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August 27, 2012

coming up in affiliateland in september 2012

Ah.. it’s back-to-school time, and back to great events happening across the country at Affiliates! 

FLORIDA
The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum will be hosting the exhibition Reflections Across Time: Seminole Portraits featuring loans from SAAM, NPG, and NMAI in Clewiston, 9.1.

The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra will perform at The Museum of Arts & Sciences and give a workshop at Stetson Univeristy School of Music with an introduction from Harold Closter in Daytona Beach, 9.07.
MOAS will also host Richard Kurin to lecture on The Hope Diamond and book signing, 9.20.


TEXAS
The Institute of Texan Cultures will host SITES’ IndiVisible in San Antonio, 9.15.


OHIO
The Ohio Historical Society will host an Affiliations Announcement with Harold Closter in Columbus, 9.18.

The Springfield Museum of Art will be hosting the exhibition Jack Earl: A Modern Master-A Retrospective featuring loans from SAAM in Springfield, 9.22.


NATIONWIDE
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10 Affiliates from across the country contributed educational materials for Smithsonian Teachers Night in Washington, D.C., 9.28.

35 Affiliates will open their doors for free as part of Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day, 9.29.

 

August 26, 2012

affiliations staff on the road

Affiliations staff will be attending regional museum association conferences all over the country this fall.  Will we see you there?  Let us know!

*Save the date* – we’ll be hosting another Affiliate reception at the AAM Annual Meeting this year in Baltimore, May 2013.  Stay tuned for details!

 

Western Museums Association, Palm Springs, CA, October 21-24, 2012
Look for External Affairs Coordinator Elizabeth Bugbee .

 

 

 

Southeastern Museums Association, Williamsburg, VA, November 7-9, 2012
National Outreach Managers Alma Douglas, Aaron Glavas, and Caroline Mah will be in attendance, and leading a session on ‘Smithsonian as Partners in your Community’ on Wednesday, November 7. 

 

 

 
New England Museum Association, Burlington, VT, November 7-9, 2012
National Outreach Manager Jennifer Brundage  will be there leading sessions on ‘Theater and Dance: Tools for Community Engagement and Collaboration,’ on Wednesday, November 7; and ‘Executive Transitions – Learning from Each Other,’ on Thursday, November 8.

We look forward to seeing Affiliates this fall!

August 25, 2012

2013 Affiliations Visiting Professionals Program

Solimar Salas worked with experts at the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute in 2011 to learn more about operating a conservation center at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico.

Have you taken advantage of ALL the benefits of being a Smithsonian Affiliate? Tap in to the vast resources of the Smithsonian and advance your professional development by applying for the 2013 Affiliations Visiting Professionals Program.

From technical assistance and digitization to collections management and exhibition design, let us plan the best visiting professionals program to meet your needs.Any full-time staff member at an Affiliate organization with a current project in mind may apply to come to the Smithsonian for two weeks and learn from experts about a certain technical skill, topic or collection.  Projects can be in a variety of museum areas and should allow a Visiting Professional to develop a new skill or solve a challenge related to his/her professional objectives.

Click here for application guidelines and how to apply.

 

Wayne Coleman, 2009 visiting professional from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, researches collections at the National Museum of American History Archives Center.

August 24, 2012

Kudos Affiliates! September 2012

As summer heats up, so too do Affiliate accomplishments!

The Michigan State University Museum (East Lansing, Michigan) received a new grant from the Asian Cultural Council, New York City, to establish a partnership between the Michigan State University Museum and Yunnan Nationalities Museum, in Kunming, China. The $12,000 grant is aimed at creating new resources online that can be used to access Chinese folklife and ethnographic collections by scholars, museums and the public.

The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, Ohio) will receive a $1.8 million grant over three years as part of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s America Healing program. The three-year grant will be used for programs to increase student and public awareness and understanding about the history of racial oppression in this country.

The GAR Foundation has awarded a $30,000 grant to the Western Reserve Historical Society (Cleveland, Ohio), for educational programming at Hale Farm & Village.

