Smithsonian Institution: Interpreting African American History & Culture Workshop


January 27-February 2, 2019

Charleston, SC


The application process for the  2019 Smithsonian Institution: Interpreting African American History & Culture Workshop is now open!

This professional development opportunity 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.

Please visit the Museum’s Opportunities page to learn more about the 2019 NMAAHC Interpretation Workshop and download an application: https://nmaahc.si.edu/connect/osp/opportunities.

Please feel free to share this email with your networks and help spread the word. Applications are due by 11:59 PM on Friday, November 16, 2018.


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 2019 Interpretation Workshop, download the Workshop Announcement and Application (pdf). Application process closes Wednesday, November 16, 2018.