Published March 9, 2018
PAWHUSKA, OKLAHOMA – Curator Hallie Winter was selected among several hundred applicants to receive a fellowship award to attend the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Annual Meeting and Museum Expo in Phoenix, AZ, from May 6 – May 9, 2018. Attendance is critical to the progressive development of the museum’s efforts to become fully accredited by the AAM. In addition to valuable networking and information, Winter will explore the practical elements of curatorial practice including technology, scholarship, interpretive planning, and hear about new approaches to collecting.
Winter said this year’s Museum Expo theme is, “Educate, Engage, Elevate! Museums on the Rise.” She added, “I am delighted to be attending the AAM conference to represent not only the Osage Museum but tribal museums in general. It is important to represent tribal institutions at the National level through educational and networking events like this. Thank you to the AAM for awarding me this fellowship.”
The AAM travel fellowship Winter was selected for is highly competitive and required an essay about why it was important for her to be able to attend. In her essay she wrote,
“The formal and informal education I receive via the sessions, events, and networking opportunities will reinforce learning and help me to create lasting professional relationships. This education will also further my desire to make the ONM a hub for innovative educational practices in a state where our education system is ranked 47th on the national scale. Now more than ever is it up to museums to help provide education to our youth and future.”
Winter will return after the expo with tools to reaffirm the museum’s vital role in lifelong learning. The $750 fellowship award and complimentary registration from AAM allows Winter to continue the work of professionalization at the ONM.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on Native News Online.