VIRGINIA ASSOCIATION OF MUSEUMS

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 200 S Third Street Richmond VA 23219 USA

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.
Results: 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.
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

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Rating: 5 stars  

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 provide an excellent service for their member Museums! I especially enjoy their imformative newsletters. In working with other Associations in other States I feel most comfortable with the way VAM operates and is set up.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attending VAM Conferences and contact with them various times throughout the year.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Enhance their growth by encouraging more Museums to join.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

How did you learn about this organization?

Through talking with other Museums in Va.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

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 regional workshops throughout the Commonwealth. These workshops offer a diversity of subjects including membership development, fund raising, strategic planning, board development, operations management, collections management, social networking and other relevant museum subject matter.
VAM's Certificate in Museum Management is second to none in preparing current and future museum leaders. Then there is the mentor program, emergency response task force, the TimeTravelers program and the IMLS Connecting to Collections program to train museum staff in proper collections management activities.
VAM has a small but very effective staff that serves the needs of the members, provides training opportunities and seeks to find new ways to keep museums moving forward.
In short, VAM is an effective advocate for museums and the people who staff them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

VAM has helped me to learn how to be an effective manager through participation in the annual conferences, workshops, the Fundamentals Forum

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I were to win the lottery I'd make a substantial contribution to VAM so that it could expand its offerings to the members to make it an even more effective organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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