Our thanks to everyone in the Host Committee and the Host Museum who made this year's Annual Conference such a great success!
Making Museums Matter:
Innovation, Engagement, and Education
The 2015 Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries Annual Conference will be held January 21–23, 2015 in Statesboro, GA. More detailed information will be posted as it becomes available.
Call for Session Proposals: The GAMG Board and Program Committee are hard at work planning next January's GAMG Conference, to be held in Statesboro, Georgia, and would like your help in planning sessions. If you would like to chair a session or lead a workshop, let us know. Just complete the attached session proposal form and send it to Program Chair Carissa DiCindio. Urge your colleagues to take part in the conference as well by forwarding this form to them.
GAMG 2015 Session Proposals Form (8 KB)
Call for 2015 Award Nominations: Each year at the Annual Conference, GAMG offers its membership the opportunity to thank, give credit, and offer public recognition for the many creative efforts accomplished throughout the year. We are asking that you nominate worthy honorees. Give them the credit they deserve!
GAMG Awards Brochure (3.0 MB)
Special thanks to our 2014 GAMG Award Winners:
Institution: Colquitt County Arts Center. For being an integral part of the community and for providing a positive impact on the quality of life for the citizens of Moultrie and Colquitt County.
Special Projects, Category 2: The Kress Project, Georgia Museum of Art. For implementing a project that successfully enlarged and diversified the museum's audience and serves as a model for multidisciplinary study and response to art.
Education: Outreach Team, Museum of History and Holocaust Education, Kennesaw State University. For developing an in-school program using traveling exhibits, traveling trunks, and standards based curriculum to enhance the educational experience of students in Atlanta and north Georgia.
Museum Professional: Cantey Smith, Tellus Science Museum. For exemplary leadership, excellence in education, enthusiastic support of staff and volunteers, and an unwavering commitment to the profession.
Museum Volunteer: Frank Dimartino, Museum of History and Holocaust Education, Kennesaw State University. For providing invaluable service and for being an inspiration to staff, fellow volunteers, and patrons through his expertise, time, advocacy, and encouragement.
Museum Exhibition, Category 1: Return to Rich's: The Story Behind the Store, William Breman Jewish History Museum. For creating a compelling exhibit that uses artifacts, interactive displays, and personal recollections to explore how Rich's Department Store became a southern institution.
Advocacy: Bill Prokasy, Georgia Museum of Art, Board of Advisors. For unwavering advocacy of the arts at the state and federal levels, and for leadership, support, and encouragement of the administration and staff of the Georgia Museum of Art.
Lifetime Achievment: Donald R. (Don) Rooney, Atlanta History Center. For life-long devotion to the study and appreciation of history and for untiring leadership and service to GAMG and the greater museum community.
The Museum Services Exchange (MUSE) is a program of consulting services provided by and for members of the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries. Experienced museum professionals provide information and feedback to museums, large and small. The goal of MUSE is to improve Georgia's museums.
Museums, both new and emerging, as well as established, can apply for a MUSE consultation in relation to an area of need. These needs can range from developing organizational structure to collection management, from exhibit design to labeling to educational outreach, from membership concerns to financial resources development.
Deadlines for MUSE grant applications are February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Applicants for MUSE awards must be members of GAMG for at least a year before applying. The number of consultations depends upon funding provided by the MUSE auction held at each annual meeting of GAMG. Hosts must agree to provide travel expenses, food and lodging for consultants. GAMG will only provide honoraria for consultants to not-for-profit museums and galleries. For-profit organizations may ask MUSE to provide services for a fee.
Interested museums should download the application form and questionnaire below, and submit the completed forms back to Dr. Catherine Lewis postmarked by the deadlines. Dr. Lewis can be reached at:
Museum of History and Holocaust Education
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road
Mail Stop #3308
Kennesaw, GA 30144
After approving a request for a MUSE consultation, the MUSE committee will submit a list of appropriate consultants to grantee for selection. The consultant will arrange a site visit with the host museum within three months of the date of the assignment. The consultant will review MUSE application materials and may request more information prior to the site visit.
Within 30 days after the site visit, the consultant will submit a report summarizing findings and recommendations to the host museum and to the MUSE program. The consultant is provided an honorarium when the assignment is completed. One year later, the host museum will complete a questionnaire about the degree to which the consultant's recommendations have been implemented. Museums should also submit a short article for possible inclusion in the GAMG newsletter, reporting to the membership about the project.
Individuals interested in becoming a MUSE consultant should complete a Consultant Application (see below), and must be a GAMG member.MUSE Consultant Application
GAMG has a discussion group on Yahoo.
GAMG has prepared a brochure promoting Museums and Galleries in Georgia. The brochure is distributed in all 11 Georgia Visitor Centers. Each GAMG Member Museum is included in all Brochure printings.
The State of Georgia Visitor Centers were visited by almost 18 million visitors in FY06.
Brochures can now be ordered from:
Tourism Division - VIC Shipments
Bobby Dodd Institute
2120 Marietta Blvd. NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
The Education Index at PhDs.org is a comprehensive and informative resource that systematically sorts out the available undergraduate and graduate programs available today in the U.S. This information is very valuable to students today who are not only dealing with the competitive nature of higher education, but also the rising costs of it.
The Georgia Southern Museum, Statesboro, GA offers "From Protest to Peace: Murals by the Bogside Artists of Northern Ireland,". For information email email@example.com or call 912-478-5444. The exhibit website is www.ProtestToPeace.org.
September 1, 2014 marks the centenary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. Project Passenger Pigeon, a coalition of over 150 organizations, has formed to use this event as a teaching moment to familiarize people with the story of the passenger pigeon, and to use that story as a portal into consideration of current events related to extinction and the connections between people and nature. A free exhibit, created by the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History and consisting of nine downloadable museum panels, is now available to all institutions interested in participating in the anniversary. Entitled "A Shadow Over the Earth", the exhibit discusses the passenger pigeon story, extinction more broadly, and steps we can take to preserve the biodiversity that is still with us. For more information, visit www.passengerpigeon.org.
The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, announces its traveling exhibition "Portraits in Gray: A Civil War Photography Exhibition featuring the collection of David Wynn Vaughan." Please contact Ava R. Wilkey at firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-427-2117 extension 3058.
The Ty Cobb Museum in Royston, GA offers "Ty Cobb: The Georgia Peach" a traveling exhibit available for loan to Georgia museums. For details, contact Candy Ross at 706-245-1825 or by email at email@example.com.