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WEBINARS AND VIRTUAL MEET UPS: WEEK OF MAY 25
SEMC Virtual Meeting - May 26, 3:00 pm EST
SEMC Tuesday Talks: A Frank Discussion about Charging for Virtual Programming
The current shutdown has created a sharp rise in the development of virtual field trips, summer camps, and adult programming. How do we determine a fair price for online content while maintaining a balance between the demand for offering accessible educational programming and generating income for our museums? Join two museum professionals for an interactive talk on pricing your virtual content.
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CUSEUM WEBINAR - Wednesday, May 27, 2:00 pm EST
The "Contactless" Future: Reimagining the Visitor Experience in the Era of Coronavirus
Before the vast majority of the world's museums and attractions were forced to temporarily close due the COVID-19 pandemic, visiting a museum was often an interactive, tactile, and social experience, involving many person-to-person interactions. From exchanges at the admissions and membership desks, interactions with fellow patrons, and special experiences involving touch screens or hands-on activities, the visitor experience has historically been filled with physical touchpoints. Now, as museums prepare to reopen in an era of social distancing, many are imagining a "contactless" future.
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SEMC Virtual Happy Hour - Friday, May 29, 5:00 pm EST
You're invited to a virtual Happy Hour via Zoom.
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Meeting ID: 884 5684 9221
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SEMC COVID STATEMENT, MARCH 2020
Dear SEMC members, supporters and friends,
As our nation confronts this period of unprecedented change and uncertainty, we want to assure you that one thing will not change: our support for museums and cultural sites across the southeast. In response to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, Southeastern museums have taken immediate action to protect the health and well-being of their visitors, volunteers, and staff. Although museums throughout our region are shuttered, they continue to serve their communities. It is heartening to see SEMC member institutions facing this unparalleled emergency with swift reaction, creative thinking and unity.
Although public safety is the highest priority, the Southeastern Museums Conference is also deeply concerned about the financial recovery of museums in the aftermath of this viral outbreak. There are more than five million Americans who make their livelihoods in the broader arts and cultural sector across the country and are potentially at risk. Our southeastern museum community must work together over these coming weeks and months to support and bolster one another.
Museums are frequently sites for contemplation and healing in difficult times and can continue to provide comfort, resilience, wisdom, and the means for self-expression and connection through a virtual presence. We will continue to share information from multiple resources, including the American Alliance of Museums as it becomes available. We also want to help promote your online programs, events, tours and other means of digital connection through our social media channels. Please send us links to share on Facebook and Instagram and continue to engage with your peers (questions, frustrations, tips for working remotely) on the SEMC Facebook page or the EMP or Mid-Career group pages.
As you focus on the health and safety of yourself and your families, please know that we are in this together, and that you can continue to rely on SEMC for information and connection. We will be with you each day of this crisis.
With gratitude for all you do,
Zinnia Willits, SEMC President, March 2020
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