Small Museum Association

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2024 Annual Appeal

Dear friends and supporters of small museums,

At the heart of the Small Museum Association (SMA) lies a steadfast commitment: to cultivate and nurture a vibrant peer network among individuals dedicated to the small museum community. Our mission is clear - to provide opportunities for learning, knowledge-sharing, and mutual support, empowering small museum professionals to better serve their institutions, communities, and the broader profession.

Central to our efforts is our flagship event, the annual SMA conference. This gathering serves as a cornerstone of our programming, offering practical sessions tailored specifically to the needs of small museum staff. However, as we evolve and grow as an organization, we recognize the need to expand our reach beyond the confines of the Mid-Atlantic region.

We are excited to announce our endeavor to extend our reach nationally, ensuring that small museum professionals from all corners of the country can benefit from our resources and community. This expansion is not merely about geographical reach; it's about inclusivity and accessibility. We understand the financial challenges many face in attending professional development opportunities, and we are committed to breaking down those barriers so we can all grow together.

We are dedicated to making our resources as accessible as possible. This includes initiatives to reduce financial burdens, such as offering free access to conference materials on our website and exploring alternative means of participation for those unable to attend in person. We have also forged new relationships with AASLH's Small Museums Committee and the Small Museum Network to better serve you!

As we embark on this journey of growth, we invite you to join us. Your support is invaluable in ensuring that small museums and their dedicated staff and volunteers have the resources and support they need to thrive.

Together, let's build a stronger, more connected small museum community that transcends geographical boundaries and financial limitations.

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