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Scholarship recipients chosen for 2013 Iowa Museum Association conference

Published: Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013 10:30 a.m. CDT

ELK HORN — Cynthia Sweet, executive director of the Iowa Museum Association (IMA) and IMA Board Vice President Al Harris Fernandez, Sioux City Art Center and IMA scholarship committee chairperson, have announced the recipients of three scholarships to attend the 2013 Iowa Museum Association annual meeting and conference to be held Oct. 6-8 in Sioux City.

Applicants for the scholarship must be first-time attendees of an Iowa Museum Association annual meeting and conference and work as an employee or volunteer at a nonprofit art center, museum, botanical garden, arboretum, historic site, zoo or science center located within the state of Iowa. Students enrolled in a degree program involving any of the above fields of study were also encouraged to apply. The scholarship covers the conference registration fee and conference meals. No lodging, extra meals, or extra workshops are included.

The recipients of the 2013 scholarships include Madeline Mongar, originally of Creston.

Mongar is a recent graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history/public history. She has just begun a one-year internship as an inventory assistant at the Danish Immigrant Museum in Elk Horn, after which she hopes to attend graduate school.

The 2013 IMA conference will kick off Oct. 6 with an intern job fair at the Sioux City Public Museum. This is an opportunity for students to match their internship requirements with projects available at Iowa museums. Students statewide are invited to attend; there is no charge for participating. Preregistration is only required for museums.

Oct. 7 will begin with a 9 a.m. plenary address given by Deborah Durham, director of the Iowa Department of Economic Development, at the Sioux City Art Center. Durham will key her remarks to the conference theme “Building Bridges: Growing Resources.” Durham’s experience with statewide issues such as tourism, economic drivers and quality of life give her a unique perspective on the role of museums as community partners in these core areas.

Throughout the day, conference goers will choose from multiple class offerings and attend the Iowa Museum Association annual meeting and luncheon.

The morning of Oct. 8 additional classes are offered. The conference ends at noon.

The IMA conference is open to anyone interested in the work of Iowa’s museums. Conference information is available at www.iowamuseums.org or by contacting Sweet at imasweet@cfu.net or 319-239-2236.

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