More than 250 museums in Utah are home to the state’s most important cultural heritage. Most are small and typically run by a few passionate staff on a shoestring budget. One challenge they all share is how to engage visitors with the stories of their collections and communities.
The Museum Interpretation Initiative: Telling Our Stories (MII) program is designed to assist Utah’s small museums tell their stories through a state-wide series of FREE regional workshops. Hands-on training in best practice collection research, exhibit development, and interpretation techniques gives museum staff and volunteers the knowledge, skills, and resources to create their own interpretive exhibits.
Questions? Contact Megan van Frank at 801.359.9670 x110
Announcements: What's new with MII?
- Fifty museums across Utah have completed exhibits as part of the Museum Interpretation Initiative workshop program! Check out their projects HERE!
- The Utah Museums Association spotlights the history and accomplishments of the Museum Interpretation Initiative in its latest newsletter here.
- Staff and volunteers involved with small museums in Utah can find support and networking opportunities through the Small Utah Museums Group on Facebook www.facebook.com/#!/SmallUtahMuseums
- The Utah Humanities Council proudly announces that its Museum Interpretation Initiative: Telling Our Stories program was given a 2012 Leadership in History Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). Implemented in partnership with the Utah Museums Association, MII is one of only two winners from Utah and one of 59 awards given nation-wide. Find out more here.
- Learn how MII is making a difference for Utah’s small museums – the formal program evaluation reports from Randi Korn & Associates are available here.
The Museum Interpretation Initiative (MII) program is made possible through dedicated teamwork and collaboration. Generous financial support from the George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Foundation, Rocky Mountain Power Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is essential, as has been in-kind support from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the Utah Division of Arts & Museums, the Heritage Museum of Layton, the Museum of Moab, the Fairview Museum, the Orem Heritage Museum, the Wasatch County DUP Museum, the Cedar City DUP Museum, the Cedar City Brian Head Tourism Bureau, the Springville Mapleton DUP Museum, the Museum of the San Rafael, the Alf Engen Museum, and the JW Powell Museum of River History.
Special thanks to the Institute of Museum and Library ServicesThe Museum Interpretation Initiative: Telling Our Stories workshop program is made possible through a generous grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendation expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. http://www.imls.gov