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Tim Chester Assumes Role of Interim Director at Louisiana State Museum

Effective October 11, Tim Chester will be interim director of the Louisiana State Museum, a system of history museums headquartered in New Orleans. The appointment runs for a minimum of one year.

Emerging Leaders of Color Summit

Salvador Acevedo is part of the faculty designing the first Emerging Leaders of Color summit organized by WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation). Alumni from the past 5 cohorts of leadership trainings will gather along WESTAF’s Board and Multicultural Committee in Seattle in October 2016.

¡NUEVOlution! Receives Top Honors

Congrats to the Levine Museum of the New South and lead exhibition developer Darcie Fohrman (in collaboration with the in-house team and consultants from Morris Design, Melloweb Productions, AC&M, and Brad Larson Media)! The Southeastern Museum Conference named their ¡NUEVOlution: Latinos and the New South! exhibition as the winner of three awards in […]

Mary Kay Ingenthron Elected as Vice President!

Mary Kay Ingenthron was elected vice president of the Johnson County Museum Foundation, the not-for-profit organization that supports and promotes the museum.  Currently the Foundation is in the midst of a capital campaign to raise $1.2M for exhibitions and programs as the museum prepares to open in its new facility in 2017.

Room to Rise

Mary Ellen Munley was the Lead Research Advisor for Room to Rise, the result of a multi-year collaboration between the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, with support from a National Leadership Grant from the federal Institute […]

Joining the Board

Marsha Semmel has joined the Board of Directors of the Institute for Learning Innovation, an independent not-for-profit organization working at the intersection of research, practice, and policy.

Outstanding Achievement in Exhibition–Science

Christine Lockett was honored to be part of the team with Reich + Petch Design International and The Design Foundation recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Exhibits–Science by the Canadian Museums Association for the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Christine created the interpretive plan and edited or wrote the […]

TMG Welcomes Four New Members

The Museum Group welcomes four new members! We are thrilled to have these talented professionals joining our ranks.

(pictured left to right)

Salvador Acevedo is vice president of strategy at Scansion, where he focuses on museums and communities, helping them develop strategies for truly intercultural futures. Prior to joining Scansion, Salvador founded and led Contemporanea, where […]

¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South Wins the 2016 MUSE Award

Darcie Fohrman‘s project ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South has been selected by the American Alliance of Museums Media and Technology Professional Network for a 2016 MUSE Award. The awards will be celebrated on Thursday, May 26th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis conference hotel in Washington, D.C. At this event, they  learn which […]

Barbara Henry at the Museo Popol Vuh

Barbara Henry will be advising staff at the Museo Popol Vuh, Guatemala City, on undergoing a museum transformation (May 17 – 20). She will deliver a talk on “21st Century Museum Practices” on May 23rd as part of a weeklong museum studies public program organized by the museum with the Universidad Francisco Marroquin and […]

Elaine Heumann Gurian Honors Ayala Gordon

Ayala Gordon was the founding director of the Ruth Youth Wing at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem when Elaine Heumann Gurian met her in the early 1970’s. She had begun work giving art classes to traumatized children in a combination of art and therapy beginning in the 1960’s Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, the […]

Gathering For Transformation and Justice


at the AAM Annual Meeting


12:00 pm:
Talking Race: The Power, Influence, and Responsibility of Museum Professionals
Led by Janeen Bryant, Leadership for Educational Equity, and Lisa Junkin Lopez, Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace

1:30 pm
Constructing Spaces for Honest Conversations About Race
Led […]

International Assignments

Elaine Heumann Gurian has two Spring 2016 international assignments. She will serve as the external reviewer at a two-day staff and scholar workshop to draft content to replace the permanent exhibition at The Jewish Museum, Berlin, which has been in place for 15 years. She has also been chosen to be on the faculty of […]

¡NUEVOlution! Sparking National Conversation

Exhibit developer Darcie Fohrman partnered with Latino filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman and the Levine Museum of the New South, in collaboration with the Atlanta History Center and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, to create ¡NUEVOlution!. This 3500 square foot, bilingual, interactive exhibit explores the way Latinos are shaping the South and the South is shaping Latinos and serves […]

