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Phone: 804-788-5821
200 S Third Street
Richmond
Virginia 23219
USA

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Target demographics: Museums, museum staff and volunteers, businesses providing museum products and services.

Direct beneficiaries per year: VAM is a membership organization for museums and museum staff, but it does not require membership for services or to participate in programs. VAM’s database of contacts contains both members and non-members who have participated in some way in a VAM program or training. Currently, we have a total of 5,874 participants listed: 3,357 who were members at the time they participated, and 2,517 who were non-members. These numbers represent 590 museums.

The participation numbers for VAM’s programs in FY 2010 are as follows:
• Workshops – 336
• Annual Conference – 425
• Homestead project (1 this year) – 12 (size is limited to 10 students and 2 faculty)
• Fundamentals Forum – 83
• Collections Boot Camp – 43
• Conservation Cubed workshops – 123
• Circuit Rider – 6 museums, 3 archives, 3 libraries
• Emergency Response – 5 new MESTs established: Eastern Shore, Virginia Beach, Abingdon, Independence/Galax, Danville
• 2008 TimeTravelers program (last full year) – 544,000museum visits

Someone who had 3 hours of volunteer time could: help with registration for our conference, write an article for our newsmagazine, research grant opportunities, help compile statistics on museums in VA, and generally pitch in!

Mission:
TO PRESERVE VIRGINIA'S CULTURAL, HISTORICAL AND SCIENTIFIC HERITAGE BY PROVIDING PROF. TRAINING AND EDUCATION THROUGH ANNUAL TRAINING CONFERENCES, MONTHLY WORKSHOPS AND OTHER SPECIAL PROGRAMS.
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Our primary goal in fund raising is to provide high quality professional training to the stewards of Virginia's historic and cultural heritage. In addition to directly funding training programs, we solicit contributions to our scholarship program which helps those staff and volunteers who otherwise would not have access to training. We also raise funds to permit us to provide technical assistance free of charge to museums, sponsor our Circuit Rider assessment program for small or rural museums, and support the Virginia TimeTravelers program, a passport program for children and families to encourage year-round learning through visits to museums.

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06/02/11
I have worked with VAM for several years and have attended their conference as an Exhibitor. The Association is one of the most informed and helpful that I have worked with. Along with the Director & Staff everything is so well taken care. Information is accurate and quickly available. They ... more »
05/25/11
The Virginia Association of Museums (VAM) serves the museum community in Virginia, DC and beyond. It has many programs to suit the seasoned professional as well as the volunteer just starting his/her career in museums. Besides a fabulous annual conference with multiple presenters, VAM offers ... more »
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