The theme of this year's conference, which is held at Tellus Science Museum, is "Inspiring Communities: The Role of Museums and Galleries." Attendees from across the state are participating in a variety of sessions and workshops, ranging from developing education programs to designing eye-catching exhibits and visiting with vendors whose products and services target the field. In addition, these employees of museums, galleries, aquaria and zoos are visiting a number of Bartow's cultural attractions, including Etowah Indian Mounds, Booth Western Art Museum, Bartow History Museum, Rose Lawn Museum and Summer Hill.
"We are very pleased with our turnout this year," GAMG President Brent Tharp said. "Participants represent a good cross section of the museums and galleries of Georgia's communities, large and small. As we focus on our theme of 'Inspiring Communities,' Cartersville's hospitality and dedication to quality museums and preservation serves as an inspiring example."
The Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries is a private, nonprofit statewide organization dedicated to encouraging growth and improving professional practices of museums and nonprofit galleries throughout the state. The annual conference is an opportunity for museum professionals, board members, volunteers and supporters to share information and build relationships among museums and galleries throughout the state. The conference is hosted by a different community each year. For more information on the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries, visit www.gamg.org.
The selection of Cartersville as the host site for the 2011 conference is a reflection of the dynamic and successful museum and preservation projects in the community. David Dundee, the Host Committee Chair and Tellus' astronomy program manager, said the strong support of the host committee and the staff of Georgia Museums Inc. made the conference possible.
"I especially want to thank the outstanding support of our Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau who went the extra mile to make sure all the attendees felt welcome in Cartersville," he said.