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:

  • Zoom 101: Getting the Most Out of the Internet Platform, January 26, 11:00 a.m. CT, Delaware Museum Association register here
  • Online Fundraising Compliance: How to Stay Compliant While Building Trust and Increasing Giving, January 26, 12:00 p.m. CT, Nonprofit Tech for Good register here
  • The Role of Evaluators in Reopening Museums, January 26, 1:00 p.m. CT, American Alliance of Museums register here
  • Publish Your Work, January 26, 1:00 p.m. CT, AAM Curator's Commitee register here
  • Strengthening Your Board of Directors' Capacity, January 26, 1:00 p.m. CT, Wild Apricot register here
  • Museums Cannot Be Silent, January 26, 2:30 p.m. CT, Southeastern Museums Conference register here
  • Foundations of Culturally Sensitive Metadata, January 26, 3:00 p.m. CT, Society of Southwest Archivists register here
  • Revisioning Relevance, January 27, 9:00 a.m. CT, Indiana Arts Commission register here
  • Social Media for All of Us: Creating Digital Content That's Inclusive and Accessible, January 27, 11:00 a.m. CT, Nonprofit Learning Lab register here
  • Reopening the Archives: Telling Queer Stories, January 27, 11:00 a.m. CT, New England Museum Association register here
  • Managing Cash Flow, January 27, 12:00 p.m. CT, Propel Nonprofits register here
  • The Resilience Playbook, January 27, 12:00 p.m. CT, The Museum Group register here
  • RFP Writing for Cultural Institutions, January 27, 1:00 p.m. CT, Praxis register here
  • Timely Strategies for Organizational Survival, January 27, 2:00 p.m. CT, Texas Commission on the Arts register here
  • Talking to Kids About Race, January 27, 6:00 p.m. CT, Discovery Museum register here
  • Leadership's Role in Fundraising, January 28, 12:00 p.m. CT, Mission Advancement register here
  • Nonprofit Leadership Transitions, January 28, 12:00 p.m. CT, Propel Nonprofits register here
  • Preservation Advocacy During the First 100 Days of the Biden Administration and the 117th Congress, January 28, 2:00 p.m. CT, Preservation Leadership Forum register here
  • DIY ADA Access Planning, January 29, 2:00 p.m. CT, Mid-America Arts Alliance register here
  • Toward Inclusive Interpretive Practice: Metasynthesis Study Findings, January 29, 3:00 p.m. CT, Association of Art Museum Interpretation register here
  • Starting a Nonprofit and Obtaining Tax-Exempt Status, February 2, 11:00 a.m. CT, Nonprofit Learning Lab register here
  • Museums and Cultural Institutions: Framing the Impact of COVID-19 Relief, February 2, 1:00 p.m. CT, Marcum LLP register here
  • We Have a Vaccine + The Other Developments Impacating Our Industry, February 3, 1:00 p.m. CT, Gateway Ticketing register here
  • Starting a Conservation Project: How to Get the Most Out of Your Money, February 9, 11:30 a.m. CT, Northeast Document Conservation Center register here
  • How to Bring Democratic Decision-Making to Authentic Community Engagement, February 10, 12:00 p.m. CT, Concordia register here
  • Labeling Lightening Round, February 16, 12:00 p.m. CT, Connecting to Collections Care register here
  • Endowments: Considering Environment, Sustainability, and Governance Factors, February 17, 11:00 a.m. CT, American Alliance of Museums register here
  • Exploring Your Career Path, February 17, 12:00 p.m. CT, POLARIS 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
Climate & Culture
DEAI Matters
Design Thinking for Museums
Engaging Places
The Incluseum
Know Your Own Bone
Leadership Matters
Leading by Design
Museum Commons
Museum Hack
Museum Human
Museum Notes
Museum 2.0
Nonprofit AF
Nonprofit Tech for Good
Of/By/For All
Peak Experience Lab
Preservation Leadership Forum
Thinking About Museums
Thinking Museum