Direct from NEMA and hot off the presses:

NEMA’s Professional Affinity Groups provide you with timely, valuable workshops that address the challenges you face. Take charge of your professional development and join your New England colleagues at one of NEMA’s upcoming workshops or networking events. Register today as space is limited. Workshops are open to everyone.

Monday, May 9
Archives 101
USS Constitution Museum, Boston, MA
Libraries & Archives PAG
Whether you’re new to the profession, have taken on additional collections responsibilities, or just want to brush up on some archival theory and practice, “Archives 101” can give you the skills to approach the seeming chaos of a new collection, make it easier for researchers and staff to access information, identify basic preservation issues, and not lose your sanity in the process!

Tuesday, May 17
From Paintings to Pitchers: A Material Approach to Understanding and Preserving Historic Collections
Moffatt-Ladd House, Portsmouth, NH
Curators PAG
This workshop will explore the physical properties of various classes of objects, and basic strategies for studying and preserving historic collections.

Networking Event!

Tuesday, May 17
Meet up of museum colleagues in Portsmouth!
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Portsmouth Museum of Art
NEMA is hosting an informal reception at Portsmouth Museum of Art. Join your friends and colleagues to relax, catch up on the latest news, and mingle over drinks and light refreshments. Free!

Wednesday, May 18
20 Direct Response Strategies to Win Back Your Lapsed Donors and Members
Is your lapsed donor file shrinking? Are your overall membership retention numbers not what they used to be? Re-capturing lapsed donors and members is a key initiative in every organization’s annual plan, and WIDGB would like to offer you and your fellow members some insight that you can incorporate into your fundraising and/or membership programs.

Thursday, June 9
Managing Projects: How to Keep One Step Ahead of Your Project
Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge, MA
Conservators PAG
This workshop will provide an overview of definitions, an introduction of essential Project Management skills and practices, and case studies of projects that participants can relate to.
Co-sponsored by the New England Conservation Association

Tuesday, June 14
Tech Workshop II: Using Technology to Reach a Wider Audience
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord, NH
Independent Museum Professional PAG
We all know that there are vast potential audiences outside of our museum walls. Join the IMPs for a day of exploring how technology can help reach them.

Networking Event!

Tuesday, June 14
Independent Museum Professionals Networking Lunch
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord, NH
Join the IMP PAG for a 90-minute networking brown bag lunch. $10 if you order lunch; free if you bring your own lunch. Space is limited. Registration is required.

Thursday, June 16
Back to Basics and Beyond: Fine Art Insurance
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Registrars PAG
Sponsored in part by Willis Fine Art, Jewelry & Specie
This workshop will provide an overview of fine art insurance. Discussions will include who needs it, how it differs from other types of insurance coverage, how to assess your institution’s specific needs, and how to obtain the right coverage and policy for your institution. In depth discussions will address the topics of: submitting a claim and understanding the claim process, exhibition and loan coverage, deductibles, catastrophic coverage, policy exclusions and conditions, subrogation, and other current hot topics.

Tuesday, June 21
A Fresh Look: Gallery Interpretation and the MFA’s New Art of the Americas Wing
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Education PAG
Join us for a day spent exploring a theme central to what we do-gallery interpretation-in a fabulous space, the new Art of the Americas Wing at the MFA.

Space is limited. Please visit and sign up today!