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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:

  • Training Resources Culture Builds Communities project resources include: Architectural Design, Collections Care and Management, Collections Development, Exhibit Design, Planning and Technique Resources, Funding and Planning. Access Training Resources
  • 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
  • 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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