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Getty Leadership and Career Management Program
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Date: Saturday May 6 8:30-5 p.m.
Location: Landmark 1 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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AAM presents a leadership and career management program with generous support from The Getty Foundation as part of a grant that includes Annual Meeting fellowships and related resources. The annual meeting session is exclusively for AAM Annual Meeting Fellows.
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Anne Ackerson Jennifer Francis Joan Baldwin Jose Ortiz Marsha Semmel
AAM Board of Directors Orientation
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Date: Saturday May 6 10-12:15 p.m.
Location: Westmoreland Marriott St. Louis Grand
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AAM Board of Directors Orientation
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Professional Network Council Meeting
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Date: Saturday May 6 12-2:30 p.m.
Location: Landmark 2 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Take an opportunity to discuss issues, successes, and challenges with chairs of other Professional Networks.
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AAM Board of Directors Meeting
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Date: Saturday May 6 1-3:30 p.m.
Location: Landmark 5 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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PIC Green Board Meeting
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Date: Saturday May 6 3-5 p.m.
Location: Landmark 3 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Joint Leadership Meeting
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Date: Saturday May 6 3:30-5 p.m.
Location: Landmark 5 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Joint leadership meeting of the AAM Board of Directors, Accreditation Commission, Professional Network Council, Council of Affiliates, Council of Regions, state museum associations, and other museum leaders
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International Lounge: Informal International Meet Up
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Date: Sunday May 7 7:30-8:45 a.m.
Location: 123 America's Center
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Meet in the International Lounge for a chance to connect with international colleagues before the AAM Welcome Program.
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2017 CEO Summit
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Date: Sunday May 7 8-1:15 p.m.
Location: Jazz St. Louis
Price: $500.00
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Generously supported by Bank of America, Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency, Inc., Northern Trust, PGAV Destinations
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AAM Council of Affiliates Meeting
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Date: Sunday May 7 8:30-10:30 a.m.
Location: Landmark 3 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Representatives of national museum service organizations are invited to discuss pressing field-wide issues and share information about their initiatives.
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NAME Field Trip
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Date: Sunday May 7 8:30-12 p.m.
Location: Saint Louis Old Courthouse
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Meet at the Events and Ground Transportation Desk at 8 a.m. Group will walk over together following an opening discussion.

Take this professional development opportunity to explore the Old Courthouse with Beverly Serrell. Participants will use her Framework for Assessing Excellence in Exhibitions to evaluate temporary exhibits installed here during the renovation of the Gateway Arch. Event will start and end with discussions in America's Center. The group will be walking to the Old Courthouse.
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LMN Board Meeting
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Date: Sunday May 7 9-12 p.m.
Location: Majestic H Marriott St. Louis Grand
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DAM Board Meeting
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Date: Sunday May 7 9-12 p.m.
Location: Westmoreland Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Committee on Museum Professional Training Board Meeting
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Date: Sunday May 7 9-12 p.m.
Location: Majestic C Marriott St. Louis Grand
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RC-AAM Board Meeting
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Date: Sunday May 7 9-12 p.m.
Location: Majestic A Marriott St. Louis Grand
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RC-AAM board members are encouraged to attend this annual meeting to learn about activities over the past year and to prepare for our annual business luncheon.
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Historic House Network Board Meeting
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Date: Sunday May 7 9-12 p.m.
Location: Pershing Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Annual board meeting of the Historic House and Sites Network
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NAME Board Meeting
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Date: Sunday May 7 9-12 p.m.
Location: Landmark 7 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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CurCom Board Meeting
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Date: Sunday May 7 9-12 p.m.
Location: Landmark 5 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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EdCom Board Meeting
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Date: Sunday May 7 9-12 p.m.
Location: Landmark 2 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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CARE Board Meeting
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Date: Sunday May 7 9-12 p.m.
Location: Kingsbury Marriott St. Louis Grand
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SMAC Board Meeting
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Date: Sunday May 7 9-12 p.m.
Location: Majestic F Marriott St. Louis Grand
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M&T Board Meeting
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Date: Sunday May 7 9-12 p.m.
Location: Majestic G Marriott St. Louis Grand
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DIVCOM Board Meeting
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Date: Sunday May 7 9-12 p.m.
Location: Lindell Marriott St. Louis Grand
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PRAM Board Meeting
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Date: Sunday May 7 9-12 p.m.
Location: Landmark 1 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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LGBTQ Steering Committee Meeting
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Date: Sunday May 7 9-12 p.m.
Location: Landmark 6 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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AAM Annual Meeting Welcoming Events
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Date: Sunday May 7 9-11 a.m.
Location: 230-232 America's Center
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New to the Annual Meeting? A new AAM member? Want to beef up your networking skills? Join us for this helpful and fun session! The first hour will be a welcome and overview for new members and first-time attendees; the second hour will feature a lively speed networking event. Come one, come all-and bring a friend!
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Altru User Group
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Date: Sunday May 7 9-1 p.m.
Location: Crystal Ballroom Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Want to maximize your use of Altru and keep your museum moving forward? Join us on May 7 in St. Louis, Missouri, for an Altru User Group at the 2017 Annual Meeting & Museum Expo. Our agenda is packed with tips, tricks, group discussions, and insight from Blackbaud's arts and cultural experts. You won't want to miss this free event. Register today at: https://hello.blackbaud.com/MuseumExpo2017.html
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From Farm to Fork: Exploring the Journey of Food, Co-hosted by PIC-Green
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Date: Sunday May 7 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: St. Louis Science Center
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Bus departs America's Center at 9 a.m. and returns at 11:30 a.m. Ticket is required to board the bus.

Take a tour of the Saint Louis Science Center's new indoor and outdoor gallery, GROW." Learn how the science center partnered with more than 50 organizations to tell the story of food, from farm to fork! Check out the view from the cab of a combine harvester, say hello to the resident GROW chickens, and explore how urban farming is reshaping agriculture. Following the tour, join educators to discover how to present agricultural sustainability and food-related topics in your region."
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ACTivists in Action
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Date: Sunday May 7 9:30-11 a.m.
Location: Missouri History Museum
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Bus departs America's Center at 9 a.m. and returns at 11:30 a.m. Ticket is required to board the bus.

The ACTivists project is part of the Missouri History Museum exhibition #1 in Civil Rights: The African American Freedom Struggle in Saint Louis." The ACTivists populate the exhibition as an integral part of the experience. The project combines museum theatre, participation, and dialogue to illuminate the struggle for African American freedom in Saint Louis from 1819 through the present day, giving visitors a new way to engage with multiple perspectives and with a rich history that is largely unrecognized. Participants will spend 45 minutes in the gallery, viewing and participating in performances and actor/interpreter-led dialogue. The final 45 minutes will be spent debriefing the experience, discussing challenges, successes, and evaluation."
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Construction Tour of the New Museum/Visitor Center at the Arch
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Date: Sunday May 7 9:30-12 p.m.
Location: Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (The Arch)
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Meet at the Events and Ground Transportation Desk at 9 a.m. Group will walk over together. Ticket is required to go on the tour.

The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Gateway Arch Grounds) is undergoing a massive, $380 million renovation that is set to be complete in late 2017. The renovation includes better connecting the park and the Arch to Saint Louis, improving accessibility, and expanding the visitor center under the Arch by 46,000 square feet. It also includes brand-new museum exhibits and storytelling. Visitors will get a behind-the-scenes peek at the construction on the new visitor center and museum at the Arch through a guided construction tour, hosted by the National Park Service and CityArchRiver Foundation. Look at the transformation around one of the world's iconic landmarks.The group will be walking to the starting point of the tour.
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Solving Personal Problems at the Museum: Experience Museum Sage
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Date: Sunday May 7 10-12 p.m.
Location: Saint Louis Art Museum
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Bus departs America's Center at 9:30 a.m. and returns at 12:30 p.m. Ticket is required to board the bus.

Ask a question about your life and receive insight from a museum piece. "How can I bring more meaning to my job? What color should I paint the bathroom? What's the purpose of my life?" Your Guide will use an app to lead you to a piece. You'll be guided through questions that encourage close looking and free associating to suggest insights into your question. Your Guide and other players will offer insights too. You'll deeply connect with the artwork or historical object, the people you're playing with, the museum - and your inner sage. Museum Sage increases audience engagement, viewer empowerment, personal growth, and social connection, giving younger audiences the kind of highly interactive experience they now expect. Try it yourself!
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Sharing the Story of Immigrants and Immigration
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Date: Sunday May 7 10:30-12 p.m.
Location: International Institute Headquarters
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Bus departs America's Center at 10 a.m. and returns at 12:30 p.m. Ticket is required to board the bus.

As the US grows increasingly ethnically and racially diverse, museums are challenged to consider more ways to integrate newcomer stories and culture to promote greater appreciation and cross-cultural understanding and to appeal to a wider audience. The art of storytelling can serve as a useful introduction, increasing knowledge and establishing relationships. Join immigrants and refugee representatives who will share their stories. They will be joined by local museum and education institution staff with stories and projects as well. Participate in round table discussions to explore and share ways to integrate such stories into your museum format.
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Letterpress Printing: Preservation Through Use at Central Print
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Date: Sunday May 7 10:30-12 p.m.
Location: Central Print
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Bus departs America's Center at 10 a.m. and returns at 12:30 p.m. Ticket is required to board the bus.

Guests will be introduced to the preservation through use" model by Eric Woods, Central Print's founder and owner of the Firecracker Press, and Marie Oberkirsch, Central Print's director. The group will then be divided into smaller groups to take part in printmaking activities in Central Print's studio, view demonstrations of presses in use by our resident pressman, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the type, tools, and equipment pivotal in letterpress history. Through this guided program, we will share insights into how the historic process of analog printing is being preserved and adapted for contemporary practice in the face of technological advancement in the industry."
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ICOM-US Board Meeting
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Date: Sunday May 7 12-4 p.m.
Location: Majestic B Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Council of Regions Meeting
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Date: Sunday May 7 1-3 p.m.
Location: Landmark 2 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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The Art of Observation: Museums and Medical Professionals
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 275 America's Center
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Learn how museums are partnering with medical schools to engage professionals in observing, analyzing, and communicating about works of art to develop diagnostic skills, collaboration, and empathy. This session looks at a variety of programs offered by museums, including in-gallery programs that facilitate dialogue, sketching, writing, and other open-ended activities to build necessary skills.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Amanda Blake Julia Langley Kathleen Hutton Lorena Bradford Rebecca Granados
Case Study: Mending a Vulnerable Society Via Healing Museum Experiences
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Sunday May 7 1-1:30 p.m.
Location: 261 America's Center
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A case study with the 9/11 Memorial Museum reveals that people consider it an ally and protector, mending a shaken society by stewarding otherwise humble objects. This session presents research that addresses the psychological underpinnings of how objects, exhibitions, and museum donating promote wellbeing and healing. Participants will learn how their institutions can innovate with and apply best practices from the field of psychotherapy, and see the measurably healing impact their institutions may already be making on their constituencies.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Brenda Cowan Jan Seidler Ramirez Ross Laird  
Developing Museum Audiences in the Middle East
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 274 America's Center
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In 2018, the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, Egypt, will open to the public and the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a new masterplan. Look at the approaches taken by these two exemplars to attract international audiences and diverse local and regional visitors. Explore key characteristics specific to museum audiences in the Middle East. Join a wider conversation on how museums in the West and the Middle East can learn from each other's experiences and cultures to help develop a more diverse audience.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Emma Freeman Martyn Best Shaika Alnassr Sherif El-Itriby 
Connecting the Public with Museum Researchers
Track(s): Curatorial Practice
Date: Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 230-231 America's Center
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The scholarly pursuits happening within our museums are exciting, and maintaining a research staff offers many opportunities to the public. Museum funding models are changing, and so are visitors' expectations for engagement in the processes and results of museum scholarship. Visitors want content to be relevant to their lives; they want to learn by doing and to see things they can't see elsewhere. Hear about and help us imagine new and innovative ways to bring the work of museum scholars to the forefront of our visitors' experiences.
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Edward Fleming Laurie Fink Megan Smith Nicole Garneau 
Serving Those Who Served: Engaging Veterans in the Museum
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 226 America's Center
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The transition to civilian life can be very challenging for military service members and their loved ones. Cultural institutions have a unique opportunity to serve as places of reflection, healing, and community building. Hear from representatives of art, history, and science museums and a statewide initiative on the variety of offerings created by and for veterans and the importance of involving this audience. Attendees will come away with concrete ideas of how to engage veterans in diverse cultural spaces and develop partnerships in training and programming.
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Greg Owen Jason Poudrier Marissa Clark Sara Lowenburg 
Digital Strategy in Action: From Planning to Doing
Track(s): Media & Technology
Date: Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 223 America's Center
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Cultural heritage organizations develop digital strategies to outline philosophies, goals, and objectives for the effective use of technology. In this session, three museums at varying points of implementation share methods and outcomes of the digital strategy process. Panelists represent a cross-section of museums and departments, providing multiple points of view on how to identify, prioritize, and implement digital initiatives that align with strategy. We'll discuss institutional challenges and practical and technical constraints, and share examples of digital visitor engagement.
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Douglas Hegley Mark Osterman Tatum Walker  
Insiders and Outsiders: Creating Exhibitions Together
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 132 America's Center
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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

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Carol Bossert Clare Brown Polly McKenna-Cress Walter Crimm Whitney Owens
Coming to a Community Near You: Cultural Master Planning
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 260 America's Center
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Communities are more readily pursuing Cultural Master Planning in an effort to strategize larger urban planning initiatives, define community needs, make cases for funding, and allocate resources. In the process of engaging community voices robustly, cultural institutions such as museums are sometimes left out of the dialogue and do not align their own strategic initiatives to the intended outcomes. Explore the Cultural Master Planning process, how and why institutions are not always identified as primary 'players' in planning activities, and the risks to implementation of these plans.
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Carolynne Harris Christine Harris Daniel Keegan Nancy Walsh 
Building Community Support for a Public-Private Partnership
Track(s): Marketing & Community Engagement
Date: Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 222 America's Center
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The CityArchRiver project is a true public-private partnership. Federal, state, and local agencies joined together in 2009 to develop solutions to challenges facing the Gateway Arch grounds and surroundings. The Arch was severed from the city it represented by a tangle of infrastructure elements. The grounds were not accessible to many, and the museum under the Arch had become dated. Learn how organizers built community support that provided public and private funding, a renewed sense of ownership, and a connected park that helps rejuvenate tourism.
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Robert Moore Ryan McClure Scott Newman William Haley 
Optimizing Capacity for Collective Impact – The Power of Networks!
Track(s): Career Management
Date: Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 127 America's Center
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Hear about the power of networks in 3 examples: an experimental format for hive-created content using Google Hangouts to connect regional museum professionals with thought leaders to create local content on topics of interest to the museum profession; a statewide mentoring program helping participants craft collections plans and policies, build a network of trusted colleagues, and develop leadership skills; and a statewide collaborative learning community of regional study groups, combining online and in-person activities to create and share learnings about topics such as public engagement and accessibility.

Career Management track generously supported by Johns Hopkins University MA in Museum Studies

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Celeste DeWald Dan Yaeger Malinda Horton Paula Gangopadhyay 
Bring an AmeriCorps VISTA Member to Your Museum
Track(s): Management & Administration
Date: Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 228 America's Center
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Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) is a federal anti-poverty program from AmeriCorps. Hosting a VISTA member can be an enriching and cost-effective way to grow your community network. Contributing writers for Science Centers, Museums, and AmeriCorps VISTA: A Guidebook" share lessons learned as a VISTA project director and a VISTA member. Explore what VISTA is and how projects are funded. Come prepared to delve into your institution's needs, and together we'll start framing a proposal to bring a VISTA member to your museum."
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Dorothy Bayern Peter DeCarolis   
Choose Your Own Adventure Distance Learning Style
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 263 America's Center
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Create your own adventure, interfacing with a diverse panel of distance-learning professionals guided by a representative from the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC). Based on your interest, you will rank topic choices, and your ranks will determine the direction of the conversation. The session will be fluid and highly audience driven, focusing on utilizing labor/teamwork; generating revenue and funding sources; attracting and meeting the needs of non-traditional audiences; marketing, including scheduling platforms; and collaborating outside the museum.
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Allyson Mitchell Janet Zanetis Lucy Stirn William Lenches 
Warheads and Wonder: Displaying Controversial Military Objects
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 276 America's Center
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How does an institution separate the history and technology of an artifact from its destructive power and utilization in conflicts? What objects are the most difficult to display in a museum setting? Are there limits to what an audience wants to view in a museum setting? Hear from four institutions about how they present controversial military artifacts in a context that emphasizes the science and technological evolution behind these objects.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Erik Flint James Walther Justin Spielmann Rebecca Harmsen Valerie Johnson
Security and Service: Is it Possible to Do Both?
Track(s): Facilities Management
Date: Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 125-126 America's Center
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Many museums have considered changing from a traditional security model to one that puts friendlier faces in public areas. Some have concerns about the security of the collection, the impact these programs have on the role of volunteers or staff members in other departments, and the feasibility of this kind of casual engagement. Hear from three museums that have adopted a version of this new model.
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Colleen Higginbotham Jill Boyd Lauren Girard  
We the People: Voices Heard
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 131 America's Center
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As American museums collect, curate, and share expressions, how much should we enable engagement and identify discussion? Are museums equipped to navigate multiple channels of communication that facilitate civil (or uncivil) conversation? This session bridges the gap among unheard voices by presenting methods for community outreach and objective, accessible exhibit design. The panelists share how they represent the voices of those who feel unheard and foster dialogue that is missing from public spaces.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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Brian Woodman Tamara Biggs Tetsubumi Sayama Todd Palmer 
Case Study: What is the New President Doing for Museums?
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Sunday May 7 1-1:30 p.m.
Location: 262 America's Center
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Four of the last five presidents enacted major economic legislation in their first year. Many top museum priorities could see legislative action, and the new presidential administration will play a big role in shaping them. Get an update straight from the trenches, and learn how you can help advance the cause of museums in ways big and small.
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Ben Kershaw    
Millennials: Creating Their Own Museum Experience
Track(s): Development & Membership
Date: Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 130 America's Center
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This session presents examples of how museums across the country are working to earn the attention and loyalty of the important Millennial demographic. The panel of presenters will share the bold and at times controversial approaches employed to engage and personalize the museum experience to attract and entertain Millennials. Just as important, presenters will discuss how this group is critical for the donor pipeline and long-term financial health of museums.

