As part of planning for the upcoming AAM conference, the local PR committee is creating a Minnesota Museum Month for May 2012, hopefully to become an annual event. MELSA member libraries are interested in proposals from museums for adult and family programs to be offered in libraries during May 2012. They would be promoted through the MELSA system as special offerings during “Minnesota Museum Month”, and are funded with Legacy dollars. A few things to consider:
Program proposals are due by November 15.
- Funding is available to be paid the museum for each program, usually in the $300-500 range. No tuition or fees can be charged to participants.
- Any adult or family-focused program would be welcome, whether arts, history, science, literature, culture, current events, etc. (Note: children’s programs already exist; this initiative is exclusively focused upon programs for adults and families.)
- Proposals can be as wide-ranging as possible and can include hands-on activities.
- The program should be between 60-90 minutes long; ideally on evenings or weekends.
- Most of the systems have at least a couple of branches that have community rooms that hold at least 40-60 people. Several branches can accommodate up to 200 people. For programs that have hands-on components, feel free to set a limit of participants, and the libraries can require registration.
A proposal should contain the following information:
1. Name of museum
2. Contact person
3. Brief description
4. Target audience
6. Number of times the program can be offered at different sites
7. Capacity limitations (up to 20? unlimited?)
8. Please note if you are interested in a specific county and/or library; the offering will be shown to a broader group, but some specificity will help the program be seen by those you are most interested in working with
For examples of program descriptions, visit the MELSA website (www.melsa.org); go to the Datebook section to find listings of programs. It's recommended that you use the following search parameters on dateBOOK to get some good examples: Uncheck the default "all program types" and select "Arts and Entertainment" and "Author" events. Then uncheck the "all audiences" default and select "adults" to get a narrower list. (When the libraries enter calendar events, they can choose up to three categories for audience, so "adults" will often also be "all ages" and "55+" depending on the program.)
Program proposals should be sent by November 15 to:
Community Relations Manager
MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency)
1619 Dayton Avenue, Suite 314
St. Paul, MN 55104
651-645-5731, ext. 102