Myers Center is now accepting applications for NAMSI 2020

April 21st, 2020 | News

Native American Museum Studies Institute:A Professional Development Opportunity for Tribal Museum Professionals

The Myers Center is now accepting applications for its 2020 Native American Museum Studies Institute, which will be held at ISSI from August 17-20, 2020. Offered annually, this four-day intensive training helps to increase the capacity of tribal community members to repatriate, conserve, and revitalize tribal cultural heritage, foster tribal representations and partnerships, and educate tribal and non-tribal communities through museum development exhibits. Participants come from tribes in varying stages of developing their museums/cultural centers.  Find out more information and download an application here. Applications should be submitted before May 15th, 2020.

Supported with generous funding from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians.
The goal for this four day workshop is to increase the capacity of tribal community members to repatriate, conserve, and revitalize tribal cultural heritage, foster tribal representations and partnerships, and educate tribal and non-tribal communities through museum development and exhibits.

Workshop topics vary each year and generally include:
Collections Management and Cataloging
Conservation/Collections Care
Curation and Exhibit Design
Managing and Sharing Digital Cultural Heritage Using an Open Source Platform
Educational Programming for Children and Youth
Museum Development, Management, and Fundraising
Repatriation and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act
Cultural Sensitivity and the Movement to Decolonize Museums
Participants will also be invited to share a presentation about their work and tribal museum/cultural center.

Eligibility
Priority will be given to those already working or volunteering with a tribe’s collection in a museum or in another tribal cultural preservation project. Those planning a museum or other cultural preservation project may also apply and may be accepted depending upon availability.

Expense
The training is tuition free to the participants. A $50 non-refundable fee will be used to provide lunch and materials. Participants will be responsible for their other meals, lodging, and travel expenses (see website for more details). Partial travel stipends are available in case of financial need.

Space is limited. Please submit your applications before May 15th, 2020. Applications received after May 15 will be reviewed if space is available.

COVID-19 NOTE: At this time, the Myers Center is planning to hold the workshop. Given the current public health situation, it may be necessary to cancel it, but right now, they are optimistic. If you are coming from out of town, they encourage you to wait to book flights or make non-refundable deposits on housing.

For more information, email crnai@berkeley.edu.