Change is Hard: Surviving a Museum Renovation with Your Sanity Intact

Track
Facilities Management
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
125-126 America's Center
Description
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures in Kansas City recently completed an 18-month renovation, while the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Art in Denver is currently undergoing an 18-month renovation. Professionals from both museums will share their tales about what they learned, including lessons about communication, mission, risk-taking, and still finding time to do their laundry. You will also be able to share your own renovation story or experience.
Learner Outcome
  1. Balancing communication is key. Internal constituents such as volunteers care deeply about your institution, and you must respond to their concerns.
  2. Do not be afraid to take risks.
  3. You can plan for a lot of things, but you cannot plan for everything.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Caitlin Barrett
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Learning Engagement and Interpretation Coordinator
Organization: 
Denver Botanic Gardens
Bio
Caitlin Barrett has an MA ('13) in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. She has worked in programming roles at Harewood House (Leeds, UK), the Historic Molly Brown House (Denver, CO) and the Forney Museum of Transportation (Denver, CO). She currently works as the Admissions & Membership Coordinator at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art in Denver, CO, researching and planning material for their new museum set to open fall 2017.
Presenter: 
Katherine Mercier
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Museum Educator
Organization: 
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
Bio
Katherine Mercier has an MA ('13) in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. She then joined the interpretation team at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, where she helped reshape the museum's educational programming and guided the museum's 40 volunteers through an 18-month, $8 million renovation. She is a chapter leader for the Kansas City Emerging Museum Professionals Network.
Presenter: 
Megan Hauser
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Visitor Services Manager
Organization: 
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures
Bio
Meg Hauser is the Visitor Services Manager at The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures, where she redesigned the museum store and visitor experience. Meg has a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and is completing an MA in Art History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She is the Southwest Central Chapter Vice President for the Museum Store Association and is a chapter leader for the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network.