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Expanding the Narrative - Museums Sharing Diversity

November 15, 2019, 8:30 am – 1:00 pm

HistoryMiami Museum, Miami

Florida is one of the most diverse places in our nation—a mecca of multiculturalism. How do our museums share the diversity of our culture? Can we do a better job at being more inclusive of all those who live in our great state? Diversity and Inclusion should be at the forefront of collecting, programming, exhibitions and hiring practices in our museums. In this workshop, we will start the discussion about how we share diversity, barriers that exist to changing our own practices to become more inclusive, and provide some resources to take home to your museums. The day will begin with a panel of professionals from a diverse variety of museums who will share their experiences. The YES Institute of Miami will provide an overview of gender and gender identity, what makes visitors feel included and safe, and use mock scenarios to work through best practices in this area. HistoryMiami will provide a tour of their Making Miami Home program in their Tropical Dreams: A People’s History of South Florida, which will be followed by small workgroup discussions about how we can make all feel welcome and invested in Florida’s museums.

Speakers & Panelists:

Martha Bireda, Executive Director, The Blanchard House Museum of African American History and Culture of Charlotte County

Dani Dominguez, Community Education Coordinator, YES Institute

Emory Grant, Director of Programming and Education, Stonewall National Museum

Kelsey Jagneaux, Outreach Coordinator, The Florida Holocaust Museum

Tina Menendez, Vice President, Education, History Miami. 

Everett Osceola, Outreach Coordinator, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

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Posted: 07/10/2019

Save Florida's Cultural Heritage: Emergency Planning Workshop

Florida Museums are the caretakers of Florida’s Cultural History – they preserve, interpret, and share. Now more than ever, Florida museums need to be prepared for disasters and emergencies. Many museums have suffered devastating losses over the last several years. Those that had a plan for how to ensure the safety of their staff and visitors, maintain their buildings and grounds, and minimize risk to the collections have been able to prepare for and respond to emergencies and disasters more quickly. This half-day workshop will share resources for creating a Pocket Response Plan TM and developing an emergency plan. In addition, national, state, and local emergency response representatives will provide information on resources, communication, and public assistance programs. Whether you have a plan in place or not, this is a great workshop to attend to learn more about these very important resources. 

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Posted: 06/14/2019

2019 Lunch and Learn Webinar Series

The Florida Association of Museums Foundation (FAMF) announces a new webinar series entitled “Lunch and Learn: The Fundamentals of Fundraising.”

In this four-part webinar series, FAM focuses on various elements of a sustainable fundraising program, including the fundamentals of fundraising, board fundraising, earned income, and a special program on advocacy for those serving in grassroots organizations who are most in need of guidance.

Thursday, April 18th, 12:00 pm: Creating a Sustainable Development Program
with Michelle Turman, MA, CFRE, CEO of Catalyst Consulting Services

Friday, May 10th, 12:00 pm: Earned Income: Make it Work for Your Museum
with Brynne Anne Besio, CEO, The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature; Kathy Fleming, Executive Director, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum; Maria Hane, President, Museum of Science & History, Jacksonville; and Dorrie Hipschman, Executive Director, Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

Thursday, June 20th, 12:00 pm: 5 Secrets to a Fabulous Fundraising Board
with Alyce Lee Stansbury, CFRE, President of Stansbury Consulting  

Thursday, July 18th, 12:00 pm: Always Advocacy: Building Relationships
with Malinda Horton, Executive Director, Florida Association of Museums

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Posted: 04/15/2019

2019 FAM Annual Conference

FAM Announces the dates for the 2019 Annual Conference to be held in Orlando September 15-18, 2019.

More information on hotel and agenda TBA.

Posted: 01/18/2019

Museums Advocacy Day

Florida Association of Museums is a proud supporter of Museums Advocacy Day.

A new Congress convenes in 2019, facing an enormous list of policy issues, including support for museums. Together as a field we've defeated several threats to eliminate federal agencies supporting museums, but we must keep making our case. Beyond federal funding, museums are also significantly impacted by tax reform, education policy, infrastructure legislation, and more.

But legislators do not know how museums are impacted if they don’t hear directly from you—the museums and people they represent.

Help make sure our [state/region/discipline] is represented in 2019.

Register Now for Museums Advocacy Day 2019!

