2020 Arkansas Museum Association

Virtual Business Meeting

September 15, 2020 11:00 a.m.

Zoom Business Meeting Recording

Meeting Agenda

      • Call to Order & Welcome
      • Approval of Minutes - AMA 2019
      • Financial Report & Endowment
      • By-laws report (By-Law Document)
      • Professional Development 
      • JIMI 2020 recap 
      • SEMC – Executive Directive Zinnia Willits
      • Officer Nominations and Elections
      • Old Business
          • American Association of State and Local History 
      • New Business
          • 2021 Annual meeting
          • Ask attendees to use chat box and monitor will introduce topic
      • Awards Ceremony
      • Adjournment

Professional Development Schedule

  • Museum Code of Ethics: Does It Apply to Me?

    • Josh Williams, Historic Washington State Park 

    • October 14, 2:00 p.m.

  • Top Ten Tips for Everyday Digital Access

    • Melanie Thornton, University of Arkansas

    • November 18, 2:00 p.m.

  • 2D Digitization: Preserving Historic Media for Tomorrow

    • Rachel Whitaker, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

    • December 9, 2:00 p.m.

  • Engaging Families Through Gamification

    • Phil Shelhammer, Eksplor

    • January 13, 2:00 p.m. [Tentative]

  • Exhibits on a Dime

    • Angela Gibbs, Jacksonport State Park

    • February 10, 2:00 p.m.


  • Northeast District
    •      My Kim Parnell- Calico Rock Museum
    • My Kim Parnell is a native Arkansan, born and raised in Calico Rock. Her family has had a presence in the area for over 150 years.  She has worked to preserve the history of Calico Rock and the surrounding area under the tutelage of the Executive Director of the Calico Rock Museum since 2015. 
  • Northwest District
    •      Nicole Benedict- Museum of Native American History
    • Nicole Benedict currently works as the manager at the Museum of Native American History, located in Bentonville, Arkansas. Raised in Northwest Arkansas, Nicole attended the University of Arkansas, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science and participated in the Razorback Marching Band. She currently resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and is working to obtain her Master of Public Administration degree in Nonprofit Management at Arkansas State University. In her free time, Nicole enjoys hiking, reading, watching football, and amateur calligraphy.
  • Southern District
    •      Paige Creed- Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources
    • Paige Creed is a native Arkansan from Jacksonville.  She is the exhibit specialist at Arkansas Museum of Natural Resources in Smackover, Arkansas, where she is in charge of preparation, maintenance and repairs of all museum exhibits and their components. Paige graduated from Arkansas State University, where she graduated Magna cum Laude with a BA in History. She has been managing the daily operations of museums and galleries since 2012.

This project is funded in part by the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Melanie Thornton

Jama Best

Arkansas Museums Association
P. O. Box 3292
Little Rock, Arkansas 72203



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