Three museum professionals have earned the Utah Certificate of Museum Practice awarded by Utah Arts & Museums and the Utah Museums Association. Brent Farley and Carol Adams of the Orem Heritage Museum were honored at the Western Museums Association Conference on Saturday, October 12, 2013, and Adrienne Day will be recognized at the Utah Museums Association Conference next October in Cedar City.
The certificate honors museum professionals, board members, and volunteers who have made a significant investment in professional development and strengthened their museums in the process. Participants spend nearly 200 hours in training and completing projects in three areas: museum administration, education and interpretation, and collections care.
Those who have earned the certificate to date have taken university-level courses in museum studies. Brent Farley and Carol Adams also participated in the Museum Interpretation Workshop from the Utah Humanities Council. Soon participants will be able to apply training from multiple sources toward the certificate.
“We are proud of the accomplishments of Brent, Carol, and Adrienne,” said Lynnette Hiskey, Director of Utah Arts & Museums. “Their deep investment in their own professional development will advance Utah’s museums for years to come.”
“I saw the Certificate of Museum Practice as a credible indication that I had gained basic, all-around knowledge of what a museum is about, including how to display and preserve valuable museum items in interesting and educational settings of value to the public,” said Farley. “After I had completed the requirements for the certificate, I supervised a move to a different building and a rearrangement of all museum displays. The knowledge I had gained provided the confidence I needed to enhance and improve the overall display settings.”