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  • 5 Oct 2022 4:10 PM | Anonymous

    Thank so many of you for your concern, inquiries, offers of help, and well-wishes in the aftermath of this devastating hurricane. We are grateful for your compassion, and fortunate to say that all Museum staff are safe.

    Each day is bringing more information about the devastation, major challenges, and new realities now faced by so many. The most critical and immediate needs for our community are human. We encourage you to support social service and aid organizations working around the clock in Southwest Florida and beyond.

    As for most buildings on Sanibel, the Museum has had significant flooding and structural damage. Happily, some of the marine life of the Living Gallery survived including the live Junonias, Flamboyant Cuttlefish, and many local mollusks; but many did not, including the two octopuses. We are heartbroken for this loss, but grateful to the City of Sanibel, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and The Florida Aquarium for their support in the rescue attempt.

    We will be in touch with more information when we can, and keep sending your positive thoughts for those still unaccounted for, for this community, and for the untold number of people throughout the region ravaged by Hurricane Ian.

    #SanCapStrong

  • 1 Sep 2022 1:26 PM | Anonymous

    On July 28, 2022, Appalachian Eastern Kentucky, Southwestern Virginia, and surrounding areas experienced historic flooding. As most of us know from dealing with flooding here in North Carolina they are facing a long road ahead dealing with the aftermath of the intrusive and destructive power of flooding.

    NCMC has reached out to our Kentucky sibling organization, the Kentucky Museum and Heritage Alliance who directed us to Scott Avery, Executive Director of the Kentucky Historical Society. Scott is helping lead the efforts to save the cultural sites of the area and replied with this update.

    “We had staff in the region this past weekend and conditions are horrible. Our team of volunteers, and most that are coming from outside the region, are having to drive in and out on the same day due to the lack of housing, electricity and water. The folks in eastern Kentucky are used to flooding but this is completely different. The road to recovery will take some time.”

    Scott also mentioned two organizations, Appalshop and the Hindman Settlement School, have gotten hit particularly hard by the flooding. They have information, a needs list, and volunteer sign-up on their websites https://appalshop.org and https://hindman.org. Additionally, if anyone would like to donate to the general relief and recovery fund for the Kentucky flooding, Scott mentioned this site specifically: https://secure.kentucky.gov/FormServices/Finance/EKYFloodRelief.

    If anyone would like to donate to the recovery of Kentucky and the cultural sites and museums affected by this historic flooding, please consider doing so. Even if you cannot commit to a financial contribution, consider sending notes of encouragement or reviewing the needs list for these organizations.

  • 16 Jun 2022 11:23 AM | Anonymous

    6-15-22 NCMC Letter to Gaston County Commissioners.pdf

    The North Carolina Museums Council stands with Gaston County Museum of Art & History. President Christian Edwards wrote the accompanying text (link above) in a letter sent to Gaston County Commissioners.

    Coincidentally enough, MuseumWeek's theme today is #SexualityMW. Discussions surrounding sexuality are not taboo, dirty, or ugly, it is a part of us all. Our Council stands with the staff of the museum. #LeaveThePhotoUp

  • 27 Apr 2022 8:41 PM | Anonymous

    Speak Up and Speak Out: NCMC announces new Advocacy Committee

    By Scott Warren, Immediate Past President


         Advocacy is one of the guiding principles of the North Carolina Museums Council (NCMC) and one that we are committed to assisting our members with.

         Advocacy can seem like a huge undertaking and not knowing where or how to start can seem somewhat daunting. We are here to help! NCMC has launched a new committee to begin the process of supplying you, our members, with the tools necessary to take on this important work. “We are excited to roll out this new committee; it has been a goal of many board members for some time. Finally, we can equip museums professionals with the necessary tools to best advocate for themselves and their museums in their local communities as well as on the state and national levels,” said Rebekah Dunn, Communications Chair.

         Our immediate goal is to begin gathering online resources that will aid everyone in identifying those resources and organizations that effectively manage advocacy. “The ultimate goal of our committee will be to construct a toolbox, if you will, that our members can use effectively advocate from anywhere, whether that be on Capitol Hill, in the halls of the General Assembly in Raleigh or from the comfort of your own home," said Scott Warren, Immediate Past President and chairperson of the Advocacy Committee. “Our committee members bring a wealth of experience to the committee, and I am excited to work with them on this important project.”

         Advocacy is important work whether you are advocating on Federal funding issues or state laws to assist nonprofit arts organizations. Please stay tuned as we will be rolling out updates and news from our committee.  

  • 27 Apr 2022 7:49 PM | Anonymous


    Join Professional Development Chair, Felicia, and Assistant Communications Chair, Katy, in a discussion about some basics of DEAI and continuing conversations started at the annual conference in March. Felicia and Katy will share some resources found on the DEAI resource page as well as when to expect these quarterly meetings! Bring your questions and knowledge to facilitate community growth through conversation.

