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  • 22 Sep 2021 2:55 PM | Jenny Woods (Administrator)

    Join us for our next discussion in the Tough Topics Series, this time focusing on Self-care for volunteer managers. The Tough Topics series meetings are discussion based, and a chance for all of us to share our experience and learn from our peers.

    Thursday October 14
    11 am Pacific/ 2 pm Eastern

    All are welcome, but registration is required.

    Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSePegxn51A7PTlx4NvQ3bWXeu7xyPOycgOoOMGRDNVdZq43Hg/viewform?usp=sf_link

  • 13 Sep 2021 5:46 PM | Jenny Woods (Administrator)

    Somehow I Manage: Panel Discussion

    September 16, 2021 6:30 ET/3:30 PT

    The American Association for Museum Volunteers (AAMV) and the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network (NEMPN) are excited to announce that they will be holding a joint panel discussion on contemporary issues in volunteer management. Topics covered will include Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, Inclusion (DEAI) training, diversifying volunteer corps, economic equity in the field, the position of volunteer coordinators/managers within museum administrations, and the role volunteerism plays in the larger museum career pipeline. The panel will feature volunteer managers at varying points in their respective careers, representing early, mid, and established-career professionals.

    Panelists include Jessica Woods, Manager at Interurban Railway Museum, Wendy Vang- Roberts, Training Manager at the Minnesota Alliance for Volunteer Advancement, and Kajette Solomon, Museum SEI Program Specialist at RISD Museum and AAMV New England Regional Director.

    The panel will be held over Zoom on September 16th at 6:30 ET/3:30 PT. For more information, please follow AAMV and NEMPN on social media or click here


  • 15 Mar 2021 3:07 PM | Samantha Arceneaux (Administrator)

    Respectful Ways to Deepen Volunteer Giving (Lunch with NEMA)

    WHEN:  Wednesday, March 31, 2021, Noon- 1pm
    WHAT: Respectful Ways to Deepen Volunteer Giving
    WHO:  Elisa Kosarin, CVA, Twenty Hats
    FORMAT: Webinar

    Noon - 1 pm

    Museums depend on volunteers to enhance the visitor experience and assist behind the scenes. Their contribution of time and talents is priceless in and of itself. Did you know, though, that volunteers are also generous supporters? Research shows that volunteers give ten times more to their nonprofits of choice than non-volunteer supporters. To leverage this generosity, you must strengthen and support volunteer/development program collaboration.

    Lunch with NEMA and explore how to:

    ·         Create volunteer roles that appeal to donors, too

    ·         Communicate opportunities that lead to greater support

    ·         Collaborate internally to increase contributions, both charitable and in-kind

    RSVP here.


  • 19 Feb 2021 7:10 PM | Anna Frueh (Administrator)

    Calling all museum interns! Interested in learning more about different types of museums and museum departments? Join us for any or all of our 6 online sessions from February through April to explore museums from around the country, speak with museum professionals, and network with fellow interns! These sessions are meant to be participatory, so the more involved you are, the more you'll get out of it!


    Feb 12: Overview of Departments at the Chicago History Museum

    February 26: Serving Audiences with Dumbarton House

    March 12: Collections at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art

    March 26: Overview of Departments with the Exploratorium 

    April 9: Challenges in the Museum Field with the Peoria PlayHouse

    April 23: Future of Museums with the Harvard Extension Program in Museum Studies

    Register here!

  • 18 Feb 2021 4:31 AM | Anna Frueh (Administrator)

    We must make the case for museums in 2021

    Museums Advocacy Day is inspiring, energizing, and impactful. Following the fall elections and with the convening of the 117th Congress in January 2021, it’s more important than ever that all museums are represented at Museums Advocacy Day 2021. You can advocate for museums in your community, and across the nation, from wherever you are.

    The nation’s museum community is facing an existential threat from the closures required to address the COVID-19 pandemic. Addressing this threat requires decisive action from the U.S. Congress beyond previous economic relief legislation. Normal revenue from admissions fees, retail sales, and event rentals have effectively ceased, and charitable contributions are expected to continue to decline dramatically. Even as museums are experiencing closures and significant losses in revenue, they are meeting an increase in demand for their services and safeguarding and supporting their communities. 

    Museums are contributing to the ongoing education of our country’s children by providing lesson plans, online learning opportunities, and drop-off learning kits to teachers and families. They are using their outdoor spaces to grow and donate produce to area food banks; and maintaining these spaces for individuals to safely relax, enjoy nature, and recover from the mental health impacts of social isolation. They have donated their PPE and scientific equipment to fight COVID-19, and provided access to childcare and meals to families of health care workers and first responders. Join us virtually from wherever you are February 22-23 to ensure Congress knows that museums are pivotal to our nation’s ability to manage through the pandemic and recover from it.  

    See Museums Advocacy Day success stories and join the conversation on social media using #MuseumsAdvocacy2021.

    Join us by standing up for museums during Museums Advocacy Day 2021

    Museums have a continued fight ahead of us. Today's national policy debates will impact our museums for years to come. Congress faces an enormous list of policy issues to consider, many of which can have a lasting impact on museums. Beyond federal funding, there's tax reform, education policy, infrastructure legislation, and other issues that significantly affect museums’ ability to serve our communities. Legislators do not know how their decisions affect museums if they don't hear directly from you—the people they represent. As constituents, you are in the best position to create lasting change. Constituent visits have a greater influence on legislators than any other group or strategy. It's up to you to make the case for museums to Congress and tell your story of why museums are important to you and your community!

    Museums Advocacy Day is an inspiring, energetic, and impactful event taking place virtually February 22-23, 2021. Be a part of our collective movement by advocating from anywhere you are using these tools and joining the conversation on social media using #MuseumsAdvocacy2021.

  • 01 Dec 2020 5:56 PM | Anna Frueh (Administrator)

    Check out the new blog post on AAM by Marjorie Schwarzer about older volunteers during COVID; this is a two-part series in which she is writing about ethics and volunteer programs. This first post also features details from AAMV's summer volunteer survey. 

  • 23 Nov 2020 11:53 AM | Anna Frueh (Administrator)

    Our former president, Richard Harker, was invited to participate in a study of volunteering in Russia by their Association of Cultural Managers. He participated in a broadcasted discussion about volunteer management. You can view it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GbNDXrqfhWQ&feature=youtu.be

  • 21 Sep 2020 12:00 AM | Jenny Woods (Administrator)

    Join us for an informal happy hour via Zoom.  3 pm PT/ 6 pm ET on Wednesday September 23.

    Email aamvmembership1@gmail.com to request the Zoom link.

  • 28 May 2020 5:43 PM | Jenny Woods (Administrator)

    Join the American Association for Museum Volunteers (AAMV) for our first ever VIRTUAL HAPPY HOUR during the American Alliance of Museums 2020 Annual (Virtual) Conference!

         Date: Tuesday, June 2nd

    Time: 

    3pm PST, 4pm MST, 5pm CST, 6pm EST


    Location: Zoom Meeting


    All are welcome! Bring your colleagues and friends in the museum and cultural institution field.  Make your favorite drink! Looking forward to seeing you all virtually!

    Click Here to RSVP and Receive the Zoom Link


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