Henry Appointed Interim Director of diRosa

Barbara Henry has been appointed Interim director of Education and Public Engagement at diRosa Art.  di Rosa is noted for its significant collection of Northern California contemporary art located on 217 acres in the Napa Valley. Barbara is working with staff in enhancing the visitor experience and pursuing a renewed commitment to deepening public […]

Museum on Greenwich Island

David W. Ellis spent Oct. 14-20 in Valparaiso and Santiago, Chile where he conducted workshops and gave a general talk on a proposed Antarctica wing, and proposed satellite museum on Greenwich Island in Antarctica,  for the Chilean National Maritime Museum and worked with staff at the MIM museum.

Barbara Meyerson Outstanding Youth Award

The Chandler Center for the Arts and Vision Gallery in Chandler, Arizona recently created the Barbara Meyerson Outstanding Youth Award. The award, named after TMG member Barbara Meyerson, recognizes a youth who has gone above and beyond what was expected in providing service and leadership for the Chandler Center for the […]

Nominating Leadership for AASLH

Mary Kay Ingenthron is the new chairman of the leadership nominating committee of AASLH. She serves on the committee with Laura Roberts and former TMGer Deborah Schwartz.

The Museum Life 2-Year Anniversary

Carol Bossert is celebrating two years hosting The Museum Life, a weekly radio program hosted by VoiceAmerica Radio. Museum Life showcases leaders in the museum field who provide perspective on current issues as well as creative thinkers who are impacting the future of museums. All shows are available as podcasts.  Download at


Marsha Semmel has been appointed Adviser for the Bank Street College of Education’s graduate program in Leadership in Museum Education. The two-year program prepares museum educators for leadership roles in museums and related cultural institutions across the United States. One year is focused on museum education theories and practice. One year is focused on […]

Leadership in History Awards

Jean Svadlenak received two Leadership in History Awards from AASLH. AASLH bestows Leadership in History Awards to establish and encourage standards of excellence in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of state and local history in order to make the past more meaningful to all Americans. By publicly recognizing superior and innovative […]

The Museum Life

On Friday, September 11, Carol Bossert interviewed fellow TMGer Leslie Bedford on her weekly podcast “The Museum Life.” Bedford shared her thoughts and experiences after attending the Reimagining the Museum-Conference of the Americas held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 2-4, 2015. The conference, co-sponsored by Teoría y Práctica de las Artes […]

O’Keeffe Fellowship

Elaine Heumann Gurian will begin a one-month fellowship at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center in September 2015. The museum invites a distinguished individual in museum studies for one month each year to explore museum issues and practices.  The goal of the program is to provide opportunities to the professional museum […]

Beneath the Surface

Christine Lockett, working together with Alusiv Inc., wrote the interpretive plan and most of the exhibit text for Beneath the Surface, an exhibition at the Penn Museum. Spectacular finds at the Precolumbian cemetery of Sitio Conte in central Panama shed light on a mysterious and complex society that thrived there more than 1,000 […]

Rethinking Museum Leadership

Marsha Semmel was the introductory speaker and a member of the faculty for the second George Washington University/Smithsonian Affiliations 2015 Museum Leadership Skills Seminar.She spoke on “Rethinking Museum Leadership for Today’s World.”

Co-Creating with Communities

Barbara Henry was the featured speaker for the public lecture, Museums Co-Creating with Communities, at MALBA, The Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires on May 16. The lecture was targeted to museum professionals from diverse institutions in Buenos Aires. Barbara also conducted a series of workshops, entitled Education Department: Becoming a […]

Three-Part Webcast

Marsha Semmel will be a faculty member for a 3-part Webcast Series, “Perspectives on Museum Leadership at All Levels,” presented by the American Alliance of Museums and supported by The Getty Foundation.  The webcasts will occur from 2-3:30 p.m. on May 6, 13, and 20, 2015 and cover “21st Century Skills and […]

TMG Welcomes Three New Members!

