Everyday Museum Advocacy

Do your elected officials know how you serve their constituents?  Do you have champions for your organization? Are you prepared in the event legislation or policies are proposed that would adversely affect your museum?

Advocacy involves communicating what your museum does and why it is important. Making advocacy a part of ongoing operations can help build a stronger institution. Staff at all levels, board members, volunteers, constituents, and the many people who value museums can all play a role.  This webinar will cover what advocacy is and why it is important, and, through real world examples, address how advocacy is similar to both donor cultivation and disaster planning. Participants will learn how to do simple things to incorporate advocacy into ongoing operations and also how to engage in field-wide advocacy.

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About the Faculty:

kaw picKaren Ackerman Witter worked in Illinois State government for 35 years in leadership positions in the Office of the Governor, state agencies, and the Illinois State Museum, where she served as Associate Director for 14 years. She has served in leadership roles on the boards of the Illinois Association of Museums and Association of Midwest Museums (AMM), including President of AMM. Leveraging her background in government, she has participated extensively in advocacy initiatives of the American Alliance of Museums. She is a frequent presenter about advocacy at state, regional, and national museum association conferences. Karen is currently a part-time independent consultant, including serving as instructor for the online course Building A Stronger Organization Through Advocacy, starting February 6th, 2017.

 

Want to continue the conversation? Join AASLH for a Twitter Chat on Museum Advocacy! See more information here.


Webinar: Peb Yog Hmoob Minnesota: Sharing Authority and Building Relationships with Your Communities

How can history museums become more equitable concerning the people and stories they interpret and collect? Join the creators of Peb Yog Hmoob Minnesota (We Are Hmong Minnesota) for a conversation about the process they used to develop their nationally award winning exhibit at the Minnesota History Center.  The entire project from palette to text was decided outside institutional control by the Hmong community – an idea still radical for many large and small history museums. The creators will share their perspectives on community curated exhibits and how museums can overcome the lack of diversity and diverse viewpoints within historical interpretation.

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Details:

Format: Webinar

Date: February 14, 2017

Time: 3pm EST/2pm Central/1pm Mountain/12pm Pacific/10am Hawaii

Cost: Free to Everyone

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Full Description of the Webinar:

How can history museums become more equitable concerning the people and stories they interpret and collect? Join the creators of Peb Yog Hmoob Minnesota (We Are Hmong Minnesota) for a conversation about the process they used to develop their nationally award winning exhibit at the Minnesota History Center.  The entire project from palette to text was decided outside institutional control by the Hmong community – an idea still radical for many large and small history museums. The creators will share their perspectives on community curated exhibits and how museums can overcome the lack of diversity and diverse viewpoints within historical interpretation.

In 2013, the Minnesota Historical Society was approached by a committee from their local Hmong community with a proposal for an exhibit about Hmong history and culture, anchored on the 40th anniversary of the first Hmong refugees’ arrival in Minnesota. Concerned about having their impact on the state lessened in the eyes of MNHS’ visitors, the committee asked the institution to fully collaborate on the project by sharing curatorial control with Hmong community representatives. Instead of dismissing the proposal, the MNHC welcomed the opportunity to mark this important anniversary and build on their institutional objective to improve internal and external diversity and inclusion. From March 2015 to January 2016, Peb Yog Hmoob Minnesota (We Are Hmong Minnesota) drew near record-breaking attendance, with over 4,000 visitors, including 62% who self-identified as from Asian Pacific heritage.

Peb Yog Hmoob—We are Hmong Minnesota won an AASLH Leadership in History award in 2016.

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About the Speakers: 

Dan Spock is the Director of the History Center Museum and Exhibitions & Diversity Initiatives at the Minnesota Historical Society.

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Wameng Moua is the publisher of “Hmong Today,” a community newspaper entering its second decade of publication. He is also the voice behind HMONG-FM, a radio variety show focused on the Hmong community, spoken entirely in English and broadcast weekly on KFAI 90.3FM. He resides in St. Paul, MN with his wife and three sons.

 

 

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Sieng Lee is the exhibit designer for the Peb Yog Hmoob/We Are Hmong Minnesota exhibit. He is also a visual artist who creates work about his Hmong American experience.

 

 

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Nicholas J. Hoffman is the Managing Director of Education and Visitor Experience at the Missouri History Museum in Saint Louis, Missouri. He has served on the Awards Committee since 2012 and will become the committee chair in 2017.

 

 


Webinar: Grappling with Confederate Monuments and Iconography

The tragic shootings at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston last June precipitated a national outcry against the Confederate flag. State leaders in Alabama and South Carolina removed it from capitol grounds. Walmart and other retailers discontinued merchandise bearing the flag. Meanwhile, the controversy expanded to include Confederate monuments and statues. Join AASLH’s Bob Beatty as he moderates a discussion with author and public historian Kevin Levin, Gordon Jones of the Atlanta History Center, and Dina Bailey of the Center for Civil and Human Rights to learn how the field of state and local history can respond.

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