News Update 15 May

International Museum Day – museums in a changing world
IMD is this Friday, 18 May.  Museums around the country are using IMD as an opportunity to add something different to museum and gallery programming.  Museums Aotearoa has put out a media release to the larger newspapers, television and radio stations today.  You can download our MA media release here – contact your local media if you have more activities to highlight.

Kauri Museum – happy 50th birthday
A cake, a visit from the PM, a certificate and free entry for local residents – staff and volunteers of The Kauri Museum have been celebrating 50- years since its establishment in 1962.  The Kauri Museum is proud to be the first certified carboNZero museum, recognising their commitment to a sustainable future by managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  Well done to all the team at The Kauri Museum!

Volunteer Awareness Week – 17-23 June
With a theme of ‘building communities through volunteering’, this is especially applicable to museum organisations. Our communities are our best advocates, especially with local funders. Make sure you acknowledge and support your volunteers all year round, and especially during the week of 17-23 June. This may also be a good time to recruit new volunteers in your community.

Optimise – CNZ resource for arts marketing online
If you’re interested in online marketing ands use of social media, and aren’t sure how to start or what it could do for your organisation, then check out Creative New Zealand’s Optimise programme and resources.  You can sign up to their occasional e-newsletters, Optimise Insight, for information, trends and helpful tips. I’ve just been finding out about the rising popularity of Pinterest, a recent social network where people link and upload images, and found a whole lot of pinboards by the virtual Girl Museum.

MA Board – Tuesday 22 May
The MA Board will meet next week in Wellington.  Elected Board members are:

Thérèse Angelo, Director, Air Force Museum (Chair) 
Eric Dorfman, Director, Whanganui Regional Museum
Michelle Hippolite, Kaihautu, Te Papa
Jenny Harper, Director, Christchurch Art Gallery
Greg McManus, Director, Rotorua Museum

We will be looking at priorities and activities for the remainder of 2012, feedback from MA12, and planning for MA13 in Rotorua.  Members are welcome to contact the office or a Board member about any MA matters.

Nga mihi,
Phillipa and Talei

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