Development and Membership track generously supported by Blackbaud

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Cat Aboudara Marina Kohler Michael Wren  
You Ask: Legal Experts Answer
Track(s): Collections Management
Date: Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 224 America's Center
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We all have questions about collections that require advice from experts in highly specialized areas. Sometimes, finding the right expert is difficult. Ask questions on a variety of topics related to antiquities, provenance research, deaccessioning, and insurance. Hear what experts have to say in response to your questions and those of your colleagues.
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Darlene Bialowski Eric Fischer Jennifer McComas Mark Gold Ricardo St. Hilaire
How’s Your Health?
Track(s): Management & Administration
Date: Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 221 America's Center
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Join experts from the National Center for Arts Research and TRG Arts to examine ways to measure and improve organizational health. Using a new free tool, participants can get organizational health scores and discuss what they mean and how they compare to peers. They can also determine which metrics are most applicable to their organization and how to change their work to get results. Walk through identifying marketing, attendance, virtual participation, expenses, and earned revenue strategies and challenges, as well as examples of data-guided, sustainable change.
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Jill Robinson Zannie Voss   
Optimizing the Board’s Role in Fundraising
Track(s): Museum Directors
Date: Sunday May 7 1-2:15 p.m.
Location: 229 America's Center
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Getting trustees to embrace fundraising can be tough. Often raising money is a governance theory in search of a practice. Putting the responsibility into job descriptions or having trustees sign contracts with the responsibility spelled out may feel like progress but saying so won't make it so. Gain insight from experienced trustees and directors in a frank and pragmatic discussion on the successful strategies and periodic false starts they experienced in building a board that is not just ready and willing...but also able to partner in fund raising.
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Berit Durler Edward Higgins Mary Baily Wieler Maureen Robinson Robert Davis
Case Study: We’re Students Too: Teaching Incarcerated Youth
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Sunday May 7 1:45-2:15 p.m.
Location: 262 America's Center
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In 2015, the Intrepid Museum partnered with the Department of Corrections to provide enrichment programming for 16-and-17-year-old males incarcerated in the Rikers Island jail complex. The curriculum focuses on providing hands-on STEM learning opportunities inspired by the Intrepid's rich collection of aircraft, spacecraft, and stories. Activities include testing paper gliders, graphing the acceleration of a space shuttle, and using software to turn 2D drawings into 3D models. STEM programming promotes positive habits in these young men, as well as a strong sense of accomplishment.
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Megan Bednarz    
Case Study: Peace in the Streets: Violence Prevention Through the Arts
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Sunday May 7 1:45-2:15 p.m.
Location: 261 America's Center
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This session will focus on violence prevention and mediation through in-school arts-based education programs. Participants will be introduced to several education programs that the Bronx Museum of the Arts has created to address local violence, including a series of anti-gun violence programs for middle and high school students. Participants will also learn how the museum has integrated Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed trust and team-building exercises into education programs ranging from elementary to adult.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Patrick Rowe    
Transcending Boundaries: The New “Identity Museum”
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 227 America's Center
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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?
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Antonio Rodriguez Lisa Sasaki Marsha Semmel Marvin Pinkert 
Case Study: The Performing” Museum”
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3 p.m.
Location: 262 America's Center
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This presentation showcases two experimental programs at the National Gallery London, one based on silence and the other on choreographed movement. Both have challenged the notion that visual art education should be dominated by spoken words. Learning from dance artists and mindfulness practitioners leads to powerful, direct experiences for visitors and has transformed our practice as educators. This session outlines the creative process, logistics, and theory underpinning these experiences. We reconsider visual literacy in terms of visceral experience-thinking and feeling without a dependence upon verbal interpretation.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Gill Hart    
Creating a Culture of Evaluative Thinking and Strategy
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 276 America's Center
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Description: 
Presenters representing a zoo, historical society, and art and science museums will share how they each conduct their evaluation work, how to complement external evaluators and market researchers, how to build institutional culture and consistent habits even when an evaluation team is small with no dedicated staff, and how to define success and relevance. Participants will discuss inclusive evaluation practice and use a worksheet designed by the presenters to outline action plans for their organizations.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Katharine Wood Marley Steele-Inama Rachel Marino Sheri Levinsky-Raskin Stephanie Arduini
Prioritizing Staff Learning: Devote a Day to Your Staff
Track(s): Management & Administration
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 222 America's Center
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Description: 
In this session, speakers from the Saint Louis Science Center and the Saint Louis County Library will share how their organizations committed time and money to staff learning. The science center will relate the grassroots of the institution's first professional development day. The library will discuss its annual in-service days and longstanding perspective on the benefits of investing in staff's professional growth. Participants will learn strategies they can use to gain support and then implement their own staff days.
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Cherise Taylor Timothy Mulhall   
Case Study: Museum Cafes: Integrating Food, Money, and Mission
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3 p.m.
Location: 261 America's Center
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Description: 
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will share a case study on using its eatery as a platform for delivering mission-driven, revenue-generating programs. This session will explore the intersection of third party food service providers, educational content, and the museum field's need to generate revenue. Learn how considering both mission and revenue goals impact staff beliefs and explore how a relationship with a museum's food service providers evolved to integrate educational content more holistically into the eatery's offerings.
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Andrew Haight    
It Could Happen to You: Collecting in the Face of Tragedy
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 225 America's Center
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Description: 
From gathering survivors' stories and heartfelt memorials to bullet-torn doors and victims' cellphones, museums can play an important role in community healing. This panel features professionals familiar with the intricacies of collecting after tragedy, touching on political, material, community-building, and staff health concerns. Join us for this necessary lesson in contemporary collecting, because the only thing worse than enduring a tragedy is finding yourself unprepared to react to one.
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Adam Ware Amy Weinstein George McDaniel Pam Schwartz Tamara Kennelly
Connecting Families to Complex Content in Museums
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 275 America's Center
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Description: 
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.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Lindsay Genshaft Lindsay Newton Tony Lawson  
Researchers and Practitioners: Can We All Get Along? (UPDATED TIME/ROOM)
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 232 America's Center
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Description: 
Interaction of researchers and practitioners-from mutual awareness to full-blown partnerships-may yield myriad benefits, such as applying research findings to design problems on one side and developing better research questions on the other. In this panel and audience discussion, we will consider benefits, challenges, and audience members' positive and negative stories of museum research and practice informing one another. The session will be recorded for an article in Curator: The Museum Journal.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Betsy Loring Bronwyn Bevan Christine Reich Josh Gutwill Kris Wetterlund
Co-curating in a Changing City: Library/Museum Partnerships
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 224 America's Center
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Description: 
How are two museums and one public library delivering on their missions while responding to the shifting demographics of Seattle? What lessons can museums learn from libraries about how to best serve evolving audiences? Participate in an interactive discussion led by a panel of museum and library administrators on current best practices for serving the public and recent successes and failures in community outreach. How does the work overlap, compete, and complement to serve the city, both inside and outside of their buildings?
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Leonard Garfield Marcellus Turner Regan Pro  
Change is Hard: Surviving a Museum Renovation with Your Sanity Intact
Track(s): Facilities Management
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 125-126 America's Center
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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.
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Caitlin Barrett Katherine Mercier Megan Hauser  
Museum Consortium: The Value of Working Together
Track(s): Marketing & Community Engagement
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 260 America's Center
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Description: 
We will explore how museums working as a collective can help drive awareness, attendance, and audience engagement. Each panelist represents a consortium of museums that work together to build effective marketing campaigns and initiatives, balancing between the voices of individual institutions and of the collective. Come hear how they started, how they operate, and what lessons they've learned along the way.
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Carol Summerfield John Sterr Julie Farr Perri Irmer 
DAF to DFA: Donor Advised Funds – Don’t Forget to Ask
Track(s): Development & Membership
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 127 America's Center
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Description: 
Donor Advised Funds (DAFs) have continued to grow as a major source of giving since the 1990s. Considering DAFs are now the preferred choice of giving vehicle among a broad base of donors, combined with the sustained growth in the number of new DAFs and individual DAF accounts, museum and philanthropic advisors must work together to assure their investors/patrons are stewarded correctly. Join leading peers from diverse institutions, community foundations, and legal professionals for a conversation about preserving and strengthening important relationships to assure win-win results for all.

Development and Membership track generously supported by Blackbaud

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Anna von Gehr Bobby Sanderson Matthew Perlow Meghan Mortensen Veronica Brady
Not “One Size”: Designing Interactives for S, M, or L Museums
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 130 America's Center
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Description: 
When it comes to developing and maintaining interactive exhibits, your museum's annual attendance and operating budget are very real constraints. Veteran exhibit professionals will lead a workshop and sharing session about the realities of effectiveness, durability, and safety at different scales. A fun activity will help participants anticipate potential pitfalls, problem-solve based on others' experiences, and learn how to adapt interactive techniques for their institutions.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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Daniel Spock Lath Carlson Michael Horvath Penny Jennings Tamara Schwarz
The Importance of Contextual Information: Past and Present
Track(s): Curatorial Practice
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 230-231 America's Center
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This discussion will examine the challenges presented by a lack of existing information and present methods and ideas for improvement. It will focus on the types of information to collect going forward, the challenges to collecting this information, and how to store the information so that future staff have easy access.
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Barbara Forsyth Jeanie Yoon Marian Ann Montgomery Veronica Kandl 
Ethics and Responsibility in Museum Research and Evaluation
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 274 America's Center
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Description: 
Whether conducting a federally funded project, a visitor experience study, or prototyping an exhibit or program, we all strive to ensure that our research and evaluation activities do no harm to our visitors, staff, or institutions. But how do we plan and undertake these efforts ethically and responsibly while managing our resource and time constraints? In this session, a diverse group of professionals will discuss their experiences, debate perspectives, and provide resources regarding this field-wide challenge.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Christopher Cardiel Elizabeth Kollmann Sarah Cohn  
Tech Disruption and the Art of Thinking Fast
Track(s): Media & Technology
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 223 America's Center
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Description: 
Join a lively conversation about the ways that museums and historic homes have handled disruptive technologies, whether by creating policy, allowing new levels of interaction, or discovering new avenues to build and innovate. The emergence of new and disruptive technologies puts pressure on museums to prepare for the future. Our session promises to explore methods for creating a culture that is agile and open to experimentation, while looking at successful case studies of other organization and institutions that have embraced and benefited from disruptive tech.
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Devin Dotson Jessica Murphy Layla Masri Rob Shenk 
Break Free: Curating Our Communities
Track(s): Collections Management
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 226 America's Center
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Description: 
Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) faces a renovation that will require its history and science museums to remove 5,000 objects from display for 30 months. Rather than mothball the collection, CMC launched Curate My Community to display objects in public spaces. The undertaking offered chances to work with new partners and tell new stories in new locations, piloting a collaborative community paradigm for exhibit design and display. Project developers and partners discuss how the challenge resulted in a community of curators engaged in storytelling around the museums' collections.
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Arnie Miller Brian Cobb Elissa Yancey Jennifer Jensen Sarah Lima
Resume Writing for Emerging Museum Professionals
Track(s): Career Management
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 124 America's Center
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Description: 
Learn practical tips for crafting an effective resume, including structure and format, use of summary statement, ways to quantify your work experience to demonstrate impact, and when to let go" of previous work or educational experience. Samples from both good and not-so-good resumes will be examined. Attendees will edit their own resumes and review others during the session, so they should be prepared with at least two hard copies--one for marking up, one for sharing with peers.

Career Management track generously supported by Johns Hopkins University MA in Museum Studies

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Alissa Whiteley Greg Stevens   
Valuable Lessons in a VUCA World
Track(s): Museum Directors
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 229 America's Center
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The term VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) was first coined by the military, but has been increasingly embraced by the private sector to help explain the environment in which organizations operate. This session will explain how a strong, consciously developed organizational culture can help organizations make better strategic decisions and succeed in a VUCA environment.
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Bernard Banks Kippen de Alba Chu   
Lessons from the International Community: Accessibility
Track(s): 
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 122 America's Center
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Description: 
"Look of Ma'at" focuses on an exhibition that highlights ancient Egyptian works of art to provide greater understanding on people with special needs. 
Presenter: Wesam Mohamed Mansour, curator, Cairo Egyptian Museum

"Inclusive Contemporary Culture for Disability" highlights some of the technological, educational and physical tools that have been introduced at The Museum of Contemporary Art of Bogota to increase access to knowledge of and experiences with contemporary art for people with disabilities. 

Presenter: Gustavo Ortiz Serrano, director, Museum of Contemporary Art-Bogota

"The VIRUS:Game Based Learning for K-12" explores a game-based learning program which combines mixed reality, storytelling and digital media-- to include virtual and augmented reality and role-playing elements --to offer an immersive educational experience. 
Presenters: Hosan Kim and Joo-Kyung Rhee, Kochon Memorial Hall, Korea
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Activating the Museum in a Canadian Context: Pressing the Restart Button
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Sunday May 7 2:30-3:45 p.m.
Location: 132 America's Center
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Description: 
Sometimes museums experience significant change that stimulates opportunities to reimagine and reshape their mission, programs and operations. Panelists from four very different Canadian museums-national, provincial, urban, and community-share insight on activating their institutions to build new relationships with their respective audiences and communities. Learn specific strategies in museum engagement within an overall "lessons learned" risk framework that balances innovation with reality checks.
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Ailsa Barry Henriette Riegel Karen Lee Pailagi Pandya 
Case Study: #5WomenArtists Take on a Life of Their Own
Track(s): Marketing & Community Engagement
Date: Sunday May 7 3:15-3:45 p.m.
Location: 261 America's Center
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Description: 
In March 2016, the National Museum of Women in the Arts launched a social media campaign asking, "Can you name five women artists?" #5womenartists elicited shock, provided a challenge, and sparked conversation about gender parity in the arts. In this session, you will learn about the campaign from planning and branding, partnerships, and media pitching to stoking the conversation throughout the month. In addition, you will hear about challenges, lessons learned, and outcomes from the first two years of the campaign.
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Stacy Meteer    
Case Study: Civic and Museum Engagement with Millennials
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Sunday May 7 3:15-3:45 p.m.
Location: 262 America's Center
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Description: 
Recognizing the importance of attracting and engaging diverse groups, the Levine Museum of the New South developed a 10-month sustained dialogue program for Millennials in Charlotte, North Carolina, an emerging immigrant gateway. The curriculum-co-created by museum staff, university evaluators, and 14 Millennial participants-explores the most pressing issues of the diversifying New South and ways participants can take action to increase access and/or inclusion within their spheres of influence. Examine how Millennials view dialogue and how they envision its role as a vehicle for social change.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Heather Smith Johanna Schuch Kamille Bostick Susan Harden 
Empathy as Disruptive Innovation
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Location: 225 America's Center
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Description: 
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.
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Adam Rozan Elif Gokcigdem Emlyn Koster Jonathan Carfagno Ruth Shelly
Case Study: Empowering Communities in Heritage Entrepreneurship
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Sunday May 7 4-4:30 p.m.
Location: 262 America's Center
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Description: 
Institutional Assets and Monuments of Venezuela has developed a strategy to actively engage communities to work for their heritage through entrepreneurship. The strategy includes workshops based on guided visits to historical sites, evaluation of the challenges of public spaces, and brainstorming sessions to motivate the creation of proposals that may have a positive impact on their cultural heritage. Learn how an organization can lead the community to find opportunities in their cultural heritage in order to develop ideas with social and cultural impact.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Ana Carrano    
Creating Connections: Artists, Community, Museum
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Location: 276 America's Center
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Description: 
Rooted in the belief that artists working with historical collections can spark new dialogues and cultivate deeper contemporary relevance with our community, the Denver Art Museum has been collaborating with artists to connect audiences to our collection inside and outside our walls. Hear about audience outcomes when we give artists freedom to explore our collection, share their voice, and co-create programs. By sharing the story of how three artist-activated programs evolved, this session will ignite a conversation about programmatic strategies and interpretive techniques for engaging new audiences.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Jodie Gorochow Kristina Mahoney Leticia Salinas  
Case Study: Beyond the Four Walls: Lurie Children’s Hospital and Shedd Aquarium
Track(s): Marketing & Community Engagement
Date: Sunday May 7 4-4:30 p.m.
Location: 261 America's Center
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Description: 
Lurie Children's Hospital and Shedd Aquarium partnered to bring an engaging and educational experience to hospitalized children and their families. This holistic collaboration included on-site animal encounters, a permanent children's experience, giveaways, funded aquarium visits, food vouchers, transportation, and more. Instead of focusing on a child's illness or injury, for a moment, families focus on animals, pretend play, and engaging movies.
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Tynnetta Qaiyim    
Exhibit RFPs Bids and Contracts: Working Well With Others
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Location: 127 America's Center
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Description: 
Creating exhibitions can entail museum staff working with external team members and firms. The processes of how external firms are selected, solicited, and contracted are important steps. Team members often spend more time with these groups than with their own families. How you meet, choose, and contract with each other shapes the direction of any project. We will look at the process from four different perspectives and provide stories and advice about how to make the proposal, bidding, and contract processes work best for all involved.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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George Mayer Richard Lewis Scott Perich Wayne LaBar 
Planning the Digital Museum
Track(s): Media & Technology
Date: Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Location: 224 America's Center
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Description: 
Museums are going digital" to reach and engage with new global audiences, explore new and more effective business models, and leverage collections as platforms for creation and co-creation of knowledge and ideas. Successful digital engagement requires holistic planning and an "omnichannel" approach that adapts global technology trends to the cultural environment. This session will present models and methods that museums might use to make decisions, evaluate current practice, and integrate digital methods into their work. Panelists are contributors to the forthcoming Manual of Digital Museum Planning."
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Ali Hossaini Chris Michaels Corey Timpson Robert Stein 
Sustainable Collections Storage: Strategies for our Future
Track(s): Facilities Management
Date: Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Location: 125-126 America's Center
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Description: 
Facing increased energy costs, institutions are reevaluating their facilities, collections storage, and operations to create sustainable building programs. This session will discuss collections-specific green building strategies, including a review of the building site and architecture, environmental control systems, lighting, and waste. Using case studies, the speakers will present innovative and practical measures that reduce a museum's carbon footprint while respecting the critical goal of preserving collections. Changing standards, preservation metrics, cost-benefit analyses, interdisciplinary processes, and climate change issues will be reviewed and discussed.
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Carol DeNatale Christopher Wood Jeremy Linden Michele Pacifico 
Welcoming LGBTQ Communities: Real Strategies in Action
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Location: 226 America's Center
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Description: 
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.
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Annette Gavigan Jaden Hansen James Burns Matthew Northey Michael Berlucchi
Effective Strategies for Donor Retention and Stewardship
Track(s): Development & Membership
Date: Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Location: 260 America's Center
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Description: 
Putting effective strategies in place to retain and steward donors is critical to fundraising success. Three seasoned development professionals will discuss specific examples of their retention and stewardship strategies. Topics include using trustees and key staff (curators, conservators, educators) to best advantage, engaging first-year donors quickly, and looking carefully at events and programs already planned to identify stewardship potential-all for the purpose of boosting donor retention and contributed income. Panel members will also discuss evaluating results and refining and adjusting strategies accordingly.

