• 17 Jan 2020 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    The North Carolina Museums Council is receiving applications for the next round of our Free On-Site Consultation Services (FOCoS) until February 29, 2020.  FOCoS provides advice and guidance to small or emerging museums using the resources and expertise found in established museums around the state. As a result of FOCoS, not only do museums receive valuable feedback on their programs and operations, but the museum community and council are strengthened through the collaborative effort of professionals reaching out to share their knowledge of the field.

    A two-person team of NCMC consultants is assigned to a selected qualifying site. Consultants visit and tour their assigned site over a two-day period and together offer professional advice, in the form of a written report, relating to needs specified as priorities by the recipient site.

    For more information visit our website ( or contact NCMC Vice-President, Christian Edwards.  Submissions are due February, 29, 2020 and the recipient will be announced at the NCMC annual conference and meeting in Rocky Mount in March.

  • 17 Jan 2020 12:02 PM | Anonymous
    Bundling for Institutional Members

    Did you know that institutional members (Tier II and up) can have multiple staff members associated with their account?  When registering for the conference, this will help to streamline your registration process and your staff can register at the member rate.  Need to add staff members to your account?  Your institution's primary contact will need to login and do the following:

    • Login to your account
    • Select your profile name in the top right corner of the page
    • Scroll down to "Bundle Summary"
    • Select "Add Member" 
    • Enter their information

    The membership chair can also do this for you. Questions?  Please contact our Membership Chair at

  • 30 Oct 2019 7:21 PM | Anonymous

    Arts Across North Carolina

    Eastern Region, North Carolina

    Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection

    October 26, 2019 - January 19, 2020

    East Building, Meymandi Exhibition Gallery

    North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

    Piedmont Region, North Carolina

    Coined in the South

    October 10, 2019 - February 16, 2020

    Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, NC

    Western Region, North Carolina

    Appalachia Now! An Interdisciplinary Survey of Contemporary Art in Southern Appalachia

    November 14, 2019 - February 3, 2020

    Asheville Museum of Art, Asheville, NC

    Megan Boisvert

  • 30 Oct 2019 7:19 PM | Anonymous

    MUSEUM 2.0

    What is a museum? How do we define it? Why do we define it? Why do we work there? Should we define it? Are they still relevant?

    Lonnie G. Bunch III, the 14th secretary of the Smithsonian stated in mid-September 2019 what he felt about the relevancy of museums, “however we define them, I believe that museums are more important now, at this time of change, than ever. We have an obligation to use our expertise and our platforms for the greater good.” (The Matter of Museums, Posted: 24 Sep 2019 04:50 AM PDT)

    This and other contemporary thought on museums and our role as museum professionals can be found in Seema Rao’s weekly blog Museum 2.0. These short articles on our profession can serve you well in providing reference and structure to your passion in museums.

    Karl McKinnon

  • 30 Oct 2019 7:16 PM | Anonymous

    A Major Reenactment at Historic Camden, SC

    Revolutionary War Field Days will return to Historic Camden, SC on November 2 - 3, 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm with a battle each day at 1:30 pm. Revolutionary War Field Days at Camden have been held on the first full weekend of November since 1970. Hundreds of reenactors from across the country converge on the historic grounds to camp, battle, and celebrate over the weekend. Visitors view a battle each day, walk through the camps of the combatants and see demonstrations of Colonial crafts and skills. Colonial sutlers (merchants) and scholars giving talks about the war are on site as well. Almost 3,000 spectators and 400 reenactors and demonstrators attended the 2018 event. 

    Adria Focht

  • 30 Oct 2019 7:08 PM | Anonymous


    October 15, 2019

    Willard Whitson

    Reconsidering Children’s Museums

    At KidSenses Children’s Interactive Museum we are often asked why adults have to pay the same admission fee we charge for their children. And occasionally, parents ask if they can leave their children with us while they go somewhere else.

    Responding to these questions can be frustrating for several reasons, particularly since some adults can be quite belligerent regarding having to pay for their own admission. In addition, having to deal with a mildly hostile attitude, our staff has the burden of trying to help these parents understand how the interaction with their children in this stimulating, interactive environment not only benefits their children, but also, they themselves.

    Many parents have the misapprehension that children’s museums are merely indoor playgrounds. It is indeed true that children play in our museums. But what is often not understood is that it’s play with a purpose. Play is the work of childhood; children learn through play. For the very youngest, learning to navigate their way in these highly stimulating and carefully thought out environments fosters early brain development, and skills acquisition and mastery. Older children roll play and discover their own interests and preferences, and begin to acquire knowledge, increasingly about STEM topics.

    This intellectual and emotional development is enhanced by parental interaction. Observing and playing with your children is empowering and validating for the child and enriching for the parent. I often describe our parent profile as being one of three categories. The “babysitters” – parents who are present in the museum but are primarily using their cell phones or talking with other adults. The “documentarians” – parents observing their children playing, recording the action on their phone cameras and posting frequently. The “gold standard” – parents actually playing and interacting with their kids. There is no rule that says you have to play with your kids, but our goal is to nurture this kind of interactivity.

