted to community building in Danville and Southern Virginia. Through facilitated conversations, we will discuss issues related to organizational and facilities management including collections care and long-term sustainability of a collections-based program. (25 people max, pre-registration is required) Danville

Virginia Africana Associates Conference
Neglected but Not Forgotten-The State of Virginia's African American Cemeteries in the State of Virginia
Location: Ebenezer Baptist Church /216 West Leigh Street. Richmond, VA 23220

On Saturday, October 20th, we will hold a wreath laying at the African American burial ground in Shockoe Bottom and see the exhibition, Prophecy Makes History with a private gallery walk with the artists at The Gallery at Main Station. 

Keynote speaker is Del. Delores McQuinn, (D /VA). Del. McQuinn. She will share information about the task force she created to document the lives of enslaved African Americans and will also discuss the state of Virginia's African American cemeteries. There will be other speakers from around the state, a panel discussion on the work at Richmond's Evergreen and East End and more!  VAAC

General News

Science Museum of Virginia Expands Operating Days and Hours to All Week from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Starting Monday, Oct. 1, the  Science Museum of Virginia  will be open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. year-round. This is the first time in its 41-year history the Museum has been open for a full day on Sundays, and the first time in nearly 10 years it has stayed open the entire week during the school year.

The Power of Digital: 
New Initiative to Expand Museums' Capacity to Share Their Collections with K-12 Educators

Washington, DC- The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the launch of a new special initiative focused on building the museum field's capacity to connect with teachers and students. Museums for Digital Learning is a two-year cooperative agreement that enables museums to broadly share their digitized collections and other resources with K-12 schools across the country. Digital

Digging History
Alexandria archaeologist Eleanor Breen leads historic ship excavations.

On a winter day in late 2015, archaeologists unearthed an exciting discovery on Alexandria's waterfront - a 50-foot, 18th-century ship buried along the Potomac River shoreline.  The excitement hasn't slowed. This year, archaeologists found the remains of three more ships just south of the first discovery, all most likely from the 18th century. 

Boats Discovered in Alexandria

Colonial Williamsburg acquires pre-Revolutionary War silver teapot

The royal teapot of Virginia's last royal governor is coming home, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation announced Monday. The silver artifact belonged to John Murray, a Scottish nobleman and the fourth earl of Dunmore; now it belongs to Colonial Williamsburg. Teapot

Dunmore Teapot
Be Informed: Member News
Dominic Willsdon as the new Director of the Institute for Contemporary Art at VCU.

WELCOME: Caprice Bragg as the new Vice President for Board Relations and Strategic Planning for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

WELCOME: Janet Starke as the new Executive Director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
FAREWELL: Melanie Matthews is leaving her position as Executive Director for the National Sporting Library & Museum to become the Director of Development at Shenandoah Conservatory.

CONGRATULATIONS:  Diane Cripps, curator of history at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum received the National Historic Preservation Medal from the Daughters of the American Revolution in recognition for their exhibit focusing on Portsmouth's role in WWI. Way to go Diane!!

Member to Member
VAM has a few items in our storage closet we would like to offer to our members and help us clear some space. 

First item we have is a large disco ball. That's right disco is not dead! We have a disco  ball for all your staff meetings, staff parties or events! 

Second item we have to give to a good home is a medium sized  laminating  machine. I know it's not as exciting as the disco ball but just as useful. 

Disclaimer: Warning both items should not be used together. Injury, bad dancing and excessive laminating may occur!

First come first served! Contact Jennifer Thomas at jthomas@vamuseums.org if interested.
Find Funding
College Arts Association
CAA  recently announced the launch of a $1 million fund  that will pay grants to art history faculty and students to visit shows specifically relevant to their course material. The fund, which will hand out grants of up to $10,000 for eligible scholars and students, came about thanks to a major gift from an anonymous donor. CAA

Virginia Humanities
Open Grant Program - Open to proposals on a wide range of subjects, for projects in any format, and for amounts typically up to $10,000. Deadlines are April 15th and October 15th.  Draft proposals are strongly encouraged. Open Grant

Virginia Humanities
Discretionary Grant Program -  Smaller grants of up to $3,000. There is no deadline for this program; applications are accepted at any time. Applicants should contact  Virginia Humanities staff  in advance before submitting a Discretionary Grant proposal. There is no deadline. Discretionary

IMLS Inspire Grants
Inspire! Grants for Small Museums is a special initiative of the Museums for America program. This special initiative is designed to inspire small museums to apply for and implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans. Inspire! has three project categories: Lifelong Learning,  Community Anchors and Catalysts,  Collections Stewardship and Public Access. Inspire

Program Preserves Historic Places
The Historic Preservation Fund Grants to Underrepresented Communities program supports the survey, inventory, and designation of historic properties that are associated with communities currently underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places and among National Historic Landmarks. The application deadline is November 1, 2018. NPS
Expand Your View

Why Rebrand?
Thoughts prepared for the Chicago Museum Exhibitors Group on the topic of Rethink, Rebrand: Why, When and How Museums Reinvent Themselves

A rebrand should never be undertaken lightly. The effort required is too great and the implications, too significant, to start without a very good reason. But if you do have a good reason, the long-term benefits can be substantial. In some cases, a rebrand can be of existential importance. But success rarely comes without pain and some failures along the way. REBRAND

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