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  • 18 Oct 2021 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    North Carolina Museum Council is excited to welcome new Children’s Section leaders! Melanie Hatz Levinson was recently appointed as the Children Section Chair. She is the Creative Director and Lead Curator at Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill, NC, with a background in Art History from Columbia University. Vanessa Rivero is the new Assistant Chair for the Children’s Section. She is the Grants Manager at Kidzu, with a background in Public Health from UNC. They are excited to serve the Children’s Section in their new roles and are looking forward to interacting with section members at the March conference!


  • 18 Oct 2021 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Dear Museum Friends and Colleagues:

    One thing I’ve really enjoyed about working in museums, is it is a field where we constantly evaluate, adapt, and push for improvement.  We look to improve our outreach, programs, exhibits, interpretation, and our visitors' experience.  This is true as well with the North Carolina Museums Council as we constantly review our offerings and support for the museum professionals and institutions across the state.   Your Council has been busy reexamining how we support you and help apply the best museum practices to your everyday work. 

    In addition to the new DEAI programs, student outreach, and our upcoming 2022 NCMC Conference in Rocky Mount, we are looking for other ways meet your and your institutions needs.  Please take time to fill out our member survey found in this newsletter.  It will help guide us in how we can meet your needs. 

    Also, don’t forget to submit your session proposal for our conference in March 2022.  We are looking forward to seeing everyone (in person!) and collectively learning from our individual experiences.  The theme for the conference is ‘Reexamining Our Stories’.  This will be an opportunity for you to highlight how you and your museum are rising to meet and define our “new normal” in a world dealing with a nation-wide racial reckoning, a global pandemic, and all the numerous other changes our communities and museums have faced.  This is an opportunity to not only highlight but allow us all to learn from the work being done in your museum and community.

    We look forward to continuing to support you as best we can.  If there is ever anything we can do to help, please never hesitate to reach out to any of our Board members.  Or, if you are interested in joining our Board, please let us know!  We have many opportunities for you to assist Board chairs or serve on committees.  Together, we are all building better museums one professional at a time.

    Kindly,

    Christian

  • 16 Oct 2021 7:17 PM | Anonymous

    The Canton Area Historical Museum was approved during a meeting of the North Carolina Museums Council and North Carolina Preservation Consortium Joint Disaster Grant Committee on October 6th to receive a $1000 disaster relief grant.  

    The remnants of Tropical Storm Fred brought devastating floods to Western North Carolina earlier this year on August 16th and 17th. Haywood County officials and Governor Cooper’s office quickly declared a state of emergency, and in early September the White House and FEMA granted the state’s request for a major disaster declaration for several counties including Haywood.  A section of downtown Canton experienced flash flooding including the museum that is in a former library building next to town hall.  The lower basement level of the museum where some exhibits and artifacts were on display was severely damaged by the flood waters.  The museum also lost power and is still in the process of having electrical service restored.  In the meantime, a mobile generator was brought onsite to run fans and dehumidifiers to help dry the basement and keep mold from becoming an issue on the first floor where most of the museum’s collections and exhibits are housed.  

    Within a day of the flooding the museum’s curator, Caroline Ponton, contacted staff at the Western Office of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) in Asheville for assistance.  Since then, several members of the Cultural Resources Emergency Support Team (CREST) have visited the site to assist the curator and volunteers with artifact damage assessment and recovery efforts.  Grant funds will be used to purchase artifact storage containers, supplies and other materials.  A dehumidifier will also be purchased for use at a temporary off-site storage location, and later brought to the museum to help with environmental control there once all items return.  

    The Canton Area Historical Museum contains artifacts, photographs and historical documents related to the history various Haywood County communities such as Canton, Bethel, and Cruso.  There’s also a large collection of photographs and memorabilia of the area’s primary industry, the Champion Paper Mill, which is now Evergreen Packaging. 

  • 6 Oct 2021 1:52 PM | Anonymous

    Many students ask, "what is an average work day like for a collections manager, curator, museum director" and the list goes on. To answer those questions, we are launching a new series, in which Student Affairs Chair Jessie Swigger will interview folks from across the field and ask them to describe their work and offer suggestions and ideas for aspiring museum professionals. Our first episode features our very own NCMC Board President Christian Edwards who describes her work as Assistant Keeper at the University of North Carolina Wilson Library's North Carolina Collection Gallery. We hope you enjoy it!

    A Day in The Life of a Museum Professional Episode One - Christian Edwards 

  • 23 Sep 2021 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    North Carolina had two award winners, the Asheville Art Museum (Bronze in the Digital Education Category, Silver in the Media Production Category and Gold in the Student Projects Category)  and the Gregg Museum of Art and Design at NC State (Gold in the Digital Marketing Category). 


    The SEMC Technology Competition was established to recognize and reward excellence in the use of technology by southeastern museums. The competition encourages innovation, effective design, accessibility, creativity and pride of work, and recognition of institutional identity. Winning entries will be highlighted in a Virtual Technology Showcase at the SEMC2021 Annual Meeting (October 25-27) in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and featured in the Fall 2021 edition of INSIDE SEMC. 

    Source: https://www.semcdirect.net/technology

  • 17 May 2021 7:30 AM | Anonymous

    A Word From Our President


    Dear colleagues and friends,

    What a fantastic spring it has been across North Carolina! Beautiful warm days with just enough cool snaps that make you wonder if you took the heavy quilt off your bed just a bit too early. Maybe it is that I somehow missed last spring while my life shifted from one of scheduled chaos to the uncertainty we were all thrust into, but this spring seems more vibrant, more refreshing, and more hopeful.  

    Much like spring's budding life after the gray dormant winter, museums are buzzing with the excitement after our dormant year of few visitors and small social bubbles.   As we continue to open further and welcome more visitors to our museums and sites, the anticipation is undeniable. The many programs and activities thought out over the past year are being implemented. Exhibit schedules are getting back on track.  Museums are opening and you and your museum colleagues are there to engage, educate, and inspire visitors eager to connect.  

    As you rise to meet this new time in your professional life, know that North Carolina Museums Council is here to help. Make sure to take advantage of the NCMC forum in our members-only section on our website to share ideas, ask questions, and brainstorm ideas with colleagues. Help get the word out about your new programs or tours throughout our various social media platforms. Keep an eye out for announcements of continued virtual networking and training opportunities that we will continue to host this year. NCMC is excited to keep supporting our museum community and I’m excited to be working with such a dedicated and enthusiastic group of professionals who are committed to ‘creating better museums one professional at a time’ through their work with the NCMC Board. Thank you for all you do and, please, never hesitate to reach out and to any of us. 

    Kindly,

    Christian Edwards

    NCMC President

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