Development and Membership track generously supported by Blackbaud

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Diana Duncan Judith Gibbs Leslie Findlen Usha Subramanian 
Enacting Equity and Inclusion: Allyship as Lived Practice
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Location: 232 America's Center
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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.
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Alyssa Greenberg Keonna Hendrick Syrus Ware Wendy Ng 
Innovation through Questioning: Towards a Culture of Inquiry
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Location: 275 America's Center
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Description: 
Questioning drives all innovation. How might we cultivate a culture of inquiry for ourselves, our visitors, and the field? In this participatory workshop, you will practice tools presenters have used to promote inquiry and advance creative and critical thinking with children, coworkers, docents, and school teachers. Participants will leave with concrete tools to support questioning with a variety of audiences.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Jennifer Lehe Jessimi Jones Rachel Trinkley  
Designing Beautiful, Functional, Human-Centered Exhibits
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Location: 132 America's Center
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Description: 
Accessible design parameters such as ADA regulations and institutional practices can leave designers feeling constrained when charged with creating aesthetically appealing designs. Universal design isn't a one-size-fits-all guide: designers need to use strategies that can be tested and improved through prototyping. This approach often results in innovative design directions and end-user experiences that work better for everyone. Presenters discuss case studies with a range of design solutions, including hands-on, full-body, and screen-based interactives; engineering water table activities; tactile objects for aquariums and animal tanks; and mixed-media exhibition design.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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Jeff Kennedy Michael Horvath Rob Vincent  
Museum Rehab: Starting Over at the Osage Nation Museum
Track(s): Management & Administration
Date: Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Location: 222 America's Center
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Description: 
The Osage Nation Museum transformed from an aging tribal museum to a dynamic institution leaping toward its ambitious (and achievable) goals. Building on its founding directive to preserve and interpret the Osage story, the museum re-emerged with mission-driven programming, exhibits, and an emphasis on modern practices all firmly rooted in newly created policies and procedures. This session will touch on strategies to overcome the impossible and reinvigorate the irrelevant while addressing issues and tactics specifically related to tribal and small museums and institutions.
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Cali Martin Hallie Winter   
Incubators, Co-working Spaces, and the Future of Museums
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Location: 263 America's Center
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Description: 
This session explores different models of coworking spaces and incubators in museums. It draws on two current models that have been running successfully in the United States and Australia. Attendees will hear open, frank stories from those running these spaces as well as from a resident who works from one.
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Dan Koerner Elizabeth Merritt Julia Kaganskiy Katrina Sedgwick Tui Te Hau
Engaging the Community: Seeking Equity in Art AIDS America
Track(s): Curatorial Practice
Date: Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Location: 230-231 America's Center
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Description: 
Art AIDS America (AAA) was the first major traveling exhibition to reveal how the AIDS epidemic forever changed American art. In its final days at the first venue activists and then artists raised issues of representation of African Americans within AAA and the museum field while in the final days at the second venue government officials raised issue in the content of the exhibition. Explore how three museums listened, adapted and addressed issues of diversity, inclusion, community input and equity through this exhibition.
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Justin Rabideau Rock Hushka Sergio Bessa  
Designing Emotion
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Location: 131 America's Center
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Description: 
In this session, four authors from the spring 2017 issue of Exhibition-"Designing Emotion"-will discuss how exhibit design and interpretive techniques can be used to evoke a feeling, establish a mood, create connections, spark revelation, enhance learning, and encourage action. It will also explore the responsibilities in designing for emotion: does emotion lead to new insights or cloud our thinking? Can too much emotional content run the risk of being manipulative?

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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Christine Reich Ellen Snyder-Grenier Jennifer Scott Sarah Hezel Stacey Mann
Western Museums Association’s Board of Directors Meeting
Track(s): 
Date: Sunday May 7 4-5:30 p.m.
Location: Westmoreland Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Lessons from the International Community: Education and Learning
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Date: Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Location: 122 America's Center
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Description: 
"A Bridge between Museums and Schools: A Case Study of the Collaborative Project of the National Museum of China" provides insight on a primary school-based curriculum that was initiated by the museum in partnership with 30 schools in Beijing that serves 180,000 students and serves as model to other museums in China. 
Presenter: Jing Zhao, vice director of social education and promotion division, National Museum of China 

"Weaving Community with Educators, Artists and Contemporary Art at Museum of Contemporary Art in Bogota (MAMBO)" offers insight on dialogues, talks and exploration workshops between educators, artists and museum staff to create and explore art tools for early childhood education. 
Presenter: Lydia Vasquez, head of education department, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bogota 

 "Interactive Use of Cultural Artifacts in Visual and Performing Art" is designed to provide elementary school students knowledge about the cultural objects in the museum through the art of drawing, speaking, singing and dancing. 
Presenter: Vivian Kinoti, education officer, National Museums of Kenya
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Resume Writing for Mid-Career or Career Changers
Track(s): Career Management
Date: Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Location: 124 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Learn practical tips for crafting an effective resume, including different resume formats, use of summary statement, ways to quantify your work experience to demonstrate impact, and when to let go" of previous or unrelated work experience. Samples from both good and not-so-good resumes will be examined. Attendees will edit their own resumes and review others during the session, so should be prepared with at least two hard copies--one for marking up, one for sharing with peers.

Career Management track generously supported by Johns Hopkins University MA in Museum Studies

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Greg Stevens Megan Dickerson Timothy Lee  
Risk Factors to Organizational Excellence: Lessons learned from the Accreditation Program
Track(s): Museum Directors
Date: Sunday May 7 4-5:15 p.m.
Location: 229 America's Center
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Join representatives from the Accreditation Commission as they share their observations on the top five overarching challenges to organizational success, drawn from their experiences reviewing museums seeking accreditation, as peer reviewers, and veteran museum leaders. As part of this moderated conversation they will also offer strategies they've seen or employed themselves to overcome these challenges, or minimize the impact, and enable institutional excellence. The panel also wants to hear from you about what AAM can do to help museums address these and other issues.
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Burt Logan Kenneth Schutz Lourdes Ramos Stephanie Stebich 
Case Study: Partners in Access: How Two Nonprofits Created an Internship
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Sunday May 7 4:45-5:15 p.m.
Location: 262 America's Center
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Description: 
For the past four years, ESMoA in El Segundo, California, has been collaborating with Mychal's Learning Place in Hawthorne, California, on an educational internship for young adults with developmental delays. Learn about the successful outcomes of this partnership, and check out a flexible blueprint for creating internship opportunities for young adults with developmental delays to take back to your institution.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Anna Garalde Holly Crawford   
Global Leadership Reception
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Date: Sunday May 7 5:30-7 p.m.
Location: Missouri History Museum
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Description: 

Buses will leave America's Center at 5 p.m. and return at 6:30 and 7 p.m..

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Muse Awards Ceremony
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Date: Sunday May 7 6-8 p.m.
Location: Landmark 1-4 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Description: 
The MUSE Awards acknowledge outstanding achievements in Gallery, Library, Archive, and Museum (GLAM) media and interactive technologies. Join us for the 28th installment of this popular free event, where we'll announce and toast the winners in 14 different award categories.
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EdCom and CARE Evening Open House (Go Central West End and Loop)
Track(s): 
Date: Sunday May 7 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
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Description: 

This PN Meet-Up is part of the Go Central West End and Loop portion of Go Explore St. Louis. RSVP and purchase a shuttle pass on the purchase tickets page through April 28 or at the Events and Ground Transportation Desk in the America's Center.

Join colleagues from the EdCom and CARE professional networks as well as the board of the Museum Education Roundtable for a fun and inspiring evening of conversation, networking, and visiting with colleagues at the Kemper Art Museum.
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Go Explore St. Louis: Go Grand Center
Track(s): 
Date: Sunday May 7 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: Grand Center Arts District
Price: 
Description: 
Located in the heart of St. Louis, Grand Center is a premiere cultural and entertainment tourist destination. This historical district welcomes more than 1.5 million people each year, and is home to the city's best museums and cultural organizations all within walking distance. A true reflection of a great American city, this neighborhood is an architectural marvel, blending historic landmarks with modern buildings.

Participating Institutions:
Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
CEL Center for Architecture + Design
International Photography Hall of Fame
Kranzberg Arts Center
Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at St. Louis University
Pulitzer Arts Foundation
Saint Louis University Museum of Art
Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries & The Big Schmooze Multi PN Meet-Up

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DAM/PRAM Open House (Go Central West End and Loop)
Track(s): 
Date: Sunday May 7 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: World Chess Hall of Fame
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Description: 

This PN Meet-Up is part of the Go Central West End and Loop portion of Go Explore St. Louis. RSVP and purchase a shuttle pass on the purchase tickets page through April 28 or at the Events and Ground Transportation Desk in the America's Center.

Join your friends in development/membership and media relations/marketing for an evening of networking and good cheer at the World Chess Hall of Fame!
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The Big Schmooze Multi-PN Meet-Up (Go Grand Center)
Track(s): 
Date: Sunday May 7 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: Grand Center Arts District
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Description: 

This PN Meet-Up is part of the Go Grand Center portion of Go Explore St. Louis. RSVP and purchase a shuttle pass on the purchase tickets page through April 28 or at the Events and Ground Transportation Desk in the America's Center.

Experience a variety of museums and cultural attractions while meeting new people, greeting old friends, and enjoying an evening of networking at the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries in the Grand Center Arts and Culture District! COMPT, CurCom, DivCom, Historic House and Sites Network, Indigenous Peoples Museum Network, Latino Network, Leadership and Management Network, LGBTQ Alliance, PIC Green, and SMAC have joined together for this evening of mingling, sharing, and learning more about what AAM's Professional Networks do throughout the year. Meet-Up is open to all attendees.

Generously supported by Delta Designs Ltd.

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Go Explore St. Louis: Go East (Cahokia Mounds)
Track(s): 
Date: Sunday May 7 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
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Explore the remains of America's First City, at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site, a community of 10-20,000 people who flourished here about 1,000 years ago, through exhibits and iPod tours. Climb the 150 steps up Monks Mound, see award-winning exhibits, and experience the monumental architecture of the Mississippian Culture, whose center of influence was right here in the heart of the Midwest.

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Go Explore St. Louis: Go Central West End and Loop
Track(s): 
Date: Sunday May 7 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: World Chess Hall of Fame, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Regional Arts Commission, Craft Alliance
Price: 
Description: 
The bustling Central West End neighborhood offers eye-catching public artworks, stunning turn-of-the-century homes, and amenities and attractions to suit any taste. The Delmar Loop district thrills visitors with over six blocks of one-of-a-kind shops, restaurants, art galleries, live music, cafe culture, and the St. Louis Walk of Fame.

Participating Institutions:
Craft Alliance Center of Art + Design
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum & EdCom/CARE PN Meet-Up
Regional Arts Commission
World Chess Hall of Fame & DAM/PRAM PN Meet-Up

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Go Explore St. Louis: Go West
Track(s): 
Date: Sunday May 7 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: Laumeier Sculpture Park and Magic House Children's Museum
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Enjoy an evening of interactive fun in two of St. Louis' hidden gems! This is a progressive evening starting at the Laumeier Sculpture Garden and ending at the Magic House, St. Louis Children's Museum. Each of the museums will only be open to attendees during the times listed.

Participating Institutions:
Laumeier Sculpture Park (6:30 - 8 p.m.)
The Magic House St. Louis Children's Museum (8 - 9:30 p.m.)

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Go Explore St. Louis Shuttle Pass – Sunday May 7
Track(s): 
Date: Sunday May 7 6:30-9:30 p.m.
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Price: $30.00
Description: 
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Go Explore St. Louis: Go Old North and Downtown
Track(s): 
Date: Sunday May 7 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: The Griot Museum, 14th Street Artist Collaborative, Campbell House Museum, Gateway Arch
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Description: 
Old North St. Louis is an urban village on the edge of downtown that welcomes creative individuals seeking a neighborhood with character for their home, studio, or gallery. Pedestrian-friendly Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis is home to the Campbell House plus plenty of shops, restaurants and nightclubs.

Participating Institutions:
14th Street Artist Community
Campbell House Museum
Field House Museum
Griot Museum of Black History
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (The Arch)

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Alliance After Hours
Track(s): 
Date: Sunday May 7 9-11:59 p.m.
Location: National Blues Museum
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Description: 

Transportation not provided for this event. The National Blues Museum is located at 615 Washington Avenue, west of the America's Center. Ticket is required to enter.

Celebrate St. Louis' long history with blues and beer at The National Blues Museum, located steps away from the convention center in Downtown St. Louis' popular MX District. Listen to live blues music, sample and learn about St. Louis' best craft beers, and explore the new National Blues Museum. Tickets include savory and sweet appetizers, plus one drink and beer samples. Food is provided by SugarFire BBQ: ranked among the best BBQ restaurants in St. Louis.

Generously supported by Gallagher & Associates

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Monday May 8 Morning Yoga
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 7-7:45 a.m.
Location: 100 America's Center
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Description: 
Come start your day with Kundalini yoga and meditation. A 45-minute class to bring energy, clarity and relaxation to your day. Beginners welcome. Bring a mat and wear clothes that are easy to move in.
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AAM Fellowship Breakfast
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Location: Landmark 5-7 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Opportunity to network with AAM annual meeting fellows, alumni from the Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Intern program, and the AAM-Getty International Program
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Committee on Museum Professional Training Breakfast
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Location: Westmoreland/Kingsbury Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Description: 
The Committee on Museum Professional Training Breakfast will have a program relevant to issues facing the museum studies field. There will also be discussion of the committee's priorities as we move forward in the next year.
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Traveling Exhibitions Network Breakfast
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Location: Landmark 4 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Description: 
Join fellow TEN members for a casual networking breakfast in Saint Louis! Will there be a speaker? Exhibitor presentations? You'll have to join us at the networking breakfast to find out! Come for the mystery and excitement; stay for the connections! Your registration fee pays for your whole seat, but you'll only need the edge!
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NAME Business Breakfast
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Location: Majestic A Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Description: 
Join colleagues from the exhibition community for informal networking and to learn more about NAME. President Wayne LaBar will introduce board members, provide updates on NAME activities, and share the latest news.
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AAM Trustee Summit
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 8-10 a.m.
Location: Landmark 1-3 Marriott St. Louis Grand
Price: 
Description: 
The Inaugural Trustee Summit will announce the findings and report from the 2016 AAM Leading with Intent national survey of museum trustees and CEOs. The survey was conducted in partnership with BoardSource, a nationally recognized organization responsible for strengthening nonprofit board leadership. Since 1994, BoardSource has conducted a biannual benchmarking study of nonprofit board practices, policies, and performance, providing a powerful window into current board leadership and trends. This is the first national survey of museum CEOs and trustees, who will also be able to compare their performance to that of leaders in the broader nonprofit community. Panel discussions of the findings by trustees and CEOs will follow the survey announcement.

