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:

  • Face-to-Face with a Major Gift Donor for the First Time, January 16, 1:00 p.m. CT, FireSpring register here
  • True Program Costs, January 22, 12:00 p.m. CT, Propel Nonprofits register here
  • Best Practices: Packing for Perfection, January 22, 2:00 p.m. ET, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts register here
  • Tick Tock - Care for Your Clock, January 22, 2:00 p.m. ET, Connection to Collections Care register here
  • Futureproofing Natural History Collections: Creating Sustainable Financial Models for Research Resources, January 22, 2:00 p.m. ET, American Alliance of Museums register here
  • Environmental Data Analysis: Understanding Fluctuations and Equilibrations, January 23, 2:00 p.m. ET, Image Permanence Institute register here
  • Asking Styles: A Revolutionary Concept in Fundraising, January 28, 1:00 p.m. ET, CharityHowTo register here
  • Security for Collections, January 29, 2:00 p.m. ET, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts register here
  • Grant Writing: What the Pros Know, February 4, 1:00 p.m. CT, DonorSearch register here
  • Finding Work/Life Balance in the Arts, February 19, 2:00 p.m. CT, Texas Commission on the Arts register here
  • Environmental Data Analysis: Setting Appropriate Parameters, Feburary 20, 2:00 p.m. ET, Image Permanence Institute register here
  • Identifying and Preserving Motion Picture Film: What Is It and How Can I Save It?, Feburary 20, 2:00 p.m. ET, Connection to Collections Care register here
  • Housekeeping Basics for Collecting Institutions, Feburary 26, 2:00 p.m. ET, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts 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
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
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
Design Thinking for Museums
Engaging Places
The Incluseum
Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog
Know Your Own Bone
Leadership Matters
The MuseLab
Museum Commons
Museum Hack
Museum Notes
Museum 2.0
The Nonprofit Fundraising Blog
Nonprofit AF
Nonprofit Tech for Good
Of/By/For All
Peak Experience Lab
Preservation Leadership Forum
Thinking About Museums
The Uncatalogued Museum
Under Fives in Museums