Upcoming Events

June 2017

June 3, 2017 | 9:00 am

School’s Out for Summer

Texas Memorial Museum

We are celebrating the end of a successful school year with FREE admission to the museum for everyone! Museum exhibits open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This will be your last opportunity to view our Explore Evolution exhibit before it is retired and we prepare the space for a new exhibition. Scheduled activities: The dig pit will be open to young paleontologists from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting. Drop in at the Paleo Lab to chat with a paleontologist. Fossil identifications will be available from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

June 6, 2017 | 9 a.m.

Workshop: Advocacy is not a Dirty Word (and it’s not THAT Scary Either…) at Fort Worth Community Arts Center

Laura Casey

Time: Registration 9 a.m., Workshop 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Instructor: Bob Beatty, The Lyndhurst Group, Inc. Cost: $35 (includes lunch) Ultimately, a museum’s value is measured in its importance to its community, is it not? Often stakeholders know about that impact through advocating for the institution. In its purest form, advocacy is simply “the act or process of supporting a cause.” In our case, that cause is our museums and their impact on the public. Advocacy is part of our job description of a museum professional and is a year-round activity that extends beyond the corridors of power and includes your stakeholders throughout the community including friends, neighbors, donors, and members. In this workshop, learn advocacy incrementally, from the basics of advocacy and the differences between advocacy and lobbying, to intermediate steps such as engaging diverse stakeholders, to creating a plan to articulate message.

June 6, 2017 | 5:30 PM

UMLAUF After Dark “Summer Social”

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum's "UMLAUF After Dark" returns Tuesday, June 6, 5:30-8 p.m., with the UMLAUF free and open after hours. This special June date is a “Summer Social,” showcasing the UMLAUF’s features as an Austin event destination for gatherings including rehearsal dinners and weddings; family occasions of all kinds; corporate events; and non-profit fundraisers. All visitors will experience the UMLAUF in a different light – afternoon to dusk – enjoying complimentary beverages and light bites. "UMLAUF After Dark" happens every first Tuesday of the month, offering UMLAUF visitors a chance to experience the special evening environment of the sculpture garden and in featured gallery exhibitions, in addition to the monthly themed activities, food and entertainment.

June 8, 2017 | 9 a.m.

Workshop: Advocacy is not a Dirty Word (and it’s not THAT Scary Either…) at George Bush Library and Museum in College Station

Laura Casey

Time: Registration 9 a.m., Workshop 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Instructor: Bob Beatty, The Lyndhurst Group, Inc. Cost: $35 (includes lunch) Ultimately, a museum’s value is measured in its importance to its community, is it not? Often stakeholders know about that impact through advocating for the institution. In its purest form, advocacy is simply “the act or process of supporting a cause.” In our case, that cause is our museums and their impact on the public. Advocacy is part of our job description of a museum professional and is a year-round activity that extends beyond the corridors of power and includes your stakeholders throughout the community including friends, neighbors, donors, and members. In this workshop, learn advocacy incrementally, from the basics of advocacy and the differences between advocacy and lobbying, to intermediate steps such as engaging diverse stakeholders, to creating a plan to articulate message.

June 10, 2017 | 11:00 AM

Trash to Treasure

Science Mill

Join world famous artist, McKay Otto, at this one-of-a-kind art class at the Science Mill! Bring your old toys, recyclables, unwanted household items and your creativity. Get ready to create your own masterpiece! Ages 8+ are invited to attend. Two classes offered at 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. Class is free with admission, but space is limited. Reserve your spot now by emailing programs@sciencemill.org. Contact: info@sciencemill.org Admission: Under 3 free; 3-18 $8.50; Adults $10.00; Seniors (65+) and Military $8.00 Hours: Sat. 10 am - 4 pm

June 11, 2017 | 12 PM

UMLAUF June 11th Family Day

Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum

UMLAUF’s June 11th Family Day “jumps” into the Summer featuring numerous Austin’s Springfree Trampolines throughout the Garden and ready for action for kids of all ages.  Other hands-on activities include a Sing-a-long led by the Armstrong Community Music School and performances by the Rock Lab School of Music and Small Wonders Puppet Theater. UMLAUF Family Days, held the second Sunday of each month, 12-4 p.m., offers exploration of the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum collection, art-making and sculpture demos, children/family yoga, storytelling, and live music, and are free and open to the public. This program is supported in part by Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and by Mo and Richardson Anderson.

June 14, 2017 | 10 a.m.

Free Webinar: Critters and Slime: Dealing with Biological Agents of Deterioration

Laura Casey

Insects, rodents and mold are all sources of quick and catastrophic damage to museum collections. In this webinar, Rebecca Elder of Rebecca Elder Cultural Heritage Preservation along with the webinar participants, explore how to prevent pest infestations and what to do when, despite the best prevention efforts, your collections are invaded. This webinar is free but you must register in advance.

June 15, 2017 | 1:30 p.m.

Webinar: Grappling with Difficult and Undertold Stories in Exhibits

Laura Casey

Stories of heroism and victory often take center stage when interpreting war, but sometimes telling the whole story means presenting stories of loss and tragedy as well. In this webinar, we'll discuss techniques for presenting difficult stories and explore examples of how organizations around the world are presenting perspectives that often go overlooked. This webinar is part of the WWI Centennial Series, and while examples from WWI are utilized, the information presented is applicable to everyone. Instructor: Erin McClelland, Erin McClelland Museum and History Services Cost: Free

June 22, 2017 | 1:30 p.m.

Webinar: Selecting Strong Visuals for Exhibits

Laura Casey

Choosing the right look for your exhibit can make the difference between leaving a lasting impression on your audience and missing the mark entirely. In this webinar, we'll review how to select the best types of visuals for your exhibit, what makes a compelling photograph, which fonts to use (and which to avoid), and other principles for putting together visually appealing exhibits. This webinar is part of the WWI Centennial Series, and while examples from WWI are utilized, the information presented is applicable to everyone. Instructor: Erin McClelland, Erin McClelland Museum and History Services Cost: Free

June 28, 2017 | 8:30 a.m.

Workshop: So What? Connecting Visitors to Meaning through Interpretive Exhibits

Laura Casey

Time: Registration at 8:30 a.m., workshop 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Instructor: Erin McClelland, Erin McClelland Museum Services Cost: $25 (includes lunch) This one-day workshop focuses on ways you can make your exhibits more meaningful to your visitors through interpretation. We will examine the place of interpretation in exhibits and practice proven techniques of interpretive writing. Discussion and group activities will teach participants how to create relevance for visitors, develop memorable exhibit themes, and create hierarchies to engage visitors of all interest levels. This workshop is part of the WWI Centennial Series, and while examples from WWI are utilized, the information presented is applicable to everyone.