HELP ADVANCE

Thanks to a 21st Century Museum Professionals grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) is bringing its professional development training program to 45 cultural institutions in its six-state service region of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas.

 
The Hands-on Experiential Learning (HELP) Advance project is an exciting training program developed to address the specific needs of small and mid-size museums’ staff, volunteers, and trustees. This 23-month project will center on strategic planning, resource management, and community engagement, culminating with a capstone project in each participating organization’s community.

 
Participant organizations had all been part of M-AAA’s earlier HELP Governance program. The participating 45 organizations will have multiple and varied interactions throughout the process, promoting institutional best practices and regional relationships. HELP for small and midsize museums is made possible through the vision and generosity of the IMLS, and is conducted in partnership with the Arkansas Arts Council, the Missouri Arts Council, the Nebraska Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and the Texas Commission on the Arts. In addition to funding from the IMLS, HELP Advance is supported by foundations and private donors across the region.

For a complete list of participating organizations by state, click to view each state's HELP Advance press release (PDF):

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