• 17 Jan 2020 5:02 PM | Anonymous

    In October 2019, Edith Brady from the High Point Museum and Christian Edwards from the North Carolina Collection Gallery made a two-day visit to the Iredell Museums as part of the NCMC Free On-Site Consultation Service.  Edith and Christian met with the Iredell Museums Manager, Emily Baker and Programs Coordinator Haylee Reed, as well as two Museum Board Members and toured the Iredell Museums downtown location then the Gregory Creek Homestead featuring historic structures.  Out of a list of the six consultation topics, the Iredell Museums requested assistance with Administration of Facility and Collections Management.  Edith and Christian spent a full day touring the museum exhibition area, gallery, and collections facilities and talking with staff and board members about current methods and procedures.  The second day of the consultation was focused on continuing the conversation regarding current methods, providing initial feedback, and reviewing any needs, questions, or concerns that could be addressed in the final FOCoS report . 

    Overall the visit was great and we were very impressed with the Iredell Museums.  The organization has an impressive artifact collection with many interesting pieces.  The gallery space is very attractive and appealing.  Exhibits are well designed.  The Gregory Creek Homestead has a nice collection of historic buildings, providing opportunities for many living history-style demonstrations and programming.  Staff seem to be excited about the potential of the organization and eager to help it grow into its best self.  The two board members we met, Dawne Clark and Bradley Newton, seemed very enthusiastic and engaged.  While there are obvious challenges to overcome, like all of our museums, we are very excited about the future of this Museum and look forward to seeing how it develops over the next few years.

  • 17 Jan 2020 4:10 PM | Anonymous

    The application period for Harold T. Pinkett Student of Color Award is currently open! The Society of American Archivists’ (SAA) administers this award.

    Established in 1993, this award recognizes and acknowledges graduate students of color, such as those of African, Asian, Latinx, or Native American descent, who,through scholastic and personal achievement, manifest an interest in becoming professional archivists and active members of the Society of American Archivists.

    Up to two awards may be given during an awards cycle. Each recipient receives full complimentary registration and related expenses for hotel and travel to attend the SAA Annual Meeting during the year in which the award is received. In addition, each recipient receives a complimentary one-year membership in SAA.

    The application deadline is February 28, 2020.

    For more information on the scholarship, eligibility requirements and applicationinstructions, please visit:

  • 17 Jan 2020 3:01 PM | Anonymous

    The North Carolina Museums Council is receiving applications for the next round of our Free On-Site Consultation Services (FOCoS) until February 29, 2020.  FOCoS provides advice and guidance to small or emerging museums using the resources and expertise found in established museums around the state. As a result of FOCoS, not only do museums receive valuable feedback on their programs and operations, but the museum community and council are strengthened through the collaborative effort of professionals reaching out to share their knowledge of the field.

    A two-person team of NCMC consultants is assigned to a selected qualifying site. Consultants visit and tour their assigned site over a two-day period and together offer professional advice, in the form of a written report, relating to needs specified as priorities by the recipient site.

    For more information visit our website ( or contact NCMC Vice-President, Christian Edwards.  Submissions are due February, 29, 2020 and the recipient will be announced at the NCMC annual conference and meeting in Rocky Mount in March.

  • 17 Jan 2020 12:02 PM | Anonymous
    Bundling for Institutional Members

    Did you know that institutional members (Tier II and up) can have multiple staff members associated with their account?  When registering for the conference, this will help to streamline your registration process and your staff can register at the member rate.  Need to add staff members to your account?  Your institution's primary contact will need to login and do the following:

    • Login to your account
    • Select your profile name in the top right corner of the page
    • Scroll down to "Bundle Summary"
    • Select "Add Member" 
    • Enter their information

    The membership chair can also do this for you. Questions?  Please contact our Membership Chair at

  • 30 Oct 2019 7:21 PM | Anonymous

    Arts Across North Carolina

    Eastern Region, North Carolina

    Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection

    October 26, 2019 - January 19, 2020

    East Building, Meymandi Exhibition Gallery

    North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

    Piedmont Region, North Carolina

    Coined in the South

    October 10, 2019 - February 16, 2020

    Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte, NC

    Western Region, North Carolina

    Appalachia Now! An Interdisciplinary Survey of Contemporary Art in Southern Appalachia

    November 14, 2019 - February 3, 2020

    Asheville Museum of Art, Asheville, NC

    Megan Boisvert

  • 30 Oct 2019 7:19 PM | Anonymous

    MUSEUM 2.0

    What is a museum? How do we define it? Why do we define it? Why do we work there? Should we define it? Are they still relevant?

    Lonnie G. Bunch III, the 14th secretary of the Smithsonian stated in mid-September 2019 what he felt about the relevancy of museums, “however we define them, I believe that museums are more important now, at this time of change, than ever. We have an obligation to use our expertise and our platforms for the greater good.” (The Matter of Museums, Posted: 24 Sep 2019 04:50 AM PDT)

    This and other contemporary thought on museums and our role as museum professionals can be found in Seema Rao’s weekly blog Museum 2.0. These short articles on our profession can serve you well in providing reference and structure to your passion in museums.