Generously supported by Northern Trust

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The Mighty Middle: Turn Transactional Members into Donors
Track(s): Development & Membership
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 227 America's Center
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Description: 
Learn how to effectively launch your new membership program in a way that builds loyalty, trust, and upgrades. Learn about multichannel marketing and annual fund strategies designed to upgrade members, increase their annual giving, and strengthen the middle of your membership program. The mighty middle is a lucrative, though often neglected, source of financial support.

Development and Membership track generously supported by Blackbaud

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Amy Nelson Lindsay Gramlich Suzette Sherman  
Leveraging Insight with Analytics for Data Driven Decisions
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 131 America's Center
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Explore the innovative insights that are possible when a museum uses analytics to uncover connections between visitors and their experiences via onsite and digital channels. Referencing case studies analyzing visitor behavior, the panel will discuss pathways to success for museums that thrive through deep engagement with increased visitation. From journey maps and persona research to digital confidence, best practices, and privacy principles, this leadership panel delivers a global perspective.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Angie Judge Corey Timpson Douglas Hegley Liz Hay Samir Bitar
Hip Hop and Spoken Word Pedagogy in Museums
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 223 America's Center
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Description: 
Exploring multiple elements from collections, educational design, programming, and curation, we will share case studies and best practices for museums interested in incorporating hip-hop culture and spoken word into their spaces.
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Jon West-Bey Laura Perez Timothy Burnside William Reynolds 
Straight Talk: What DO Directors Want from Development?
Track(s): Museum Directors
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 229 America's Center
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Description: 
The relationship between a director and their development staff has tremendous financial implications for an institution. There continues to be significant turnover among museum chief development officers, often due to misaligned expectations and priorities, especially as new development directors are hired from outside the museum field and junior staff are promoted without experience working with directors and boards. This moderated conversation will be an opportunity to hear from directors about their expectations and needs from development, what works and what doesn't, and their vision for a successful development program.
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Andrew Walker Carl Hamm Frances Levine William Harris 
The Circle of Life: Caring about Caregivers
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 275 America's Center
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Description: 
Hear from a panel of professionals developing programming that specifically targets and is marketed to caregivers as museum visitors, as well as program planning efforts that take into account the caregiver's role. The panel will highlight current museum programs for caregivers who are responsible for the circle of life: infancy through older adulthood.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Annie Bobbitt Maura Nelson Clifford Meera Jagroop Sarah Erdman 
Getting Started on Collections Documentation and Photography
Track(s): Collections Management
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 124 America's Center
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Description: 
Not only does photographic documentation mitigate risk by reducing the need for object handling, it also provides opportunities to increase the accessibility of your collection. To get the most out of your photography, you need to understand how to take a picture of an object. Lights and cameras are basic starting points, but there are many other aspects to consider. This presentation will cover different types of collection documentation, looking at the methods behind collection documentation and tips for implementing them yourself.
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Becky Bacheller Jason Smith   
Tactile Art: Expanding Access, Increasing Engagement
Track(s): Curatorial Practice
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 222 America's Center
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Description: 
What is the reality of collecting and exhibiting a tactile art collection? Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center has 35+ years of experience amassing artwork for its touch gallery and knows the reality of questions such as: Who uses this gallery? What about wear and tear on the objects? What qualities should a good piece of tactile artwork have? What about the rest of the collection-will people start touching it, too? What collection guidelines has the committee developed over the years? What are some of its greatest insights?
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Ann Cunningham Rebecca Tucker   
Linking Cultural Museums and Environmental Justice
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 276 America's Center
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Description: 
The everyday challenges our communities face are increasingly linked to the environment, justice, and climate change. Cultural institutions struggle to connect with these issues, yet they have a unique ability to link community movements, scientists, and their past. Join the conversation about how environment, science, history, and justice are all linked in our institutions and communities.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Braden Paynter Julieanne Fontana Kerry Olson Rosa Cabrera 
Brewing Up New Approaches to Audience Engagement
Track(s): Marketing & Community Engagement
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 260 America's Center
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Description: 
Today, drinking and learning is a common practice at many American museums because they are proven revenue generators and audience builders. But as the desire to drink in knowledge continues to grow, what's next for the museum visitor? Learn how four museums are working to play a more proactive and reactive role to pop culture. We look at how beverages can be tools to tell stories of our past and present. They are cultural forces that can relate to greater aspects of history and build community.
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Elizabeth Garibay Elizabeth Williams Kate Livingston Lance Tawzer Megan Williams
Get Hands-on with Virtual Reality!
Track(s): Media & Technology
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 221 America's Center
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Description: 
Join us for insights from early adopters of virtual reality in museums and those who make it happen. This session uses case studies to demystify the world of VR, looking at budget-friendly, low-tech VR projects and providing a simple demonstration of how VR content is created from a world-leading creative developer. Participants will gain hands-on experience with the technology and will discuss its uses in programming, visitor engagement, and beyond-the-walls engagement.
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Barry Joseph John Durrant Lizzy Moriarty Marco Castro 
Expo Expose: Lessons from the Evolution of Pop Culture Expos
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 130 America's Center
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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.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Braton Grannan Jeffrey Johnson Kelley Staab Paul Freiling 
Accreditation 101: A User’s Guide to the Process and Benefits
Track(s): Management & Administration
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 267 America's Center
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Description: 
Learn the ins and outs of the accreditation process, whether you are interested in first-time accreditation or preparing for reaccreditation. Discover the basic steps, time and costs, and how to prepare, along with benefits and strategies for success from four perspectives: program staff, museum staff, site reviewer, and accreditation commissioner. Leave with a plan of action to get started on your path to re/accreditation.
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Ann Fortescue Julie Hart Leonard Freeman Linda Steigleder Sharon Bradham
Museums and Well-Being
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 263 America's Center
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Psychologist Carol Ryff will provide a social scientist's perspective on what we know and what we need to know about relationships among the arts, cultural participation, and lifelong health and well-being. Three museum professionals will share ideas for developing practices that more deeply explore the potential relevance of well-being. The panel will also address ways that museums and scientific researchers might push together into new realms of practice and research to demonstrate museums' power to positively impact well-being.
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Carol Ryff Karen Gron Line Chayder Rainey Tisdale 
Democratizing the Museum: Breaking Barriers to Participation
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 132 America's Center
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Using a storytelling format, each of four presenters will talk about a project that reached beyond the walls of the museum to gather participation and insights from the community. Hear from a diverse array of history museums and an exhibit developer about innovative strategies to engage new audiences and build community. Learn techniques to promote inter- and intra-community participation and dialogue beyond museum walls, into the virtual plane, and then back into the museum. Panelists share successes, challenges, and the strategies they employed.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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Eric Heiman Jessica Bicknell Kamille Bostick Kate Baillon Sean Blinn
29th Annual Excellence in Exhibition Awards
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 274 America's Center
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Description: 
This session offers examples of exemplary exhibitions created by colleagues at a variety of museums. Represented institutions include art, history, children's, and science museums, as well as zoos, aquariums, and more. The judges interview the competition winners, who share the inspiration for their award-winning exhibitions that demonstrate best practices for integrated exhibit design and delivery.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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Jason Porter Jenny Sayre Ramberg Robert DeHart Stacey Swigart Susan Foutz
Case Study: Challenges Facing Small Indigenous Museums in Nepal
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-9:15 a.m.
Location: 262 America's Center
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The indigenous Tharu people of southern Nepal comprise 1.7 million populations and are one of the country's largest ethnic groups. The government has struggled to acknowledge this group's identity, cultural, and political rights as the country transitions from a monarchy to a democracy. Learn how, in this contested political environment, a small indigenous museum has played a crucial role in reaffirming Tharu identity and museum sustainability.
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Birendra Mahato John Aarsen   
Better Flow for a Better Experience
Track(s): Facilities Management
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 264 America's Center
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Description: 
Traffic planning for museums involves a thorough study and review of visitor movements and behaviors, architecture and layout, wayfinding and signage, and staffing and operations. Hear how the Brooklyn Museum and the Barnes Foundation partnered with Arup to evaluate and test operations, lobby layouts, staff positions, visitor touch points, and engagement methods to improve the entry experience for their visitors. Hear how each project team navigated institutional objectives and garnered buy-in for their respective projects and unexpected lessons they learned along the way.
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Eric Rivers Sara Devine Shelley Bernstein  
Maximizing Earned Income at the New Norton Museum of Art
Track(s): Management & Administration
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 228 America's Center
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The Norton Museum of Art is currently undergoing an $84 million expansion, which will open in late fall 2018. Revenue-generating spaces such as museum stores, restaurants, and event rental spaces are important to the new Norton, as they also promote customer engagement and extend the brand. The museum management and consulting team planning these spaces will discuss their needs analysis; return on investment of money, time, and effort; and the components of revenue and profitability projections.
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Andrew Andoniadis James Hall John Backman Tracy Lawler 
Workplace Confidential: Museum Women Talk Gender Equity
Track(s): Career Management
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 127 America's Center
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In this session, the authors of the forthcoming book, Women|Museums: Lessons from the Workplace, and several of their interviewees and contributors discuss a variety of gender equity issues persistently plaguing the field and offer insights about how women can navigate them based on their own experiences. From micro-aggressions to unconscious bias to toxic workplace environments, we'll explore the implications for women and for a field that prides itself on open and equal public access.

Career Management track generously supported by Johns Hopkins University MA in Museum Studies

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Ilene Frank Jessica Phillips Joan Baldwin Kaywin Feldman Wyona Lynch-McWhite
Museums as Builders of Global Communities
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 226 America's Center
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Project coordinators from three U.S. museums who participated in Museums Connect global partnership programs with institutions in Mexico, Kenya, and Iceland will discuss the enormous benefits as well as some of the challenges that arose during their programs. Youth empowerment and environmental sustainability are at the heart of these projects, supported by the U.S. Department of State and administered by AAM. Panelists will share how they used technology to keep communities connected and explore ways that their projects could be replicated in other museums.
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Cris Scorza Linda Norris Sarah Rose Sheila McGuire 
Lessons from the International Community: Museum Renovation and Reinterpretation
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 122 America's Center
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Description: 
"A New Museum for a New Century" examines the extensive process of renovation at the National Museum of Colombia to enhance visitor engagement and reinterpret the country's history in addressing difficult subjects after decades of civil strife and conflict. 
Presenter: Camilo Sanchez, museological advisor, National Museum of Colombia 

 "Reopening the Museum of Islamic Art after Terrorism" details the extensive three year effort to restore and rehabilitate the museum and its collections in the aftermath of damage from a terrorist bombing. 
Presenter: Abdelhamed Abdelsalam Mohamed , Curator, Museum of Islamic Art, Cairo
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Hospitality Lounge: Missouri History Museum Performance
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 9-10 a.m.
Location: St. Louis Hospitality Lounge, 100 Complex America's Center
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One of the Missouri History Museum's ACTivist actor-interpreters will perform short plays about civil rights leaders from St. Louis. The ACTivists are featured as part of the museum's #1 in Civil Rights The African American Freedom Struggle in St. Louis" exhibition. The ACTivists project is funded in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services."
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Antarctic Dinosaur Exhibition Preview
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 9-10:30 a.m.
Location: Parkview Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Case Study: One November Morning: Native American Exhibit Case Study
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Monday May 8 9:30-10 a.m.
Location: 262 America's Center
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What happens when you make space for Native Americans to tell their stories in their own way? How can small museums engage with Native communities? What does a successful collaboration of large and small institutions look like? How do you prepare for sharing stories about an intensely traumatic subject like massacre? How do you measure the impact? This session presents a case study on "One November Morning," a traveling exhibition created by Cheyenne and Arapaho artists to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864.
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George Levi Katie Anderson Roben White Steven Fountain 
AAMV Board Meeting
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 10:15-11:45 a.m.
Location: Pershing Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Board meeting for American Association of Museum Volunteers
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AAM Opening Session & 2017 Featured Speaker Series: Haben Girma
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 10:15-11:45 a.m.
Location: Ferrara Theater America's Center
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Universal Benefits of Inclusive Design

People with disabilities represent the largest minority group, numbering one billion worldwide. Reaching a group of this scale creates value for everyone. Organizations that prioritize accessibility benefit by gaining access to a much larger user base, improving the experience for both disabled and nondisabled users, and facilitating further innovation. 

Read Girma's bio

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MuseumExpo Opening
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 11:45-1:15 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
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Description: 
Join us for the opening of the exhibit hall to meet with exhibitors, connect with colleagues, and learn about the latest product and services in one of the expo hall theaters. Complimentary food and drink will be provided to all attendees
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ICOM-US Annual Luncheon and Business Meeting
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 12-1:15 p.m.
Location: Majestic GH Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Description: 
Meet up with your colleagues from ICOM-US and hear what the council is planning! Learn about ICOM-US updates and other future programs to look forward to.

A UTOPIAN DREAM? Stewardship of Collections and the Freer Circulation of Cultural Artifacts"

Michael Conforti will reflect on ideal of collective stewardship of cultural property and the potential of international cultural exchange programs in an age of growing nationalism and global skepticism, one accompanied increasingly by institutional retrenchment. Can ICOM play a role in keeping the ideal alive?

A president of the Association of Art Museum Directors from 2008-10 and long-time trustee, Fellow and Resident of the American Academy in Rome, Michael is currently on the Executive Committee of The Amon Carter Museum of American Art and serves on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Menil Collection, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and the (Philip) Guston Foundation. He is also a member of the International Advisory Council for the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the Zentral Kustodie of the University of Goettingen, and the Aspen Institute's Artist Foundation Initiative. Director of the Clark Art Institute from 1994-15, he continues to teach in Williams/Clark Graduate Program in the History of Art. He was a trustee of ICOM-US from 2005-11.

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EdCom Luncheon and Annual Awards Ceremony
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 12-1:15 p.m.
Location: Landmark 4 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Description: 
Join us for EdCom's annual member luncheon and awards ceremony. We will gather to talk about the latest efforts of our professional network, hear from an engaging keynote speaker, and celebrate the winners of our slate of awards.
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Public Relations and Marketing (PRAM) Network Luncheon
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 12-1:15 p.m.
Location: Landmark 5 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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In today's 24-hour media landscape how can museums do what they've always done best; offer explanation, provide context and lend perspective to a complex world? Enjoy lunch and hear Gene Policinski, COO of the Newseum Institute, offer his take on the state of journalism, "fake news" and how museums can thrive in today's topsy-turvy news cycle.
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PIC Green Luncheon: Sustainability Excellence Awards
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 12-1:15 p.m.
Location: Westmoreland/Kingsbury Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Description: 
Break bread with PIC Green! At this luncheon, we will recognize this year's winners of AAM's Sustainability Excellence Award. Come to learn about and be inspired by the good work being done to further sustainability efforts throughout our field. Everyone is welcome!
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American Association for Museum Volunteers Networking Luncheon
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 12-1:15 p.m.
Location: Majestic F Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Description: 
Meet and network with AAMV members and the board. If you are new to volunteer management or have ideas to improve your museum's volunteer program, this is a great opportunity to share ideas with colleagues from all kinds and sizes of museums.
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AASLH History Lunch
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 12-1:15 p.m.
Location: Majestic BC Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Join other professionals and volunteers from the nation's history organizations for a great lunch program related to our host city. Whether you work in the field or just love history, spend lunch with a group of innovative people who are actively practicing history.
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DAM Luncheon
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 12-1:15 p.m.
Location: Landmark 1-3 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Description: 
Don't miss this opportunity to network over lunch with development and membership colleagues and the many other museum professionals whose positions include fundraising responsibilities. Leaders in the fundraising and philanthropic fields will address timely topics and trends.