Museums Advocacy Day is a unique opportunity to network with peers from your region, hear from federal agency and nonprofit leaders and build your own professional skills. The program includes two full days of issue briefings and advocacy training, networking with peers from your state and region, and visits to your legislators’ offices on Capitol Hill, scheduled by AAM. Gain advocacy strategies and techniques you can use on Capitol Hill, with your city council and state legislators, with local and regional funders, and to advocate for yourself throughout your career.

Will you be there to share your story with your legislators?

Museums Advocacy Day is inspiring, energizing and practical. Unite with others from the museum field as one voice to reaffirm our value, collective contributions, and aspirations. See Museums Advocacy Day success stories and book your room in the Museums Advocacy Day block to take advantage of the special discounted rate.

Use #MuseumsAdvocacy2019 to join the conversation on social media.

Posted: 01/18/2019

Florida Tourism Day 2019

Florida Tourism Day is in March!

Join your tourism colleagues on March 13, 2019 in Tallahassee to educate the legislature, media and all Floridians about the importance of Florida’s tourism industry. Together, let’s share the positive economic impact of tourism to Florida and to its residents as well as how crucial it is to support Florida’s No. 1 industry. Register now!
When & Where:
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Donald L. Tucker Civic Center
505 West Pensacola Street 
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Tentative Schedule of Events:
  • 8:00 am - 9:00 am Registration
  • 9:00 am -11:30 am Florida Tourism Day Program
  • 11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch
  • 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm Legislative Appointments at the Florida Capitol
  • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Florida Tourism Day Street Party
Street Party Vendor:
Interested in being a vendor at the Florida Tourism Day Street Party? Please fill out this form, or contact Mary  Rose McCarron with the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association at (850) 224-2250 or
For general event information or registration questions, email
Posted: 01/18/2019

Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI 2019)

JIMI 2019

The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) proudly announces the 19th annual Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI 2019).  Scheduled for January 22-29, 2019, JIMI is specifically designed for administrators from new and emerging museums and for museum professionals with subject area expertise desiring knowledge of general museum administration and operations.  The deadline for JIMI 2019 applications is October 21, 2018.

Located on historic Jekyll Island, GA, this highly successful training program provides a unique eight-day immersion for museum professionals seeking the opportunity to learn management, personnel and interpretive skills from leading experts.  Sessions include management styles, administration and trusteeship, strategic planning, fundraising and marketing, technology, developing exhibits, public relations, collections management, disaster preparedness, interpretation, volunteer management, and museum ethics.

Through the generosity of friends and colleagues of the late Peter S. LaPaglia, the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) and the Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI) are pleased to offer the Peter S. LaPaglia JIMI Scholarship to cover the cost of tuition.  Several state associations in the region, including the Arkansas Museums Association, North Carolina Museums Council, Mississippi Museums Association, and South Carolina Federation of Museums, offer scholarship and/or travel assistance to its members.  In addition, John and Cynthia Lancaster offer scholarship assistance to a member of the Tennessee Association of Museums.

Thanks to the generosity of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) is pleased to offer the John Kinard Scholarship Fund for two staff members of AAAM institutional museums or individual AAAM members to attend SEMC’s Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI). The two annual scholarships of $1,625 each will cover the tuition for JIMI and travel expenses. The John Kinard Scholarship Fund is established in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Created by an Act of Congress in 2003, the museum opened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in the Fall of 2016. For information on the museum’s current programs and exhibitions visit or call 202 633-4751. Please note AAAM membership on your JIMI application. This scholarship is not available to employees of the Smithsonian Institution.

Applications for JIMI and the Peter S. LaPaglia JIMI Scholarship are currently available at the website address shown below, with an October 21, 2018 deadline for submitting applications.  JIMI is an SEMC program sponsored by Goosepen Studio & Press, Inc., Jekyll Island Museum and Historic Preservation, and North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites and Properties.  In addition, we thank the following companies for partnering with us for JIMI 2019:

Gaylord Brothers, Inc.

Satilla Computer Solutions

For additional information, contact Martha Battle Jackson, JIMI Administrator, 919. 733.7862, ext. 236,; John Lancaster, 615.210.7933,; or, Susan Perry, Executive Director, SEMC, 404.814.2048, or, download an application at

Posted: 08/16/2018

FAM Museum Guide and Tri-Fold Brochure

FAM has created a Museum Guide that includes a locator map and Tri-Fold Brochure with guide to museums.  These publications will be distributed at the offical VISIT FLORIDA Welcome Centers and shipped to museums, DMOs, etc.on request.  Please CLICK HERE for the downloadable guide and CLICK HERE for the brochure.

Posted: 06/01/2018
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