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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: 03/03/2020
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