• 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

  • 8 Apr 2020 6:33 PM | Anonymous

    From the COVID Arts Study FAQs.pdf.

    To support the cultural sector and help strengthen communities around the U.S. during and after this crisis, Slover Linett Audience Research and LaPlaca Cohen are collaborating on a national research and strategy initiative, which also involves Advisory Board for the Arts, Wilkening Consulting, and a range of advisors, funders, and stakeholders. By conducting survey research and qualitative research among both arts audiences and the wider U.S. public, we hope quickly answer a range of urgent, complex questions about the place of the arts and culture in the hearts, minds, families, and social and emotional lives of Americans during these painful times — and, crucially, help make strategic sense of those answers via forward-looking, inclusive dialogue that leads to adaptation, resilience, and relevance.

    We want this study to deepen our understanding of how arts & culture organizations can help their communities during these times...and how communities can support their arts and cultural organizations.

    Read more and consider participating in this survey
    COVID Arts Study FAQs.pdf
  • 10 Mar 2020 11:00 AM | Anonymous

    Greetings fellow museum professionals!

    I am very excited for the annual conference coming up in just over two weeks. We have some exciting events planned and some great sessions lined up. I would like to thank Adrienne Nirdé, Professional Development Chairperson, Alicyn Wiedrich, Annual Meetings Chairperson and the Local Arrangements Committee in Rocky Mount. These folks really have gone above and beyond to put together a conference that will reflect our theme, “Small Town, Big Impact."

    Speaking of thanks, there are two companies that I would like to recognize for their leadership in support of our annual conference. Sam Rogers, with Carolina Publishing, and Steven Blashfield and Randy Holmes with Glavé and Holmes. These gentleman have really made this conference possible and without their gracious support of NCMC, we would not be able to bring in our dynamic speakers, Anne Ackerman and Joan Baldwin or provide scholarships to deserving museum professionals across the state. Please join me in thanking them for their generous support.

    In closing, I would be remiss if I did not mention the current situation around the COVID-19 epidemic that is gripping not only our state and nation but the world. I have written an open letter to our conference attendees, supporters and friends. Please be rest assured that we are keeping a close eye on the situation and we will update you as we go through this process together.

    Safe travels to Rocky Mount and if I can be of service, please email me at I look forward to personally meeting everyone in Rocky Mount and my hope is that this conference will have a big impact on you.

    Yours in museums,

    Scott Warren

    NCMC President

  • 6 Mar 2020 1:30 PM | Anonymous

    Dear Colleagues, Supporters, and Friends of NCMC,

    As you all are no doubt aware, we are in the midst of an expanding global coronavirus outbreak. As of March 6, 2020, we are expecting to hold NCMC 2020 in Rocky Mount March 29 and March 30 as planned.

    The Executive Committee of NCMC have been closely monitoring the situation and staying up to date on the latest developments. Current US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization recommendations do not limit travel internally within the US. We do not anticipate that changing before our scheduled conference, and the CDC and the North Carolina Department of Public Health are not currently recommending postponing or cancelling large events or gatherings. We will continue to maintain a close eye on state and local restrictions and warnings and plan to update attendees as we go through this process.

    At this time, our refund policies are unchanged. We have a number of contractual obligations that we must fulfill, in addition to supporting our museum community in North Carolina. Should we have to cancel the conference, it may take some time to determine the level of refund, if any, that can be provided.

    We appreciate your understanding as we work to balance our contractual obligations, our obligations to North Carolina and its museum community, and the professional and personal needs and concerns of our attendees and members.

    We will continue to provide updates through our website, emails and social media platforms. If you have individual concerns about NCMC 2020, please email me at

    I look forward to speaking with each of you at the conference as we build on our theme, Small Town, Big Impact. I hope that this conference will have a big impact on you.


    Scott Warren

    Scott Warren


    North Carolina Museums Council

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  • 21 Jan 2020 5:08 PM | Anonymous

    2019 SMT Center Annual Awards

    At the 2019 SMT (Science, Math, and Technology) Center Annual Awards Banquet, Dr. Sam Houston gave the professors, researchers, industry leaders,  educators, students, and museum professionals in attendance a homework assignment. Dr. Houston asked us to pick up and read a copy of imagination first, unlocking the power of possibility, authored by Erci Liu and Scott Noppe-Brandon.

