Museums attract people who want to make a difference in their communities, who want to marry their personal values and passion with the needs of the area. Museums are not something you go into for money but rather for love. I left the very high paying public education profession as a classroom teacher because I wanted to influence more than the students I could teach in one day. I wanted to excite them with new tools-I saw too many glazed eyes in school. When I first joined a museum, I had a double major, a masters degree, teaching certification and classroom teaching experience. What I needed was not only vision which I found as I listened to keynote speakers at a VAM conference but also the tools that could make the vision a reality. Both were available through VAM. The combination of providing vision and tools is exemplary of an institution that can make a difference and when coupled with a statewide mission, the dedication of our staff and constituents , and the needs of our communities, we have the chance to change Virginia for the better. Museums reach millions each year in Virginia and generate millions of dollars in tourism. VAM is the crucible in which this fire is lit.
The programs and events for the Annual Conference are determined by member-driven committees each year; these committees form in April, and all members are welcome to participate. Requests for Program Proposals are distributed in June of each year, to solicit the best in new trends, scholarship, programming, and leadership for our educational sessions.
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