Apply Now – Diversity Internship Award

The Missouri Humanities Council and the Missouri Association of Museums and Archives offers a Diversity Internship Award to increase the diversity of those working in museums and archives and to better reflect the diverse communities being served. The award is open to undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds and an interest in a career in the museum or archives fields. We do not place any restrictions on what constitutes diversity. Preference will be given to those candidates who best identify how they will add to the diversity of the museum field generally.

Preference is given to students who apply with a specific host site and project, but MAMA also can offer support in identifying host sites and project opportunities. Depending upon the availability of projects, applicants may choose to focus on a particular area within the museum—such as administration, collections, education, exhibits, marketing, or guest services—or opt for a combination of areas for a broader experience.

The Diversity Internship Award provides a $1,500 stipend for 125 internship hours. One award is available in the fall, spring, and summer.

Fall award deadline: August 1

Spring award deadline: December 1

Summer award deadline: May 1 (extended until May 15, 2022)

Students interested in applying for the Diversity Internship Award, please fill out this application form. Submit the form and your resume to MAMA at info@missourimuseums.org

MAMA Colleague Conversation: Provenance Researching to Untangle a Knotty Collection

Join your colleagues for a discussion facilitated by Sarah Buchanan and Jane Bartley, iSchool, University of Missouri. Finding and presenting provenance information is a challenge for museums and archives large and small. Join us to start matching your provenance needs to resources emerging for actionable object descriptions. You may bring examples and questions.

MAMA would like to thank the Missouri Humanities Council for its support of MAMA’s programming.

To register for the program please click here

MAMA’s response to the removal of the “Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights” exhibit from the Missouri State Capitol

Recently, Missouri Governor Mike Parson mandated the removal of the “Making History: Kansas City and the Rise of Gay Rights” exhibit from the Capitol to the Lohman Building in Jefferson City, Missouri.

As a professional organization, the Missouri Association for Museums and Archives (MAMA) adheres to the American Alliance of Museums’ statement on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion:

Museums are a vital part of how we tell the stories of who we are, who we’ve been, and how we will live together. They maintain our cultural heritage and teach us about all the ways we are different and the same. Reflecting the diversity of that heritage is a critical part of museums’ work. We cannot claim to be truly essential to society if we are not accessible to all.

As MAMA is a statewide organization dedicated to supporting museum and archive professionals and to promoting a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable atmosphere for museums and archives across our state, we stand with our LGBTIA+ community whose stories have historically been marginalized, suppressed, and erased. Our colleagues at the Missouri State Museum have our support in their decision-making processes and professional judgement in curating the content of that museum.

Everyone’s story deserves to be told; state leaders should not marginalize, censor, or discriminate against voices of Missouri citizens. As such, MAMA is requesting that the exhibit should be reinstalled in the Capitol Building so that it may be viewed by more Missourians, and we encourage you to call Governor Mike Parson’s office (573) 751-3222 and the Department of Natural Resources (573) 751-1010 to lend your support to this initiative.

Show Me Missouri Museums and Archives Virtual Series

Missouri is home to over 600 significant museums and archives. The Missouri Association of Museums and Archives in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council wants to help you share your organization’s unique story with the public. We are curating videos for a virtual programming series. Participating institutions will have the opportunity to showcase their space and collection through social media via posts, short videos, or virtual programs.

You get to choose your topic and format. Projects could be a tour of exhibits, behind-the-scenes operations, collections items, educational activity, or interpretive program. Videos can be prerecorded or broadcast live. The Show Me Missouri Museums and Archives program will take place over June, July and possibly August.

If a video or virtual program is not right for you, space in the schedule will also include non-video content posting, for example a story on an important artifact from your collection with a photo. Help your photos and posts reach further in our combined network!

For more details or if interested please contact: Levi Cullifer at dlc4232@truman.edu.

Apply Now – Diversity Internship Program

The Missouri Humanities Council and the Missouri Association of Museums and Archives offers a Diversity Internship Award to increase the diversity of those working in museums and archives and to better reflect the diverse communities being served. The award is open to undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds and an interest in a career in the museum or archives fields. We do not place any restrictions on what constitutes diversity. Preference will be given to those candidates who best identify how they will add to the diversity of the museum field generally.

Preference is given to students who apply with a specific host site and project, but MAMA also can offer support in identifying host sites and project opportunities. Depending upon the availability of projects, applicants may choose to focus on a particular area within the museum—such as administration, collections, education, exhibits, marketing, or guest services—or opt for a combination of areas for a broader experience.

The Diversity Internship Award provides a $1,500 stipend for 125 internship hours. One award is available in the fall, spring, and summer.

Fall award deadline: August 1

Spring award deadline: December 1

Summer award deadline: May 1 (extended until May 15, 2022)

Students interested in applying for the Diversity Internship Award, please fill out this application form. Submit the form and your resume to MAMA at info@missourimuseums.org

Nomination Open – MAMA Awards 2020

Each year, MAMA will make one award for achievement in museums or archives. The award is open to staff and volunteers who work in museums and archives in the state of Missouri, or to archives and museums in the state of Missouri.

