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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Museums Newsletter @ Utah Arts & Museums

Greetings Utah Museums!

The 2012 Museum Survey is open! Each year we gather information about Utah's museums to help us benchmark our progress as a state, provide information to legislators, and determine training and technical assistance needs. You can see previous survey reports here. Please designate a representative from your museum to fill out the survey by January 31 so we can have results ready for you to use on Museum Advocacy Day.

Wendi Hassan
Community Outreach 

Museum Advocacy Day at the Capitol, February 28

Register now for Museum Day at the Legislature by January 28.

7:30 Load in
8:30 Introductions and orientation
9:00 Legislator contacts, rotunda displays
2:30 Load out

Click here for directions and parking information

What you can do now:
  • Familiarize yourself with your, and your institution's legislators. There have been a lot of changes this year. Find a directory here
  • Create a quick fact sheet about your museum with your mission statement, number of visitors served, how you've used Utah Arts & Museums grant funds and contact information.
  • Emphasize "substance over style". Museum Advocacy Day is less about "show and tell" and more about communicating the need for continued legislative support.
Free Online Collections Care Courses

Heritage Preservation is offering a series of free courses in collections care, Caring for Yesterday's Treasures - Today. The first webinar is Wednesday, January 9. The registration process does require a commitment form signed by a supervisor.

The 90-minute interactive webinars begin at noon.

Collections Care Basics
January 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 23
Risk Evaluation - First Step in Disaster Planning
February 5, 7, 12, 14
Protecting Your Collection - Writing a Disaster Response Plan
March 5, 7, 12, 14
Caring for Digital Materials - Preventing a Digital Dark Age
April TBA
Caring for Photographic Materials
Courses on audiovisual materials, fundraising for collections care and outreach activities to come in the fall.

Are museums job creators? 
Use the American Alliance of Museums Economic Impact Template to help tell the story. Also use past Museum Survey reports and the Utah Creative Vitality Index (CVI) - watch for the 2011 CVI report in the coming weeks.

Need extra hands? 
Visit your local volunteer center to recruit the help you need.

How to make an entire museum a work of art
Check out this story about Smith College Art Museum.

Dig Into Reading
This year the Collaborative Summer Library Program will encourage children to "Dig into Reading" providing a perfect opportunity for libraries to collaborate with museums. The teen theme is "Beneath the Surface" and the adult theme is "Groundbreaking Reads." Reach out to local libraries, or connect with Matt McClain at State Library, 801-715-6742.

Upcoming Events
Jan 15, 2013 - Utah Emerging Museum 
Professionals Event at Thanksgiving Point
Feb 28, 2013 - Museum Day at the Legislature
Mar 29, 2013 - Utah Arts & Museums 
museum grants due.

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