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.

  • Building Resilience: Recession-Proofing Your Membership Program, August 9, 2:00 p.m. CT, Cuseum register here
  • 5 Secrets of Email Marketing Geniuses, August 9, 2:00 p.m. CT, Nonprofit Hub register here
  • Digital Fundraising 101, August 10, 9:00 a.m. CT, Candid register here
  • Bored Boards: Reengaging Your Board Members, August 10, 11:30 a.m. CT, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits register here
  • Minimizing Board Process to Maximize Progress: The Secret Recipe to Nonprofit Governance, August 10, 12:00 p.m. CT, TechSoup register here
  • Where Does Governance Stop and Management Begin?, August 10, 12:00 p.m. CT, Propel Nonprofits register here
  • How to Design Ads for Nonprofits, August 10, 1:00 p.m. CT, Nonprofit Hub register here
  • Ask the Conservators, August 17, 11:00 a.m. CT, New England Museum Association register here
  • Salvaging What Can't Be Saved: Deconstruction, Salvage, and Sustainability, August 18, 11:00 a.m. CT, National Preservation Partners Network register here 
  • Preparing for Extreme Weather: Fire and Hurricanes, August 18, 12:00 p.m. CT, Connecting to Collections Care register here
  • Storytelling for Impact, August 18, 1:00 p.m. CT, Firespring register here
  • Mindfulness in the Museum, August 23, 11:00 a.m. CT, The Getty Center register here
  • Cultural Heritage's Role in Health Sovereignty, August 23, 2:00 p.m. CT, Dismantle Preservation register here
  • A Little Privacy Please...Diving Into Data Privacy for Nonprofits, August 24, 12:00 p.m. CT, TechSoup register here
  • Build a World of Play in Museums: Building Up Your Play Confidence!, August 25, 2:00 p.m. CT, History Co: Lab register here
  • Museums Support Democracy: Citizenship, August 26, 11:00 a.m. CT, Museum Association of New York register here
  • The Quick-Start Guide to the One-Page Grant Proposal, September 8, 1:00 p.m. CT, GrantStation register here
  • End of Year Giving Begins Now, September 13, 12:00 p.m. CT, Blackbaud register here
  • Labor and Sites of Conscience, September 15, 9:00 a.m. CT, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience 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
Coalition of Master's Scholars on Material Culture
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
Latinos in Heritage Conservation
Mountain-Plains Museum Association
Museum Computer Network
Museum-Ed
Museum Education Roundtable
Museum Hue
Museum Store Association
Museum Trustee Association
National Art Education Association: Museum Education Division
National Association for Interpretation
National Association of Museum Schools
National Coalition for History
National Council on Public History
National Docent Symposium Council
North American Reciprocal Museum Association
Open Copyright Educatino Advisory Network
Preparation, Art Handling, Collections Care Information Network
Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums
Southeastern Museums Conference
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
Center for the Advancement of Study of Early Texas Art
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 Archeological Society
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 Folklore Society
Texas Living History Association
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
Kera Collective
Know Your Own Bone
Leadership Matters
Leading by Design
Museum Commons
Museum Hack
Museum Human
Museum J.E.D.I.
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

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