Welcome to the Alaska celebration of International Museum Day! Museums and Cultural Centers across the state submitted photos on a single day: April 19, 2014. Explore this feature roll or browse the whole gallery on our Flickr site (click any image to the right). -Ketchikan Museums children’s program “Grown on the Rock” (photo)
Alutiiq Museum: Michael Bach works with Alutiiq Club members to record PSA in the Alutiiq language for KMXT Public Radio.
Curator of Education Jill Lipka fills a whale tooth mold for a scrimshaw education program. Kodiak Historical Society & Baranov Museum.
Two staff members working on the installation of “Behind the Lens: 6 Juneau Photographers.” Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Juneau.
Victoria McDonald weaving a Ravenstail piece at the last Open Craft Night of the season. Ketchikan Museums.
Processing oversize archival materials into flat-file cases at Sitka National Historical Park.
Art Acquisition Fund & Collections Management Fund Program Assessment
Since the establishment of the AAF program, one formal evaluation has been conducted to determine whether and to what extent the program’s objectives were being met. That evaluation, conducted in 2011, looked at several aspects of the AAF program, including, but not limited to: administration, ability of museums to store and collect art, impacts within the artist community, and ways in which collecting practices changed as a result of the AAF program. Since the CMF program began in 2013, it has not been formally evaluated. This program assessment is intended to identify aspects of program design, structure, and process that can be improved.
Click here for the full Request for Proposals
Deadline is March 31, 2017
Museums Alaska has hired Della Hall of Fairbanks as its new executive director. The selection was made after a statewide search process. “The Board is thrilled to welcome Della to this position,” says Molly Conley, President of Museums Alaska. “Della has been an active and engaged member of our board since 2015. She is a strong leader, a great communicator, and an excellent problem solver. Della knows the needs of our organization and has no shortage of ideas for pushing us to the next level. ”
Hall, who holds an MA in History, with a Certificate in Museums Studies from the University of Delaware and a BS in History, Technology, and Society from the Georgia Institute of Technology, has worked in Alaska as an archivist with the Alaska and Polar Regions Collections and Archives, collections manager at the Pioneer Air Museum, curatorial assistant at the University of Alaska (UA) Museum of the North, and as a consultant at the Tanana Valley Railroad Museum. She will be responsible for providing a central office for Museums Alaska, administering two statewide grant programs, supporting Museums Alaska’s advocacy efforts, and assisting with the coordination of the annual conference held in conjunction with the Alaska Historical Society each fall.
Board member Angela Linn worked with Della at the UA Museum of the North for over two years: “Della is passionate about museums and has shown she is interested in helping to make Museums Alaska a more useful organization for a wider range of professionals. Museums Alaska is lucky to have her as our new Executive Director.”
Della follows outgoing director, Bianca Carpeneti, who leaves the position February 15. Bianca will continue her work with the Alaska Legislature and looks forward to helping out with Museums Alaska as an engaged member.
Native American Fellowship
Apply now for an 11-week, full-time, paid fellowship at the Peabody Essex Museum (PEM). February 10 is the deadline.
PEM seeks rising leaders in the museum field and nonprofit cultural sector for our exciting, newly Native American Fellowship Program. We are looking for graduate students and emerging cultural professionals of Native American, Native Hawaiian, or Alaska Native backgrounds who are eager to develop the knowledge, skills and networks necessary to become 21st-century community and museum leaders.
Fellows work with PEM’s dynamic staff and gain access to a comprehensive perspective on the theory and practice of museum management. Weekly workshops, field trips, mentoring and in-depth engagement on museum projects support Fellows in sustaining their existing skills while cultivating their professional development needs.
Program offers stipend, housing and travel expenses. Academic credit is available upon official request.
Description of the program and all required application materials can be accessed at: http://pem.org/about/_employment/internships_fellowships/
(scroll to the bottom of the page to find the fellowships sections)
Please contact Jennifer Himmelreich (Diné), NAF Program Specialist, at jennifer_himmelreich(at)pem(dot)org or 978-542-1894 with any questions.
By Bianca Carpeneti
During the latest Western Museums Association conference, one of the many sessions I attended was “Grant-writing for Museum Professionals,” presented by Morgan Bishop (Grants Management, Arizona Community Foundation) and Ariel Weintraub (Institutional Giving Manager, Oakland Museum of California). During the 75-minute workshop, we worked through a number of topics, questions, and ideas to consider when putting together a grant application. I’ve summarized the major discussion points below. Some of this may end up in your grant application itself, while some of it will be important to keep in mind while you answer particular questions in the grant application.
Start with the facts: assemble all the back ground information on your organization. This may include but isn’t limited to: number of members, operating budget, community served, board membership list, IRS nonprofit status documentation, and organizational mission. This sort of organizational information will likely be required for all your grant applications, so having it in one place is useful.
Grant title: It’s important for this to convey the purpose of the grant—it doesn’t need to be witty. Consider how you might include the who, where, what, why, and how of your project.
What separates you from other organizations? Take some time to consider what makes your organization distinct and why the grantor should consider your organization a worthy recipient for an award.
Goals and objectives: these are both important, and we discussed a distinction between the two.
- Goals: grand, big-picture, and mission-based.
- Objectives: focus more on the nuts and bolts; try to include an action (verb), the units (how many?), and the population (description/clarification).
A strong proposal will include both big-picture goals and detail-oriented objections. Be sure to take the time to think through yours and keep them in mind as you build your application.
Aims: What are you trying to accomplish with the proposed project? This is a chance to dig a little deeper into the objective(s) that you identified in the section above. Be specific.
Needs/barriers: What need(s) does your project address? Why does this make your project significant? For example, maybe your community doesn’t have a conservator and your grant is to bring a conservator in to help with a project. The need in this case is expert conservation assistance and your project is meeting that need by facilitating a visit from a conservator.
Additionally, you might take a moment to consider: what are the challenges you may face in executing the proposed project? Most any project is bound to run into difficulties—take some time to think about what those might be for yours, and how you could address them? Demonstrating that you’ve considered the project thoroughly shows you’ve done your homework.
Final thoughts/tips: During the session, we discussed writing advice effective grant applications. By the end, we had identified some of our group’s most important tips. I’ve included it below for you to peruse. Different people have different writing styles, though, so this list isn’t prescriptive or exhaustive. Please share your ideas and advice in the comments—what works for you and what advice would you share?
- Choose a compelling thesis statement and make sure it is evident.
- Find a Style Manual you like and use it consistently when you have grammar/punctuation questions.
- Say your sentences to yourself out loud—if you wouldn’t say it, you probably wouldn’t write it.
- Vary your sentence length and the first words of your sentences.
- Count your prepositional phrases and cut them out as much as possible.
- Use active verbs—stay away from the verb “to be” and its variations (am, are was, being, been, etc.)—and use interesting words.
- Read award-winning fiction. (Good reading makes for good writing!)