Connect and Learn

Training Opportunities

In addition to Museum Services' own webinars and workshops, the organziations and services listed below offer in-person and/or online training on a wide range of topics, some for a fee and some at no cost.

Upcoming FREE webinars of interest:

  • "Is This Normal?" Nonprofit Website Benchmarks in 2019, May 23, 10:00 a.m. CT, Smart Cause Digital register here
  • Building a Legacy Giving Program, May 28, 1:00 p.m. ET, Blackbaud register here
  • Introduction to Finding Grants, May 29, 2:00 p.m. ET, Grantspace register here
  • 10 Tips and Tricks for a Successful Grant Seeking Strategy, June 6, 12:00 p.m. CT, CharityHowTo register here
  • Successfully Implementing Volunteer Program Changes, June 6, 2:00 p.m. ET, Volunteer Match register here
  • How to Raise More Money at Your Next Fundraising Event, June 11, 2:00 p.m. ET, Blackbaud register here
  • Introduction to Proposal Writing, June 12, 2:00 p.m. ET, Grantspace register here
  • Influencing Influencers, June 18, 1:00 p.m. ET, Blackbaud register here
  • Introduction to Project Budgets, June 19, 2:00 p.m. ET, Grantspace register here
  • Six Reasons Why Infographics Matter, June 20, 1:00 p.m. ET, Idealware register here
  • 10-Step Budgeting Process, June 26, 12:00 p.m. CT, Propel Nonprofits register here

American Alliance of Museums 
American Association of State and Local History
Association of Children's Museums
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Connecting to Collections Care
Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services
Grant Station
Image Permanence Institute 
Indiana Historical Society
National Association for Interpretation
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
National Park Service
National Preservation Institute
Network for Good
New England Museum Association
Nonprofit Quarterly
Northern States Conservation Center
Northeast Document Conservation Center
Preservation Leadership Forum
Propel Nonprofits
Texas Commission on the Arts
Texas State Historical Association
Wisconsin Historical Society
Volunteer Match

The following professional organizations and blogs can help museum staff and volunteers connect with others in the field and stay up-to-date on news, current trends, and best practices in museums. Most also have e-mail lists that you can sign up for and Facebook pages that you can follow to receive regular updates.

Professional Organizations

While many of these organizations provide benefits and resources to paid members, either at an individual or institutional level, most also offer some free resources. Many state and local groups host regular meetings.

American Alliance of Museums
American Association for Museum Volunteers
American Association for State and Local History
American Institute for Conservation
Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
Association of Art Museum Interpretation
Association of Children's Museums
Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums
Association of Midwest Museums
Council of American Maritime Museums
Emerging Museum Professionals
Institute of Museum and Library Services
International Sports Heritage Association
Mountain-Plains Museum Association
Museum Computer Network
Museum Education Roundtable
Museum Store Association
National Art Education Association: Museum Education Division
National Association for Interpretation
National Docent Symposium Council
North American Reciprocal Museum Association
Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums
Small Museum Association
Visitor Studies Association

Associated South Central Texas Small Museums
Austin Emerging Museum Professionals
Austin Museum Partnership
Border Museum Association
Brazoria County Museum Alliance
Collection Managers Committee
Galveston Area Museum Network
Houston Emerging Museum Professionals
Houston Museum Education Roundtable
Museum Association of Waco
Museum Emerging Leaders of Texas
North Texas Emerging Museum Professionals
Northwest Texas Museum Association
San Antonio Emerging Museum Professionals
Southeast Texas Museum Association
Texas Art Education Assiciation: Museum Division
Texas Association of Museums
Texas Association of Museums Affinity Groups
Texas Association of Museums Diversity Committee
Texas Association of Museums Educators Committee
Texas State Historical Association


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