• 26 Jun 2018 1:13 PM | Maggie Speck-Kern (Administrator)

    The location for the 2019 AMA Conference will be held in Pine Bluff, Arkansas! Our host museum will be the Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas and other institutions in the area will be providing space for related events. Conference planning has begun! 

    If you would like to serve on the Local Arrangements Committee, contact arkansasmuseums@gmail.org. 

  • 02 Apr 2018 5:59 PM | Maggie Speck-Kern (Administrator)

    The Arkansas Museums Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018 AMA awards:

    2018 AMA Outstanding Achievement in Education: Southern Tenant Farmer’s Museum in Tyronza, Arkansas.

    2018 AMA Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions for Museums with an Annual Budget of $150,000 or greater—“Cabinet of Curiosities: Treasures from the University of Arkansas Museum Collection” at the Old State House Museum from Little Rock, Arkansas.

    2018 AMA Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions for Museums with an Annual Budget of Less than $150,000 —“Delta Native: Mississippian Period” at the Delta Gateway Museum in Blytheville, Arkansas.

    2018 AMA Outstanding Achievement in Media—Washington County Historical Society, Headquarters House Museum from Fayetteville, Arkansas.

    2018 AMA Museum Studies/Public History Graduate of the Year —Rachel Whitaker from the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, Arkansas.

    2018 AMA Outstanding Museum Volunteer of the Year —Mr. Homer Newton from the Calhoun County Museum in Hampton, Arkansas and Dr. Freda Cruse Hardison from the Calico Rock Museum in Calico Rock, Arkansas.

    2018 AMA Distinguished Museum Professional of the Year —Mr. Aaron Loehndorf from Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, Arkansas.

    2018 AMA Peg Newton Smith Lifetime Achievement Award winner: Mr. Steve Rucker, a retired museum professional of distinction from the Arkansas National Guard Museum in Little Rock, Arkansas.

    The award winners were announced at an awards ceremony during the AMA conference in Calico Rock and Mountain View, Arkansas on March 28, 2018.

  • 28 Feb 2018 10:54 PM | Maggie Speck-Kern (Administrator)

    Small Museum Grant Information


    The Department of Arkansas Heritage would like to welcome small museums to participate in the Small Museum Grant Workshop and Panel Discussion. Applications for the Small Museum Grants have changed this year and the workshop will help applicants easily understand how to apply for this useful grant!


    Information for the Small Museum Grant may be found here

    Applications for the Small Museum Grant are due April 18

    Contact Debra Fithen, DAH Grants Manager, at 

    Debra.Fithen@arkansas.gov for more information.


    Small Museum Grant Workshop and Panel Discussion

    Friday March 9, 2018

    Department of Arkansas Heritage

    Diamond Room

    1100 North Street

    Little Rock, Arkansas 72201

    Attend in Person or by Conference Call


    Register by March 7th at:

    https://goo.gl/forms/iGcw6zBrrB2P2qd53

    Schedule of Events

    1:30 p.m.  Registration Opens            

    2:00 p.m.  Welcome

    Department of Arkansas Heritage Director, Stacy Hurst

    2:00-3:00 p.m.     Small Museums Panel Discussion

    Department of Arkansas Heritage (DAH) division directors will share their experience and expertise regarding a variety of museum management issues and resources.

    Panelists include: 

    Christina Shutt Mosaic Templars Cultural Center

    Swannee Bennett Historic Arkansas Museum

    Bill Gatewood Old Statehouse Museum

    Kyle Miller  Delta Cultural Center

    Scott Kaufman Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

    3:00-4:00 p.m.        Small Museum Grant Application Workshop

    DAH Grants Manager, Debra Fithen, will review grant application guidelines, how to apply online, and best practices.


    To download the flyer, click below:

     3.9.18 Workshop Flyer- DAH Small Museum Grant


  • 20 Sep 2017 4:11 PM | Jama Best



    AMA Awards – Call for Nominations!

    Arkansas Museums Association Annual Conference 2018

    Calico Rock, Arkansas

    March 27 - 29, 2018

    Each year the Arkansas Museums Association presents awards to celebrate and encourage excellence within Arkansas museums.  Please consider nominating an individual(s), an exhibit, a conservation project, or one of the other categories available.  Successful award recipients will be honored at the upcoming Arkansas Museums Association Conference 2018 in Calico Rock and Mountain View, Arkansas during the awards banquet.

    Please find the link below for AMA Award Guidelines and Instructions 2018.  Within the link you will find the online nomination form and guidelines.  We are excited and hope you will consider submitting nominations for one or more categories.  All nominations must be submitted on or before 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

    http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/3555856/2018-Arkansas-Museums-Association-Awards-Nomination-Form-copy

    Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or need assistance.  All nominations will be reviewed by the AMA Awards Committee. We look forward to hearing from you!

    Thanks so much!

    Gloria

    AMA Awards Chair

    calicorockmuseum@gmail.com

    ggushue@gmail.com

    870-297-6100






  • 12 Jul 2017 4:35 PM | Kimberly Kaczenski

    The Arkansas Museums Association (AMA) has selected the conference site for the 2018 annual conference. Hosted by the Calico Rock Museum & Visitor Center and the Ozark Folk Center in Arkansas’s beautiful Ozark Mountain range, sessions and events will take place from March 27 to 29, 2018. 


  • 30 Mar 2017 11:20 AM | Kimberly Kaczenski

    The Arkansas Museums Association (AMA) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 AMA Awards:

    Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions – Budget less than 150K/year

    “Pearl Harbor” – Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum

    Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions - Budget more than 150K/year

    “The Open Road Exhibition” – Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

    Outstanding Achievement in Conservation

    “First Ladies’ Gowns” - Old State House Museum

    Outstanding Achievement in Digital Media

    “Dance Interactive” - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

    Outstanding Achievement in Print Media

    “Faces of the Delta: The Art of A.J. Smith” - Delta Cultural Center

    Outstanding Achievement

    Stephanie Slagle, North Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau

    Museum Volunteer of the Year

    Allen Crawford, Calico Rock Museum

    Distinguished Museum Professional of the Year

    Allison Hiblong, Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum

    Peg Newton Smith Award for Lifetime Achievement

    Andy Zawacki, Historic Arkansas Museum

    The winners were announced at the awards ceremony during the AMA Annual Conference held in Washington, Arkansas, on March 29, 2017.

    Nominations were judged by a committee of museum professionals from across the state. Winning entries were expected to demonstrate outstanding achievement in four areas including: education, exhibitions, media, and professionalism. 


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

arkansasmuseums@gmail.com



          


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