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:

  • How to Drive Social Media Engagement with Your Nonprofit Storytelling, July 16, 10:00 a.m. CT, Firespring register here
  • Summer Advocacy Session: #Invite Congress, National Voter Registration Day and Legislative Update, July 18, 2:00 p.m. ET, AAM register here
  • 5 Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses, July 23, 10:00 a.m. CT, Firespring register here
  • The 2019 State of Grantseeking: Benchmarks and Trends for Your Organization, July 24, 2:00 p.m. ET, GrantStation register here
  • Is Starting a Nonprofit Right for You?, July 24, 2:00 p.m. ET, Grantspace register here
  • Rethinking Collection Needs in a Digital World, July 24, 2:00 p.m. CT, Texas Association of Museums register here (free for TAM members)
  • Museums for All, July 25, 1:00 p.m. ET, IMLS register here
  • Environmental Management: Preventative Conservation and the Role of Environment, July 25, 2:00 p.m. ET, Image Permanence Institute register here
  • Board Members Gone Wild: Reigning in the Rogues, July 25, 2:00 p.m. CT, DonorSearch, register here
  • Museums in the Era of #MeToo: What You Can Do, July 31, 12:00 p.m. ET, New England Museum Association register here
  • "Off the Shelf" and Scrappy Technology Solutions, August 15, 11:00 a.m. CT, California Association of Museums register here
  • Understanding Audiences and Visitors, August 15, 2:00 p.m. ET, Indiana Historical Society, register here
  • Environmental Management: Evaluating Collection Spaces, August 15, 2:00 p.m. ET, Image Permanence Institute register here

American Alliance of Museums 
American Association of State and Local History
Association of Children's Museums
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Blackbaud
California Association of Museums
CharityHowTo
Connecting to Collections Care
Documentary Heritage & Preservation Services
DonorSearch
Firespring
Grantspace
Grant Station
Idealware
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
Nonprofit Tech for Good
Northern States Conservation Center
Northeast Document Conservation Center
Preservation Leadership Forum
Propel Nonprofits
Texas Association of Museums
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.

National:
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 Maritime Museums
Emerging Museum Professionals
Institute of Museum and Library Services
International Sports Heritage Association
Mountain-Plains Museum Association
Museum Computer Network
Museum-Ed
Museum Education Roundtable
Museum Store 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
Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums
Small Museum Association
Visitor Studies Association

Texas:
Associated South Central Texas Small Museums
Austin Emerging Museum Professionals
Austin Museum Partnership
Border Museum Association
Brazoria County Museum Alliance
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 State Historical Association

Blogs

Art Museum Teaching
Brilliant Idea Studio
Cabinet of Curiosities
Engaging Places
ExhibiTricks
The Incluseum
Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog
Know Your Own Bone
Leadership Matters
The MuseLab
Museum Hack
Museum Notes
Museum 2.0
The Nonprofit Fundraising Blog
Nonprofit AF
Nonprofit Tech for Good
Peak Experience Lab
Preservation Leadership Forum
Thinking About Museums
The Uncatalogued Museum
Under Fives in Museums