Welcome to the
IAM Spring Exhibit Workshops
Join us for two workshops designed
to help you create and produce great exhibits!
On Friday, May 10, The Craft of Exhibits Workshop
will be held at the Ottawa Scouting and Heritage Museum in Ottawa.
On Tuesday, May 14, Exhibit Speed Dating—A
crash course from planning to installation will be held at Cedarhurst
Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon.
to view the Spring Exhibit Workshop Brochure and registration
information or click here to register.
The Illinois Association of Museums and Museums In the Park joined
forces with the Illinois State Museum for Museum Day in Springfield
on April 11. Together, board members, staff and volunteers from
museums across the state brought a powerful message to our legislators
and other key decision makers that Illinois museums are crucial
to their communities. Thank you to all who participated in this
important advocacy day.
Commit to participating in Museum Day 2014 next Spring! Each
year the date is selected based on the legislative calendar. Typically,
the date is announced sometime in January.
Congratulations Senator Durbin!
Each year, the American Alliance of Museums presents awards
to a few select members of Congress who have demonstrated their
support of museums. This year, Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois
was honored during AAM's Museums Advocacy Day on February 26 at
a special Congressional reception. Other awardees were Senator
Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Representative David McKinley (R-WV), and
Representative John Lewis (D-GA).
Thank you Senator Durbin for your ongoing
support of Illinois museums!
Photograph courtesy of the American Alliance of
Museums, Front row, L to R: Kate Neumiller Schureman, V.P of Administration,
Peoria Riverfront Museum; Donna Sack, Executive Director, Illinois
Association of Museums; Bonnie Styles, Executive Director, Illinois
State Museum; Karen Witter, Adjunct Museum Associate, Illinois
State Museum; Senator Dick Durbin; Jim Richerson, President and
CEO, Peoria Riverfront Museum. Back Row; L to R: Gail Ravnitzky
Silberglied, Senior Director of Government Relations and Advocacy,
American Alliance of Museums; Justina Doyle, University of Buffalo;
Fritz Klein as President Abraham Lincoln; Marybeth Johnson, Vice
President, Lincoln Park Zoo, Ford Bell, President, American Alliance
IAM 2013 Economic Impact Statement
Thank you to all the museums who participated in the 2013 Economic
Impact Statement! The survey will be featured in Springfield at
Museum Day 2013 on April 11.
Create both and Education and Economic Impact Statement for your
own museum and bring it to your state legislators. Great how-to
tips for creating your own statements can be found on the American
Alliance of Museums website at http://www.aam.org/advocacy.
IAM ANNUAL CONFERENCE
October 16-18, 2013
Join us in Peoria this year, as we partner with the Great Lakes
Planetarium Association to bring you a conference full of tours,
sessions, networking and two spectacular receptions. The Peoria
Riverfront Museum will host us on Wednesday evening and we will
get wild at the Peoria Zoo on Thursday evening! And, the annual
IAM awards luncheon, recognizing the best in the field, will take
place Friday afternoon. The sky is the limit!
More information coming soon.