    Dr. Houston added that "when imagination becomes a habit, it can transform your work and your life."

     imagination first, unlocking the power of possibility  is a quick read, filled with illustrative stories from creative leaders, educators, artists, and scientists to illustrate how to bring imagination to life. We all know that imagination is the root of what we want to convey to our guests in the museum. Imagination plays a role in the making the effort that a participant put into visiting or being a part of a program long after they have left the parking lot. Imagination leads to questions. Questions lead to research. Research leads to problem solving and creativity.

    imagination first, unlocking the power of possibility  is certainly worth your time. See link to purchase:

    Each year, the SMT Center offers awards that recognize individuals and organizations whose extraordinary contributions to science, mathematics, and technology (SMT) education in North Carolina are helping to advance the mission of the SMT Center.  This event is held in the spring each year.

    Awards presented each year include:

  • 21 Jan 2020 4:59 PM | Anonymous

    Upcoming Artist Lectures at Central Piedmont Community College

    Structure and Void

    Artist Richard Elaver

    Exhibition Dates: January 13 – March 12, 2020 - Overcash Gallery

    Artist Lecture : Thursday, January 30, 3:30 p.m. – Tate Hall, Overcash Center, Centra Campus, Central Piedmont Community College

    Opening Reception: Thursday, January 30, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Overcash Gallery, Overcash Center, Centra Campus, Central Piedmont Community College

    Richard Elaver is a designer and metalsmith working in the overlapping spheres of art, design, and technology. In his work, Elaver integrates the tools of industrial design with the craft of metalsmithing. He develops computer simulations of biological phenomena, and uses them to create design objects. Elaver received his Bachelors degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2006, he completed a Fulbright Fellowship in the Netherlands where he worked with Droog Design. Following several years of professional experience both as a jeweler and industrial designer, he is now an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.  

    I Am My Things and My Things Are Me

    Artist Allison Tierney

     Exhibition Dates: January 13 – March 12, 2020 - Ross Gallery

    Artist Lecture: Wednesday, February 5, 3:30 p.m. – Tate Hall, Overcash Center, Centra Campus, Central Piedmont Community College

    Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 5, 5:00 p.m. – Ross Gallery,  Overcash Center, Centra Campus, Central Piedmont Community College

    Allison Tierney (b. 1987, Charleston SC) is a visual artist living and
    working in Chapel Hill, NC. She received her BFA from Winthrop University and
    her MFA from UNC Chapel Hill where she won the Top Prize for Outstanding
    MFA Work. She is one of six founding members of Subverbal Art Collective and
    has exhibited work throughout the southeast. Her work can be viewed as two
    distinct but closely related bodies. One body relying heavily on painting and the
    history of abstraction to respond to found objects while the other employs the
    techniques of various crafts as a means to discover personal identity, to
    comment on consumerism, and to investigate the divide between craft and art.  

  • 17 Jan 2020 5:02 PM | Anonymous

    In October 2019, Edith Brady from the High Point Museum and Christian Edwards from the North Carolina Collection Gallery made a two-day visit to the Iredell Museums as part of the NCMC Free On-Site Consultation Service.  Edith and Christian met with the Iredell Museums Manager, Emily Baker and Programs Coordinator Haylee Reed, as well as two Museum Board Members and toured the Iredell Museums downtown location then the Gregory Creek Homestead featuring historic structures.  Out of a list of the six consultation topics, the Iredell Museums requested assistance with Administration of Facility and Collections Management.  Edith and Christian spent a full day touring the museum exhibition area, gallery, and collections facilities and talking with staff and board members about current methods and procedures.  The second day of the consultation was focused on continuing the conversation regarding current methods, providing initial feedback, and reviewing any needs, questions, or concerns that could be addressed in the final FOCoS report . 

    Overall the visit was great and we were very impressed with the Iredell Museums.  The organization has an impressive artifact collection with many interesting pieces.  The gallery space is very attractive and appealing.  Exhibits are well designed.  The Gregory Creek Homestead has a nice collection of historic buildings, providing opportunities for many living history-style demonstrations and programming.  Staff seem to be excited about the potential of the organization and eager to help it grow into its best self.  The two board members we met, Dawne Clark and Bradley Newton, seemed very enthusiastic and engaged.  While there are obvious challenges to overcome, like all of our museums, we are very excited about the future of this Museum and look forward to seeing how it develops over the next few years.

  • 17 Jan 2020 4:10 PM | Anonymous

    The application period for Harold T. Pinkett Student of Color Award is currently open! The Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) administers this award.

    Established in 1993, this award recognizes and acknowledges graduate students of color, such as those of African, Asian, Latinx, or Native American descent, who,through scholastic and personal achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of the Society of American Archivists.

    Up to two awards may be given during an awards cycle. Each recipient receives full complimentary registration and related expenses for hotel and travel to attend the SAA Annual Meeting during the year in which the award is received. In addition, each recipient receives a complimentary one-year membership in SAA.

    The application deadline is February 28, 2020.

    For more information on the scholarship, eligibility requirements and applicationinstructions, please visit:

  • 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.

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