Connect and Learn

Training Opportunities

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

Upcoming free webinars of interest:

  • Digital: Income Stream or Accessible Outreach?, September 29, 10:00 a.m. CT, Association of Art Museum Curators register here
  • What Will Replace Your Gala in 2021?, September 29, 12:00 p.m. CT, Mission Advancement register here
  • How Nonprofits Can Identify, Expose, and Stop the Spread of Mis/Disinformation, September 29, 12:00 p.m. CT, Tech Soup register here
  • Building Blocks for Financial Health: The Basics of Financial Management for Small Organizations, September 29, 1:00 p.m. CT, SMU Data Arts register here
  • Storytelling and the Bechdel Test, September 30, 8:00 a.m. CT, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience register here
  • Broadening Our Understanding of Brown v. Board of Education, September 30, 10:00 a.m. CT, Preservation Leadership Forum register here
  • Enhancing Institutional Identity Through an Artist-in-Residence Program: Mt. Auburn Cemetery, September 30, 11:00 a.m. CT, New England Museum Association register here
  • Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Nonprofits, September 30, 1:00 p.m. CT, Candid register here
  • Evaluation Goals, Methods, and Ongoing Insights for Widening Access and Relevance in the Smithsonian's Fossil Hall, September 30, 3:00 p.m. CT, Visitor Studies Association register here
  • Racial Equity and the Arts, September 30, 6:00 p.m. CT, Goucher College register here
  • Budgeting in Times of Crisis and Uncertainty, October 1, 12:00 p.m. CT, Small Museums Association register here
  • Checking Your Closets: Interpreting Queer Narratives in Historic House Museums, October 5, 11:00 a.m. CT, Museum Association of New York register here
  • Fundraising for Digitization, October 6, 1:00 p.m. CT, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts register here
  • Mindfulness and Self-Compassion through Creativity, October 8, 1:00 p.m. CT, Mid-America Arts Alliance register here
  • Storytelling for Impact: Helping Donors Understand the Value of Their Dollar, October 8, 1:00 p.m. CT, The Nonprofit Times register here
  • Collections and Facilities: Caring for Your Resources During COVID-19, October 8, 2:00 p.m. CT, Reopening Archives, Libraries, and Museums register here
  • Art and Wellness in Museums, October 9, 12:00 p.m. CT, Queen's University register here
  • Democracy on the Brink, October 13, 11:00 a.m. CT, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience register here
  • Fundraising in 2020 and Beyond, October 13, 2:00 p.m. CT, American Association of State and Local History register here
  • New Concepts for Interpretive Planners, October 14, 12:00 p.m. CT, InterpTalk register here
  • Advanced Interpretive Planning Concepts: The "Big Picture," October 21, 12:00 p.m. CT, InterpTalk register here
  • Get Found on Google: What Your Business Needs to Do in 2020, October 21, 1:00 p.m. CT, Marcum LLP register here
  • How Grantmakers in the Arts are Addressing Current Challenges, October 21, 1:00 p.m. CT, Candid register here
  • Nightmare at the Museum, October 29, 6:00 p.m. CT, Association of Art Museum Interpretation register here

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 social media accounts 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
American Public Gardens Association
Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums
Association of Academic Museums and Galleries
Association of African American Museums
Association of Art Museum Interpretation
Association of Children's Museums
Association of Midwest Museums
Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums
Council of American Jewish Museums
Council of American Maritime Museums
Emerging Museum Professionals
HeritageRail Alliance
Institute of Museum and Library Services
International Association of Museum Facility Administrators
International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
International Sports Heritage Association
Mountain-Plains Museum Association
Museum Computer Network
Museum Education Roundtable
Museum Store Association
Museum Trustee Association
National Art Education Association: Museum Education Division
National Association for Interpretation
National Council on Public History
National Docent Symposium Council
North American Reciprocal Museum Association
Preparation, Art Handling, Collections Care Information Network
Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums
Small Museum Association
Society of American Archivists
Visitor Studies Association

Associated South Central Texas Small Museums
Archivists of Central Texas
Austin Emerging Museum Professionals
Austin Museum Partnership
Border Museum Association
Brazoria County Museum Alliance
Breaking Library Silos for Social Justice
Collection Managers Committee
DFW Museum Education Roundtable
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
San Antonio Emerging Museum Professionals
Southeast Texas Museum Association
Texas Art Education Association: 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 Collections Early Response Alliance
Texas Oral History Association
Texas State Historical Association
Texas Tropical Trail Region Museums
Wichita Falls Regional Museum Network


The authors of the blogs below discuss topics related to work in museums, education, non-profits, and the cultural sector. 

American Perceptionalism
Art Museum Teaching
Brilliant Idea Studio
Cabinet of Curiosities
Climate & Culture
DEAI Matters
Design Thinking for Museums
Engaging Places
The Incluseum
Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog
Know Your Own Bone
Leadership Matters
Leading by Design
The MuseLab
Museum Commons
Museum Geek
Museum Hack
Museum Human
Museum Notes
Museum 2.0
Museums + Democracy Project
The Nonprofit Fundraising Blog
Nonprofit AF
Nonprofit Tech for Good
Of/By/For All
Peak Experience Lab
Preservation Leadership Forum
Thinking About Museums
Thinking Museum
The Uncatalogued Museum
Under Fives in Museums