Generously supported by Marts & Lundy

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LGBTQ Alliance Luncheon
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 12-1:15 p.m.
Location: Majestic A Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Please join us for our annual luncheon! All members of the LGBTQ Professional Network and those interested in joining are welcome. We will review accomplishments over the past year-including promulgation of the LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines-and discuss ongoing efforts on behalf of LGBTQ members and allies within the museum community. This year, speakers include representatives from the Missouri Historical Society, who will share experiences with collecting and interpreting LGBTQ materials.
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Alliance Resource Center: How to Become a Peer Reviewer
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: Alliance Resource Center MuseumExpo
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The AAM Accreditation and Museum Assessment Programs are looking for new volunteers to conduct museum site visits for these two flagship programs. Peer review is a vital and value-added component of both assessments and a unique professional development and networking opportunity for you. As you share your expertise and experience with standards and best practices, you'll get the chance to connect with colleagues, observe a variety of approaches to museum operations across the country, and discover ideas to take back to your own institution. Learn about the benefits, responsibilities, time commitment, and eligibility criteria at this informational session.
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Hospitality Lounge: Monday May 8 Mindfulness Break
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 1-1:20 p.m.
Location: St. Louis Hospitality Lounge, 100 Complex America's Center
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Take a break to stretch, breathe and unwind. 20 minutes of yogic stretching & breathing, and help yourself to a refreshing cup of Yogi Tea!
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Solutions Center: The Art of Lighting, The Lighting of Art
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 1-1:30 p.m.
Location: Solutions Center MuseumExpo
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This talk will cover the basics lighting design techniques used in museum and galleries, including accent lighting, wall washing, wall grazing and daylighting. Along with the architectural strategies that lighting design needs to complement, embrace and support. The benefits of LED technology will be included as well
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Barry Young    
Lessons from the International Community: Intercultural Understanding and Interpretation
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: America's Center
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"Calendar of Celebrations: Working with the Community" offers insight on how diverse subcultures have forged a shared identity and new respect for the preservation of traditions through an annual festivity that celebrates both tangible and intangible heritage. 
Presenter: Alicia Martin, coordinator of education, Museo de Bellas Artes de la Boca de Argentinos , Benito Quinquela Martin

"The Museums as a Space of Freedom and Creativity" will explore the museum's challenges and initiatives in stimulating knowledge and creative thinking through its art collection, display and public programs. 
Presenter: Mariana Marchesi, artistic director, National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires, Argentina 

"Special International Relationships Supporting Learning" highlights a unique pre-service teacher training program that places teachers in museums throughout the world to foster intercultural understanding in both the US and UK across a range of audiences and enhances personal and professional development. 
Presenter: Janet Spencer, senior lecturer, York St. John University, UK
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Arturo Vallejo Silvia Singer   
Alliance Resource Center: Speak Up for Museums with AAM’s Advocacy Toolkit
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2 p.m.
Location: Alliance Resource Center MuseumExpo
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How real are the threats to the charitable deduction and federal funding agencies like IMLS, NEA, and NEH, and what can be done to influence the outcome of these debates in Congress? Hear from a Washington insider on the latest proposals and which strategies are most effective in making the case. Also learn how these federal budget battles could affect state-level policies and how to make the case for your museum-and all museums-at the local and state level. Participants are invited to share their advocacy challenges or success stories.
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Interpreting Oppression: An Uncomfortable Opportunity
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 274 America's Center
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Description: 
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.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Annie Anderson Ashley Rogers Devon Akmon Elon Cook 
The Line between Creepy and Cool: Getting Data Driven Decisions Right
Track(s): Museum Directors
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 229 America's Center
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As museums continually work to understand their audiences better, how might data about visitor behaviors and preferences become an integral part of their planning process? What does it mean to make decisions informed by data? While data can help us optimize our financial performance, can it be used to improve how visitors learn and experience the museum? This session argues for using data to help learn from audience behavior and preferences to provide better and more personalized museum experiences.
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Colleen Dilenschneider Kari Alldredge Kaywin Feldman Robert Stein Sebastian Chan
Tech Tutorial: Managing Digital Content: From Capture to Copyright
Track(s): Media & Technology
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 221 America's Center
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Description: 
Learn the basics of assessing and managing your digital assets. Effective digital asset management saves your organization time and money, and will help preserve institutional memory. This tutorial will provide an overview of digital content and copyright management workflows, starting from acquisition through the use cases of online collections and open access, and include best practices around content storage, access, distribution, rights management, and planning for the future.
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Cherie Chen Shyam Oberoi   
SEAing is Believing: Award Recipients’ Stories of Progress
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 263 America's Center
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Description: 
Interested in learning best practices and examples of sustainable excellence in facilities, programs, and exhibitions? Look no further than PIC-Green, AAM's Sustainability Professional Network's 2016 Sustainability Excellence Award Winners. Join host Stephanie Shapiro in an engaging talk show session highlighting the winning institutions' roads to success, behind-the-scenes challenges, reflections on progress, best practices, views on the triple bottom line and divestment, how they're proactively responding to climate change, their daily inspirations, and more.
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Beth Redmond-Jones Jennifer Fragomeni Kristen Pratt Rosemary Roosa Stephanie Shapiro
Case Study: Do We Really Know Latin America and the Caribbean?
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2 p.m.
Location: 261 America's Center
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This session will present the results and findings of the 2016-17 Survey of Latin American and the Caribbean Museum Directors, developed and conducted by the AAM Latino Network Professional Network Committee. The survey aimed to gather specific information about the museum community in that region; assess the needs and potential for collaborations and exchange among museums in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean; and foster exchange of ideas, best practices, and perspectives across the Americas.
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Antonio Rodriguez    
Museum and Community: Collaboration and Crossover Audiences
Track(s): Curatorial Practice
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 226 America's Center
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The University Museum and the Museum Studies Program at SIUE collaborates with multiple community entities, urban and regional, to create projects that reach beyond the capabilities of a single institution. Participants include community arts centers in both K-12 and community college settings, a non-profit historic site, and an urban architectural playground. Topics discussed include funding, curatorial content, object care, educational programming, and large-scale artifact cataloging and preservation. This session explores the challenges and situations that drove each of these projects to a successful completion.
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Elizabeth Link Erin Vigneau-Dimick Jessica Mannisi Laura Fowler Richard Erwin
Lessons from the International Community: Museums, Social Issues and Inclusion
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 122 America's Center
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Internships for Small Museums
Track(s): Management & Administration
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 127 America's Center
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While internships can help museums achieve their educational missions and develop the next generation of professionals, they also raise questions about diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. To engage in this field-wide conversation, this session considers how the issue of interns plays out in small museums, where resources may be scarce. How do discussions and best practices about ethics translate to on-the-ground practice in small museum environments? And what are the challenges and practical issues surrounding small museum internship programs at this particular moment in time?
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Lin Nelson-Mayson Regina Lynch Richard Harker Richard Toon 
Bridging Missions: Balancing Partnership and Standards
Track(s): Collections Management
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 132 America's Center
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Historic St. Mary's City moved into a new facility to support its mission as well as its partnership with St. Mary's College of Maryland. Careful planning was needed to design a building that accommodates two institutions with different but shared missions. The partners spent two years developing an agreement for use and management of the facility. Moving into the building presented challenges, such as creating a database system of all artifacts boxes, developing a system of organization, and actually moving the collection.
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Regina Faden Silas Hurry William Roberts  
F*#L: The Other Four-Letter Word
Track(s): Career Management
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 130 America's Center
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In this session, four museum professionals will face their failures and encourage you to do the same. Instead of extolling failure's virtues, they will confront the significant impact it can have on the individual, the institution, the community served, and the museum sector writ large. They will also explore how failure can be particularly challenging for smaller, less established, institutions, ultimately proposing how we might change this inequity.

Career Management track generously supported by Johns Hopkins University MA in Museum Studies

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Brian Carter Helen Divjak Marion McGee Tara McCauley 
You Can’t Always Get What You Want: Inconsistent RH
Track(s): Facilities Management
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 260 America's Center
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The Museum of History and Industry's (MOHAI) library and textile storage were experiencing elevated RH levels in spring and fall, and extremely low RH during Seattle's rainy winters. With support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, MOHAI worked with the Image Permanence Institute to solve the mystery and develop a strategy to achieve an appropriate and sustainable preservation environment for the collection. This session explores this HVAC puzzle, common to many museums, through the varying perspectives of mechanical equipment, facilities, conservation, and collections experts.
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Betsy Bruemmer Clara Berg Dana Senge Jason Young Jeremy Linden
Is Visitor Attentiveness the High Price of Admission?
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 131 America's Center
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This session invites attendees to critique the notion of attentiveness, an unspoken criterion for museum exhibits. Join panelists to brainstorm a hypothetical exhibition. Can the techniques developed by interpretive designers in the past generation-narrative, dialogue, interaction, simulation, role-playing, and other modes of experiential learning-meet the challenge of new cognitive styles brought by new and more diverse audiences? Do museums need to develop new techniques, perhaps employing social media and multiple learning paths, and thereby redefine what we mean by an attentive audience"?

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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Alice Parman Daniel Spock Margaret Marino  
TrendsWatch 2017: Your Annual Glimpse of the Future
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 230-232 America's Center
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The director of the Alliance's Center for the Future of Museums presents a dramatic overview of significant trends gathering steam in 2017. The session will illustrate how the trends are playing out in the world and their significance to museums and their communities. It also will profile museums adapting to these challenges and opportunities, and explore implications for strategic planning.

Generously supported by Blackbaud, Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency, Inc., PGAV Destinations, and Solid Light

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Elizabeth Merritt    
Tattoo U: Getting Outside to Embrace New Communities
Track(s): Marketing & Community Engagement
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 222 America's Center
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In 2016, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) opened Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession, Art," an exhibition encompassing fascinating insights into ancient practices, histories, and meanings and the revival of the global phenomenon of body art. While intriguing the ROM's traditional audience, to be authentic and successful, the museum also needed to connect with a new community: the tattoo subculture. Explore how surprising partnerships and unusual marketing initiatives can engage new audiences, build relationships, and maximize your communications impact."
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Kathryn Brownlie    
Case Study: Making in Museums with Kids with Developmental Disabilities
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2 p.m.
Location: 262 America's Center
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This session will describe the Intrepid Museum's All Access Maker Camp for children with developmental disabilities from conception to execution to evaluation, serving as a model and lesson for other institutions seeking to deepen their offerings for people with disabilities or enhance their maker programming to be more inclusive and welcoming. Learn about how the museum uses its collections to inspire design challenges, how the structure and supports developed ensure camper growth, and how this framework can be applied to other institutions.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Charlotte Martin    
Getting Started on Evaluation Methods…Just Not Surveys
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 275 America's Center
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In this Getting Started session, museum evaluators will share other methods that organizations can use to engage audiences in providing information, which can then be used to make data-driven decisions. This session guarantees an overview of methods to gather information from individuals and groups, such as interviews, card sorting, prototyping, observations, prioritization methods, and quick integrated feedback. Attendees will then break into smaller discussion groups with expert evaluators to explore the methods in meaningful ways, empowering participants to use them immediately in their organizations.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Marley Steele-Inama Sarah Cohn   
The Accidental Exhibit Writer
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 228 America's Center
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If you're surprised to find yourself writing content for exhibits, or if you just want to expand your skill set and learn how to write more effective labels, come and discover tips and techniques to make your writing more engaging and accessible to a broader audience. Practice your skills with colleagues, and, if you like, bring some of your most troublesome content to work on with the group.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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Adam Tessier Bonnie Wallace Eileen Campbell Jennifer Lawrence 
How Do You Spark Conversations About Race at Your Museum?
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 223 America's Center
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Museums have emerged as important sites for dialogues about America's racial divides, developing new ways to initiate and facilitate conversations about race and equity. While challenging, these are opportunities to discuss, reflect, and recognize how such issues affect our audiences and our staff. This session offers various methods employed by museums, which include virtual, on-site, and community engagement models. This diversity of strategies for engaging difficult topics enables museums to be more responsive while leveraging platforms that create new, time-sensitive, and safe spaces for purposeful dialogue.
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Brenda Tindal Catherine Hughes Joseph Imholte M. Cecile Shellman 
Don’t Forget Us! Engaging Sometimes Forgotten Audiences
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 276 America's Center
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This session will demonstrate effective programs and initiatives to engage underserved families and children as well as identify potential funding opportunities for such programs. Panelists will discuss lessons learned from programs designed to engage audiences including preschoolers, children, and adults with cognitive issues and/or vision impairment, as well as families in crisis due to homelessness, incarceration, or recent immigration. Ways to define success and help foster community ownership of the museum will give participants models of engagement to try at their own museums.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Kaitlyn Riopelle Lisa Robbins Thomas Barry  
Case Study: Using Data to Evolve a Membership Program
Track(s): Development & Membership
Date: Monday May 8 1:30-2 p.m.
Location: 266 America's Center
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The membership program at Longwood Gardens was not able to support future growth while providing an extraordinary member experience. Using data mining, focus groups, member surveys, model testing, and an analysis of member behaviors, Longwood, with the help of consultants, began crafting a new model for membership that would lead us on a path of continued growth. This session will discuss how data informed the evolution of the program, including membership levels, benefits, and events, as well as tactics to ensure success.

Development and Membership track generously supported by Blackbaud

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Nicole Krom    
CFM Lounge: Imagining Comic Futures Workshop (Mon)
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 2-3 p.m.
Location: Center for the Future of Museums Lounge MuseumExpo
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Learn how to create a one-page comic for your museum program with Smithsonian Exhibits designer Evan Keeling and others.
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TMG Conversation: Generational Inclusion
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 2-3:15 p.m.
Location: Majestic E Marriott St. Louis Grand
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What are ways of maximizing the positive potential of the current five-generational workplace? How do we confront our stereotypes-about any generation--and exploit innovation and entrepreneurship in a truly cross-generational way? Where and how can cross-generational museum partnerships lead to effective social change? With Elizabeth Isele, CEO of Senior Entrepreneurship Works, & Samuel Moore, Online Communications Coordinator, Missouri History Museum, as our "conversation starters", we invite all participants to examine and imagine ways in which museum professionals of all ages can shift our assumptions to galvanize our staff and volunteers in order to make a positive impact in our communities. Facilitated by Marsha Semmel.
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Alliance Resource Center: Taking the First Step Towards Accreditation
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 2-3 p.m.
Location: Alliance Resource Center MuseumExpo
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Attend this short session to learn how your museum can create or revise its core policies and procedures to meet field-wide standards and best practices. In addition, you'll learn how AAM can help analyze and verify those documents, helping you along the path toward accreditation.
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Technology Innovation Stage: How to Increase Engagement to Foster Visitors for Life
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 2-2:30 p.m.
Location: Technology Innovation Stage MuseumExpo
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Creating a visitor for life begins the moment a guest decides to visit your museum. Fostering that relationship requires on-going communication beginning with the admission purchase and continuing throughout the guest journey. Learn how to use technology to help cultivate a museum advocate from a single guest visit
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Jamie Elswick    
Solutions Center: Sustainable Solutions for Changing Galleries & Exhibition Spaces
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 2-2:30 p.m.
Location: Solutions Center MuseumExpo
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Learn about using movable wall panels to create a nearly seamless permanent look and build just about any layout you can imagine. These products significantly reduce cost of material, labor, and downtime. Advantages include dust free & incredibly fast installation, no need for permits or outside labor. Used by museums & galleries, big and small, for more than 20 years.
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Mark Fireoved    
AAM Bookstore: Ali Hossaini, Manual of Digital Museum Planning””
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 2-2:30 p.m.
Location: AAM Bookstore MuseumExpo
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Case Study: Overtime Eligibility: What Your Institution Needs to Know
Track(s): Management & Administration
Date: Monday May 8 2:15-2:45 p.m.
Location: 266 America's Center
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On December 1, 2016, the updated rule expanding the number of white collar workers eligible for federal overtime was to go into effect. However, a federal court has temporarily blocked its expansion and the current Trump administration is not likely to appeal the ruling. What is the current status of the federal expansion? Are there states that have expanded this eligibility themselves? How do institutions adjust their staffing needs when tackling overtime issues? Learn how to identify who is exempt and to consider alternative staffing/salary strategies to help meet budgets while retaining and attracting the brightest employees.
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Andrew Bart    
Case Study: How African American Museums Can Remain Relevant
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Monday May 8 2:15-2:45 p.m.
Location: 261 America's Center
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Despite the good news of the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture opening, a cursory review reveals little change from the Association of African American Museums' 2008 assessment of African American cultural organizations-a somber report of museums struggling for both funding and audiences. This case study session will examine matters related to four tenets by which relevance is enhanced and audiences are engaged: programming, diversification, children and Family, and the experience in and out of the museum.
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John Guess    
Case Study: Accessibile Innovations: A Tool Kit For Families
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Monday May 8 2:15-2:45 p.m.
Location: 262 America's Center
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What are the resources you need to make your interactive spaces and exhibits accessible to families with all abilities? Spark!Lab, the hands-on space to explore innovation and the invention process at the National Museum of American History, wanted to answer that question and develop a tool kit to address visitor needs before, during, and after their visit. Learn from our successes and failures while generating ideas for your own galleries, websites, and staff training programs.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Jocelyn Knauf Laurel Miller Tricia Edwards  
MuseumExpo World’s Fair Break
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
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Come experience some of St. Louis' fascinating history at World's Fair Day. In 1904 St. Louis hosted the World's Fair and the Olympics--more than 20 million people attended. Meet re-enactors and historians from the 1904 World's Fair Society. Interact with birds from around the world and an eagle from the World Bird Sanctuary. Originally commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution for the 1904 World's Fair, the 1904 Flight Cage served as the impetus for St. Louis to develop a full-fledged zoo - the first municipally supported zoo in the world. The World Bird Sanctuary is a St. Louis-based non-profit preserves, protects and inspires to safeguard bird species as part of the global community for future generations. Listen to live ragtime music from St. Louis resident Danny DuMaine. Danny began playing piano at age four, and is a musician, producer, arranger, music director and a composer. Ragtime music was popularized by Scott Joplin, a resident of St. Louis in the early 1900s.
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Federal Agency Pavilion: NEH Meet and Greet
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: Federal Agency Pavilion MuseumExpo
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Take the opportunity to chat with an NEH program officer at this informal drop-in gathering. Whether you are an experienced NEH grantee with a new project or would like to know more about the process and funding opportunities, come to share ideas one-on-one, pose questions to a group, pick up information and contacts, or seek advice from colleagues on submitting successful proposals.
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International Lounge: ICOM Meet and Greet
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-4 p.m.
Location: 123 America's Center
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International Meet and Greet with the ICOM-US Board and AAM
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Alliance Resource Center: First-Time Attendee Meet Up
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: Alliance Resource Center MuseumExpo
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Description: 
Is this your first AAM Annual Meeting? Come to the Alliance Resource Center to meet AAM staff and other first-time attendees. Learn more about the meeting, and exchange notes and tips.
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Technology Innovation: How to Create a Legacy for Your Stories & a Connection With Your Visitors
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-3:30 p.m.
Location: Technology Innovation Stage MuseumExpo
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This session draws on recent cases studies to identify how you can use a simple audio guide to connect with visitors and offer them the opportunity to continue the stories post visit therefore creating a legacy for your collection.
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Jeff Danziger    
Solutions Center: Voice of the Visitor-Fail to Listen, Face Your Peril
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-3:30 p.m.
Location: Solutions Center MuseumExpo
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Led by senior staff of PGAV Destinations, this interactive session will reveal the findings of our recent Voice of the Visitor research project and explore other ways to keep the visitor's voice at the center of planning and design for museums.
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Diane Lochner Thomas Owen   
2017 Featured Speaker Series: Bryan Stevenson
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-4 p.m.
Location: Ferrara Theater America's Center
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Description: 

Truth and Reconciliation: Using Cultural Spaces to Change the Narrative"

This talk will explore America's history of severe punishment and racial inequality and articulate a vision for using public art, cultural spaces and memorials to address injustice and oppression. A national memorial for victims of lynching, a new museum on slavery and mass incarceration, along with a national effort at erecting historic markers that change the American landscape will be discussed.


