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Collections Technical Assistance Program
The Division of Arts and Museums is pleased to announce a new program geared towards assisting small museums in improving their collections care and management practices. The Collections Technical Assistance Program will provide participating museums one-on-one training on-site in collections care, from object handling to inventory and preservation planning.
Participating museums will work directly with the UA&M Museum Services Manager to conduct a Preservation Assessment and work on-site to determine priority projects that they can address together over the course of the year. Museums accepted into the program will receive $4,000 to work on their collections project, funding that can be applied towards such things as purchasing materials, bringing in a conservator to do conservation work, or building improved exhibitions mounts. The goal of the Collections Technical Assistance Program is to holistically address collections care in small institutions by providing the building blocks of training and funding necessary for museums to succeed.
This program is by application only and will be limited to four total participating museums. Applications will be accepted through July 22nd with notifications of acceptance sent out August 19, 2016. All participating museums must be able to commit to a full year of working on their agreed upon project with the Museum Services Manager in order to receive the funding.
You must represent a “small” museum in the state of Utah, operating on $250,000 or less. While academic institutions are welcome to apply, the main beneficiaries of the program must be full or part time staff and/or volunteers and not students working towards a degree who will continue to work in the museum.
To apply, please click here.
Museums Watch & Talk Brown Bag Series
Join us every other month beginning this August for a series of conversations featuring different museum topics hosted by a local expert. This series is a “workshop-lite” session with the introduction of one museum topic, such as collections, education, administration, etc. through a pre-recorded webinar. An expert host will facilitate conversation after the webinar, making the content relevant to participants in the room. Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy the fun!
August 8th: Mounting Garments for Display, 11 am-2 PM @ Zephyr Room, Rio Grande Building, SLC. To RSVP, please click here.
October 17th: Bad Boards: Strategies for Fixing Poorly Functioning Museum Boards, hosted by Kaia Landon, Director of the Brigham City Museum of Art and History, 11AM-2PM @ Brigham City Museum of Art and History, 24 N 300 W, Brigham City.
Many volunteer managers are not given the tools necessary to help them effectively manage their volunteers and volunteer projects. This two-part workshop series was developed in partnership with UServe to respond to volunteer needs in the museum field. Attendees will be trained on effective volunteer management including recruiting, motivating, and retaining volunteers.
Upon completion of the program, volunteer coordinators have the necessary skills to:
- Assess volunteer needs and match those needs with the strategic goals of the museum
- Develop relevant, competency-based volunteer roles and opportunities that attract and retain high caliber volunteers to address critical needs in your museum
Workshop level: Beginner, 101. For an agenda, please click here.
When: Friday, August 19th and Friday, September 23rd, 9AM-4:30PM
Where: Museum of Peoples and Cultures, 2201 North Canyon Road, Provo
When: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 and April 11th, 2017, 9AM-4:30 PM
Where: Southern Utah Museum of Art, 351 West University Blvd, Cedar City
To register, please email Jennifer Ortiz, Museum Services Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must be able to attend both workshop days to participate. Registration is limited to 25 people and to museum professionals who are currently working or volunteering in a museum setting.
The Registrar Committee for the Western Region (RCWR) is a great resource for collections and registration specialists. Check out their latest issue of the quarterly here.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant Workshop Material
Click here to view the NEH’s grant workshop materials from their site visit to Utah in March. It includes information regarding the application process and is a broad overview of the grants that they offer.
UA&M now offers an environmental monitoring kit for rent for a small fee. The kit includes tools to measure your museum’s temperature, humidity, and light allowances. For more information about the kit or to inquire about rental, please contact Jennifer Ortiz at email@example.com or 801.245.7288.
We now offer an onsite preservation assessment for museums interested in learning more about how to better preserve their collections. Based off of Heritage Preservation’s Conservation Assessment Program (CAP), Utah Arts and Museum’s Preservation Assessment provides constructive feedback on areas of improvement through a facilitated onsite visit and itemized report. The visit and report are meant to provide feedback that will assist in identifying priority collections care needs and better assist museums interested in applying for museum grants through Utah Arts and Museums.
Please see our Pre-Assessment worksheet for more information and contact Jennifer Ortiz, Museum Specialist at 801-245-7288 to schedule your assessment.
- Heritage Preservation-Resources for Emergency Planning and Preparedness
- American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) Response resources
- Northeast Document Conservation Center 24/7 Collections Emergency Phone Assistance
- Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS)
- Getty Conservation Institute: Build your own emergency plan PDF
- Emergency Response and Salvage Wheel app for your smart phone
- Developing a Collections Management Policy, American Alliance of Museums Resource Guide
- International Council of Museums–Deaccessioning bibliography
- National Parks Service-Conserve O Grams
- Collections Storage Techniques from STASH
- Collections Care assistance from Connecting to Collections (C2C)
Fair Use and Copyright Issues
This e-newsletter contains timely information and articles for Utah museums. If you would like to receive it, please email Jennifer Ortiz at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources for Nonprofit Organizations
Looking for help with volunteers, accessibility, strategic planning or starting up a new museum? Check out the toolkit for nonprofit arts organizations and museums. Click HERE for the nonprofit organization toolkit.
Museum Support Organizations
- Association of Registrars and Collections Specialists
- American Association for State and Local History
- Small Museum Association
- American Alliance of Museums
- Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums
- Association of Children’s Museums
- Association of College and University Museums and Galleries
- Institute of Museum and Library Service
- Conservation Center for Art and Historical Artifacts
- Museum Education Roundtable