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  • 23 Aug 2016 9:31 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The National Park Service’s (NPS) FY 2016 African American Civil Rights Grant Program (Civil Rights Grants) will document, interpret, and preserve the sites and stories related to the African American struggle to gain equal rights as citizens in the 20th Century.  The Civil Rights Grant awards are funded by the Historic Preservation Fund (HPF), and administered by the NPS. 


    This competitive grant program provides grants to states, tribes, local governments (including Certified Local Governments), and nonprofits. Non-federal matching share is not required, but preference will be given to applications that show community commitment through non-federal match and partnership collaboration.  Grants will fund a broad range of planning, development, and research projects for historic sites including: survey, inventory, documentation, interpretation, education, architectural services, historic structure reports, preservation plans, and bricks and mortar repair. $7,750,000 is available for FY 2016 Civil Rights Grants.




    Application packages must be submitted using Grants.gov (www.Grants.gov ). Search in Grants.gov for Funding Opportunity #P16AS00485, under Catalogue of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number 15.904 or African American Civil Rights Grants. Awards are issued under Public Law 114-113. Deadline for submittal through Grants.gov is 11:59pm EST Friday, October 14, 2016.


    Detailed instructions for the application process are posted under Application Guidance. If you have questions about the application please contact preservation_grants_info@nps.gov  or 202-354-2020.


    For assistance with Grants.gov registration and/or technical issues, please contact their help desk at 1-800-513-4726



  • 10 Aug 2016 12:00 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Chaos at the Museum (Spanish and English language versions) is a convening that mixes inspirational dialogue, practical and creative workshops around a dynamic group of attendees to reflect on the relationship between the museum, its role as community advocate and its physical/social/economic/political surroundings.

    This convening proposes to link the civic responsibilities of museums as public spaces with their functions as inclusive community generators and contributors in the development of diverse communities. It will also underscore the emerging role of designers as critical mediators between museums and their audiences.   


  • 20 Jan 2016 4:38 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services currently partners with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to provide support to libraries through the distribution of information, education materials, and training sessions on immigration and citizenship.

    USCIS is interested in expanding this work to provide support to museums that are engaged in serving immigrant populations.

    The current IMLS-USCIS agreement supports USCIS’s mission to promote instruction and training on citizenship rights and responsibilities and raise awareness of the importance of citizenship. At the same time, it supports IMLS in its efforts to foster cross-cultural understanding, promote learning opportunities in a trusted environment, and help libraries find new ways to serve their communities. 

    New opportunities for collaboration with museums may include informational webinars on USCIS’s educational materials, training for museum staff on citizenship programming, and coordinating with local USCIS field offices to hold naturalization information sessions or naturalization ceremonies at museums. Please see the USCIS Citizenship Resource Center page for more information on the citizenship resources that USCIS provides. 

    If your museum is interested in USCIS resources or engaging with USCIS, please contact Christopher Reich, Senior Museum Advisor, at creich@imls.gov.  

  • 15 Jan 2016 5:03 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)


    Announcing the 2016 AAM International Fellowship Program

    Dear Colleague,


    On behalf of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), I am pleased to invite you to apply to the 2016 AAM international fellowship program. Fellowships, generously supported by the Getty Foundation, are offered to those who work with art collections in museums from emerging countries to attend the 2016 AAM Annual Meeting, held in Washington, DC, from May 26-29.


    Attended by approximately 5,000 museum professionals from every U.S. state and more than 50 countries, the Annual Meeting is the largest gathering of museum professionals in the world. The 2016 conference, which will explore the theme of Power, Influence and Responsibility, will offer more than 150 thought-provoking sessions. The meeting also offers unparalleled networking opportunities and special events.


    Each fellowship includes:

    • Full conference registration
    • A one-year individual AAM membership
    • A travel stipend for airfare and per diem
    • Up to five nights of hotel lodging at a conference hotel
    • An on-site orientation session exclusively for international fellows
    • An invitation to the AAM Fellows Breakfast
    • Participation in an on-site Leadership and Career Management Program
    • A copy of the publication A Life in Museums

    Find instructions for applying to the fellowship program. Please note that those selected for fellowships will be required to attend the entire meeting, which begins on Thursday, May 26 and ends on Sunday, May 29. Fellows are also required to attend the orientation session and AAM Fellowship breakfast, participate in the on-site Leadership and Career Management Program and respond to an evaluation survey following the meeting.


    All applications must be received by January 29, 2016. 


    Applicants will be notified of their status via email by the end of February 2016.


    For more information, please contact global@aam-us.org.  


    I encourage those who meet the eligibility requirements to apply or to forward to colleagues you know who might be interested in the fellowship program.






    Dean Phelus

    Senior Director, Leadership Programs

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  • 21 Dec 2015 12:53 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    In the early 1960s, Denver, Colorado barbershop owner, Paul Stewart, began collecting memorabilia of the Old West, especially collections that illustrated and documented the Black presence west of the Mississippi River. In 1971, he officially established the Black American West Museum and Heritage Center. Billed as "the only Western-black-history museum in the world,” the museum highlights the history of African American's movement west and includes artifacts and pictorial histories of cowboys, farmers, ranchers, miners, Buffalo SoldiersTuskegee Airmen and the residents of the Five Points area of Denver. Sadly, Paul Stewart, a pioneer in the Black museum movement, passed away on November 12, 2015.

    Stewart welcomed AAAM to Denver for its national conference in the 1990s. An authority on the history of African Americans in the West, specifically Black cowboys, Stewart was sought after by scholars, documentarians, and schools as he interpreted the history of Black cowboys. AAAM extends its prayers and meditations to the family of Paul Stewart and the Black American West Museum.

