Originally planned for display in the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Van Lennep Auditorium, a new exhibition featuring the works of Chesapeake Bay photographer Jay Fleming will be presented to the public virtually starting Monday, May 18. Island Life: Changing Culture, Changing Shorelines can be found online at cbmmislandlife.org.
“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring CBMM into your homes through this virtual exhibition,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “We’re in the process of shifting to more and more virtual offerings at this time and look forward to finding additional ways to deliver Chesapeake Bay content to our guests in the months to come.”
Fleming’s photographs reveal how the changing environment is affecting the cultures and shorelines of inhabited and formerly inhabited offshore islands in the Chesapeake Bay. He discovered his passion for photography upon inheriting a hand-me-down Nikon film camera at age 13 from his father, Kevin, a former National Geographic photographer. Fleming immediately developed an affinity to looking at life through the lens of his camera, and what ensued was an exciting photographic journey that would eventually lead him to his career as a professional photographer. His first book, Working the Water—a photographic narrative of the Chesapeake Bay seafood industry—is in its third printing and his next book, Island Life—around which this exhibition is based—is expected to be released in the fall of 2021.
“Jay Fleming is a consummate visual storyteller,” said Jenifer Dolde, CBMM’s Associate Curator of Collections. “His frequent visits to the islands and shorelines along the Bay have resulted in an intimate knowledge of the land and people, allowing him to capture moments in time that encapsulate our distinctive Chesapeake landscape and culture.”
Island Life: Changing Culture, Changing Shorelines can be viewed online admission-free for your comfort and convenience. The exhibition is possible by generous contributions to CBMM’s Annual Fund, which supports everything from education and boatbuilding programs to interactive exhibitions and more than 75,000 irreplaceable objects in CBMM’s collection. If you wish to give to the Annual Fund, please visit cbmm.org/donate.
The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to preserving and exploring the history, environment, and culture of the entire Chesapeake Bay region, and making this resource available to all. Every aspect of fulfilling this mission is driven by CBMM’s values of relevance, authenticity, and stewardship, along with a commitment to providing engaging guest experiences and transformative educational programming, all while serving as a vital community partner. For more information, visit cbmm.org or call 410-745-2916.
Discover over 30 sessions designed to help us to rebuild a more sustainable, inclusive, and powerful museum field.
Check out the full program, including our great line up of general sessions, breakout sessions, and virtual exhibitors.
Hope to see you Monday, May 18!
Washington, DC— The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced two new funding opportunities for museums, libraries, federally recognized tribes, and organizations that primarily serve Native Hawaiians. The combined $15 million federal investment will provide direct support to these institutions, equipping them to respond to community needs resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
- IMLS CARES Act Grants for Museums and Libraries: Thursday, May 14, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
- IMLS CARES Act Grants for Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum and Library Services: Friday, May 15, 2:00-3:00 PM ET
Mentoring can support your professional development as a museum leader in this time of uncertainty, budget cuts, and isolation. You are invited to serve as an online mentor or to reach out for support as a mentee during this time of physical distancing by joining POLARIS: The Museum Mentor Network. Polaris is free to all museum professionals. In the spirit of leaders making leaders, find a match now to cultivate your leadership skills as we navigate to brighter skies together.
Mentoring can support your professional development as a museum leader in this time of uncertainty, budget cuts, and isolation. Consider serving as an online mentor or to reach out for support as a mentee while you are physically distancing. In the spirit of leaders making leaders, find a match now to cultivate your leadership skills as we navigate to brighter skies together.
POLARIS: the Museum Mentor Network is free and open to museum professionals world-wide.
1. Register / Log-in to MuseumMentors.org
2. Complete / Update your profile:
Include your “Affiliation,” and “Summary” at the top. Check the relevant boxes for your “Skills and Expertise” under “Other Information.”
3. Mentees can find their match and then send a request to available mentors.
4. Mentors can say how they’d like to help and then set up their first phone/video meeting with a mentee.
5. Self-study modules help guide you through the process of building a strong and mutually beneficial connection.
Please contact Melody.Kanschat@cgu.edu if you have questions.
Maritime Museum, Archaeology & History Friends:
As a sign of unity during these uncertain times, the Wisconsin Maritime Museum is organizing a virtual read aloud of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Maritime museum staff, underwater archaeologists, marine scientists and historians are invited to participate.
Sign up for which sections you or your organization would like to read. You can decide how to read your section (ie, a different staff member for each line, several people reading together, etc). Creativity and enthusiasm are welcome. List everyone’s names who will be reading. Also note your social media accounts if you would like your organization to be tagged when the video is posted. Please hold your phone horizontally when filming.
Record your readings and send to email@example.com by May 15th.
We would love to have all CAMM organizations participate! If you’re interested in joining us, sign up for a passage using this doc.
Wisconsin Maritime Museum
The Tahoe Maritime Museum is reorganizing and deaccessioning its collection. A letter explaining the decision and listing deaccessioned objects follows:
CAMM has developed a Facebook Discussion Group for Maritime Museum staffers and allied professionals. The idea is to have a place where maritime museum specialists can discuss ongoing issues, challenges, and successes. This is a forum for productive discussions and a sharing of ideas, one we hope our CAMM member institutions will find beneficial.
We encourage everyone to join – just tell us your organization and why you want to be a member of the group. There are some basic rules that are listed within the group, and we hope that everyone will abide by them. We are excited to have this forum, especially in these trying times.
Search on Facebook “Council of American Maritime Museum Discussion Group” OR visit here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/526801794932430