Mr. Stevenson will be signing copies of his book in the Alliance Bookstore immediately following his talk.


Read Stevenson's bio 

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CEO Roundtable Discussions
Track(s): Museum Directors
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: Landmark 4 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Museum CEOs/executive directors are invited to participate in informal roundtable discussions by and for museum directors on topics and projects of interest that can be informed by perspectives from other museum CEOs. Presented in collaboration with the Leadership and Management Professional Network.

Roundtable Discussions will include:

  • Diversifying the Board
  • Pursuing the Best Business Model, Practice and Culture for Your Institution
  • There Is No Such Thing as a Perfect Donation
  • Mission , Market and Means in Museum Expansion
  • Renovation vs. Expansion-Deciding and Successfully Achieving Staff Strength through Diversity At Your Museum
  • Diversifying Collections and Programs
  • Building Organizational Culture
  • Building a Sustainable Museum Culture of Collaboration and Engagement
  • Grow Your Skills, Deploy Your Strengths and Secure Assistance to
  • Lead a Successful Organization
  • Strategic Planning and Governance
  • Audience-centric Approaches to Achieve Excellence
  • Is Your Museum Useful?
  • Never Let a Good Crisis Go to Waste: Change Management in Turbulent Times
  • Keeping It Safe and Ethical
  • CEO Responses to Climate & Science in National News
  • Politics and the New Norm

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Marketplace of Ideas: CoMPT Museum Studies and Practice Programs
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
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This Marketplace will host the many different National and International Museum Studies degrees, certificates, and training programs. Whether you have an established career or are just starting out in the field, come see what kinds of opportunities are available for museum professional training.
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Marketplace of Ideas: Small Museum Pins
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
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Based on the Pinterest model, the Small Museum Administrators Committee invites you to browse a catalogue of ideas from small museums, ranging from exhibit tricks to funding-raising to gathering information about visitors. We will create a real-life board that can be viewed at the Marketplace and follow it up with an online version that can grow and be shared after the Annual Meeting.
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Marketplace of Ideas: CurCom Excellence in Exhibit Label Writing
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
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Description: 
The annual Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition highlights the excellent work of label writers and editors. The competition seeks to champion high quality label writing and inspire museum professionals to produce their very best work. The goal is to serve as a resource for museum professionals striving to write excellent labels.
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Marketplace of Ideas: CurCom 29th Annual Excellence in Exhibition Awards
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
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It's a great day for discovery! Learn about the current guidelines, standards and the process of what makes a great exhibition by talking to 29th Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition judges and coordinator as well as viewing award-winning applications and competition submissions. Judges are representatives from NAME, CARE, CURCOM and EDCOM.
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Marketplace of Ideas: Public Relations and Marketing (PRAM)
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
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Description: 
In this friendly drop-in format, PRAM board members will host table discussions on marketing and communication strategies, branding, social media, crisis communications, CRM, career transitions or other topics that you want to discuss.
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Marketplace of Ideas: CARE-apy – Free Evalution Help
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
Present your audience research and evaluation challenges to CARE professionals, and together, you'll diagnose and treat challenges. Then, enjoy a poster session providing a glimpse into current trends in audience research and evaluation.
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Marketplace of Ideas: EdCom
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
Fostering empathy, encouraging diversity, inclusion, and accessibility and developing meaningful partnerships are all essential to maintaining relevant museum education initiatives. Join EdCom and MER in dialogues about trends in museum education and how successfully addressing these trends will strategically increase museum relevance in our communities. Gather inspiration and new friends during this Marketplace of Ideas!
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Marketplace of Ideas: M&T MUSE Award Winner Showcase
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
Come experience a wide selection of this year's MUSE Award-winning programs in a dynamic meet and greet with the amazing museum professionals and vendors who designed and built them. Get your hands on cutting edge interactives, informative mobile apps, impactful educational technologies, and more. You'll discover both how and why they did it all and leave informed and inspired!
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Marketplace of Ideas: Registrars (RC-AAM)
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
Engage with museum professionals in collections-specific topics through round table discussions and poster presentations. Topics will include the challenges of working at a museum affiliated with a college or university, addressing questions and comments about the General Facility Report, how to effectively communicate condition concerns to a conservator and more.
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Marketplace of Ideas: LGBTQ Welcoming Questions
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
Do you have something to say, or to ask, about LGBTQ issues and museums or about implementing more LGBTQ-friendly practices? Join the LGBTQ Alliance for a Welcoming Questions/sharing session. Come share your personal and professional triumphs, horror stories, uncertainties, or plans around workplace and institutional diversity and LGBTQ concerns. And bring your questions, too! Discussion groups will focus on topics of leadership and governance; staffing & operations; collections, curation & interpretation; community engagement; and visitor experiences. LGBTQ Alliance Professional Network members look forward to meeting you, sharing stories and strategies, and helping you imagine and think through welcoming experiences for your institution.
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Marketplace of Ideas: Council of Affiliates – Leadership Sustainability: Successes and Challenges
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
Organizations large and small share the challenge of maintaining momentum as leadership changes. Some flounder while others thrive. AAM's Council of Affiliates, representing 27 museum associations, invites you-especially volunteer board members and trustees-to join in sharing pitfalls and successes!
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Marketplace of Ideas: DivCom Dialogues
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
Join DivCom for 3 facilitated and generative dialogues on diversity and inclusion in the museum field. Outcomes of these conversations include, but are not limited to, opportunities for participants to reflect, connect and engage around: - Museum Graduate Program Recruiting: How do we recruit a more diverse pool of scholars/practitioners and cultivate the talent all around us? - Familiar Conversations, New Ideas: Museum leaders & activists have been working for decades to advance museum inclusion. What new approaches/concepts give you hope for the work ahead? - Accountable Leadership: How can the field support conversations about inclusion happening at the uppermost levels of museum management?
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Marketplace of Ideas: DAM Good Ideas! by the Development and Marketing Network
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
Pick a table and pull up a chair to join in a lively discussion on current trends and effective strategies in Development and Membership. Each single-topic table will be hosted by a seasoned professional who will share their expertise with you. Come and share your Good Ideas!""
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Marketplace of Ideas: Indigenous Peoples Museum Network
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
The Indigenous Peoples Museum Network is committed to increasing communication and collaboration on issues related to indigenous peoples and museums. Come learn about some great programs being offered at museums. Share your thoughts about challenges with respect to indigenous peoples in the museum profession. Tell us what activities you'd like the Network to consider for the coming year.
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Marketplace of Ideas: Explore Exciting Exhibit Endeavors with NAME
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3-5 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
Join us for drop-in, small-group, workshop-style interactions with colleagues from diverse museums. Presenters will touch on current trends and specific projects, and be eager to delve into any exhibits-related insight and intrigue you'd like to share. Topics will rotate, so stop by early to plan your Marketplace adventure, or stay the whole time!
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TMG Conversation: Generating Adaptive Responses to Accelerated Change
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 3:45-5 p.m.
Location: Majestic E Marriott St. Louis Grand
Price: 
Description: 
What are the challenges and opportunities for museums to thrive in a 21st century environment of widening perspectives and accelerating change? Greater shifts in global engagement, technology, climate change, politics and the economy will affect each of us differently. How can we be thoughtfully proactive, responding faster while being more nimble, innovative, adaptive, and resourceful? Join us in a conversation exploring ideas, challenges, possibilities, and strategies for authentically serving our many missions and communities in this environment of accelerated change. Facilitated by Charmaine Jefferson, Principal, KELAN Resources with invited leaders from the non profit world.
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Solutions Center: Retail Makeover 5 Key Paths to Dramatic Income Growth
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 4-5 p.m.
Location: Solutions Center MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
Follow one institution's journey finding exceptional success with earned income. In this session consultants share an in-depth case study detailing how they transformed a single client's museum store and ecommerce businesses through technology, redesign, product development, marketing, and more. See what strategies are working today to drive significant bottom line results.
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Janice Yablonski-Hickey    
International Lounge: 2017 Conference of the Americas, Medellin Preview
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 4-5 p.m.
Location: 123 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Preview the second Conference of the Americas, Reimagining the Museum: A Vision for Museum Professionals in Central, South, and North America," in Medellin, Colombia, a partnership between AAM, TyPA, and Parque Explora."
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AAM Bookstore: Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption””
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: AAM Bookstore MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
Following his featured speaker talk, Bryan Stevenson will be signing his book, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption." Copies of the book will be available for sale in the AAM Bookstore."
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2017 Featured Speaker Series: Vincent Valdez
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: Ferrara Theater America's Center
Price: 
Description: 

A United States of Amnesia

Vincent Valdez is a painter and draftsman recognized for his monumental portrayal of the contemporary human figure.  During this session, he will remark on a universal struggle within various socio-political arenas/eras and offer commentary on modern American life & culture. 

Read Valdez's bio

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Cooperstown Graduate Program Reception
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Landmark 3 Marriott St. Louis Grand
Price: 
Description: 
The Cooperstown graduate program invites alumni and friends of the program to an evening of fellowship with fellow colleagues and to hear the latest exciting happenings at CGP." Hosted by Claire Grothe '10."
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UArts, MAAM, and Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia Reception
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Landmark 6 Marriott St. Louis Grand
Price: 
Description: 
Come enjoy refreshments and light fare, and catch up with University of the Arts Museum Studies alumni and members of Museum Council of Greater Philadelphia and Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM)
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Bank Street Graduate School Museum Education Reception
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Pershing/Lindell Marriott St. Louis Grand
Price: 
Description: 
Mingle and connect over wine and hors d'oeuvres with friends, faculty, potential students, and alumni of Bank Street's museum education and leadership in museum education graduate programs.
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Collections Stewardship Emerging Museum Professionals Reception
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Landmark 1-2 Marriott St. Louis Grand
Price: 
Description: 
This event is open to anyone interested in collections stewardship and working with collections. Join us for a beverage and appetizers while you mix and mingle with newcomers to the field as well as senior professionals, and hear about changes to our mentoring program.
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Reception for Members and Friends of Oklahoma Museums
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Landmark 7 Marriott St. Louis Grand
Price: 
Description: 
Members and friends of the Oklahoma Museums Association, Museum of the Red River, and Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art are invited to this networking reception.
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AAM Board Alumni Reception
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Crystal Ballroom Marriott St. Louis Grand
Price: $0.00
Description: 
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Association of Academic Museums and Galleries Reception
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Westmoreland/Kingsbury Marriott St. Louis Grand
Price: 
Description: 
Catch up with your academic friends and colleagues over drinks and a nosh.
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GWU Alumni Reception
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 5:30-7 p.m.
Location: Washington Marriott St. Louis Grand
Price: 
Description: 
Join our annual alumni reception at AAM. Mingle with friends and faculty, meet current students, and network with fellow alumni! All GWU and Corcoran School alumni are invited to attend. Light hors d'oeuvres will be provided, and one drink is free of charge.
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I am local and will provide my own transportation
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: 
Price: $0.00
Description: 
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Go Explore St. Louis: Go Forest Park
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: Saint Louis Science Center, Saint Louis Zoo, Saint Louis Art Museum
Price: 
Description: 
With 13 million annual visitors and 1,300 acres, Saint Louis' Forest Park offers something for everyone in the middle of a city oasis. Experience for yourself why it consistently receives nominations for one of America's great public spaces and spend time at three of the major cultural institutions within the Park - the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Saint Louis Science Center and the Saint Louis Zoo.
Learn more about this route.

Events are free with conference badge. Purchase a Go Explore St. Louis Shuttle Pass to let us take you there.

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Go Explore St. Louis Shuttle Pass – Monday May 8 (Forest Park)
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: 
Price: $30.00
Description: 
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NAME Party
Track(s): 
Date: Monday May 8 7-10 p.m.
Location: The MOTO Museum
Price: 
Description: 

Buses will depart America's Center at 6:30 and 7 p.m. Return trips will leave at 9, 9:30 and 10 p.m. Ticket is required to enter.

Mingle with friends and colleagues among rare and vintage motorcycles from around the world at NAME's famous party. Enjoy music, food, and an open bar while admiring the creative design solutions and fascinating backstories of this unique collection.

Generously supported by Cortina Productions, Reich + Petch Design International, and Electrosonic Inc.

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Morning Walking Tour of Downtown
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 7-7:45 a.m.
Location: America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Get your morning exercise and join guides from the Landmarks the Association of St. Louis for a short walking tour of some of architectural highlights of downtown, including Louis Sullivan's masterpiece the Wainwright Building. Tour will start at the Washington Avenue entrance of the Convention Center.
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Association of Science Museum Directors Breakfast
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Location: Majestic B Marriott St. Louis Grand
Price: 
Description: 
The Association of Science Museum Directors offers a forum where museum directors can learn from each other in discussing common problems and brainstorming solutions. ASMD invites members and those interested in joining.
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360 Leadership: Expand your skills as your career advances
Track(s): Career Management
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 125-126 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Museum leaders often rise from front-line positions to middle management - but professional development to bridge that skill set can be hard to find. Join experienced former and current middle managers in a lively crowd-sourced session to discuss how to lead and innovate up, down, and out in fast-paced museum environments.

Career Management track generously supported by Johns Hopkins University MA in Museum Studies

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Christopher Petrelli Hillary Olson Josey Balenger Marcus Harshaw Whitney Owens
Museums are for Everyone: Making Accessibility a Priority
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 222 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Accessibility is increasingly becoming a priority at cultural institutions. Museums are responding by incorporating accessibility into planning and operations and creating accessibility-focused positions. In this session, presenters will share stories and tips on building an accessibility initiative from the ground up, gaining staff buy-in, and responding to the growth and needs of audiences with disabilities through staff training and programming. Participants will gain ideas to apply to institutions of all sizes and types and have opportunities to share experiences.
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Caroline Braden Emmanuel von Schack Maren Levad Meredith Gregory 
Risk Management and Volunteers: What Could Go Wrong?
Track(s): Management & Administration
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 224 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Volunteers are an essential element in most museums' operations, and they are an ever-changing population of all ages, backgrounds, and personalities. What can a museum do to minimize the risks to-and sometimes posed by-volunteers? How do you keep your museum volunteer-friendly while incorporating what may seem like draconian rules and procedures? Learn how you can prevent catastrophe, how to address problems if they do occur, and what legal aspects you need to consider when engaging volunteers in your museum.
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Aaron Haag Gwen Nelmes Lois Kuter Robbin Davis 
New Ways to Talk About Nature
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 227 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
In the interest of attracting new audiences and innovatively engaging existing audiences, natural history museums have begun to develop exhibitions and experiences based around partnerships that tell stories in new ways. This session will explore a range of case studies from natural history museums that outline different possibilities for working in partnerships, both internally and externally, to tell stories in new ways. It will explore why working in this way is important, the challenges and opportunities it brings, and the outcomes achieved.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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Alex Fairhead Beth Redmond-Jones Ian Miller Karen Wise Rebecca Menlove
Volunteers: Recruiting, Diversifying and Training
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 130 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
In this session, four uniquely different cultural institutions will share their multiple points of view on recruiting, diversifying, and training volunteer guides. Panelists represent a cross-section of cultural institutions (art, literacy, history, horticulture, and science) and departments (education and exhibitions). We'll discuss recruitment and training structures, mentor programs, and diversifying guide roles and demographics. We'll also share innovative methods for training guides that can inspire colleagues to make similar changes at their own cultural institutions.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Courtney Allen Joseph Imholte Laura Steefel-Moore Mark Osterman 
Case Study: Art++! Collaborative, Open Source App Development @ Stanford
Track(s): Media & Technology
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-9:15 a.m.
Location: 265 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
In summer 2016, the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University launched Art++, an augmented reality application developed in partnership with the Image, Video and Multimedia Systems Lab at the School of Engineering. In an age when apps and in-gallery interactives have become standard at museums, Art++ presents an instance in which a museum has partnered with graduate engineering students to launch a new in-gallery experience, rather than hiring a private company to design and execute a technical build. This presentation will focus on the development of the interdisciplinary, collaborative project at Cantor and will introduce the Art++ open-source software to the wider museum community.
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Anna Toledano Maria del Carmen Barrios   
Mistakes Were Made 2017
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 132 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
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