(from left to right: Barbara Henry, Margaret Kadoyama, and Beverly Sheppard)

TMG is pleased to welcome three new members!

Barbara Henry
Barbara Henry is principal of Barbara Henry & Associates, a consulting practice devoted to transforming museums through dynamic public engagement. Before BH&A, Barbara held executive positions as Lab Center Director and Chief Curator of Education at the Oakland […]

The Informal Learning Review

The Informal Learning Review is a bimonthly publication that contains original articles on various aspects of the museum world – programming, exhibitions, planning, how to approach controversies and/or current events, trends, unique accomplishments, etc. With subscribers on five continents, it has a worldwide reach. It is […]

The Teachings of a Getty Scholar

During her time as a Getty Scholar Leslie Bedford has continued to talk with museum professionals about exhibition as art form: on February 25 she addressed the Getty’s education department, on March 3 the Autrey Museum and on March 11 the Balboa Park Learning Institute.

Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority

Myriam Springuel recently taught a week-long museum education and interpretation course for mid-level professionals for the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. The program included formal lectures, workshops and the development of education projects to put the learning into practice

The Art of Museum Exhibits

Leslie Bedford spoke to a group of students, faculty and area museum professionals on February 5 at the JFK Museum Studies Program in Berkeley. The subject was her recent book, The Art of Museums Exhibitions.

In celebration of its fortieth year, JFK Museum Studies invited back its many alumnae and faculty including former […]

An Icefjord Visitor Center

Robert “Mac” West is participating in a workshop from January 12-14 in Ilulissat, Greenland. The element he is involved in is to plan a visitor center for the Icefjord, are area at the base of a massive, rapidly-moving glacier, that calves off numerous huge icebergs every year. It is the focus of a UNESCO […]

Money Talks

Laura B. Roberts and Stacy Klingler are presenting a webinar for AASLH on February 5, 2015 at 2 p.m.: Money Talks: How to discussion financial information with your board.

People say that money talks. Too often, however, people don’t want to talk about money. Board members and directors often shy away from talking […]

The Clean-delivery Kit

Congratulations to Judy Rand, winner of the Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition. This competition recognizes outstanding and innovative label writing in museums, zoos, aquariums, universities, and libraries. […]

The SENCER-ISE project

Marsha Semmel is now serving as Senior Advisor to the SENCER-ISE project of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement. This NSF and Noyce Foundation-funded project supports ten cross-sector partnerships between higher education and informal science education institutions.

Museums R+D

Susie Wilkening, Senior Consultant at Reach Advisors, announced the launching of Reach Advisors | Museums R+D.  This new initiative is a membership program consisting of museums that have pooled resources in order to field national research and development to understand the impact they are capable of having on visitors, communities, and society.  […]

In Collaboration with Bill T. Jones

Vince Beggs has directed and produced a documentary film featuring Macarthur Award and two time Tony Award winning dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones. Beggs’ film, “In Collaboration with Bill T. Jones, Reading Mercy and the Artificial Nigger”, was accepted this year as an official entry in the Capital City Black Film […]

Two TMGs at the SHA

Laura Roberts will be returning to Developing Life” Leaders @ SHA (formerly the Seminar in Historical Administration) at the Indiana Historical wholesale jerseys Society in Indianapolis to teach Strategic Thinking and Managing Change. Clinic Laura and her colleague […]

Getty Research Institute Scholar

Leslie Bedford has sem been appointed a “Museum Residential cheap mlb jerseys Scholar cheap nba jerseys at ? the Getty Research Institute cheap mlb jerseys in Los Angeles from January […]

Storytelling and “Managing Up”

In November wholesale NBA jerseys Leslie McDonough Bedford joins the faculty of Cleveland Browns jerseys TyPA 15.000 Lab NETWORK on Museum cheap NFL jerseys Management 講師募集 in Buenos Aires. Life” For […]