Museum award for:
• Individuals involved in a museum project that best serves its community through exhibits or programs.
Archives award for:
• Individuals involved in an archives project that achieves excellence in making records or documents available to the public, or
• Individuals involved in an archive project that preserves an important endangered collection.

Any current MAMA member can nominate an individual for the award. Deadline for nominations will be September 1, 2020. Awards will be given at the MAMA annual meeting each October.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, please Download the MAMA award nomination cover sheet.

Nominations Open – MAMA Awards 2018

Each year, MAMA will make one award for achievement in museums or archives. The award is open to staff and volunteers who work in museums and archives in the state of Missouri, or to archives and museums in the state of Missouri.

Museum award for:
• Individuals involved in a museum project that best serves its community through exhibits or programs.
Archives award for:
• Individuals involved in an archives project that achieves excellence in making records or documents available to the public, or
• Individuals involved in an archive project that preserves an important endangered collection.

Any current MAMA member can nominate an individual for the award. Deadline for nominations will be September 1, 2018. Awards will be given at the MAMA annual meeting each October.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, please Download the MAMA award nomination cover sheet.

Nominations open for MAMA Awards for achievement in Museums or Archives

Each year, MAMA will make one award for achievement in museums or archives. The award is open to staff and volunteers who work in museums and archives in the state of Missouri, or to archives and museums in the state of Missouri.

Museum award for:
• Individuals involved in a museum project that best serves its community through exhibits or
programs.

Archives award for:
• Individuals involved in an archives project that achieves excellence in making records or
documents available to the public, or
• Individuals involved in an archive project that preserves an important endangered collection

Any current MAMA member can nominate an individual for the award. Deadline for nominations will be September 1. Awards will be given at the MAMA annual meeting each October.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, please Download the MAMA award nomination cover sheet.

Nominations open for MAMA Awards for achievement in Museums or Archives

Each year, MAMA will make one award for achievement in museums or archives. The award is open to staff and volunteers who work in museums and archives in the state of Missouri, or to archives and museums in the state of Missouri.

Museum award for:
• Individuals involved in a museum project that best serves its community through exhibits or
programs.

Archives award for:
• Individuals involved in an archives project that achieves excellence in making records or
documents available to the public, or
• Individuals involved in an archive project that preserves an important endangered collection

Any current MAMA member can nominate an individual for the award. Deadline for nominations will be August 1. Awards will be given at the MAMA annual meeting each October.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, please Download the MAMA award nomination cover sheet.

Call for Proposals – MAMA Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

Preserve.  Innovate.  Connect.

MAMA Annual Meeting

October 21-22, 2016

St. Joseph, MO

 A joint conference of the Missouri Association for Museums and Archives and the Missouri Humanities Council

Call for Proposals
Session proposal submission deadline – July 1st

This year the theme of our Annual Conference will be Preserve. Innovate. Connect. This conference, held in historic St. Joseph, Missouri, will explore the ways Missouri’s museums and archives are serving and reaching out to their audiences through preservation and exhibition. We would like to hear from you!

Individuals from the museums/archives and related supporting communities who would like to present at this dynamic and friendly conference are invited to submit proposals. Each session proposal should in some way touch on the themes of preservation, innovation, and/or connecting with audiences.

We encourage you to seek out people from other institutions to collaborate on a panel. Possible session
topics include, but are not limited to: merging cultures, community and partnership building, conservation / preservation, educational programs, excellence in exhibit design, and evaluation.

Sessions may be 30 or 60 minutes.

Attendees are welcome to begin exploring St. Joseph Thursday, October 20th. Conference attendees who wish to explore Northwest Missouri will receive free passes to our member museums for Thursday through Sunday. Join us for a tour of the St. Joseph Museums, including the Glore Psychiatric Museum at 3406 Frederick Avenue Friday at 10:30 am. An opening luncheon reception will be hosted at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art beginning at 11:30. Please RSVP. After a morning exploring, sessions will begin on Friday, October 21st, at the Remington Nature Center at 1:00 in the afternoon. Conference attendees will get an exclusive showing of the innovative living history production “Voices of Mt. Mora: Cemetery Tours,” which will begin at the Wyeth-Tootle Mansion at 5:30. Afterwards, explore downtown St. Joseph, but don’t stay out too late! Sessions resume at 9:00 am at the Pony Express Museum. Lunch will be at noon, followed by the Keynote Speaker at 1:00 on Saturday. 

The deadline for submission is Wednesday, July 1st, 2016. We invite individuals to submit proposals electronically to Sara Wilson at: sara@stjosephmuseum.org. (Proposals may also be sent by mail to MAMA, P.O. Box 533, Jefferson City, MO 65102.)

Proposals should include:
Name, Institution/Organization/Company, Address, Phone, Email
Title of Proposed Session
Presenter’s Names / Affiliations
Description of Session:
How long is your presentation? (30 minutes [usually for a single person] or 60 minutes [for a panel])

Download Call for Proposals 2016