• 25 Feb 2021 7:07 PM | Anonymous

    Exhibiting Inclusion: An Examination of Race, Ethnicity, and Museum Participation

    Alexandra Olivares & Jaclyn Piatak

    This article offers data demonstrating that representation is more important than free admission when trying to reach diverse audiences.

    See the full article here: Olivares-Piatak2021_Article_ExhibitingInclusionAnExaminati.pdf

  • 25 Feb 2021 7:01 PM | Anonymous

    Celebrate Women in Science

    Karl McKinnon

    According to Ishani Singh’s article, By the Numbers: Women in STEM: What do the statistics reveal about ongoing gender disparities? (Yale Scientific, November 27, 2020) by the time children reach middle school more than twice as many boys as girls will say they are planning on being employed in a science, math, or engineering related job.

    Even more distressing is the statistic that once young women enter college and complete their first year of undergraduate classes in science and engineering, 49.2 percent of them will switch to a non-STEM major. Only 32.5 percent of men will change their science and engineering to a non-STEM major after their first year.

    Nationally it is reported that women make up 57.3 percent of bachelor degree recipients with STEM bachelor degrees  making up only 38.6 percent of those degrees. Factor in underrepresented minority women and we find that they earn only 16.6 percent of undergraduate degrees with 9.16 percent of those degrees being in science and engineering.

    As the leaky pipeline progresses the outcome is that women only represent 29 percent of the STEM workforce. At our institutions of higher learning women only make up 34.5 percent of faculty (Black women only 1.5 percent).

    Women comprise three-quarters of health care practitioners and technicians, the largest occupational cluster classified as STEM, with 9.0 million workers – 6.7 million of whom are women.

     The Pew Research Center reports in, Seven Facts about the STEM Workforce, that non-STEM workers with a Master’s Degree earn 26 percent less that STEM workers. A typical full-time STEM worker earns $54,745 while a similarly educated non-STEM worker earns $40,505.

    To say we need to encourage young girls to become interested in science and to become scientists is a tremendous understatement. As members of the informal and formal science platform we can take an active role in promoting science and technology with our female guests and program participants.

    To aide us in this pursuit we can use resources such as 40 Important STEM Resources For Womenproduced by TeachThought. Another contemporary and timely collection of video resources discussing the fight against COVID-19 has been produced by boClips to celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science(February 11, 2021). These resources represent a great taking off point for future inquiry and thought. Who knows? Maybe a young lady in one of your programs could be the scientist that crushes the next pandemic.

  • 25 Feb 2021 6:46 PM | Anonymous

    "There's Still More To Do"

    Alexander Brooks, History Section Member

    Since 1995, the National Women's History Alliance has dedicated a theme to each year's March celebration of National Women's History Month. In 2020, that theme was to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of women's suffrage and the passing of the 19th Amendment. Because many of celebrations were curtailed by the events of that year, the theme has been extended for 2021 to “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to Be Silenced.”  The passing of the 19th Amendment was pivotal, but it was by no means the end of the struggle for women's voices to be heard.

    The spirit of Jim Crow legislation and a women's rights movement that often discriminated against non-white women prevented all women from gaining voting rights that day. Black women had to fight for another forty-five years to gain their own right to vote through the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    The story of women's voting rights and the struggles women continue to face in the United States cannot be fully explained in one moment or one day on a calendar. Genuine progress on these issues was, and is, limited, piecemeal, and slow-moving. 1920 is but one date on a larger timeline of struggle and activism for women's rights in U.S. history. With hope, there be many more to add to future calendars.

  • 30 Jan 2021 9:51 PM | Anonymous

    Interested in supporting NCMC’s work while developing professionally and building your network? Consider volunteering for one of the NCMC board positions, which has different openings each year. From maintaining archives to public relations to event planning, the NCMC board always has projects under way! If you are interested in volunteering but not ready to commit to a board position, there are lots of opportunities throughout the organization, including assisting our Section Chairs or assisting with various subcommittees.

  • 13 Jan 2021 1:54 PM | Anonymous

    Like most of my fellow North Carolinians, I was shocked and saddened by the events of last week. To see mob rule take place in our country was nothing short of appalling. Insurrectionists stampeding through the halls of democracy looking to disrupt and cause mayhem was heartbreaking. This did not have to happen, and the results were the tragic loss of life and destruction of our hallowed halls.

    History unfolded before our eyes. We were reminded that democracy is fragile. However, the human spirit is not. The events of this past week, as grim as they were, reminded me of these qualities that allow the human spirit to persevere curiosity, compassion, and determination. 

    This is where museums, across all mediums, can continue to play a vital role in how we interpret the past, and how we discuss and put into context the social structures that led to what we are witnessing unfold in our American society today. Years of oppression and systemic racism led to the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Andre Hill, among many, many, others. The rhetoric and perpetuation of propaganda and misinformation from leaders, that led to domestic terrorists storming our halls of democracy. As grim as we may feel in the wake of these events, we as museums must continue to hold important discussions around race, violence, equality, and the role of democracy in our country.

    Museums will and must continue to be places to contemplate, absorb, listen, and host these important discussions. Though COVID-19 has made this more challenging, it should strengthen our resolve as museums to bring together thoughts and conversations around the history and future of race and democracy, to work with BIPOC artists, historians, and activists who explore these ideas and experiences in their own work, and to listen when we engage so that we can do the work. Listening can, and should, play just as an important of a role as any when museums engage our visiting public, both in-person and virtually.