    As a result of years of observing parental behavior in children’s museums, I’ve begun to think we need to do some serious re-branding. At KidSenses we are currently constructing a new addition entitled The FACTORY – A Place to Meet and Make. This facility will engage older youth, age 11 into their teens. We’ve started talking about “whole family engagement.” I think that’s the key, to be forthcoming about the desire and need to embrace all members of the family. Increased opportunities for intergenerational mentoring, volunteerism and more are being evaluated as we develop our future plans. I definitely think it might be time for us to reconsider how our institutions are perceived by both visitors and peers.

  • 30 Oct 2019 7:04 PM | Anonymous

    Here's the latest on #NCMC2020!



    651 N Winstead Ave

    Rocky Mount, NC 27804

    (We will have bussing available to most sites)

    Saturday Programs: 

    - Road Trip tours of the following in Farmville: GlasStation, First in Flight Vodka, and DuckRabbit 

    - Beer Tour and Tastings at the Rocky Mount Mills followed by on-your-own dinner on campus. 

    - Wine tasting Saturday evening at Bin & Barrel

    Sunday Programs:

    - History Tour of Stonewall Manor & Rocky Mount Mills 

    - Off-site tour: Country Doctor Museum & Dan Finch Clay Studio

    - Architecture and history bus tour of Downtown Rocky Mount

    - Tour of Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences (activity structure to come)

    - All-day Game Day at the Event Center

    Reception, Awards Ceremony, and Networking event will all be held at the Rocky Mount Mills's Powerhouse, too. 

    Monday breakfast, lunch, exhibitor hall, and all sessions will be held at the Rocky Mount Event Center. 

  • 1 Oct 2019 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    It is that time of year when North Carolina will have to brace itself for yet another dreaded Hurricane Season. Although the Atlantic Hurricane season officially began in June, the worst months for strong storms and flooding in North Carolina is between the end of August and beginning of November. After the past few years of multiple major hurricanes, we hope you are all ready with an updated Disaster Plan for your home and museum.

    NCMC has pulled together the attached list of North Carolina resources to help you prepare and recover from these major storms and their lingering effects. We will try to keep this list as up to date as possible during this hurricane season. If there are any more resources we should add, please email them to Christian Edwards at

    If you are in the projected area of impact for any of our current or projected storms, please take measures to be safe, and take reasonable steps to protect your art, artifacts, buildings, and exhibits. Best of luck!

    Click Here to view Hurricane Tracker

    Click Here for PDF with links to Emergency Information and Preparation Resources and Emergency Response Organizations Helping North Carolina Arts and Cultural Organizations and Sites.

  • 10 Jul 2019 8:41 PM | Anonymous

    The Development Chair for the North Carolina Museums Council oversees fundraising activities, solicits sponsorships, cultivates and maintains sponsor and vendor relationships, and identifies grant opportunities in support of the NCMC mission. The main focus of this position is to act as the primary facilitator for any fundraising initiatives undertaken on behalf of NCMC. This position works collaboratively with the Treasurer, Membership Chair, Professional Development Chair, Annual Meetings Chair, and Nominating Chair, and other board members as necessary. This position is ideal for an emerging professional with some fundraising experience but is not limited to those already working in development. The position will be guided by museum professionals working in development who have agreed to serve in an advisory capacity. This position offers emerging professionals interested in development work an opportunity to build new skills and benefit NCMC's mission through increased revenue. Requirements for this position include attendance at the NCMC board’s quarterly meetings, and the submission of a quarterly Development report.

    To apply for this position, please send a statement of interest and a resume or CV to Jeremiah DeGennaro, Nominating Chair.

  • 6 May 2019 9:08 AM | Anonymous

    The North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC) and the North Carolina Museum Council (NCMC) have joined forces to assist collecting institutions affected by Hurricanes Matthew, Florence, and Michael by creating the Hurricane Relief Support Grant program. This is a two-year program.

    Purpose and Scope of Grant

    To provide funds for collection supplies for institutions affected by Hurricane Matthew (September-October 2016), Hurricane Florence (September 2018) and Tropical Storm Michael (October 2018). Institutions within the North Carolina counties declared disaster areas that need collection preservation assistance are eligible to apply for this grant. Those counties can be found here:


    Applicants must be institutional members of NCPC or NCMC, and must be within the declared North Carolina disaster areas as defined by FEMA (see links above). Grants are not awarded to individuals.

    Matthew Counties:

    Anson, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chatham, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Martin, Moore, Nash, Northampton, Onslow, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Wake, Washington, Wayne, Wilson

    Florence Counties:

    Anson, Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Durham, Greene, Guilford, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Union, Wayne, Wilson

    Michael Counties:

    Alamance, Brunswick, Caswell, Chatham, Dare, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Granville, Hyde, Iredell, McDowell, Montgomery, Orange, Person, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Vance, Yadkin

    More Information

    Maximum award is $1,000. Deadline for applications is January 15, 2020. For complete information on eligibility, restrictions, and application instructions, please see our Hurricane Relief Support Grant Program page .

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