Insiders and Outsiders: Creating Exhibitions Together

Track
Exhibit Planning & Design
Start Day and Time
Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
132 America's Center
Description
The Our Museum Players use theater to spark honest conversation about the challenges of personalities and process in exhibition development. This year's skit illustrates familiar challenges and power struggles within teams, highlighting the underlying biases that determine who is included-and excluded-from the process. The audience will discuss challenges and consider whether the exhibition development process itself is a barrier to creativity. The program will end with a Second Act" that plays out ideas from the audience to resolve these too-often chronic dilemmas.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

Learner Outcome
  1. Gain awareness and understanding of the processes, assumptions, and expectations that work against developing productive exhibition teams.
  2. Recognize the competing and often-unspoken objectives that sabotage creativity, and discuss ways to resolve these conflicts.
  3. Identify biases and assumptions that affect insider and outsider status on exhibition teams.
Speakers
Presenter: 
Carol Bossert
Role: 
Moderator
Title: 
Principal
Organization: 
CB Services
Bio
Carol Bossert is principal of Carol Bossert Services that specializes in exhibition planning, content development and consulting on museum best practices. The company has collaborated with numerous design firms, media producers and architects on projects around the world. Ms. Bossert is also host of a weekly radio program The Museum Life about trends and issues in the museum community.
Presenter: 
Clare Brown
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Exhibition Designer / Professor
Organization: 
M.A. in Exhibition Design - Corcoran School of the Arts + Design at George Washington University
Bio
Clare Brown is the Program Head for the Master of Arts in Exhibition Design program at the Corcoran School of Arts and Design at George Washington University. She has been a professor for eight years and a practicing exhibition designer for nearly 20 years. As a designer with a background in cultural anthropology, she focuses on human-centered design, bringing ethnographic methods and design-thinking to the process.
Presenter: 
Polly McKenna-Cress
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Director, Museum Exhibition Planning+Design
Organization: 
Museum Exhibition Planning+Design - University of the Arts
Bio
Polly McKenna-Cress is Department Chair and Program Director of Museum Exhibition Planning & Design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. She is also Principal of the design firm Alusiv, Inc. Polly was Director of Exhibits and Design at the Franklin Institute where she oversaw design, production and installation of numerous permanent and traveling exhibitions.
Presenter: 
Walter Crimm
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
President
Organization: 
Walt Crimm Associates
Bio
Walt Crimm is principal of Walt Crimm and Associates, a firm that provides cultural and arts institutions with physical planning expertise. His approach is based on a foundation of 30 years as an architect designing museums around North America. Mr. Crimm is a frequent contributor to publications and conferences and enjoys lecturing at several museum studies programs.
Presenter: 
Whitney Owens
Role: 
Presenter
Title: 
Chief Learning Officer
Organization: 
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal
Bio
Whitney Owens is chief learning officer at the the Cincinnati Museum Center, helping lead a $1.4M-visitor complex with children's, history, and natural history & science museums through significant change and transformation. She has been both a consultant and in-house professional and participated in Cohort 7 of the Noyce Leadership Institute