Eight SC State I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium Students present during the AAAM Conference

Thursday, August 20, 2009

SC State’s I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium announces the participation of eight students at the 2009 Association of African American Museums (AAAM) Annual Conference in Baton Rouge, La. This year’s conference theme is “A Call to Home: Reimagining Our Institutions.”

On Friday, Aug. 21, 2009, Quenton Atterberry, Robyn Hemby, Harriett Hilton, and John Johnson will become the first students ever to present during the Conference. Their presentation is titled, “Linking to Young People: Creative Approaches to Promoting and Marketing.” On Friday afternoon, these four students will be joined by four additional students, David McLeod, Mike Daniels, Thomas Sherman, and Brian Hubbard for the “Electronic Lounge,” where they will assist museum professionals in utilizing technology in marketing.

There will be an interactive video conference live from Baton Rouge, La. to the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium from 10:15 a.m. to 11: 30 a.m. SC State faculty, staff, students and the community is invited to attend and participate in the presentation

Other highlights of the trip, which is currently under way will include visits to the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the 16th Street Baptist Church (pictured above,) Birmingham, Ala; the Civil Rights Memorial of the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Rosa Parks Museum, Montgomery, Ala; the legendary Edmund Pettus Bridge, site of the Selma-to-Montgomery March, Selma, Ala; and areas of destruction from Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, La.

“This trip has had a substantial impact on the Stanback and its students; we have always said that the Stanback was a museum of conscience and now the students are embarked on their own freedom ride,” said Ellen Zisholtz, director of the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium.

The I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium was recently awarded a grant for African-American History and Culture (AAHC) from the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for $147,119. The Stanback’s two-year project, “Professional Capacity: Collections Management,” will assist with preservation, registration, and cataloguing of the Stanback’s collections.

The students’ attendance is funded in part by a grant from IMLS. All eight students received scholarships for the conference from AAAM.

For additional information about the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) Annual Conference, contact the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium at (803) 536-7174, or visit www.scsuCRASH.blogspot.com.