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Culture Builds Community: Facilitating the Planning and Construction of Native Museums



With funding from a National Leadership Grant through the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums is launching a 12-month community-based project to help Native Communities plan and develop cultural facilities. Your involvement is welcomed in any of the following areas:

  • Propose a Webinar ATALM is seeking the assistance of people experienced with the process to present webinars on the following subjects: Community Engagement; Planning; Loan Processes; Project Management; Working with a Design Team; Exhibit Planning, Design, and Execution; Design and Construction Budgeting; Construction Management; Capital Fundraising Activities; and Museum Operations. The webinars will initially be open only to cohort members, but will then be made freely available. Proposals will be accepted at any time, but April 15 has been established as a deadline for the first round of webinars which will be scheduled from May-October 2020. Propose a Webinar
  • Volunteer for the National Advisory Council to help guide the project. ATALM is creating a national network of people with expertise in community organizing, master planning, fund raising for capital projects, architecture, exhibit design, landscape design, and construction. Members will serve as mentors, identify resources, and conduct site visits to model institutions. Join the National Advisory Council
  • Serve as a Model Museum/Cultural Center and share experiences and resources. Native owned/operated cultural facilities constructed or significantly renovated after 2000 are encouraged to apply. Selected facilities will be recognized as project partners, as a Model Museum/Cultural Center at the 2020 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Museums, and Libraries in Washington, DC, be featured in project publications as a model facility, and receive financial support to cover the cost of attending any project-related event, including the 2020 conference. Apply to be a Model Museum Partner
  • Receive training and resources to plan Cultural Facilities including access to a team of expert grant writers, planners, and architects. Five Native Communities that are ready to build cultural facilities will receive training and resources in Community Engagement, Master Planning, Project Management, Raising Capital Funds, Working with a Design team, Design and Construction Budgeting, Construction Management, Exhibit Planning, and Museum Operations. Financial support will be provided to attend ATALM-sponsored training events, including a week-long tour of recently constructed cultural centers in Oklahoma. Cohort application deadline was February 3rd.
  • Apply to be included in a Directory of Professional Contractors and Consultants, including strategic and master planning, grant writing and capital campaigns, architects, landscape planners, site developers, construction companies, researchers, exhibit designers and fabricators, and other professionals. This FREE directory is open to professionals who have experience working with Native communities and/or working in cultural facility planning, funding, design, construction, exhibit design/fabrication and other areas. All applications will be vetted by the National Planning Council. Apply to be included in the Directory of Professional Contractors and Consultants
  • Become a Content Curator and recommend resources including links to training, sample plans, policies, and procedures, sample plans, and other materials. Accepted materials will become part of an online Culture Builds Community Toolkit, including a list of Content Curators. Become a Content Curator
  • Receive project updates and links to resources by joining the Culture Builds Community Facebook Group.
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