    You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
    When: May 10, 2022 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
    Register in advance for this meeting:
    https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwtdO6qqzwjH9ykyrqAuyMmjTQ8HLv31KYg

  • 27 Apr 2022 7:45 PM | Anonymous



    Dear Museum Colleagues and Friends,  

    It was so wonderful to see and catch up with so many of you last month at our conference in Rocky Mount.  It was three years in the making and we are thrilled to have so many attend and participate.  Thank you!  If you didn’t get to the conference last month, you missed new events and forums, new NCMC initiatives, and fun networking opportunities. 

    The greatest change was to our Leadership Forum sponsored by Glave and Holmes.  Our Professional Development team decided to look in-depth at the Diversity, Equality, Accessibility, and Inclusion resources and museums programs across the state.  Panelist included representatives from the LGBTQ Center of the Cape Fear, The Museum of the Southeast American Indian, and Arts Access.  Following the discussion, participants explored a showcase of North Carolina museum programs focusing on DEAI initiatives.  We were fortunate to have an amazing slate of presenters and topics and hope to continue discussions started as we continue our DEAI journey.

    NCMC did roll out quite a few new initiatives and changes during our conference.  One of our noticeable changes is our new logo representing how we try to raise each other up.  This new logo was done by a UNC-Charlotte design student who worked closely with our Branding Committee.  Our DEAI committee has scheduled regular online discussion with leaders in the DEAI training community.  Additionally, our DEAI committee has developed a wide ranging DEAI resource page on our website.  For our students and museum educational programs, we now have a new Academic Level Membership.  This membership will allow a more economical and easier registration and membership experience for academic programs.  NCMC has just launched a new Advocacy Committee.  This committee is comprised of seasoned museum advocates on the local, state, and national levels to build an advocacy tool kit for use across the state in museums of all sizes.  If you are interested in joining or more information about any of these initiatives, please don’t hesitate to contact me at: president@ncmuseum.org.

    One of the most memorable networking events ever held at one of our conferences was certainly our Drag Queen bingo event held at Hopfly Brewery!  We were entertained by the fabulous Ms. Vivica Coxx while playing bingo and even being serenaded by brave audience volunteers.  Wrapping up the event was the grand prize of four tickets to the NC Museum of Art special exhibit.  It was an amazing night of laughter and fun with colleagues.     

    Although our conference was packed full of fun and educational opportunities as we push ourselves to reach as many people as possible, we are always looking to improve.  There are certainly some identified opportunity to improve work and outreach by NCMC to and for our members.  Over the next year we will continue to strive to do better and work to help support you and your institution the best way possible.  Thank you all for your continued support and feedback in helping us become even better.  


    With Kind Regards,

    Christian Edwards (she/her)

    NCMC President  

  • 21 Apr 2022 8:39 PM | Anonymous

    NCMC's new DEAI committee recently debuted a new online DEAI resource list. These categories and resources were compiled based on input from members via survey. Please reach out to membershipasst@ncmuseums.org or communicationsasst@ncmuseums.org with any questions, comments, or concerns. We consider this a living document and are devoted to continually updating and improving this list of resources.


    The resource list currently includes the following topics: 

    • Toolkits & Great Starting Places for All Functional Areas
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • LGBTQ+ & Gender
    • Accessibility
    • Racial Equity
    • Latino/Latina/Latinx Programming, Collections, & Resources
    • Native American Programming, Collections & Resources
    • Descendant/Gullah-Geechee Programming, Collections, & Resources
    • NC Specific Curriculum, Lesson Plans, & Historical Research
    • Webinars & Trainings
    • Case Studies: Museum Programming & Operations


  • 20 Apr 2022 8:50 PM | Anonymous


    The Children’s Section learned all about wellness and how to achieve balance, purpose and impact in our respective museums at our Networking Session at the NCMC Conference.  It was great to hear how other museums are supporting the health and well-being of families across the state – and even battle it out with one of the most intense giant Jenga games we’ve ever seen! For more resources and guidance on how to support families during these times, we urge you to participate in the Association of Children’s Museums and US Department of Health and Human Services’ newest campaign, “We Can Do This” aimed at increasing broader vaccine confidence in communities. More information on the campaign can be found here.


    Vanessa Rivero, MPH

    Children’s Section Assistant Chair, North Carolina Museum Council 

    Grants Manager, Kidzu Children’s Museum

  • 18 Apr 2022 9:00 PM | Anonymous

    NCMC is pleased to announce a new membership level for colleges, universities, and other institutions of higher education: the Academic Membership Level! This level is exclusive to programs and/or departments focused in museum studies and related areas, and features exclusive benefits designated to support students and faculty. We will launch this new level early this summer with detailed information on our website. Questions? Reach out to Jessie Swigger, Student Affairs (studentaffairs@ncmuseums.org), or Lindsey Waldenberg, Membership (membership@ncmuseums.org).

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