Tapestry Newsletter | November 7, 2018

The American Alliance of Museums is organizing Museum Advocacy Day in Washington, DC, February 25-26, 2019. This successful day of visiting legislative offices has been happening for a decade now, and its impact is growing support for the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Mark your calendars to participate in person or virtually.

Here in Pennsylvania midterm elections yesterday concluded with a victory for Governor Wolf in his bid to win a second term. John Fetterman will support him in the Lieutenant Governor's seat. There will be new faces in both the Pennsylvania House and Senate, and the Republican party maintained the majority in both chambers. The Democratic party made gains in seats in both the House and Senate. For example, the Senate was 34-16 in favor of the Republican party, and it will likely be 29-21 in the new legislative session. The Pennsylvania House was 121-81 in favor of the Republican party, and yesterday's elections will shift the balance to about 110-93. These numbers may move slightly after recounts in the closest contests.

In other news from Harrisburg House Bill 1511, a bill that would create a funding stream for Pennsylvania's tourism industry, moved through both chambers, and was signed by Governor Wolf on October 24, 2018.

The PA House is scheduled for session on November 13, and the Senate's remaining scheduled session day is November 14. Legislators and their staff will be at work in the coming weeks on leadership and committee assignments for the new legislative session, and we will share news when it is available.

We have extended our deadline for awards nominations!

The process for nominating an organization or institution for an award is easy. All types of museums are welcome to submit nominations, including art museums, arboretums, nature centers, childrens museums, historical societies, and zoos.

Doesn’t your organization deserve to be there when awards are presented in 2019 at our conference in the Brandywine Valley?

The deadline for submitting nominations is now this Friday, November 9, 2018. You can find more information about award categories, eligibility, and how to nominate an institution or individual at our website.

A message to our business members and friends
If you are trying to reach more museums with your products or services, our conference is a perfect place to do that. PA Museums is looking for help to make our conference in 2019 in Chadds Ford a success. Sponsor an event, provide a scholarship, buy an ad in our program, or exhibit your products with us.

Please click here for more.

Last year, more than 700 nonprofit museums saw a 37 percent increase in visitors, 23 percent increase in museum store transactions, and 60 percent increase in net store sales on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The reason? Museum Store Sunday. 

Back for a second year this November 25, Museum Store Sunday is your museum's chance to help holiday shoppers find distinctive gifts filled with inspiration and educational value that also support the important work you do all year round.

Registration is free for this global initiative and comes with a toolkit for promoting the event online and on-site. Read more about what one museum called "the best Sunday after Thanksgiving ever."

Tonight, November 7, the Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia will hold a networking event, Planning for People in Museum Exhibitions. Independent Exhibitions principal and exhibit developer Kathleen McLean, and Institute for Learning Innovation researcher Judy Koke, Ph.D. will share their work, guiding philosophies, and effective practices for integrating visitor perspectives into exhibitions and interpretation.


PA Museums will be mailing our renewals soon for those members with December expiration dates. Please be on the lookout in your mailbox. Thank you to our members for all of your support!


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.


There's new data about cultural organizations and social media from Colleen Dilenschneider's Know You Own Bone blog.

AAM's Education Professional Network invited participation in a survey that will shape Educational Core Documents.

The Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia announced grant opportunities, the Gretchen Worden Memorial Award and the John Alviti Fund for Museum Innovation. The deadline to apply is November 30, 2018.

Museums in Pittsburgh quickly responded to community needs after a tragic shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue. Here are news stories with The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh and the Senator John Heinz History Center, just to share a sample.

GoErie had a look at what the Erie Historical Society found in its archives and looked ahead to the completion of renovations to its Wood-Morrison House.

The Museum of the America Revolution opened a new exhibit on Alexander Hamilton.

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission announced upcoming events for November at its sites and museums.

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum now lets you take the wheel.

Philadelphia's Please Touch Museum opened its new Creative Arts Studio.

Sunday, November 11 marks the end of World War I Centennial Commemoration. Soldiers and Sailors in Pittsburgh, the State Museum in Harrisburg, the Little League Museum in Williamsport, and many other museums and historical organizations will join together this Sunday for Bells of Peace in remembrance.
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