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Upcoming Webinars


Check Back Soon for More Great Small Museum Webinars!


How To Participate

Our webinars will be hosted via Zoom. When you register on Eventbrite, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link and passcode for the session.  

Please consider making a donation of any amount, to help SMA continue to fulfill our mission and provide much-needed support to those in our field! Click here to make a donation.  Your donation will include a year-long SMA membership.


Past Webinars


Time to Think Big: Inspire! Grants for Small Museums

Friday, November 6, 2020 

Have you heard the big news for small museums? Get inspired during this session from IMLS as senior program officer, Reagan Moore, shares information about a funding opportunity for small museums, Inspire! Grants for Small Museums, which is designed to encourage small museums to apply for and implement projects that address priorities identified in their strategic plans. Project activities can include planning, professional development, collections care and digitization, exhibition design and fabrication, community programming and much more. Though there will be an emphasis on Inspire!, Ms. Moore will also share details about other IMLS funding opportunities and initiatives.


About the Presenter

Reagan Moore, Senior Program Officer, IMLS

Reagan Moore is a Senior Program Officer in the Office of Museum Services (OMS) at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). She is the program officer for the Inspire! Grants for Small Museums program and works most directly with the Lifelong Learning portfolio across all OMS programs, providing support to both applicants and grantees in early learning and K-12 in- and out-of-school time. Prior to joining IMLS in 2004, she worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation as an archaeologist. Ms. Moore received her undergraduate degree in Anthropology from James Madison University and her master’s degree in Museum Studies from George Washington University.


Budgeting in Times of Crises and Uncertainty 

Thursday, October 1, 2020

How do you predict your budget when everything is unpredictable? We will walk through the process of designing the best case, worst case, and most likely budget to help you make financial decisions in challenging times. 


About the Presenter

Cindy Bergvall of Bee, Bergvall & Co

Cindy provides strategic consulting, audit, and accounting services to businesses, nonprofits, and municipalities. She enjoys employing financial modeling and business planning to help her clients achieve their strategic goals.


Digital Camps: A Learning Experience for Both Campers & Staff

Friday, September 18, 2020

Learn how The Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio turned their traditional 8 week summer day camp into a 6 week "Camp in a Box" adventure, with an online component utilizing both zoom and google classroom. Hear what worked and what really, really didn't during this unprecedented time. The session will conclude with an open ended discussion on reaching children from under-served backgrounds for virtual programming in light of technological accessibility concerns.


About the Presenter

Abbie Wilson, Director of Education, The Dawes Arboretum

For over 10 years, Abbie Wilson has worked in museums, parks, and historic sites. She has previously coordinated programs and developed educational experiences at The Mount; Edith Wharton's Home, The National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, and The First State Heritage Park; Delaware State Parks. She is a 2013 graduate of The Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies. Currently, she serves as Director of Education at The Dawes Arboretum in Newark, Ohio, where she oversees programming for visitors of all ages, including k-12 field trips, lectures, workshops, tours, hikes, and drop-in experiences.


How to Participate

SMA Members can access webinar materials by logging in here: SMA 2021 Webinars

Our 2021 webinars will be hosted via Zoom. When you register on Eventbrite, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link and passcode for the session.

Please consider making a donation of any amount, to help SMA continue to fulfill our mission and provide much-needed support to those in our field!

A note from SMA President, Derek Finn: As we approach the first of our virtual conference webinars, we wanted to provide an update to how our membership will function this year.  In years past, a conference attendee received a complimentary membership.  As we will not have an in person conference in 2021, we’ve decided to extend the membership of our 2020 conference attendees by one year.  And while we have decided to provide free registration to our webinars this year, those who choose to donate will also receive a complimentary membership.  Members will have access to our members-only portions of the SMA website, which include video-recordings of a selection of conference sessions, as well as any resources our conference presenters share from their sessions, including Power Points, sample documents, and more.  

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