2018 NMAAHC Interpretation Workshop

Application process now open! Download the Workshop Announcement and Application (pdf).

The Museum, in partnership with Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) and the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is pleased to offer a professional development opportunity in Interpretive Training for museum professionals dedicated to the study or appreciation of the African Diaspora and African American life, art, history, and/or culture. The training is offered exclusively to individual members of the Association for African American Museums (AAAM)Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC), and National Association for Interpretation (or those who work at AAAM, SEMC and/or NAI member organizations).

The workshop is geared towards 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. The program additionally addresses the need for greater diversity in the field of interpretation.

Participants who successfully complete the 32-hour Interpretation Workshop will receive NAI certification. Interested applicants should be advised that the workshop is an immersive experience with study hours and homework, to be completed in the evening hours. Participants will be required to complete an open book multiple-choice literature review, prepare a presentation outline, and present a 10-minute thematic interpretive presentation on the final day of the workshop. 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. Please note that tuition fees do not include participant travel to and from Charleston, SC or ground transportation to the workshop site. 

To learn more about the NMAAHC 2018 Interpretation Workshop, download the Workshop Announcement and Application (pdf).  Application process closes Wednesday, November 8, 2017. 

Robert Frederick Smith Fund
Internship and Fellowship Program

The Robert Frederick Smith Fund for the Digitization and Curation of African American History was established to advance digital curation, community outreach, and internship initiatives at the Museum. As part of the Smith Fund Internship and Fellowship Program, the Museum will support paid internships at the Museum in Washington, D.C. as well as at select African American museums, art galleries and museums of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, cultural institutions and historic sites, or other related institutions dedicated to the study and preservation of African American history and culture.

Learn more about becoming a Smith Fund intern or serving as an offsite host organization.

Lift Every Voice Initiative

Lift Every Voice The opening of the Museum 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.

Collaborate with us

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