Tapestry Newsletter | August 29, 2018

Trust, Transparency, and Transformation
PA Museums Annual Conference
April 7-9, 2019
Philadelphia, PA

Museums and historical organizations have retained the trust of patrons through thick and thin, and even as public trust in institutions declines across the board, museums are holding their own. Increasing transparency has helped museums tell better stories about themselves and their collections, and change is on the near horizon as a new generation entering the field demands it. Are museums neutral? Can museums, already struggling with a host of development issues, face accessibility, equity, and employment issues?

PA Museums invites you to join us for our 2019 conference to share best practices in advocacy, economic and community development, education, and cultural tourism as well as other areas. We welcome you to submit a session proposal that speaks to our theme of Trust, Transparency, and Transformation.

The deadline to submit proposals is November 2, 2018.


Each year, PA Museums recognizes the special achievements of museums and historical organizations in Pennsylvania. This is your invitation to submit a nomination for a project, process, or individual that you know is exemplary.

A PA Museums Special Achievement Award distinguishes your organization by:

• Serving as public recognition of staff or volunteers, and providing an incentive to continue developing new and exciting projects;
• Encouraging your staff to establish and maintain standards of excellence in your institution;
• Providing a vehicle to promote your institution through media news releases, and membership and fundraising campaigns;
• Reinforcing your case for the quality of your programs in grant or sponsorship proposals; and
• Publicly honoring awardees before peers and invited guests at a special awards ceremony during PA Museums’ statewide conference.

Doesn’t your organization deserve to be there when awards are presented in 2019?

The deadline for submitting nominations is November 2, 2018 by 11:59 PM. You can find more information about award categories, eligibility, and how to nominate an institution or individual at our website.

Museums across the United States have six opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants from the nation’s primary source of federal museum funding. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting applications for five current grant programs, as well as a new opportunity targeted to small museums

Find all the opportunities at the IMLS' website.

Check out The Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts workshop, Identification and Preservation of Architectural Drawings on September 5 join in a webinar on Lobbying and Electioneering for Nonprofits on September 13.


If your institution has a vacancy, please see our job posting guidelines at the bottom of our jobs page or pass our contact information along to your hiring manager. We have changed our guidelines recently and invite submissions that include salary ranges, hourly rates, and employee benefits.


PA Museums mailed membership renewals for our members with September expiration dates. We appreciate the support we receive from membership; please consider an additional gift or donating via PayPal to PA Museums to start our fiscal year off on good footing. If you have any questions about your membership or would like to join, please email us.


Are you in a historic image?

AASLH broke down big conferences for us. Ouch.

Mass Action (blog) discussed museum activism's shortcomings and possibilities.

A new exhibit at the Senator John Heinz History Center explores costume design.

Philadelphia's CollegeFest means activities and free admission at museums.

Greensburg's Westmoreland Museum of American Art received Architectural Digest's nod for its design.

CBS in Pittsburgh identified Pittsburgh's participating museums in Smithsonian's upcoming Museum Day on 9/22.

A Civil War Mystery unfolded at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia is making Labor Day special for kids.

What are the top children's museums? According to this list, the Please Touch Museum and Children's Museum of Pittsburgh are among them.

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