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Digital Empowerment Project FREE Webinars
Module 1: Digital Accessibility and Inclusion

Session 1: Get Inspired!     April 8, 2021, 11:00 a.m. (AZ)
Technical Workshop 1: Intro to Digital Accessibility and Inclusion    April 15, 2021, 11:00 a.m. (AZ)
Technical Workshop 2: Live/Streamed Program Accessibility     April 22, 2021  11:00 a.m. (AZ)
Technical Workshop 3: Accessibility in Digital Collections     April 29, 2021, 11:00 a.m. (AZ)

Central Arizona Museum Association (CAMA) Online Meeting
April 19, 2021 12:00 p.m. (AZ)
A conversation with Elisabeth Callihan and Anniessa Antar, co-organizers of Museum as Site for Social Action (MASS Action), a national, collaborative project that is working to transform museums and their practices towards greater equity and justice.  Anniessa and Elisabeth will discuss the creation of MASS Action and some initiatives the collective is focusing on currently.

Dumbarton House Virtual Panel
Centering Indigenous Voices in Historic House Museums

April 20, 2021, 6:00 p.m. (ET)
The panel will inform museums, historic houses, and the public of ways to center Indigenous peoples and narratives. Through engagement between Native and non-Native scholars, activists, and museum professionals participating in the panel, the conversation will drive public awareness surrounding Indigenous sovereignty and survivance. Further, the panel will discuss strategies for implementing Decolonial practices in historic houses and museums. Continue to follow Dumbarton House on social media and check our website for more event updates and information about the panelists. 

Connecting to Collections Care FREE Webinar
What’s Best for My Collection? New Approaches to Environmental Monitoring

April 20, 2021, 1:00 p.m. (ET)
This webinar looks at what’s standing in the way of your organization having better environmental monitoring, and a better collection environment.  The discussion will focus on a  a free software tool offered by Conserv that’s designed to help you turn your environmental data into actionable information for your organization. The software Conserv Cloud is designed to be accessible for collections of all sizes – it works with your existing data loggers, it’s cloud-based, and it doesn’t require any fancy computer set-up. 

AASLH Affinity Community Meet-Up
Educators and Interpreters Unwind

April 21, 2021, 4:00 p.m. (ET)
Join AASLH’s Educators and Interpreters Affinity Community to connect, share ideas, and network with colleagues from coast to coast. This topical session will include icebreakers and small group discussion. Bring your worries, questions, and what you’re excited for in the coming months or years.

Indiana Historical Society FREE Virtual Brown Bag
Including Indigenous Voices

April 21, 2021, 12:00 p.m. (ET)
A discussion with Tribal Representatives and small museums on how to incorporate indigenous voices into exhibits and programs, looking at making connections, handing over storytelling authority, and continuing valuable partnerships beyond a single project.  To register, email and the Zoom meeting details will be sent to you.

Leading With Purposeful Engagement

April 21, 10:00 a.m. (AZ)
Becky Reichard, Ph.D., provides insights on how museum leaders can accelerate their skill set by being physically, cognitively, and emotionally engaged in their development experiences. Learn about climbing the “purposeful engagement continuum” and bringing this practice to your mentoring relationships. 

Association of Academic Museums and Galleries Webinars
Museums Today: What Is A Museum?|
pril 21, 2021, 6:00 p.m. (ET)
“What is a museum” is a question that has long challenged museum professionals around the world. Are museums places of research, object care, community, public trust, inclusion, education, cultural heritage, humanity or something more? Today, the International Council of Museums is working with the global museum community to update the definition that has set the standard since 2007. Join Kathy Dwyer Southern and William Underwood Eiland for a lively, interactive discussion as we debate the seminal question, “What is a museum.”

Texas Historical Commission FREE Webinar
Putting it on Paper: Incorporating MOUs into Your Community Engagement Plan

April 22, 2021, 2:00 p.m. (CT)
A memorandum of understanding is often overlooked when institutions are collaborating on projects. In this webinar, consultant Valerie Wade will cover the essential components of a memorandum of understanding and evaluate examples of MOUs. We will explore how these documents can be used creatively to encourage community engagement and assess various partnerships over time.

American Association for State and Local History Webinar
Being a Good Neighbor: Authentic and Empathetic Community Engagement

April 22, 2021, 3:00 p.m. (ET)
In this webinar, attendees will join Brigette Jones as she shares examples of work being done at various institutions, whether positive or negative, to gain an understanding of the importance of authentic and empathetic community engagement within sites' geographic areas. Attendees will have the opportunity to gauge and critique the community engagement work being done at other institutions in hopes of fostering new and strengthening old community relationships. 

