Mistakes Were Made 2017
Exhibit Planning & Design
Start Day and Time
Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
132 America's Center
Resources squandered, stakeholders alienated, deadlines missed. We honestly admit our biggest blunders and what we learned from them. A fast-paced, crowdsourced contest awards the AAM Epic Failure Trophy of 2017 to the most honest person in the room. (Presenter Jennifer Morgan is the 2016 Epic Failure Award Winner.) As admitting your mistakes is the first step in learning from them, this subject is critical for museum professionals to consider. Why are some so hesitant to admit their mistakes? What is the price of that silence?
Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media
- Admitting large-scale mistakes isn't a sign of weakness. It's a sign of professionalism. The message is, we're committed to only doing this once.""
- Reflect on what we, as a field, are doing to encourage or suppress blunt discussion of mistakes that we (and our museums) make.
- Use this playful, interactive, loosely structured activity to reflect on larger patterns in our field.
Chief of Interpretation
National Park Service
Enimini Ekong currently serves as the Chief of Education and Interpretation at Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site. In collateral capacity, Enimini serves as an Operational Leadership Facilitator, Certified CORE Plus Mediator for the Bureau, both a member and facilitator of Allies for Inclusion, and elected member of the Centennial Youth Leadership Team.
Senior Project Manager
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Jennifer Morgan has over 20 years of experience managing the content development, design, construction and installation of museum exhibitions. Currently she is working at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles County as an exhibit developer. She was responsible for the successful installations of their Dinosaur Hall and Nature Lab both of which won the coveted American Association of Museums "Excellence in Exhibitions" awards.
Senior VP, Director of Interpretation
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
Sean Kelley has run all public programming at Eastern State Penitentiary since 1995. He has curated more than 100 site-specific artist installations at the site and produced the site's audio tour. He visits active prisons and writes critically about prison museums and memorial sites. He speaks on the responsibility of museums to address controversial subjects, and the ethics of fundraising events in sites with complex histories.