"This past year (2017), O'Brien County Tourism hosted the series of five workshops offered by the Iowa Museum Association entitled 'Progressing Toward Sustainable Small Cultural Organizations.' Our participants gained valuable insight into maintaining different types of collections while engaging the community and encouraging new audiences. The IMA provided quality speakers who provided the attendants with key information through handouts, discussions and hands on activities. We were very satisfied with this workshop series and would highly recommend it to other organizations who would like to be better stewards of the collection they manage."

Kiana Johnson, Executive Director, O’Brien County Economic Development Corporation
P.O. Box 616 - 160 S. Hayes, Primghar, IA  51245
www.obriencounty.com  or 712-957-1313 (Office)

In 2018 this workshop series was provided by Visit Mason City in Mason City, Iowa.  Twelve to sixteen individuals participated in a series of five workshops.  We shared lively discussions, thought provoking exercises, samples and examples, and made many new friends.  Thank you for inviting us to Cerro Gordo County!

    Cyndi Sweet and Kay Ingersoll, Kinney Pioneer Museum.

For more information please contact Director@iowamuseums.org

Museum Best Practices Series

A series of five workshops covering core industry topics

Offered by: The Iowa Museum Association (IMA)

Suitable for
: museums, genealogical libraries, historical societies, history associations, county conservation boards, library history rooms, community history centers, and other collecting institutions.   

: to enable organizations to progress toward best practices, grow in capacity to serve their communities as stewards, economic engines, and tourism attractions, and help ensure their sustainability.  

Each workshop consists of presentation, group discussion, activities, question and answer, and handouts related to that topic.  Institutional homework will be suggested at each workshop. The final workshop will include time for review, reflection, sharing of progress, work on institutional homework and discussion of next steps.

The series of five workshops is offered over several weeks or months.  Each workshop builds upon what has come before, so participation in the full series is encouraged.  Certificates will be awarded to those who complete the full series.

The IMA will contract with one organization (the “Series Host”) to provide the series.   The “Series Host” may be a museum, county economic development group, tourism group, or other organization.  The “Series Host” typically obtains grant funding to pay for this workshop series, and makes the series available county-wide at no cost to participants.

The “Series Host” is responsible for working with the IMA to determine date, time, and place for each workshop; for reserving meeting space and paying any room rental; for providing snacks, beverages, and lunches as necessary, as well as any other incidental expenses relevant to the series.  The “Series Host” is responsible for determining who may attend the series and whether there is a registration fee, taking registration, and advertising the series.  The IMA reserves the right to reschedule any workshop in the event of inclement weather or illness.

2020 Update:  This series can be delivered via zoom.

The “Series Host” will pay the Iowa Museum Association a flat fee of $5,000.00 for providing this series of workshops, due at the conclusion of the series.    

For more information contact the Iowa Museum Association at Director@iowamuseums.org or 319-239-2236.