  • 30 Oct 2015 3:14 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    CBS 60 Minutes

    7:00 p.m. EST, Sunday, November 1, 2015

    (check you local listings)

    This Sunday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m. EST, CBS’ 60 Minutes will air a special segment on the São José slave ship that was discovered off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. The wreck site has been undergoing excavation and research through the Slave Wrecks Project (SWP), a unique global partnership between the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), Iziko Museums, the South African Heritage Resources Agency, The George Washington University and a core group of international partners.

    Select objects from the São José, shipwrecked in 1794, will be on long-term loan to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and on view when the museum opens in Fall 2016.

    View a teaser of Sunday’s segment.  

    Hosted by 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley, the segment features interviews with NMAAHC Founding Director Lonnie Bunch, Anthropologist Steve Lubkemann from George Washington University and Maritime Archaeologist Jaco Boshoff from the IZIKO Museums of South Africa.
  • 30 Oct 2015 3:01 PM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The Getty Leadership Institute Apply Now for 2016

    Executive Education for Art Museum Leaders

    The Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University invites applications for the GLI 2016 and NextGen 2016 executive education programs for art museum leaders. Join a dynamic network of 1,500 alumni worldwide. GLI programs are academically rigorous and address current topics in the museum field. Applications are due in January.

    GLI 2016 is an intensive management program for leading CEOs, COOs, directors, and senior-level executives who influence policy and effect change, and are in the first two to seven years of their positions. Participants take two weeks of online courses plus two weeks of classroom study and practicum in residency in Claremont, CA. Program Dates: Online from May 9-21; Residency from June 10-25. Apply by January 11, 2016.

    NextGen 2016 is a blended learning experience for the field’s emerging top talent. The program is designed for mid-level staff with three to five years of museum management experience and recognized leadership potential. The program blends one week of online learning and one week of classroom study in residency in Claremont, CA. Program Dates: Online from March 7-12; Residency from March 28-April 2. Apply by January 4, 2016.

    For more information and to apply, visit: www.cgu.edu/gli

  • 08 Oct 2015 8:50 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Even as job prospects for historians have improved with the passing of the Great Recession, questions about the overall health of public history remain.  To address these concerns, the National Council on Public History has organized a task force that includes AASLH, the American Historical Association, and the Organization of American Historians to examine how the current and future needs and expectations of employers of public historians match up with the training provided by public history programs.  As an initial step, the task force has developed this online survey for public history employers. We urge AASLH members to take the survey.  The task force needs a large pool of responses for its efforts to succeed.  Put simply, we need to hear from you.

    Anyone involved in hiring public historians is eligible to take the survey.  Respondents do not have to be responsible for final hiring decisions, only involved in evaluating applicants.  Public history, for our purposes, encompasses the traditional fields of archives, museums, historical interpretation, historic preservation, and historical consulting as well as emerging areas of expertise such as digital media.  If you think of someone as a public historian, whether or not they self-identify as one, they probably are.

    - See more at: http://blogs.aaslh.org/public-history-employer-survey/#sthash.qceJw6S9.dpuf

  • 08 Oct 2015 8:42 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    Grace Lee Boggs, known well for her civil and human rights activism in Detroit, passed away on October 5, 2015 at the age of 100. Grace, a Chinese American, was married to James Boggs, a Detroit social activist, and together, Grace and James worked on alleviating the ills facing many in Detroit including youth rights, racism, and civil rights. She was an organizer of the Black Power Movement and a Marxist theorist. Her 2011 book, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-First Century, focused on her life as a revolutionary seeking to change the fate of humanity. In 2014, Boggs was honored by the National Park Services Network to Freedom program at its Underground Railroad Conference in Detroit.   Boggs was one of the non-blacks who dedicated their lives to humanity, and particularly to the plight of African Americans. 

  • 01 Oct 2015 9:01 AM | Jina Lee (Administrator)

    The Architecture of  HBCUs: Principles, Legacy, and Preservation

    Morgan State University, November 5th & 6th, 2015


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    Program Web Site: http://www.morgan.edu/sap/hbcu-architecture


    This event will promote current scholarship concerning the social context, legacy, and preservation of the built environment at HBCUs like Morgan and others around the country. Seen as the first step of a larger academic initiative, the symposium will bring together scholars and professionals to discuss the history of HBCU’s architecture, their campus planning, and the landscape architecture which connected both. The tension between an institution’s architectural legacy and its vision for the future characterizes many places of higher learning in the United States; this symposium will, therefore, address specifically the competing roles of preservation, conservation, and new construction at today’s HBCUs. Our goal is to establish the topic in its own right and to attract participants from a wide range of institutions.


    Symposium topics will include the unique characteristics of HBCU campuses, the special achievements of African-American architects on those campuses, and the significance of HBCU buildings listed or eligible for listing on the National Register. Special attention will be given to projects built during the watershed years of Modern Architecture in the three decades following World War II.


    Keynote Lecture: The Black College Campus as Living Archive -- Recording the Struggle to Democratize Education in America,” to be delivered by Prof. K. Ian Grandison (University of Virginia)


    Session Leaders: Dr. Adrienne Brown (University of Chicago), Dr. Charles Davis II (UNCC), Mr. Arthur Clement, AIA (Independent Scholar/Architect), Prof. Dale Green (Morgan State University), Dr. Ellen Weiss (professor emerita, Tulane University)        


    Other Panelists & Presenters: Dr. Mark Barnes (Morgan State University), Dr. Hazel Edwards (The Catholic University of America), Mr. Sidney Evans, Jr. (Morgan State University), Prof. Roderick Fluker (Tuskegee University), Misti Nicole Harper (University of Arkansas), Prof. Gabriel Kroiz (Morgan State University), Brent Legg (National Trust for Historic Preservation), Dr. Ali Miri (National Park Service), Dr. Alfred Willis (Independent Scholar)  

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