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Emerging Professionals

Are you an Emerging Museum Professional?

  • Have you been in the museum profession less than ten years?
  • Are you interested in connecting with your peers?
  • Do you want to learn more about offerings to help your professional development?
  • Have you been looking for additional resources to guide your career path?

Joining a local or regional EMP group

Join a local or regional EMP group in your city or region to meet new colleagues, share ideas and experiences, build a stronger museum network and learn more about the museum field. Many EMP groups offer a variety of programs and activities, including:

  • Informal networking events (e.g. happy hours or sporting events)
  • Museum-specific social activities (e.g. exhibition tours, behind-the-scenes tours)
  • Professional development programs (e.g. career workshops, mentoring activities)

For more information about local EMP groups and their activities, please visit their Facebook pages or email contacts linked below. 

Interested in getting more involved?

All EMP groups rely on volunteer leadership and welcome new faces. If you are interested in getting more involved, raise your hand by contacting the local/regional group leader(s) on Facebook. If you cannot locate that person, please let us know and we will try to help.

Interested in starting a local EMP group?

If you are interested in starting a local or regional EMP group, and there is not one active already, here are a few things to consider:

  • Identify the need. Is there a need for an EMP group in your city or region? Having an EMP group is only as good as the sustained activity it engages in the local community. Start by reaching out to a handful of local colleagues, invite them to a happy hour or coffee house and talk about issues. Would an EMP group help address these issues? If so, maybe this is the beginning of your group.
  • Identify the leaders. The success of your local EMP group cannot rest on your shoulders alone. Plus, people come and go, take new jobs, move to another city. Are there other EMPs who will serve with you as a “leadership team”? Start with two or three other colleagues who will commit to planning your group from the start and taking turns to make programs and activities happen.
  • Be visible. Establish a Facebook page and/or other online presence so people know about your local group and programs or activities (and make sure you update it frequently). Cross-post your group’s events to the main AAM Emerging Museum Professionals Facebook page. Connect with fellow EMPs and post information on AAM’s Museum Junction online community. Lastly, let AAM know about your events so we can post them to the online Events Calendar.
  • Start small, be consistent, be patient. Start your EMP group with some small, easy-to-manage activities, like a happy hour or informal visit to a museum. Offer these programs on a regular basis and see how things go. Don’t be discouraged if only a few people show up at first. Encourage those who do show up to invite a colleague next time.
  • Connect. The purpose behind starting an EMP group is to connect with local colleagues, including emerging, mid-career and senior-level professionals. Connecting with local museum colleagues can be as easy as a thoughtful, purposeful email or phone call and can help you build momentum for and participation in your EMP group. Reach out to a local colleague. Let them know of your plans and ask them if they might help connect you with others in your area. If you need help finding a local colleague, please let us know and we will try to help.


If you would like more information on joining, starting or leading a local EMP group, please contact Greg Stevens at