Transcending Boundaries: The New “Identity Museum”
Sunday, May 7, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Hybrid identities and changing definitions shift expectations surrounding museums about “a people.” For such institutions, the forces of change weigh heavily, and the opportunity for redefinition is exciting and urgent. This session addresses the need to transcend museum boundaries. It explores why new approaches are needed and how museums can navigate identity and identity politics. Ultimately it asks: how can we transcend definitions of a “museum” to realize new potential, and how does this lesson apply to museum interpretation on the whole?

Connecting Families to Complex Content in Museums
Sunday, May 7, 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Sometimes there is hesitation when it comes to families visiting museums to explore exciting yet challenging content. Adults may wonder: Will I be able to support my child to process what they are experiencing? How will the museum handle sensitive and complex topics in a thoughtful and respectful way? When we entice families to enter into an artwork or a different time or place and learn together, experiences can be even richer. We will explore how museums and families can engage with multifaceted content together.

Welcoming LGBTQ Communities: Real Strategies in Action
Sunday, May 7, 4-5:15 p.m.
The LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines for Museums is a resource supporting inclusive practices for museum staff, visitors, and volunteers. Explore real-life examples of museums that are formally adapting practices recommended in the guidelines or working in the spirit of the document. Presenters will discuss actions they have taken, their museums’ catalysts and champions for change, their real or perceived challenges, and responses from their communities.

Empathy as Disruptive Innovation
Sunday, May 7, 4-5:15 p.m.
Understanding the conditions that foster empathy might be the disruptive innovation that inspires solutions to a range of local and global challenges. Museums can contribute to human socioemotional development that advances positive societal progress through experiential learning, narratives about shared humanity and our planet, and by acting as forums for reflection and dialogue. Four museum representatives examine the role of empathy as an institutional core value; as integral to the curatorial, design, and educational program development processes; and as an intentional outcome in behavioral change.

Enacting Equity and Inclusion: Allyship as Lived Practice
Sunday, May 7, 4-5:15 p.m.
Engaging in diversity and inclusion as a conscious practice requires one to be brave-to recognize one’s privilege, understand how systems of oppression operate in museums, and take responsibility for changing those systems. Such intentional work is necessary if museums are to maintain their relevance and to leverage their power to address social inequality in their communities. Learn guiding principles of how to be an ally, tools for individual reflection and collective dialogue, and intentional practices to effect institutional change.

Engaging the community: Seeking Equity in Art AIDS America
Monday, May 8, 8:45-10 a.m.
First Friday is the Saint Louis Science Center’s monthly expo-style event that integrates science content with a pop culture or sci-fi theme. Follow the cross-departmental team and a community partner through the development of a First Friday from the initial brainstorming to integrating visitor feedback. With a wide range of characters including staff, partners, and visitors, we’ll explore the tensions of defining and engaging a First Friday audience; the push to be innovative and test concepts, exhibits, and/or games every month; and how the program has evolved.

Getting Started on your Museum’s Diversity Plan
Tuesday, May 9, 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Every museum team needs to mindfully consider how to address diversity and inclusion. Common challenges include coming to a shared understanding of the terms, phrases, and approaches that reflect the institution’s concerns; identifying the institution’s goals; creating buy-in; and actualizing the plan in a thoughtful, strategic manner. Using real-world examples and employing the principles of AAM’s newly published LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines-among other documents and benchmarks-presenters will engage with participants in frank discussion, exploring basic best and next practices in a practical, replicable way.

LGBTQ Latinxs” in Museums: Challenging Mainstream Narratives”
Tuesday, May 9, 8:45-10 a.m.
In this session, learn how National Museum of Mexican Art has nurtured its LGBTQ community and become an ally in its initiatives. Participants will learn how a museum can share power with its community, providing a place where Latinx LGBTQ community members have agency to tell their own stories and assert themselves in a larger narrative of gay-rights activism where they are often erased.

Interpreting Oppression: An Uncomfortable Opportunity 
Monday, May 8, 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Panelists will discuss their work interpreting slavery, xenophobia, Islamophobia, racism, and mass incarceration with museumgoers, discussing the strange places this work takes them-from hosting conversations about Black Lives Matter while wearing 18th-century period clothing, to confronting anti-refugee rhetoric in real time, to unpacking white privilege within the context of America’s first penitentiary. Panelists will share how their own embodiment informs the stories they tell and the dialogue they shape to move visitors beyond resistance, disbelief, or guilt to empathy and social change.

Inclusion and Diversity in Curatorial Ethics: A Game Plan
Tuesday, May 9, 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Inclusion and diversity issues in curatorial practice generate ethical conundrums that museum professionals face daily. This session will help you plot a path through ethical quagmires. Presenters will give an overview of inclusion and diversity ethical issues in curatorial practice and give an overview of how to approach ethical issues, as well as the differences between legal and ethical issues in this area. Work in groups with a CurCom ethics map and facilitator to guide you through the hypothetical inclusion and diversity ethical dilemmas.

Developing Museums Into Inclusive Organizations
Tuesday, May 9, 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Organization development (OD) is the study of successful organizational change and performance. Practices, models and tools from the field of Organization Development can help museums create internal change to embed inclusion into the DNA of museums. Learn key concepts of organization development and how they can apply to museums and change models used to create organizations that are responsive to external environments. Reflect on practical ways you can apply organization development principles in your museum related to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility.

Human Rights Informed Inclusion Policy and Practice
Tuesday, May 9, 1:30-2:45 p.m.
An inclusive museum community has bedeviled practice for more than 150 years. Each generation has uncovered new forms of bias or exclusion that challenge the legitimacy of museums working toward a social good. This session considers research from emerging human rights and conflict transformation theory to develop new perspectives on museum practice and policy. Explore policies, training, and practices that might be able to proactively consider administrative strategies that feed a culturally responsive paradigm that can help a museum continue to evolve alongside their publics.

Beyond Neutrality: Walking the Walk
Wednesday, May 10, 9:45-11 a.m.
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.