September 15, 2021
CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS

PA Museums will present “Museums in the Moment”, our annual statewide museum conference in Pittsburgh scheduled for April 24-26, 2022. Museums are at a critical moment in time as our communities search for new ways to serve audiences with mindfulness and intention. Museums are crucial to this moment as our nation heals and moves ahead. Pittsburgh’s welcoming culture and rich heritage will be the backdrop and touchstone for our gathering.

PA Museums’ annual meeting will be held in Pittsburgh, and our attendees will enjoy the city’s cultural ecosystem. Our conference attendees will connect and learn as we join together for special events showcasing our member museums, educational sessions, and keynote speakers. We will also celebrate the winners of our annual Special Achievement Awards and have many opportunities to meet colleagues. We look forward to seeing you there!

PA Museums invites you to submit a session proposal that speaks to our theme: Museums in the Moment.



CALL FOR AWARDS NOMINATIONS

Each year, PA Museums recognizes the special achievements of museums and historical organizations in Pennsylvania. This is your invitation to nominate a project or process that is exemplary, or an individual for lifetime achievement.

PA MUSEUMS SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:

  • Serve as public recognition of staff and volunteers doing exemplary work;
  • Encourage institutions to establish and maintain standards of excellence;
  • Provide a vehicle to promote institutional achievement and individual professional success;
  • Reinforce case statements attesting to the quality of your programs in grant applications, fundraising materials, or sponsorship proposals; and
  • Publicly honor awardees with 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 2022?

The deadline to submit nominations is October 22, 2021 at 11:59 pm.



We recorded an informational webinar with PA Museums Board, staff and award winners from past years about completing an awards nomination. You can view that recording here.
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THE PENNSYLVANIA HUMANITIES COUNCIL ANNOUNCES ITS PA SHARP GRANTS PROGRAM

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (PHC) and other state and regional humanities councils are distributing funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ SHARP (Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan) program. This legislation recognizes both the financial realities of the on-going pandemic recovery and the vital importance of the humanities to economic and civic life. 

Through PA SHARP, PHC will provide up to $20,000 in flexible funding to support the growth and recovery of the humanities in Pennsylvania. This is an opportunity to reimagine, reinvent, and re-envision humanities work through planning, capacity building, and creative programming. In addition to grants for Programs and General Operations and Capacity Building, PHC will partner with grantees to develop a special statewide learning network, the PA SHARP Learning Network, that fosters resource sharing, networking, professional development, and mutual support.

SUPPORT FOR YOUR MUSEUM
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting applications for six grant programs:
 
·    Museums Empowered
 
Applications for all six programs are due on November 15, 2021.

Visit the IMLS website for a listing of on-demand webinars to learn more about each opportunity.
PA MUSEUMS IN THE NEWS

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) announced that Melissa Mann will lead its Bureau of Historic Sites and Museums.

The Senator John Heinz History Center hosted a discussion with members of the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates.

Dr. Ashley Jordan was named to lead the African American Museum in Philadelphia.

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art's curator Barbara Jones announced her retirement.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will return a shield in its collection to the Czech Republic.

The State Museum's new exhibit, Witness to History, recently opened.

COLLECTIONS SUPPORT

A Costume Society of America (CSA) Small Museum Collection Care Grant of $1,500 is intended to assist the costume and textiles collection of a small museum (including historical societies, historic houses or sites, and other similar institutions) that has a very limited budget and staff. Funding may be used to support the care, conservation, and/or exhibition of costume and textiles that have historic, regional, or other significance and are intended for preservation. The deadline is October 15, 2021.



UPCOMING OPPORTUNITIES FROM THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) lists several opportunities in a variety of grants programs with deadline ranging from the end of September through August, 2022. Please click here to see the list and explore which program may fit your organization's work.

MUSEUM ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

The Museum Assessment Program (MAP), established in 1981, has helped more than 5,000 small and mid-sized museums of all types strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet standards.

MAP offers five different assessments to choose from:
  • Organizational
  • Collections Stewardship
  • Education & Interpretation
  • Community & Audience
  • Engagement
  • Board Leadership

The next application deadline will likely be February 1, 2022. Want to be notified when the next application instructions and deadlines become available? Contact MAP staff to be added to the notification list.

MAP is supported through a cooperative agreement between IMLS and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).
THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE ARCHIVES' ANNUAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS MANAGEMENT SEMINAR

The Pennsylvania State Archives is pleased to announce that the Annual Archives and Records Management Seminar will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2021.

All sessions will be virtual.

Wednesday October 20, 10:00 – 12:00
ARM Seminar: Teams, OneDrive, SharePoint, Oh My! Records Management and Microsoft 365
 
The Commonwealth and local governments are implementing many features of M365. Our speakers will lay out some of the challenges and concerns with managing records in this new environment.


Wednesday, October 20, 1:30 – 3:00
ARM Seminar: Looking in the Mirror: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility at Historical Records Repositories

Join us for a discussion on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in cultural heritage organizations. Speakers will be sharing their own experiences and will also answer audience questions.


Thursday, October 21, 10:00 – 12:00
Archives Without Tears Key Concepts Series Panel Q&A

The Archives Without Tears Key Concepts Series distilled the two-day Archives Without Tears workshops into brief online modules that are freely available on PHMC's YouTube channel. A panel of archivists will be on hand to answer your questions about practical solutions for how to collect, preserve, and assist researchers with the archival treasures in your care.
Please be sure to watch the videos prior to this panel session and bring your questions! https://bit.ly/3lqkCkX

MEMBERSHIP

The Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is looking for STEAM and Educational Programs Manager. If your organization is looking to fill any open positions, please send us your announcements.

September's quarterly membership renewals will be showing up via email. PA Museums appreciates the support of our membership. Thank you for renewing!

RECOMMENDED

Watch People of PA Museums on Youtube with Wayne E. Motts, President and CEO of the Gettysburg Foundation with Jason Illari.

The Conococheague Institute posted a delightful and informative video about putting in apple cider that has us thinking about autumn.