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:

  • Ready to Make Climate Statement, Create a Climate Strategy?, June 22, 11:00 a.m. CT, Environment and Culture Partners register here
  • How to Build a Digitization Project, June 22, 1:00 p.m. CT, Museum Learning Hub register here
  • Identifying and Managing Hazardous Materials in Museum Collections, June 23, 12:00 p.m. CT, Connecting to Collections Care register here
  • Forget the Best: Good and Better Approaches to Preservation, June 23, 1:00 p.m. CT, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts register here
  • Escape to the Outdoors: A Virtual Escape Room, June 24, 11:00 a.m. CT, New England Museum Association register here
  • The Lowdown on Executive Summaries and Letters of Inquiry, June 24, 11:00 a.m. CT, Foundant register here
  • The Intersection of Regionalism and Identity, June 24, 11:00 a.m. CT, Association of Art Museum Curators Foundation register here
  • Helping Caregivers with Hands-On Science at Home, June 24, 12:00 p.m. CT, Association of Science and Technology Centers register here
  • Historic House Museums Respond to Crisis: Climate Change, June 24, 12:00 p.m. CT, Dumbarton House register here
  • Beyond JDEI: Advancing Racial Equity in Organizations, June 24, 1:00 p.m. CT, Race Forward register here
  • New Ways of Seeing Women in Every Historic Place, June 24, 2:00 p.m. CT, Preservation Leadership Forum register here
  • Keeping Programs Accessible Post-Reopening, June 29, 11:00 a.m. CT, Gesso register here
  • Imaging Standards and Logistics in Digitization Projects, June 29, 1:00 p.m. CT, Museum Learning Hub register here
  • Show Me the Money: Effective Grant Research, June 29, 1:00 p.m. CT, MemberClicks register here
  • Cultivating the Employee Life Cycle, June 29, 2:00 p.m. CT, American Association for State and Local History register here
  • Identifying Endangered Media Formats, June 30, 10:00 a.m. CT, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts register here
  • Museums, Placemaking, and Civic Engagement to Advance Equity in Innovation and Change, June 30, 10:00 a.m. CT, American Alliance of Museums register here
  • What Do I Do With All My Guest Data?, June 30, 1:00 p.m. CT, Gateway Ticketing register here
  • Making History at 250: The Field Guide for the Semiquincentennial, July 1, 2:00 p.m. CT, American Association for State and Local History register here
  • Environmental Monitoring: Getting Started, July 6, 12:00 p.m. CT, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts register here
  • Historic House Museums Respond to Crisis: Pandemic Response, July 8, 12:00 p.m. CT, Dumbarton House register here
  • Post-Pandemic Fundraising: 8 Things Every Museum Professional Should Know, July 13, 10:00 a.m. CT, Southeastern Museums Conference register here
  • Museums for All, July 13, 1:00 p.m. CT, Institute of Museum and Library Services register here
  • Ask the Conservators, July 14, 11:00 a.m. CT, New England Museum Association register here
  • Understanding and Managing Liability Insurance Needs for Historical Societies and Museums, July 15, 9:00 a.m. CT, Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts register here
  • Built on the Backs of Others, July 19, 10:00 a.m. CT, American Alliance of Museums register here
  • Corporate Fundraising, July 22, 12:00 p.m. CT, Indiana Historical Society register here
  • Histoirc House Museums Respond to Crisis: Social Justice, July 22, 12:00 p.m. CT, Dumbarton House register here
  • Interpretation as Field: Where are We Now?, July 23, 3:00 p.m. CT, Association for Art Museum Interpretation register here
  • Rethinking Museums as Inclusive Public Assets, July 29, 10:00 a.m. CT, American Alliance of Museums register here
  • Choosing Materials for Museum Storage, July 29, 12:00 p.m. CT, Connecting to Collections Care 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.

National:
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-Ed
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

Texas:
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
Texas Volunteer Management Conference
Wichita Falls Regional Museum Network

Blogs

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
Climate & Culture
DEAI Matters
Design Thinking for Museums
Engaging Places
ExhibiTricks
The Incluseum
Know Your Own Bone
Leadership Matters
Leading by Design
Museum Commons
Museum Hack
Museum Human
Museum Notes
Museum 2.0
Museums + Democracy Project
Nonprofit AF
Nonprofit Tech for Good
Of/By/For All
Peak Experience Lab
Preservation Leadership Forum
Thinking About Museums
Thinking Museum