Given the difficulty of travel during the Covid-19 pandemic, the ASMD Board made the decision to convert the 2021 Directors Forum to a virtual format. We have postponed the meeting in Seattle to 2022 when we should be able to return to our in-person format. The 2021 ASMD program committee (Vice Presidents Meg Beckel of … More 2021 Virtual Directors Forum
The Association of Science Museum Directors is a proud supporter of national Museums Advocacy Day, spearheaded by the American Alliance of Museums, in Washington D.C. ASMD again served as a co-convener for the 2020 event on February 24-25. ASMD Executive Director Bonnie Styles joined other association leaders to speak about effective advocacy for museums at the Congressional Breakfast. She visited the offices of senators and representatives who serve on appropriations committees that fund agencies, including IMLS, NEH, NSF, NASA, and NOAA, that provide crucial support for museums and museum programs. She advocated for support for all museums (including science museums), and relayed the importance of science education, scientific collections, and research to society and the planet. In 2020, federal funding for museums will continue to be a major issue and museums are also being significantly impacted by tax reform, education policy, infrastructure legislation, and more. The stakes have never been higher.
Former ASMD President Todd Boyette spoke at 2017 Museums Advocacy Day in Washington D.C. … More Advocacy for Museums
Todd Boyette, Director of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center hosted the 2020 ASMD Directors Forum in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The meeting ran from February 17 through noon on February 19. We reserved a block of rooms at the Carolina Inn, an iconic destination hotel in Chapel Hill located on the University of North Carolina campus within a short walking distance from the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The program committee, led by Vice Presidents Julie Stein and Joe Keiper, also included Todd Boyette, Elizabeth Pierce, Denise Young, Terri Trotter, and Bonnie Styles. They developed an invigorating program. A copy of the Final Program for the 2020 ASMD Directors Forum is attached here. Please note that registration for the 2020 Forum was limited to ASMD members and assistant directors invited by an ASMD member. If you are not a member, please consider applying for ASMD membership so you will be able to attend a future Forum. … More 2020 Directors Forum in Chapel Hill