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Enimini Ekong Jennifer Morgan Sean Kelley  
Measuring Change: Demographic Data for Equity and Inclusion
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 275 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
As the US population changes, museum boards, funders, and other stakeholders are working to develop diverse workforces and gain insight into their audiences and communities. This session will acquaint participants with new approaches to demographic data collection for understanding who serves in and is served by museums and other cultural institutions. DataArts will share methodologies and findings from recent demographics pilots in Minnesota, Los Angeles County, and Houston. Representatives from the Walker Art Center, which was a workforce demographics pilot organization, will discuss how they are using demographic data internally and collaborating with nine other artsl organizations across the Twin Cities to develop the requisite intercultural competencies and a collective action plan to diversify their community's cultural workforce and programming.
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Beth Tuttle Nisa Mackie Rebecca Johnson Richele Donat 
Case Study: Reaching New Audiences in the Digital World
Track(s): Marketing & Community Engagement
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-9:15 a.m.
Location: 262 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Online channels provide museums unprecedented opportunities to reach and engage with new, diverse audiences. But how do you build an audience list for a museum that patrons cannot yet visit? In this case study, discover how the National Museum of African American History and Culture tested various digital advertising tools to find new audiences and build an email list before it had even opened its doors. You'll learn about online targeting tactics and tools, landing page best practices, and which digital channels are best for garnering email sign-ups.
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Tim O'Malley    
LGBTQ Latinxs” in Museums: Challenging Mainstream Narratives”
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 226 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
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.
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Carlos Tortolero Emmanuel Garcia Jorge Valdivia  
Star Wars, Ai Weiwei and Navajo Shoe Games – Making Navajo Culture Relevant in the 21st Century
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 225 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
The Navajo Nation Museum staff have gone against the odds to accomplish incredible projects like dubbing Star Wars in Navajo and partnering Navajo artist Bert Benally with acclaimed Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. In an effort to help boost our culture we tackled topics of language preservation, challenged what native art is, and reinforcing our traditions through programming. Find out how and why we chose to work on these projects. We hope you will be inspired to dream big.
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Charlotte Thompson Clarenda Begay Manuelito Wheeler Nate Bitsoi Randy Haven
The Art and Sense of Print Media
Track(s): Marketing & Community Engagement
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 260 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Join a discussion on the evolution of print media in museum communications, the importance of print design and production in an ever-changing digital world, and the quest for excellence in print design. Panelists representing book publishing, graphic design, and museum publications reflect on the decision-making process in print design, innovation in the production of print media, maximizing design impact on the organization's brand and bottom line, and ultimately, the cumulative institutional equity that can and should be built through print media over time.
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Antonio Alcala Dean Phelus Ed Marquand Emiko Usui Greg Nosam
Decolonizing Protocols and Practices in Museum Settings
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 228 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Ho-Chunk academic and museum practitioner Amy Lonetree defined decolonization as (the) privileging (of) Indigenous voice and perspective, through challenging stereotypical representations of Native people that were produced in the past, and by serving as educational forums for our own communities and the general public." Many museums focus decolonization efforts on exhibits and programs and rarely consider other areas of museum operations such as collections management, development, governance, planning, and advocacy. Participants working in these areas offer practical examples of decolonizing practices developed in their institutions."
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Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko Heather Anderson Jaclyn Roessel Kelly Hyberger Lael Hoff
Using Visitor Data to Inform Decision-Making
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 276 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Unfortunately, museums vary widely in their capacity for data collection devoted to understanding their visitors-who is visiting, why they visit, and how they feel about their experience. Recent efforts to build evaluation capacity through shared measures of visitor experiences have attempted to change that. In this session, presenters will share their stories about participating in and learning from multi-institutional data collection, detailing lessons learned both about their experience collecting data and how they've begun using those data.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Elisa Israel Marjorie Bequette Mat Sinclair Ryan Auster 
Effective Development and Fundraising for the Small Museum
Track(s): Development & Membership
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 267 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
This session is designed to provide practical advice to aid museum professionals in becoming more effective fundraisers, particularly those at smaller institutions with limited staff. It is appropriate for staff and volunteers from institutions regardless of size. Participants will learn about involving boards in fundraising, leveraging government grants, securing general operating funding in a climate that prioritizes program funding, effectively communicating value to key audiences (government, foundations, corporations, and individuals), organizing and prioritizing development work, and tips on stewardship, securing major gifts, annual fund, and membership.
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Chad Roberts Jamie Clements Jennifer Burch  
Copyrighted Material in the Museum: A Path to Fair Use
Track(s): Curatorial Practice
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 263 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
The College Art Association's Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts brings tools for using copyrighted material under fair use to professionals in the visual arts. This session provides practical information about the code and explores how individuals can facilitate the fair use of copyrighted content, whether for exhibitions, educational guides, catalogs, and public programming or websites. Panelists provide examples of success stories and explain the practice within their institutions. Attendees are encouraged to bring problems they've encountered using third-party material for discussion.
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Anne Collins Goodyear Hunter O'Hanian Joseph Newland Judy Metro Patricia Fidler
Unpacking Museum Storage: Working Spaces of Preservation
Track(s): Collections Management
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 223 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
As museums are under growing pressure to display more of their collection, and as collections continue to expand, storage facilities become active working spaces that are more than a repository. This session will explore the logistical, financial, and staffing challenges that go along with this new model for storage, along with creative ways that collections managers are addressing institutional demands. The presenters will examine how transforming storage areas into dynamic spaces can reap a host of benefits for an institution's goals.
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Amber Bonadio Laura Elliff Michelle Bennett  
Achieving Excellence: Conversations with EdCom Award Winners
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 274 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Join host Claudia Ocello and Awards judges in EdCom's Talk Show with 2017 award winners, representing excellence in leadership, community service, public education, programming, resources and innovation, sharing their stories and strategies for inclusive success and impact in the museum education field. The session will offer time for participants to ask questions and presenters to share ways to apply these lessons to their own career and work.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Claudia Ocello Cynthia Robinson Heather Schneider Jason Porter Lauren Zalut
Leading with Intent: A Comprehensive Survey and Analysis of U.S. Museum Board Practices, Policies a
Track(s): Museum Directors
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 229 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
AAM's Trustee Initiative: "Leading with Intent" a new national survey of museum directors and board chairs. This session will report on and analyze the findings from this 2016 AAM-BoardSource comprehensive survey and scan of museum board practices, policies and performance. The session panel will provide museum leaders with the opportunity to compare their practices with each other and other nonprofit boards, providing a powerful window into current board leadership and trends.
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Andrew Hahn Dion Brown Frances Levine Kathy Dwyer Southern Lisa Melandri
Case Study: Curatorial Catalysts: Infusing First-Voice Representation into Museum Practice
Track(s): Career Management
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-9:15 a.m.
Location: 261 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
The Smithsonian's Latino Studies Curatorial Initiative is a new, paradigm-shifting effort to ensure first voice Latino representation in research, exhibits, and collecting. Since 2010, the Smithsonian has hired 10 curators across its museums with expertise in Latino history, art, and culture. Join curators and archivists from the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, the National Museum of American History, and the National Portrait Gallery as they share their approaches, objectives, and reflections in working to incorporate and highlight Latino stories in their respective museums.

Career Management track generously supported by Johns Hopkins University MA in Museum Studies

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Eduardo Diaz Josh Franco Margaret Salazar-Porzio Taina Caragol 
Lessons from the International Community: Exhibitions and Cultural Perspectives
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 8:45-10 a.m.
Location: 122 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
"How to Tour Internationally: The British Approach" offers a cross-cultural perspective on developing international traveling exhibitions and the factors to be considered in assessing the desirability and feasibility in launching a program.
Presenters: Vanessa North, Senior Exhibitions Manager, Victoria and Albert Museum and Hannah Hawksworth, International Projects Manager, National Gallery, London

"Inclusivity in a World of Diversity" presents ideas in dealing with contemporary art preparation and exhibition design by artists and art collectives that are sensitive to issues of ownership and balanced interpretation. 
Presenter: Randel Urbano, museum assistant, Jorge B. Vargas Museum, Philippines
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Museums United Phase 2 Planning Meeting
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 9-4 p.m.
Location: Parkview/Aubert Marriott St. Louis Grand
Price: 
Description: 
Museums United Phase Two is an IMLS-supported initiative in which U.S. state museum associations are working collaboratively to address shared barriers for greater organizational success, so that we may better serve our museum constituents. This is a meeting of the Museums United Phase Two Steering Committee to plan for the future.
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International Lounge: Connection – Engagement: A US-China Museum Education Forum Panel
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 9-10 a.m.
Location: 123 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
In December 2016, a delegation of 14 museum education leaders convened in Beijing and Shanghai with counterparts from Chinese institutions. Participants will share how this global exchange, and first-of-its-kind program, transformed the way they think about their own museum practice.
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Open Forum on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 9-11 a.m.
Location: 230-232 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Join social justice and equity advocates-as well as AAM staff, board members, and Professional Network leaders-for a participatory conversation around diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion in the museum field.
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Case Study: Online Publishing: What We’ve Learned and Where We’re Going
Track(s): Media & Technology
Date: Tuesday May 9 9:30-10 a.m.
Location: 266 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
By the close of the Getty's six-year Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI), all eight participating museums had published online catalogues and were planning for more. Yet, following this landmark initiative, significant challenges remained, particularly in catalogue discoverability and longevity. Getty Publications has tackled these issues head-on in several recent publications and its new open-source software package. By focusing on web standards, version control, multiple-format publishing, and plain-text source material, the Getty continues to push forward the promise digital publishing holds for all museums.
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Greg Albers    
Case Study: Overcoming Obstacles, Building Intrigue, Welcoming Success
Track(s): Marketing & Community Engagement
Date: Tuesday May 9 9:30-10 a.m.
Location: 262 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
When Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art debuted in 2011, media speculated whether a museum in a region of the country not known for fine arts appreciation could succeed. Five years later, nearly 3 million people had visited. Learn how strategic PR, grassroots community efforts and collaborations, and authenticity over hype transitioned the museum from an art-world curiosity to an appreciated public institution. If you're launching a new venture and facing critics or skeptics, come discover practical and budget-friendly tips as well as sources of inspiration and innovation.
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Diane Carroll    
Alliance Resource Center: Collections Assessment for Preservation
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 10-11 a.m.
Location: Alliance Resource Center MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
CAP is a technical assistance program that provides partial funding toward a general conservation assessment for small or mid-sized institutions. Come to the Alliance Resource Center to learn more about how your museum's collections, building, and/or building systems could benefit from the program.
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MuseumExpo Coffee Break
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 10-11 a.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
Grab a complimentary cup of coffee and visit with exhibitors.
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Hospitality Lounge: Support Dogs
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 10-11 a.m.
Location: St. Louis Hospitality Lounge, 100 Complex America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Need to lower your blood pressure? Missing your best friend from home (a.k.a. your dog)? Stop by the Hospitality Lounge to give and receive love from a trained therapy dog. Support Dogs Inc., is a St. Louis-based non-profit that helps people with special needs achieve an improved quality of life.
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CFM Lounge: FutureLab Discussion on Unbiased Hiring Practices
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 10-11 a.m.
Location: Center for the Future of Museums Lounge MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
Taking our cues from innovations in the tech sector, the Center for the Future of Museums is proud to partner with tech company, GapJumpers, in the Alliance's pilot program, FutureLab: Hiring Bias. This project will bring a cohort of museums together to undergo GapJumpers' full challenge-based blind hiring process. Come learn about the project, hear about challenge-based hiring, and discover how your museum can participate.
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Solutions Center: Project Jeopardy: How Inclusivity Impacts Scope, Budget and Schedule
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11 a.m.
Location: Solutions Center MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
America's favorite quiz show takes on #AAM2017 in this interactive panel discussion. Attendees will learn about the tools and strategies used to foster inclusivity on a museum design and construction team from a panel of project management experts. Come root for your favorite and win one of three prizes
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Greta Perry Kris Collins Oliver Fox Uzair Faruqui 
Lessons from the International Community: Preserving Artistic and Cultural Traditions
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 122 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
"Painting of the White Tara" focuses on a three years effort to preserve the traditional method of painting the White Tara,a religious diety, in the style of Zanabazar, a painting style unique to Mongolia. 
Presenter: Mendsaikhan Otgonbileg, director, Bogd Khaan Palace Museum of Mongolia 

 "Reviving the Tradition of Metal Craft" features a discussion on preserving the artistry of metal craft, a vibrant element of Bengali culture and one of the foundations of traditional art in Bangladesh that has been threatened by the proliferation of mass-produced metal objects. 
Presenter: Tahmida Afroze, architect, Bengal Museum of Arts and Crafts 

"Ukraine Book Treasures" outlines research that is being conducting on American collections of antique Ukrainian Books from the 16th -18th century and implications for museum practice in conservation, preservation, and cataloguing. 
Presenter: Valentyna Bochkovska, director, Museum of Book and Printing of Ukraine
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Technology Innovation Stage: Argus has the Right IDEA: Collections Management for All
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Location: Technology Innovation Stage MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
The accessibility imperative applies to visitors and museum staff; internal users require full access, regardless of location, device or browser, and efficient features and processes supporting effective workflows, expanded curation, and managerial reporting. We'll demonstrate the many ways Argus supports Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility for all. Always has, always will.
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Ilene Slavick    
Effective Altruism, Evidence-Based Giving, and Museums
Track(s): Museum Directors
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 229 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Are financial gifts to museums morally dubious? Advocates of effective altruism, a philosophy that applies evidence and reason to determine the most effective ways to improve the world for the greatest positive impact, contend they are. Learn why the effective altruism movement is gathering strength, potentially ominous implications for financial giving to museums, and tactics and strategies to employ for greatest relevancy in this changing philanthropic environment.
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Anne Ferola Laura Callanan Putter Bert Susan Wilkening 
Tech Tutorial: SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and SEM (Search Engine Marketing)
Track(s): Media & Technology
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 267 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Join us for an introductory exploration to the simple steps you can take to bring more traffic to your website and your online content through organic search. Explore free tools to evaluate and implement SEO best practices, and understand how spending a little money on Search Engine Marketing and Social Media marketing can also boost traffic. Emphasis will given to Google as a search engine and Facebook for social media. It's helpful if participants already have Google Analytics implemented.
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Jacques Haba Matt Derby   
#TransformiveEd:Exploring Difficult Subjects through Comics
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 222 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Come and learn how the combination of images and text have transformed the museum education field by being able to talk about and create resources to address difficult subjects around diversity and inclusion through comics with students of all ages. Our dynamic session of curators, artists, educators, and writers will share best and next practices.
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Evan Keeling Jason Rodriguez Jenny Robb Lawrence-Minh Davis Rafael Medoff
Case Study: Zooniverse Project Builder: Engaging the Public Online
Track(s): Media & Technology
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11 a.m.
Location: 266 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
The online people-powered research platform Zooniverse recently developed a project builder to allow anyone to create an online transcription, classification, or crowdsourcing project. This allows large data sets to be analyzed and discussed by a community of volunteers attracted to work done at the institution. In this session, we will present how Adler Planetarium and other institutions have used the Zooniverse Project Builder to engage their visitors and people around in the world in their research and collections.
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Julie Feldt    
Let’s Talk Religion: Engaging Audiences with the “R” Word
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 223 America's Center
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Description: 
In this session, practitioners from institutions representing children's, living history, contemporary art, and archival genres will share stories about why their museums decided to tackle the risky subject of religion and what happened when they did. Examples will include exhibitions and programs employing varied methods of presentation aimed at broad public audiences, all focused on creating understanding through the exploration of religion. Speakers will describe the challenges they encountered and provide pragmatic tips for turning passionate exchanges into learning opportunities.
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Charity Counts Christian Carron David Trobisch Stephen Seals Terrence Dempsey
Finding Relevance: Blurring the Line between History and STEM
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 275 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Many museums are developing experiences that connect history with STEM. But questions persist about the methods, intended goals, and success of these endeavors. Hear from four historical institutions, and add your own voice, as we discuss why STEM integration can be meaningful in history museums, as well as strategies for evaluation. Then, explore how each institution moved beyond a basic history of science" model to more deeply connect STEM and history while maintaining the strength of their historic collections and programs.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Andrea Jones Catherine Hughes Mariruth Leftwich Sarah Sims 
When Your Collections Get In the Way
Track(s): Curatorial Practice
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 263 America's Center
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Description: 
Museums, and especially historic houses, have limited physical space but endless demands for increased programming. What happens when the demands of the event threatens the safety of the collection? Hear from three historic houses about how they balance successful events with collections care. From a holiday market that attracts thousands of visitors to themed tours to an actual battle reenactment that takes place inside the house, learn the tips and tricks that these sites have developed for increasing public engagement and access while also protecting the collection.
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Carolyn Wallace Carrie Villar Howard Zar Julie DeVere 
Case Study: Listos Para el Museo: Nurturing a New Generation of Visitors
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11 a.m.
Location: 261 America's Center
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Description: 
Learn how the National Museum of Mexican Art created Listos Para El Museo, a bilingual program for young Latino families with toddlers, that addresses visual, cognitive, and language development. Integrating components of the Head Start Model and arts education, the museum partnered with Gads Hill Community Center to work with low-income families from the south and southwest sides of Chicago. Learn how a museum can position itself to provide educational services needed by its community and at the same time foster a new generation of museumgoers.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Pablita Santos    
The Path Less Taken: Alternative Routes in the Museum Field
Track(s): Career Management
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 125-126 America's Center
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Description: 
Many passionate museum employees find it challenging to fulfill their potential in a field that can be low paying and difficult to navigate. Join the creative minds behind The Engaging Educator, MuseumProv, and Museum Hack for this lively session exploring alternative paths through the museum field. Facilitators will share there own journeys in developing their unique companies, which not only empower themselves, but also offer valuable services that benefit museums and visitors.