Introducing the LYRASIS DataCite US Community

April 22, 2021, 12:00 p.m. (AZ)
This new program provides membership cost sharing, dedicated support, and a shared pathway for organizations to support open research infrastructure by using DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) to make scholarly content and research materials more FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.

Chicago Museum Exhibitors Group Meeting
Facing New Beginnings

April 22, 2021, 10:00 a.m. (AZ)
The museum industry experienced a tremendous transition in 2020, and many are enduring the effects of recent graduations, layoffs, and career transitions amidst a global pandemic.  Participate in a Q&A forum with experts in museum hiring practices including Abby Ristow (Field Museum, Director of HR), AJ Goehle (Luci Creative, CEO & Partner), Jeanne Schultz Angel (Naper Settlement, Director of Learning Experiences), and Greg Stevens (Purple Cow Career & Talent Development, Principal). 

Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC) and Museum, Arts and Culture Access Consortium (MAC)
Adapting and Advancing: Cultural Accessibility During the Pandemic and Beyond

PRESENT | Being Creatively Accessible During a Pandemic
April 22, 2021, 3:00 p.m. (CT)
Explore how cultural organizations have inventively adapted to incorporate accessibility into their work during the past year.

New England Museum Association (NEMA) Webinar
Communicating with Community in Mind: Thinking Through Inclusive Language

April 26, 2021, 2:00 p.m. (ET)
In this workshop, editor and inclusive language consultant Alex Kapitan will help us deepen our understanding of what makes language choices inclusive or exclusive and how to approach tough decisions around communication. The workshop will cover material geared toward people who are just starting to think about these issues and people who have been grappling with them for some time.

The Hoffman Forum, Civil Conversation Series (University of Miami School of Law)
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion – Art Museums & Universities: Similar Goals – Divergent Paths?

April 26, 2021, 6:00 p.m. (ET)
Although art museums and universities are vital educational institutions in the United States, they differ in their governance, traditions, programs and activities, and many other factors. This Conversation will address how these differing educational organizations might address and make progress on their shared goals of achieving a greater degree of social justice in their own institutions and in the society at large. 

ASU Lodestar Center FREE Forum on Nonprofit Effectiveness
Volunteers: Essential Workers for Community Solutions

April 28, 2021, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
Join your colleagues (volunteers, donors, staff, board members and interested community stakeholders) for a virtual Forum that reveals the role and promise of skills-based volunteers, the essential nonprofit “workforce” for the “now and the next” in advancing community well-being. Also, learn about the Social Enterprise Initiative as an essential framework for assuring exemplary volunteer management practices.

Association of Registrars and Collections Professionals Virtual #Meetup
Contract Collections Professionals

April 28, 2021, 7:00 p.m. (ET)
Are you an independent collections professional or contractor? Are you thinking about taking the leap into contract work? Join us for an ARCS Virtual Meetup!  Let’s get to know each other, share tips, experiences, and offer some moral support.  

New England Museum Association
Facilitating Successful (Paying!) Youth Programs in a Virtual World

April 28, 2021, 12:00 p.m. (ET) 
The practice of teaching and learning has shifted in the era of COVID-19 and cultural institutions are finding new ways to engage schools and students through fee-based programs. Learn about the successes and challenges in running virtual camps, classes and field trips as we explore new ideas and participation strategies.

International Sites of Conscience Webinar
Overcoming Organizational Fears of Failure

April 28, 2021, 10:00 a.m. (ET)  
The past year has brought many difficult changes to cultural organizations. We have struggled with access, with a new virtual world, and with accountability to movements for social justice. In this session, you’ll learn specific strategies on ways to help organizational teams manage challenging situations. How can you let go of old ideas, enter into experimentation as a critical process, and even embrace failures that happen along the way?

Chicago Cultural Accessibility Consortium (CCAC) and Museum, Arts and Culture Access Consortium (MAC)
Adapting and Advancing: Cultural Accessibility During the Pandemic and Beyond

FUTURE | Cultural Accessibility After the Pandemic
April 29, 2021, 3:00 p.m. (CT)  
Explore how museums and theaters across the country are using lessons learned to create a more inclusive future

NISEnet FREE Webinar
Engaging Audiences in the Launch of the James Webb Space Telescope

May 4, 2021, 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Learn about the science and engineering behind Webb, information about the opportunity to apply for NASA support for community events, and connections to public engagement activities

Texas Historical Commission FREE Webinar
Inclusive Museum Leadership

May 6, 2021, 10:00 a.m. (CT)
Collective rooms of action are heavy with museum educators, millennials and younger, and the disenfranchised; these rooms of action rarely see museum directors in the mix. This webinar will examine this disconnect and offer practical insights from Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko's own journey toward inclusive practice.

