The annual meeting for the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) was recently held October 12-14, 2015 in Jacksonville, Florida. Six first and second year museum studies students, along with program director Dr. Glenn Willumson, travelled to Jacksonville to attend. Held each year in a difference city in the southeast, this year’s conference was themed Cultural Collaboration: Creating a Collective Vision, encouraging attendees to create cultural collaborations in Jacksonville and renew visions for the future of museums.
“SEMC is a valuable opportunity to learn from and meet leaders in the field,” says Katherine Loughrey, a first-year student.
Kimberly Crowell, a second-year student presented during the Spotlight on Student Research session on her work with Access Art, an event designed to make art museums accessible to people who have visual disabilities.
Three students, Katherine Loughrey, Kimberly Crowell and Kathryn Rowling, also represented the University of Florida as conference volunteers.
The SEMC, a nonprofit membership organization, is an association of museums, museum staff, independent professionals and corporate partners. They focus on the southeastern United States, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.