Three Affiliates received Smithsonian Community Grants program sponsored by MetLife Foundation as part of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibitions Services (SITES):

  • Institute of Texan Cultures (San Antonio, Texas) received $5,000 to fund programming that fosters self-identification and pride for dual heritage African-Native Texans. The grant will support honoraria for several scholars, craft and educational materials, and the marketing and advertising of events related to the themes of IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas.
  • San Diego Museum of Man (San Diego, California) was awarded $3,750 to fund the honoraria of Native American skate industry professionals who will participate in a panel discussion. The grant will also support the marketing of programming related to the themes of Ramp it Up: Skateboard Culture in Native America.
  • Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum (McMinnville, Oregon) will receive $2,160 to fund the busing of economically disadvantaged and minority youth in the regional Portland area to view Black Wings: An American Dream of Flight.

A technology upgrade for Ellen Noel Art Museum (Odessa, Texas) is the result of a Permian Basin Area Foundation $5,000 grant. This technology upgrade will help support the museum’s existing website and social media sites.

American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) announced the winners of their 2012 Leadership in History Awards Winners including the following Affiliates:

  • Arizona State Museum (Tucson, Arizona) for the exhibit Many Mexicos: Vistas de la Frontera
  • Conner Prairie Interactive History Park (Fishers, Indiana) for the exhibit 1863 Civil War Journey: Raid on Indiana.
  • Montana Historical Society (Bozeman, Montana) and Montana Office of Public Instruction Indian Education for All Divisions for Best Practices in Museum Education: Museums and Schools as Co-Educators.
  • North Carolina Museum of History (Raleigh, North Carolina) for the exhibit The Story of North Carolina.
  • Ohio Historical Society (Columbus, Ohio) for the exhibit Controversy: Pieces You Don’t Normally See; for the Ohio as America Online 4th Grade Textbook; and for the Ohio History Service Corps-AmeriCorps Program.

On the horizon at SITES

Our friends at the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) are working on some great upcoming exhibitions, debuting in 2014.  Book early!

The Newcomb Pottery enterprise ‘played a significant role in promoting art, education, and employment for the betterment of women,’ particularly Southern women.

Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, organized by the Newcomb Art Gallery and SITES, brings together more than 175 objects representing 45 years of uncommon achievement in American arts and crafts from 1895-1940.

For the first time in 30 years, Americans will experience a major exhibition of Newcomb treasures from the gallery at Tulane University and other prominent collections.  The exhibit will feature recent acquisitions and dazzling examples of the iconic pottery as well as lesser known textiles, metalwork, jewelry, bookbinding and historical artifacts.Decorative yet useful, iconic yet varied, richly imagined and precisely crafted by hand—the objects alone tell an eloquent story. Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise offers new insights into the Newcomb community—the philosophy, the friendships, the craftsmanship, and the extraordinary women who made an enduring mark on American art and industry. 

Exhibition at a glance:
- Approximately 150 objects including pottery, metalwork, jewelry and textiles
- Approximately 4,000 – 4,500 square feet
- $65,000, per 12-week booking period
- Tour begins: Fall 2014
- Contact: Minnie Russell, russellm@si.edu, 202.633.3160.

SITES is pleased to announce plans for the national tour of Aesop’s Fables by Jacob Lawrence, an exhibition featuring 23 illustrations of these classic moral stories by this renowned American artist.  In 1969 Lawrence created this series of lively ink drawings to illustrate and interpret Aesop’s Fables for a contemporary audience.  Fables such as “The Tortoise and The Hare”, “The Ant and The Grasshopper”, and “The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing” are known and loved world-wide and are still often used to entertain and educate young children. 

Exhibition at a glance:
- Featuring 23 large-format pigment prints on watercolor paper, illustrated fable panels
- Requires about 200 running feet
- Tour begins: 2014 
- Contact:  Ed Liskey, liskeye@si.edu, 202.633.3142.


Nature’s Best Photography:  Windland Smith Rice International Awards 
showcases the wonders of the natural world in all of its breathtaking forms and environments.  From endangered species, animals that live in the ocean and in the air and the smallest animals to images of people in nature, the power of nature, plant life and amazing landscapes, the exhibition features an award-winning survey of nature photography.  This collection of 48 large-format prints combines art with adventure to take you on a photographic journey into the wild. 

   Exhibition at a glance:
   – Featuring 48 large-format prints
   – Requires about 250 running feet
   – Tour begins: early 2014
   - Contact:  Amanda Cane, canea@si.edu, 202.633.3109.

 

 

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