Accreditation 101: A User’s Guide to the Process and Benefits

Track
Management & Administration
Start Day and Time
Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
267 America's Center
Description
Learn the ins and outs of the accreditation process, whether you are interested in first-time accreditation or preparing for reaccreditation. Discover the basic steps, time and costs, and how to prepare, along with benefits and strategies for success from four perspectives: program staff, museum staff, site reviewer, and accreditation commissioner. Leave with a plan of action to get started on your path to re/accreditation.
Learner Outcome
  1. Determine if your museum is ready for (re)accreditation and, if not, how to get there.
  2. Know what the accreditation process entails and the organizational resources that are needed.
  3. Gain practical preparation tips and strategies to improve the odds for a successful re/accreditation review.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Ann Fortescue
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Executive Director
Organization: 
Springfield Museum of Art
Bio
After spending more than 25 years in history museums, most recently as a senior staff member and one of the original team members that planned and built the Senator John Heinz History Center, Ann moved to her current position as Executive Director of the Springfield Museum of Art, a small, Accredited museum in southwest Ohio. Ann is responsible for ensuring the future of the Museum through sound financial management, fundraising, planning, and community participation.
Presenter: 
Julie Hart
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Senior Director, Standards & Excellence Programs
Organization: 
American Alliance of Museums
Bio
As the Senior Director for Museum Standards and Excellence at the American Alliance of Museums Julie provides leadership and oversight of AAM's standards and ethics work, and the programs that make up the Continuum of Excellence: Accreditation, Museum Assessment (MAP), Peer Review, Pledge of Excellence, and Core Documents Verification. She has worked directly with all aspect of the Accreditation Program for 20 years.
Presenter: 
Leonard Freeman
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director of Visual Arts
Organization: 
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts
Presenter: 
Linda Steigleder
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
President & CEO Emeritus
Organization: 
Hancock Shaker Village
Bio
Linda is the President & CEO of Hancock Shaker Village. She's been an AAM peer reviewer for nearly twenty years with many Accreditation and MAP site visits under her belt, as well as taken museums through the accreditation process. In addition to private consulting experience, prior positions include director of the Hill-Stead Museum, The Bascom, and the Danforth Museum of Art.
Presenter: 
Sharon Bradham
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Executive Director
Organization: 
Cedarhurst Center for the Arts
Bio
Sharon has led the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts for the past 18 years, including successfully taking it through the Core Documents Verification Program and the Accreditation Program in the past two years. She also sits on the Illinois Museum Association Board of Directors.