Texas Historical Commission FREE Webinar
Exploring Social Justice on a Limited Budget

May 13, 2021, 10:00 a.m. (CT)
This webinar will be framed through a social justice lens and will lay the groundwork for an understanding of what social justice and equity are, why they are important to museums, and how they relate to conversations around racism and museum sustainability. It will explore how museums can recontextualize exhibits to open discussions around social justice and will provide examples of museums that have done this successfully. The examples will be affordable solutions with high impact and low cost, acknowledging that many museums do not have the resources to reinstall their exhibits at the moment, but there are ways they can address social justice within the context of the exhibits they already have on view.

Lily Family School of Philanthropy Webinar
Online Special Events   
May 13, 2021, 12:00 p.m
. (ET)
Learn practical ways to continue to engage their donors and build relationships in a virtual environment.

Connecting to Collections Care FREE Webinar
Collections Emergency Kits 

May 19, 2021, 1:00 p.m. (ET)
This webinar will examine types of materials to include in your kit, how to manage inventory, where to store your kits, and how to educate your team on the value of this important resource.  It includes a report on the recent efforts of the Smithsonian Institution’s Preparedness and Response in Collections Emergencies (PRICE) Team to understand emergency kit status and needs at the Institution via a year-long survey of each of its museums, archives, and libraries. 

Texas Historical Commission FREE Webinar
Moving from Theory to Practice: Doing the Work of DEAI

May 20, 2021, 10:00 a.m. (CT)
As museums continue to move toward becoming more equitable institutions, DEAI (diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion) must be intentionally, clearly, and practically interwoven with an organization’s strategic plans, policies, and practices. And, organizations must change their actions - not just their words. In this webinar, Dina Bailey will support participants in taking steps to move from agreement in theory to authenticity in practice.


MuseWeb 25th Annual Conference
April 5, 6,7, 16, 23, 30, 2021

Arizona History Convention
Advocating for Change, Navigating Crises

April 20‒24, 2021

2021 American Institute for Conservation and Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections ONLINE
Joint Virtual Annual Meeting

May 10 - June 24, 2021

American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting
May 24, 2021; June 7-9, 2021

Costume Society of America

May 26-May 29, 2021

Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association
June 2 - June 5, 2021
Boston, MA

Digital Data Conference: Digital Data's Grand Challenge: Expanding Discovery Across Multiple Domains
June 7-9, 2021

Association of Academic Museums & Galleries  
June 7-11, 2021 

Digital Data in Biodiversity Research   
June 7-9, 2021

Ecsite Online Conference
June 9-11, 2021

Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums Annual Meeting
June 11-14, 2021
Archbold, OH

Digital Income Summit

June 28-30, 2021
With the museum sector now facing an unprecedented need to raise funds in the face of the Covid pandemic, this workshop will share actionable advice on how museums can use technology to boost their income.  Hear from speakers about how they have used digital to boost donations, find new revenue streams and win with e-commerce.

Visitor Studies Association Conference    
July 13-15, 2021

American Association for State and Local Annual Meeting
September 22-25, 2021
Little Rock, AR   

American Indian Tourism Conference
October 25-28, 2021
We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort, Fort McDowell (Scottsdale) AZ

2021 Arizona Preservation Conference
October 27-29, 2021
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Tempe AZ 

Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists
2021 Biennial Conference

November 10-12, 2021
Montreal CANADA

National Humanities Conference
November 11-14, 2021
Detroit MI


Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums
Audience Engagement: Preparing for the Virtual Long Game

April 26-May 26, 2021
This series will focus on sharpening tools and knowledge that already exist in our mission-delivery toolkits and honing those tools for application in a virtual setting for the road ahead

American Association for State and Local History Online Course
Introduction to Financial Management

May 24 – June 21, 2021

American Association for State and Local History Online Course
Developing Exhibitions: Design

June 7 – August 1, 2021 

American Association for State and Local History Online Course
Leadership and Administration for History Organizations
June 7 – August 1, 2021 

American Association for State and Local History Online Course
Caring for Museum Collections

June 7 – August 1, 2021 

American Association for State and Local History Online Course
Basics of Archives

June 7 – August 1, 2021 

Museum Association of Arizona

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