    How should we move forward? We must engage with difficult topics, we must work for our communities, we must seek out and create these opportunities. Our work as museum professionals must continue, whether virtually or in personal encounters with our visitors, to hold these discussions around civil engagement, race, and consider what must be done as a nation as we move forward.

    Thank you for your continued commitment to do this important work!

    Yours in museums,

    Scott Warren
    North Carolina Museums Council

  • 5 Nov 2020 9:15 PM | Anonymous

    On October 21, NCMC launched our newest member perk, the Museum Services Resource List. This resource is designed to help museums seeking professional assistance in North Carolina. The searchable PDF directory, accessible in the members only area of the NCMC website, lists assorted businesses' contact information, areas of expertise, and geographical areas of operation. Museums are encouraged to research and interview businesses to find the best professional fit. We are still welcoming submissions as we develop this list.

    Please direct any questions to Lindsey Waldenberg at

  • 2 Nov 2020 8:31 AM | Anonymous

         Happy Fall everyone! As we move towards the end of this election cycle, I was reminded how fortunate that we truly are that we are part of the greatest experiment in democracy and that even though it may not turn out the way that you want the election to, I feel that we still can reach out to one another to find that common ground that makes the process the best in the world. I hope that if you have not already voted that you will do so on Tuesday.

         This is a truly exciting time for NCMC! We are wrapping up our great Brown Bag Lunch Series, thank you to Adrienne Nirdé and Felica Ingram for an amazing job, where we presented informative talks on a variety of subjects.

         We also have a great committee that is already hard at work in planning the 2021 NCMC Conference, March 22-24. Although our next conference will be all virtual, we are planning opportunities for you to connect and grow. This year’s theme, “Shifting Roles: Finding a New Path” promises to be one of the most educational conferences in our recent history. Do you have an idea for our next conference? Then please submit your ideas now at We would love to hear your ideas! The deadline for submission is Friday, November 20, 2020.

         Our next newsletter will not be out until after the new year so with that, I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season with your friends and family. I know it is easy to get lost in everything that is happening. Take the time to ask your friends, family members and colleagues, “How are you?” because isn’t that one of the reasons for the holidays? Please stay well, safe and healthy!

    -Yours in museums!

    Scott Warren


  • 1 Sep 2020 6:04 PM | Anonymous

  • 1 Sep 2020 7:55 AM | Anonymous

    2021 NCMC Conference Moving to All-Virtual Format
    by Scott Warren, President, NCMC

         Next year’s NCMC conference, scheduled for March 28-29, 2021 in Rocky Mount, NC will transition to an all-virtual format. While the council is disappointed that we can’t meet in person, we made this tough call for two reasons.
         1) Our first priority is the safety of all attendees. With so much uncertainty around COVID-19 and what its status will be in the spring, we feel it is necessary to be cautious. While we all hope a safe and effective vaccine will be developed in time, we cannot be certain it will be widely available by the time of the conference.
         2) Our second concern is financial. I have heard from many colleagues around the state that operating budgets for state and local museums, as well as private museums, are being slashed and that professional development line items are a common target. Between this and potential future staff reductions, travel to Rocky Mount may not be feasible for many of us. We at NCMC are working hard to help alleviate that burden. We’re planning some great, low-cost professional development opportunities that you can read about on NCMC's Events page.
         We are working with many of our corporate sponsors and donors to bring you next year’s conference at a reasonable rate. In the coming months, our Professional Development Chair Adrienne Nirdé and Assistant Chair Felicia Ingram will roll out important dates, schedules and an open call for session proposals. Those announcements will be shared on our website,, via email and on our social media pages.
         Lastly, I cannot thank the vendors, venues and members of the local arrangements committee enough for their understanding, flexibility and willingness to help guide us through this situation. We will be back together in person one day. My term doesn’t end until 2022, but I feel like when we are able to meet again in person, it will feel like my very first conference. Do you remember yours?
         Thank you for your continued support of your statewide museums association. I am excited about our future and the direction we’re heading despite the wild ride 2020 has been so far. Hang on tight and stay well!

  • 25 Apr 2020 10:03 AM | Anonymous

    Check out the list of awards the North Carolina Museums Council has presented this year for great work by NC museums and individuals in 2019.

    2019 Award of Excellence

    The Gaston County Museum of Art & History for “1929 Strike: A Community Divided”

    2019 Award of Excellence

    The North Carolina Museum of History for “QuiltSpeak: Uncovering Women’s Voices Through Quilts”

    2019 Award of Excellence

    The North Carolina Museum of History for “One Giant Leap”

    2019 Award of Special Recognition

    Glavé & Holmes Architecture for their support of NCMC

    2019 Award of Special Recognition

    Sam Rogers for his untiring support of North Carolina museums

    2019 Professional Service Award

    V. Ann Tippitt for her dedication to the North Carolina museums community

    2019 Dennis T. Lawson Memorial Award

    Charlton K. Torrence champion of the Schiele Museum

    Honorable Mention:
    2019 Award of Excellence

    Alamance Battleground: 2019 Descendants Gathering

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