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Tapestry Newsletter
July 26, 2017



Pennsylvania is still without an agreement on revenue to support the spending package that was passed two weeks ago. House lawmakers have been in Harrisburg and talking as recently as the weekend, but there simply hasn't been any consensus reached about how to cover the spending. The House stands in recess ready to reconvene at the call of Speaker Turzai, and the Senate continues to meet to see if they can come to an agreement. As the budget process extends long past the June 30 deadline, there is plenty of frustration to go around. Back in April and May, there was optimism that Pennsylvania's lawmakers could put together a budget on time. Here's one news story from WITF's Capitol Bureau  that describes the situation in greater detail.

The Pennsylvania Museum Preservation Act was not included in this year's budget discussions around the spending plan. It moved out of the Senate State Government Committee and was considered in the Senate twice. The bill was referred to the Senate Appropriations Committee, and it remained there while part of Pennsylvania's budget was hammered out. 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.



Thanks to the individuals, institutions, organizations, and businesses that have joined PA Museums or renewed!

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 has helped 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



  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.

  Interpreting Anniversaries and Milestones at Museums and Historic Sites
August 8, 2017
Cost: $40 members/$65 nonmembers

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


Association of African American Museums Conference  
July 31-August 4, 2017
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Washington, DC

AAAM's 39th Annual Conference will be hosted by the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) and honorary chair, Founding Director Lonnie Bunch, beginning July 31 - August 4, 2017  in Washington, D.C.  The annual conference will broaden the perspectives of those in attendance by promoting an understanding of the social movements -- Civil Rights, Black Power and Black Studies -- which helped to foster racial consciousness in the 1960s and cultivate the creation of Black Museums over the past 50 years.
Advanced Registration is open!

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. 

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

Our call for session proposals will be next. Look for it in August 2017.

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



Lancasteronline interviewed the new site administrator at the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum and featured its program about Civil War soldier's lives between the battles.

The Tribune Democrat explored what the future may look like at the Johnstown Flood Museum. It may look like 1977.

The Andy Warhol Museum announced the appointment of Karen Lautanen to Director of Strategic Initiatives.

TribLive reported on PA Museums' recent award to the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum.

It was what the Pennsylvania Dutch call "floody" at Fallingwater.

The Centre Daily Times covered a collaboration celebrating the Civilian Conservation Corps.

The Post-Gazette reviewed The Art of Facts, a new exhibit at the Senator John Heinz History Center. The Post-Gazette also highlighted the History Center's Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum.

The Independence Seaport Museum got some ink for their Fourth Annual Battleship Olympia Tattoo Arts Convention.

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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