    Karl McKinnon

  • 30 Oct 2019 7:16 PM | Anonymous

    A Major Reenactment at Historic Camden, SC

    Revolutionary War Field Days will return to Historic Camden, SC on November 2 - 3, 2019 from 10 am to 3 pm with a battle each day at 1:30 pm. Revolutionary War Field Days at Camden have been held on the first full weekend of November since 1970. Hundreds of reenactors from across the country converge on the historic grounds to camp, battle, and celebrate over the weekend. Visitors view a battle each day, walk through the camps of the combatants and see demonstrations of Colonial crafts and skills. Colonial sutlers (merchants) and scholars giving talks about the war are on site as well. Almost 3,000 spectators and 400 reenactors and demonstrators attended the 2018 event. 

    Adria Focht

  • 30 Oct 2019 7:08 PM | Anonymous


    October 15, 2019

    Willard Whitson

    Reconsidering Children’s Museums

    At KidSenses Children’s Interactive Museum we are often asked why adults have to pay the same admission fee we charge for their children. And occasionally, parents ask if they can leave their children with us while they go somewhere else.

    Responding to these questions can be frustrating for several reasons, particularly since some adults can be quite belligerent regarding having to pay for their own admission. In addition, having to deal with a mildly hostile attitude, our staff has the burden of trying to help these parents understand how the interaction with their children in this stimulating, interactive environment not only benefits their children, but also, they themselves.

    Many parents have the misapprehension that children’s museums are merely indoor playgrounds. It is indeed true that children play in our museums. But what is often not understood is that it’s play with a purpose. Play is the work of childhood; children learn through play. For the very youngest, learning to navigate their way in these highly stimulating and carefully thought out environments fosters early brain development, and skills acquisition and mastery. Older children roll play and discover their own interests and preferences, and begin to acquire knowledge, increasingly about STEM topics.

    This intellectual and emotional development is enhanced by parental interaction. Observing and playing with your children is empowering and validating for the child and enriching for the parent. I often describe our parent profile as being one of three categories. The “babysitters” – parents who are present in the museum but are primarily using their cell phones or talking with other adults. The “documentarians” – parents observing their children playing, recording the action on their phone cameras and posting frequently. The “gold standard” – parents actually playing and interacting with their kids. There is no rule that says you have to play with your kids, but our goal is to nurture this kind of interactivity.

    As a result of years of observing parental behavior in children’s museums, I’ve begun to think we need to do some serious re-branding. At KidSenses we are currently constructing a new addition entitled The FACTORY – A Place to Meet and Make. This facility will engage older youth, age 11 into their teens. We’ve started talking about “whole family engagement.” I think that’s the key, to be forthcoming about the desire and need to embrace all members of the family. Increased opportunities for intergenerational mentoring, volunteerism and more are being evaluated as we develop our future plans. I definitely think it might be time for us to reconsider how our institutions are perceived by both visitors and peers.

  • 30 Oct 2019 7:04 PM | Anonymous

    Here's the latest on #NCMC2020!



    651 N Winstead Ave

    Rocky Mount, NC 27804

    (We will have bussing available to most sites)

    Saturday Programs: 

    - Road Trip tours of the following in Farmville: GlasStation, First in Flight Vodka, and DuckRabbit 

    - Beer Tour and Tastings at the Rocky Mount Mills followed by on-your-own dinner on campus. 

    - Wine tasting Saturday evening at Bin & Barrel

    Sunday Programs:

    - History Tour of Stonewall Manor & Rocky Mount Mills 

    - Off-site tour: Country Doctor Museum & Dan Finch Clay Studio

    - Architecture and history bus tour of Downtown Rocky Mount

    - Tour of Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences (activity structure to come)

    - All-day Game Day at the Event Center

    Reception, Awards Ceremony, and Networking event will all be held at the Rocky Mount Mills's Powerhouse, too. 

    Monday breakfast, lunch, exhibitor hall, and all sessions will be held at the Rocky Mount Event Center. 

  • 1 Oct 2019 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    It is that time of year when North Carolina will have to brace itself for yet another dreaded Hurricane Season. Although the Atlantic Hurricane season officially began in June, the worst months for strong storms and flooding in North Carolina is between the end of August and beginning of November. After the past few years of multiple major hurricanes, we hope you are all ready with an updated Disaster Plan for your home and museum.

    NCMC has pulled together the attached list of North Carolina resources to help you prepare and recover from these major storms and their lingering effects. We will try to keep this list as up to date as possible during this hurricane season. If there are any more resources we should add, please email them to Christian Edwards at

    If you are in the projected area of impact for any of our current or projected storms, please take measures to be safe, and take reasonable steps to protect your art, artifacts, buildings, and exhibits. Best of luck!

    Click Here to view Hurricane Tracker

    Click Here for PDF with links to Emergency Information and Preparation Resources and Emergency Response Organizations Helping North Carolina Arts and Cultural Organizations and Sites.

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