August 2019
VAM News
Our Leadership and Advocacy Fellow, Jackie Spainhour, has completed her final project. Jackie worked on research related to neurodiversity in museums, specifically children with autism. We are excited to be able to share her project with you! Jackie will also be a featured speaker in one of our upcoming workshops this season, so watch for that. Thank you, Jackie, for all your hard work!
View the project video here.

Our second Leadership and Advocacy Fellow Christina Vida also completed her final project. Christina worked on a project that asked the question "How Can Museums Stay Relevant to Schools?" Christina contacted 258 Virginia Educators and conducted in depth interviews. View her project here.

Interested in being one of our 2019 Fellows?

Our Leadership and Advocacy Fellowship sponsored by Langley Federal Credit Union is open to mid-career museum professionals who are members in good standing of VAM. The goal of the fellowship is to produce original research that can inform the larger VAM community about issues facing the field. If you are interested in applying to be one of this year’s fellows, the online application is open. The deadline to apply is September 20. Each selected fellow receives $1,000 to help them with their work through the year.  Visit the website to find out more and to apply.
Upcoming Events
J oin us at the new American Civil War Museum in Richmond on August 6 with CEO Christy Coleman. Register today Only 5 spots are left.


Tune in to a free educational webinar to learn more about the new Office Depot/OfficeMax member benefit discounts available to VAM members. Register
Member News
The Fralin Museum of Art was recently featured in the AAM AVISO for their work with the International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville. Read about their work with immigrant students at a local elementary here.

The Community Foundation of Greater Richmond recently announced its 2019 Community Impact Grants. VAM members who received grants included: Virginia Museum of History and Culture, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and Maymont. Congratulations to all of the awardees.

The Virginia Humanities recently announced 25 non profit grants. Several VAM members were recipients: American Civil War Museum, American Frontier and Culture Museum, Cape Charles Historical Society, Chrysler Museum of Art, Eastern Shore of Virginia Barrier Islands Center, Maymont, Petersburg Preservation Taskforce, The Valentine, and the William King Museum of Art. Congratulations to all. Great work!
Hails & Farewells
Congratulations to Rebecca Guest for joining the Virginia Zoo as their new development coordinator! Rebecca recently helped the Fairfield Foundation match a $100,000 challenge grant from the Cabell Foundation to build the archaeological park at Fairfield Plantation as their development assistant, and we know and love her as VAM's former membership coordinator. Go Rebecca!! 

Happy Birthday to The Birthplace of Country Music Museum ! In celebration of its 5th Anniversary, the Bristol museum is offering just $5 admission between Thursday, August 1 and Sunday, August 4.  

Congratulations to Lori Botkin for being named the full time Director of the Highland Historical Society.

Professional Development Opportunities
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is rolling out a new series of  regional grant workshops  designed for applicants for the museum grant programs. Providing greater access to IMLS funds and resources is one of the agency’s core strategic goals, and these regional workshops are a proactive step towards realizing this goal. These free workshops are intended for new and returning applicants.   The Mid Atlantic regional workshop is in Newark, NJ on September 24.

Visit VAM's website for additional opportunities. 

Make plans now to connect with your legislative representatives over August 12-16.  The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) has developed a fantastic array of resources and tools to help make "Invite Congress to Visit Your Museum" Week a success. 

The American Association for State and Local History is offering two webinars this fall. The first is September 12, 2019."Creating Connextion: Building Partnerships with your Board members. The second webinar is December 5, 2019. "Introduction to Audio, Visual & Film Media and Their Care" Information on these webinars can be found here.

Funding Opportunities
The Virginia Humanities currently has two grants that are open for applications. The Open Grant program is available from April 15-October 15, 2019. Open to proposals on a wide range of subjects, for projects in any format, and for amounts typically up to $10,000. The second grant opportunity is the Discretionary Grant Program. This program issues gifts up to $3,000. For more information see their webpage .

The Institute of Museum and Library Sciences is offering grant opportunities for their Museum Assessment Program(MAP) MAP is designed to help museums assess their strengths and weaknesses, and plan for the future. Applications are due December 1, 2019
Apply here.
Headlines
Museums are reassessing their Board members and their business ties to controversial subjects. Read here about one such case at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.

Gari Melcher's Belmont in Fredericksburg was recently featured in the local paper for its new program using art to aid early stage memory loss patients. Click here to read about this ground breaking effort.
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