2021 Event and Professional Development Schedule

These sessions will be available for free to all members.  

Not a member yet?  Join here.

The professional development webinars and in-person events will be updated regularly. Check your email and watch this page for updates.

Grant Opportunities at the Arkansas Humanities Council

Jama Best, Arkansas Humanities Council

Thursday, March 11, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

The webinar will feature Jama Best, Executive Director at the Arkansas Humanities Council, who will present information on grant opportunities, address current changes to the mini-grant and major grants, new initiatives including the African American History and Culture Grant and Access to the Humanities Grant, the application process, how funds are distributed, reporting requirements, and so much more. 

Past Virtual Professional Development Sessions

Recordings are available by clicking on the link to each event.

Museum Code of Ethics: Does It Apply to Me?
      Josh Williams, Historic Washington State Park 
     October 14, 2:00 p.m.
    The American Alliance of Museums has established a Code of Ethics that they ask all museum professionals to aspire to. What are all the ethical rules and how do they apply to your museum? This roundtable will discuss each of them and expound on how they may each apply to your museum.

    Top Ten Tips for Everyday Digital Access
         Melanie Thornton, University of Arkansas

         November 18, 2:00 p.m.

    Going digital can mean being more accessible, but only if we take time to learn a few simple techniques and strategies. Come to this session to learn the top ten things you can do to create a more accessible digital world! Bring your laptop along and you can follow along to practice these techniques.

      2D Digitization: Preserving Historic Media for Tomorrow
           Rachel Whitaker and Bo Williams, Shiloh Museum of Ozark History

           December 9, 2:00 p.m.

      This session will explore and present alternative methods for capture of 2D items in collections for digitization with a focus on photographic materials. The methods that will be outlined will be centered around the use of a copy stand in conjunction with a high-resolution camera for capturing a variety of formats and various degrees of degradation and fragility. The workflow from printed media to final digital archival preservation will be explored through a discussion on image capture, processing, metadata creation and digital asset management systems.

      Engaging Families Through Gamification
           Phil Shelhammer, Eksplor
           January 13, 2:00 p.m.

        We would like to create a discussion around improving location visit engagement with families, in particular children, through the use of gamification. There's a lot of research that shows the educational value of playing games in order to learn, which we would like to present briefly. Then we will show the solution we're creating at Eksplor, and the progress we've made on the initial games we've created. Finally, we anticipate a discussion between attendees on the opportunity games could present at their location and a fun brainstorm to create your own puzzle or trivia challenge.

        Exhibits on a Dime
             Angela Gibbs, Jacksonport State Park
             February 10, 2:00 p.m.

        Do you want to create engaging and interactive exhibits but have only a shoestring budget? Learn low-budget hacks and get ideas from Jacksonport State Park's exhibit installations. Exhibits do not have to be expensive!

        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



              Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software