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NMAAHC'S Interpreting African American History & Culture Workshop


January 28-February 3, 2018

Charleston, SC


The application process for the 2018 cohort for NMAAHC's Interpreting African American History & Culture Workshop is now open! The National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, in partnership with Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission (CCPRC) and the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) is pleased to offer a professional development opportunity in Interpretive Training for museum professionals dedicated to the study or appreciation of the African Diaspora and African American life, art, history, and/or culture. The training is offered exclusively to individual members of the Association for African American Museums (AAAM)Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC),  and the National Association for Interpretation (NAI) (or those who work at AAAM, SEMC, and/or NAI member organizations). As a sponsor, four SEMC members will receive scholarships to cover the full cost of tuition fees. For more information or to apply, download the Workshop Announcement and Application (pdf)Application process closes Wednesday, November 8, 2017. 

The workshop is geared towards museum professionals who are engaged in historical and cultural interpretation or a closely related field, with career aspirations that involve the field of interpretation.  The goal of the program is to recognize professionals with the potential to make an outstanding contribution to their museum or historic site in the field of interpretation by exposing them to resources and providing training related to personal interpretation. The program additionally addresses the need for greater diversity in the field of interpretation. 

Participants who successfully complete the 32-hour Interpretation Workshop will receive NAI certification. Interested applicants should be advised that the workshop is an immersive experience with study hours and homework, to be completed in the evening hours. Participants will be required to complete an open book multiple-choice literature review, prepare a presentation outline, and present a 10-minute thematic interpretive presentation on the final day of the workshop. In addition to the 32-hour certification training course, the workshop will include 18 hours visiting and analyzing the interpretation of African American history and culture, including methodology, utilized at a variety of historic sites in Charleston, SC. Please note that tuition fees do not include participant travel to and from Charleston, SC or ground transportation to the workshop site. 

To learn more about the NMAAHC 2018 Interpretation Workshop, download the Workshop Announcement and Application (pdf). Application process closes Wednesday, November 8, 2017.