2018 NMAAHC Interpretation Workshop

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is pleased to announce a professional development opportunity for AAAM members (or those who work at an AAAM member organization) in Interpretive Training, through a partnership with the National Association for Interpretation and Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission at James Island County Park in Charleston, SC.

NMAAHC’s “Interpreting African American History & Culture” Workshop is for museum professionals who are engaged in historical and cultural interpretation or a closely related field, with career aspirations that involve the field of interpretation.  The goal of the program is to recognize professionals with the potential to make an outstanding contribution to their museum or historic site in the field of interpretation by exposing them to resources and providing training related to personal interpretation.

Participants who successfully complete the workshop will receive National Association for Interpretation (NAI) certification. In addition to the 32-hour certification training course, the workshop will include 18 hours visiting and analyzing the interpretation of African American history and culture, including methodology, utilized at a variety of historic sites in Charleston, SC. The workshop will take place January 28-February 3, 2018. The fee to participate in the workshop will be $400. This fee will include the workshop itself; travel to and from local historic sites; all breakfast and lunches throughout the week, as well as dinner on the first and last nights, and 7-nights, shared accommodations in the cabins located at James Island County Park.

Please note: The workshop fee does not include participant travel to and from Charleston, SC or ground transportation to the workshop site. Application for the 2018 cohort will open in late summer. Please check back for more information.  

Smith Fund Internship/Fellowship Program

The Robert Frederick Smith (RFS) Fund for the Digitization and Curation of African American History was established to advance the digital curation, community outreach, and internship initiatives at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. As part of the Smith Fund Internship and Fellowship Program, the Museum will support up to ten paid off-site internships a year at select African American museums, art galleries and museums of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), cultural institutions and historic sites, or other related institutions dedicated to the study and preservation of African American History and Culture. The program will also support up to four internships a year here at the Museum. All internship opportunities within this program will focus on work related to digital imaging, media preservation, digital preservation of personal and community objects, digital content management, collections information management, recording and preserving oral histories, and/or digital filmmaking. Please continue to check back often for more information on applying to be a host institution or an intern.

Lift Every Voice Initiative

Lift Every Voice The Grand Opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture is an opportunity to showcase and honor the work of all institutions and individuals preserving, honoring and sharing the many stories of African American and African Diaspora people and their contributions to the American story.

We invite you to use the occasion of the Museum’s opening to Lift Your Voice and tell the nation about the great work you are doing to celebrate African American history and culture in your hometown. Co-brand your event/activity with the Museum and show how your organization exists as part of a national story.

Events or activities can occur anytime within the inaugural year, now through December 2017.

Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI) 

The Southeastern Museums Conference’s (SEMC) Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI) seeks to provide affordable leadership and management training to museum professionals.  At JIMI, participants have the opportunity to learn current methods in the field and build networks with other museum professionals.  Faculty members provide subject area expertise and practical approaches to administrative challenges.

The National Museum of African American History and Culture supports SEMC’s Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI) through the John Kinard Scholarship Fund, which provides two staff members of AAAM institutional museums or individual AAAM members with a scholarship to attend. The two annual scholarships of $1,625 each will cover the tuition for JIMI and travel expenses.

To learn more about the institute, download the JIMI 2018 brochure. Application process closes October 15, 2017 for the 2018 cohort. If you wish to be considered for the John Kinard scholarship, please indicate your interest in your cover letter.

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