Beyond Neutrality: Walking the Walk

Track
Forces of Change
Start Day and Time
Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
260 America's Center
Description
AAM's Code of Ethics states, "It is incumbent on museums to be resources for humankind and in all their activities to foster an informed appreciation of the rich and diverse world we have inherited...and to preserve that inheritance for posterity." To remain vital, museums must address the greatest threat to that inheritance: climate change. Hear from four museum directors whose institutions champion a safe and equitable future--from green buildings, to ethical funding and investments, to exhibits and programs that provide on-ramps for visitors to take action.
Learner Outcome
  1. An understanding of the mission connection, the magnitude of the issue, and the importance of moving beyond rhetoric and beyond neutrality.
  2. An awareness of others who have blazed the trail to transform their institutions' priorities, programs, and practices.
  3. Acquiring tips, techniques and strategies to approach these topics and catalyze action at their institutions back home.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Beka Economopoulos
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Executive Director
Organization: 
The Natural History Museum
Bio
Beka Economopoulos is the Founding Director of The Natural History Museum, a mobile and pop-up museum that highlights the socio-political forces that shape nature. The museum is a project of Not An Alternative, a collective that works at the intersection of art, activism and critical theory. The group has presented work in museums around the world including Tate Modern, V&A, Guggenheim, Queens Museum, and Museo Del Arte Moderno.
Presenter: 
Elizabeth Wylie
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Executive Director
Organization: 
Andalusia Farm, Home of Flannery O'Connor
Bio
Elizabeth Wylie is an art historian with 25+ years experience in museums as a curator and director. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a well-regarded expert on museums and environmental sustainability. She is the co-author of "The Green Museum: A Primer on Environmental Practice" and writes and presents on museums, preservation and environmental practice. She was co-chair of the American Alliance of Museums' sustainability committee.
Presenter: 
Eric Dorfman
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director
Organization: 
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Presenter: 
Richard Piacentini
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Executive Director
Organization: 
Phipps Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
Bio
Richard Piacentini has been the Executive Director of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden since 1994, and is responsible for transforming it into the most energy-efficient conservatory in the world. He serves as Chair of the International Living Future Institute board and is past president of the American Public Gardens Association.
Presenter: 
Robert Janes
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Editor-in-Chief
Bio
Robert Janes has spent the last 35 years as a museum director, consultant, author, editor, archaeologist, board member, teacher and volunteer. He was CEO of the Glenbow Museum, Art Gallery, Library & Archives in Calgary, Founding Director of the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre, and Founding Director of the Science Institute of the Northwest Territories. He is the author of Museums in a Troubled World: Renewal, Irrelevance or Collapse?""