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Know Your Professional Organizations: AAM’s Emerging Museum Professionals

Next up in our series of know your professional organizations, we have a sub-category of last week’s featured organization: the AAM’s Emerging Museum Professionals.

Now, not all of you are just emerging. Some of you have been out there in the ranks for years. But even if you’re fully emergent, you can surely keep an eye on this group, because they do great things. (For that matter, the definition of an EMP is someone who’s been in the field for less than ten years.)

Look over the website – there are resources there for the national organization, such as the EMP blog, Facebook page, and listserv.

What you will find most helpful, however, is the local Boston group. It’s starting up again after a bit of a hiatus. Email the coordinator, Leslie Howard (BostonEMPs[at]gmail[dot]com) to be added to the email list, and you’ll be invited to terrific events like the upcoming highlights tour of the new MFA wing. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter, too.

There aren’t a lot of concrete benefits to becoming involved in the EMPs like there were for AAM. Think of the benefits for becoming involved as more intangible – meeting great people with your own interests who are all in the same boat, tapping in to a network of great minds who are about to go out and change the museum world. It’s a way to get in on the ground floor, as it were.

Boston Emerging Museum Professionals Event!

Please join the Boston Emerging Museum Professionals and the NEMA YEPs for a group tour of the NEW Art of the Americas wing at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  The new wing has 53 new galleries and is the centerpiece of the museum’s recent expansion. The tour will be 1 hour long. After the tour, we can grab a bite to eat at the New American Café, Galleria or Garden Cafés (optional).

When: Sunday, January 23  at 11:00 am (please arrive 15-20 minutes early so that we can start on time)

Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

465 Huntington Avenue

The group entrance is the Linde Family Wing Entrance, located on the west side of the Museum.

Public Transportation: Green Line: MFA stop on E branch

Fenway stop on D branch

Orange Line: Ruggles

Bus #39

Cost: $18.00 per person

RSVP by January 12th to Leslie Howard via email- BostonEMPs[at]gmail[dot]com.  Space is limited!

The Future of Museums

Courtesy of the Boston Emerging Museum Professionals, here’s a link to futurist Gary Golden’s recent webinar with AAM:

Gary Golden on the Future of Museums

Lots to think about there. For a reaction/review blog post, check out Guzel DuChateau at the Emerging Museum Professionals blog, here.

PS – Are you following the Boston Emerging Museum Professionals on Twitter and Facebook? If not, then you definitely should be! You should also sign up for their mailing list by emailing BostonEMPS[at]gmail[dot]com.

PPS – How does one become a trained futurist, anyway? Inquiring minds want to know.

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