Career Management track generously supported by Johns Hopkins University MA in Museum Studies

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Chelsea Hogan Ethan Angelica Jennifer Brown  
When Art Meets Research: Promoting a Quality Toddler Program
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 276 America's Center
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Description: 
During Toddler Thursdays, museum educators encourage participants to engage in hands-on art making, listen to a story read aloud, and view a featured artwork. An initiative to improve the accessibility and quality of family programs led to a conversation between museum staff and university researchers. Funded by grant support, researchers evaluated the program through various methods and provided recommendations. The presenters will share the evaluation outcomes, challenges and successes from their ongoing process, and insights on quality improvement through interdisciplinary collaboration.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Kyong Ah Kwon Meghan Welch Nicole Cromartie  
Interdisciplinary Ideas to Engage Blind/Low Vision Guests
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 131 America's Center
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Description: 
This session will feature interdisciplinary approaches to improving experiences for guests who are blind or have low vision, one of the fastest-growing disability groups. Often, as professionals, we tend to draw from the experiences or approaches of museums similar to our own to improve our accessibility offerings. In this session, we'll look instead at ways museums have uniquely applied various accessibility approaches from other disciplines to their own specific settings to create better offerings for visitors who are blind and have low vision.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Ann Leist Ashleigh Braggs Charlotte Martin Kris Nesbitt Leigh Ann Mesiti
Design Trends: Phygital” to Pokemon”
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 226 America's Center
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Description: 
Hear five perspectives on key trends that are challenging and changing the way we design museum exhibitions. Speakers will share their experiences and perspectives on trends that they're wrestling with and excited about, from physical/digital mashups (Phygital) to multilingual experiences to virtual and augmented reality. They'll share examples from the field to spark ideas, conversation, and debate.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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Clare Brown Cynthia Torp Erica Kelly Jonathan Alger Paul Orselli
75 Ideas in 75 Minutes: Fresh Ideas for Audience Engagement
Track(s): Marketing & Community Engagement
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 274 America's Center
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Description: 
This session aims to help museum professionals learn fresh ways to cut through a cluttered marketplace to engage members, drive attendance, and enhance visitor experiences. Drawing ideas and examples from a variety of institutions, experts from PRAM, AAM's public relations and marketing professional network, offer a fast-paced review of some of today's most interesting ideas for audience engagement. Time will be set aside for audience members to offer their ideas in the session.
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Daniel Summers Meghan Curran Rebecca Gilliam Tim Hallman 
Global Perspectives on ExhibitionExchange: The ICEE Platform
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 225 America's Center
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Description: 
In our global society, museums must communicate with impact and clarity, simplifying messages and using innovative tools to effectively transmit big ideas to different audiences. Four museum professionals, members of the ICOM's International Committee for Exhibitions and Exchange (ICEE), will stimulate discussion by sharing relevant examples of best practices and innovation in the traveling exhibition field. The session will provide a multicultural and multidisciplinary platform for exchanging ideas and discussing relevant topics related to the development, circulation, and exchange of traveling exhibitions.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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Amanda Mayne Antonio Rodriguez Hillary Spencer Lourdes Ramos Myriam Springuel
War and Revolution: Museums and Contested Histories in Ireland
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 224 America's Center
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Description: 
From the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising to the First World War, this is a decade of centenaries in Ireland. This session will explore how museums on both sides of the border have commemorated these anniversaries and how they have dealt with the contested histories of these significant events. Speakers from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland will reflect on how museums have interpreted these historic events and worked with communities to explore what the events mean to contemporary Irish society.
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Brian Crowley Labhras Joye Paddy Gilmore  
Exhibition for All: Accessibility in Planning and Development
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 227 America's Center
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To make an exhibition truly inclusive for all visitors, accessible design must be a cross-departmental and collaborative effort from the beginning. As a new institution with millions of visitors, the 9/11 Museum's process for integrating accessibility into its exhibitions has evolved through trial and error. Using case studies and a lively group discussion, participants will learn how the museum overcame complications of space, a diversity of exhibition media, and logistical challenges. Participants will discover ideas they can apply in their own organizations.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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Alison Koch Amy Weisser Emmanuel von Schack Laura Rossi Marc Cima
It’s Critical: Evaluating Museum Volunteers
Track(s): Management & Administration
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 260 America's Center
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Description: 
In this session, attendees will learn of assessment methods at three museums, as well as a strategy of peer coaching intended to encourage reflection. Challenges explored will include how to address diverse opinions on evaluation (will the system that works for baby boomers be successful for Millennials?) and how to handle an evaluation that is less than glowing. Strategies discussed will be relevant to small and large museums, and attendees will have an opportunity to discuss issues facing their own programs.
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Herbert Jones Jenny Woods Marne Bariso Richard Harker Tina Nolan
Making the Perfect Pitch: An IMLS Grant Proposal Workshop
Track(s): Development & Membership
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 132 America's Center
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Description: 
Learn about Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funding opportunities to support the work of your museum and refine a project idea with input from IMLS staff and former peer reviewers. We will look at recently funded projects to stimulate your thinking, and we'll review the common characteristics of successful grant proposals. Then you'll have the chance to pitch your project idea to your peers in an interactive idea-generation session. Use live-time feedback to polish and perfect your concept.

Development and Membership track generously supported by Blackbaud

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Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko Jill Connors-Joyner Mark Isaksen Paula Gangopadhyay Sandra Narva
Effective Training for Disasters in the Museum World
Track(s): Collections Management
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 264 America's Center
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Description: 
Preparing for the worst at your museum can be a daunting and overwhelming task: colleagues tend to overlook it, few resources are at hand, and training and awareness-raising is done through the hard work of driven individuals. This session demonstrates that effective and challenging trainings can make a significant difference to the museum community and improve everyone's confidence in their ability to respond. Presentations by the Smithsonian and the Heritage Emergency National Task Force about recent trainings will summarize key points and lessons learned.
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Corine Wegener Lori Foley Rebecca Kennedy Stacy Bowe 
Getting Started on Your Museum’s Diversity Plan
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Tuesday May 9 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: 221 America's Center
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Description: 
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.
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Barbara Cohen-Stratyner M. Cecile Shellman   
Alliance Resource Center: Get in Step with AASLH’s StEPs Program
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 11-12 p.m.
Location: Alliance Resource Center MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
Join this session to learn more about StEPs, AASLH's self-study standards program designed specifically for small- to mid-sized history organizations, including volunteer-run institutions. Through a workbook, online resources, and an online community, organizations enrolled in StEPs assess their policies and practices and benchmark themselves against nationally recognized standards. You will also explore how StEPs can help your museum along AAM's Continuum of Excellence.
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AAM Bookstore: Alice Parman, Exhibit Makeovers, Second Edition””
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 11-11:30 a.m.
Location: AAM Bookstore MuseumExpo
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Case Study: The Uprising: Giving Voice to Inner City Youth
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Tuesday May 9 11:15-11:45 a.m.
Location: 261 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
The death of Freddie Gray brought protests and a wave of intense media attention to Baltimore. The media implicated nearby high school students in the crime and destruction, whether they participated in it or not. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum offered an exhibition space for them to create a response. Students address the uprising, police brutality, police surveillance and the one-sided media portrayal of their neighborhoods in this exhibit. This presentation will include successes and shortcomings of this collaboration.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Audra Buck-Coleman Roni Jolley   
Case Study: Got Emoji? Engaging Teens by Reinventing the Mobile Guide
Track(s): Media & Technology
Date: Tuesday May 9 11:15-11:45 a.m.
Location: 266 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
The Kimbell Art Museum created something new: a mobile experience targeted specifically to teens. This meant crafting a balance of informative yet fun interpretive content, as well as designing the app to reflect how teenagers use smartphones and apps in their everyday lives. The resulting app reinvented the traditional mobile guide, allowing teens to chart their own course through both the museum and the scholarship. Teens constantly interact and react using a variety of features, from photography, social sharing, games, and creating personal galleries to responding to artworks in the language of emojis. The museum technology firm CultureConnect will walk through the audience research, design, and launch of this truly novel project.
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Allison Rogers Samantha Diamond   
Lunch with the Latino Network: Almorzando con la Red Latina de AAM
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 12-1:15 p.m.
Location: Majestic A Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Description: 
Do you want to engage in conversation and network with colleagues? Join us for lunch while spending time chatting and learning about each other's work. Contribute to a lively national and international dialogue centered around Latino and Latin American museum-related issues. All are welcome.
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CurCom Luncheon
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 12-1:15 p.m.
Location: Landmark 3 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Description: 
Network with colleagues from around the country. Hear current updates about CurCom projects for 2017 and beyond, and be invigorated by presentations of participants in the Excellence in Label Writing and Excellence in Exhibition competition. All are welcome.
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LMN and SMAC Combined Luncheon: Leadership Lessons Come in All Sizes
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 12-1:15 p.m.
Location: Landmark 1 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Description: 
Join the members of LMN in collaboration with SMAC for a lively lunch discussion on current issues in museum management and the challenge of leadership, no matter how big or small your organization's budget. The lunch will feature a guest speaker and plenty of time to network with colleagues.

Generously supported by Huntington T. Block Insurance Agency, Inc.

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Peer Mentoring Roundtables for Emerging and Mid-Career Professionals
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 12-1:15 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
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Description: 

Network with and learn from peers in two rounds of moderated table conversations about career-related topics, including Getting Started in your Career, On the Job, and Making your Way (Moving up, Moving On). Grab some lunch and join us!

  1. Round 1: 12:00-12:30 p.m.
  2. Round 2: 12:45-1:15 p.m.
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IMTAL Luncheon
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 12-1:15 p.m.
Location: Pershing/Lindell Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Description: 
Join IMTAL as we recognize winners of the IMTY Award for leadership in support of museum theatre and the Lipsky Award for playwriting excellence. New board members will also be welcomed at the event. IMTAL is dedicated to supporting the use of theatre and theatrical techniques in the museum setting. The luncheon is a great place to meet colleagues in the field, find out more about the practice of museum theatre, and get more involved with IMTAL.
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For our Ears Only: Historic Houses and Sites Annual Luncheon
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 12-1:15 p.m.
Location: Westmoreland/Kingsbury Marriott St. Louis Grand
Price: 
Description: 
Join members of the Historic House and Sites Network as we dish about issues relevant to our homes and sites that tend not to happen in other places.
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NAME Lunch
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 12-1:15 p.m.
Location: Landmark 4 Marriott St. Louis Grand
Price: 
Description: 
Connect with friends and colleagues involved in any aspect of exhibition development, design, and production. Enjoy lunch and participate in a fast-paced activity to exercise your creativity and collaboration.
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Registrars Committee (RC-AAM) Annual Business Luncheon
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 12-1:15 p.m.
Location: Landmark 5-6 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Description: 
Meet us for lunch and hear brief presentations from officers and committee chairs; see a slideshow highlighting 2016-17 activities; and learn about our annual service project, fellowship winners, and sponsors for the 2017 AAM Meeting.
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Alliance Resource Center: Catch Up with PIC Green
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Location: Alliance Resource Center MuseumExpo
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Description: 
Stop by the Alliance Resource Center to meet colleagues from PIC Green, AAM's Professional Network committed to sharing knowledge and resources on adopting sustainability in museums. This first flash session will feature current PIC Green initiatives related to divestment and ethical funding. Participants are encouraged to bring questions about how they can get more involved in greening their museums!
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Hospitality Lounge: Tuesday May 9 Mindfulness Break
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 1-1:20 p.m.
Location: St. Louis Hospitality Lounge, 100 Complex America's Center
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Description: 
Take a break to stretch, breathe and unwind. 20 minutes of yogic stretching & breathing, and help yourself to a refreshing cup of Yogi Tea!
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Technology Innovation Stage: Send smarter email with WordFly
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: Technology Innovation Stage MuseumExpo
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Description: 
Ready for an email marketing upgrade? WordFly was built for the arts and the world's best museums look to WordFly for powerful digital messaging that makes an impact. Come see a whole new way to send gorgeous email that engages your audience.
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Tech Tutorial: Mobile Tour Tools
Track(s): Media & Technology
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 264 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Want to create a mobile tour for your museum, but don't have a large budget or know where to start? This tutorial will walk you through different platforms and tools you can use to create mobile tour experiences for your museum - no matter what your budget.
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Daniel Davis Nancy Proctor Richard Cooper  
Lessons from the International Community: Organizational Development and Growth
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 122 America's Center
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Description: 
"The Creation of a Development Department" outlines the decision-making process and strategies in the conceptualization of a development department at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. 
Presenter: Varvara Melekesceva, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Russia 

"Museums Advocacy in Georgia" discusses strategies that have been undertaken to create greater public and government awareness of the valuable contribution museums make in economic and social development. 
Presenter: Lana Karaia development program manager, Georgia National Museum 

"Would You Let Visitors Design Your Zoo?" explores a human-centered-design (HCD) methodology that informed the masterplan for the new Barranquilla Zoo, based on the needs and expectations of visitors, and the applicability of this approach for all types of museums. 
Presenter: Farah Ajami, executive director, Barranquilla Zoo, Colombia
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Forced From Home: Immersing Audiences Into the Global Refugee Crisis
Track(s): Museum Directors
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 229 America's Center
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Description: 
Today over 65 million people have been forced from home globally; many are refugees driven out of their countries by war, deprivation, and persecution. In the fall of 2016, Doctors Without Borders launched a multi-year interactive traveling exhibit, that recently debuted in five US cities, to broaden public understanding of the plight of refugees and migrants. Join panelists for a discussion on the exhibition, this critical global issue, its implications for the museum field, and a deeper exploration of our role and responsibilities to effect change.
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Michael Goldfarb Stephen Figge W. Richard West  
Road to Results: Outlook on Identifying, Researching and Building Audiences
Track(s): Marketing & Community Engagement
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 276 America's Center
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Description: 
Generously supported by The Wallace Foundation. Presented in collaboration with the Public Relations and Marketing Committee (PRAM), a Professional Network of the American Alliance of Museum. What do we know about our audiences and how to better reach them? Why do people choose to attend museums, performing arts, theme parks, or other attractions? How do museums and attractions turn one-time visitors into repeat visitors? Join colleagues from the Wallace Foundation, and organizations represented in the Wallace Excellence Awards initiative, Road to Results: Effective Practices for Building Arts Audiences, for an overview of nine practices for building diverse cultural audiences, and the strategies employed to better understand visitors, align their organizations, and reach audiences through programming and marketing.
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Christopher Taylor Fraidy Aber Greg Stevens  
Solutions Center: Calculating Benchmarks for Your Museum Store
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2 p.m.
Location: Solutions Center MuseumExpo
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Description: 
Maximizing the profitability of your store involves both 'art' and 'science'. The science is primarily numbers that help to gauge results and provide a guide for future decision-making. This first of two sessions will highlight key benchmarks, how they are calculated and put the results in useful comparative context.
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Andrew Andoniadis    
Alliance Resource Center: Museum Assessment Program (MAP)
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Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Location: Alliance Resource Center MuseumExpo
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Description: 
Attend this short session to learn more about the Museum Assessment Program (MAP). MAP is an IMLS grant-funded program in which you conduct a one-year self-assessment and peer review of institutional activity. You will emerge from the process with an analysis of strengths, weaknesses and recommendations for improvement.
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Beyond the Elevator Pitch: Write a Successful NEA Grant
Track(s): Development & Membership
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 127 America's Center
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Description: 
A team of former panelists and successful NEA grantees will team up to present strategies to secure federal funding. The session will include a compelling visual presentation of recent projects and exhibitions. Former panelists will be on hand to give feedback about their role and what they look for. Set your proposal apart from all the others, and learn from many different perspectives about how to secure ART WORKS support for your museum project.

Development and Membership track generously supported by Blackbaud

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Anja Chavez Belinda Tate Mark Masuoka Wendy Clark 
Exhibit Development Processes Must Change! (Act II)
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 131 America's Center
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The session will be a lively give-and-take among professionals engaged in developing artistic experiences for audiences, but from several points of view. Topics include making more room for creative problem-solving, making the process less rigid while meeting deadlines, more fully involving audiences during formative moments, and refining the final product after the grand opening.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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Jenny Sayre Ramberg Kathleen McLean Marsha Coplon Scott Miller Susan Ades
Case Study: Building Silently: Acoustics Design at Smithsonian’s NMAAHC
Track(s): Facilities Management
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2 p.m.
Location: 266 America's Center
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This case study will walk through the impact that acoustics had on the newest Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Opened in the fall of 2016, NMAAHC had a number of spaces that required acoustical attention above and beyond the typical museum. This case study will lay out specific examples of NMAAHC's acoustical design, the challenges that arose throughout the design process, and key takeaways that will help others designing a new museum or renovating an existing space.
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Julie Fischer    
Designing for Outrage: Inviting Disruption into Exhibitions
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 130 America's Center
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Violence, murder, xenophobia, homophobia, racism, sexism, and economic injustices vibrate around us. Is there a way that exhibitions can address these issues in all of their moral messiness without rushing to feel-good emotions, harmony, or empathy? Can there be space for outrage? Explores four sites that are innovating to startle, puzzle, enrage, delight, surprise, and evoke outrage. They offer examples and challenges for creating exhibits that invite marginal, subversive, or fragmented narratives and that give visitors an opportunity to explore a full range of issues and emotions.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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Barbara Lau Jennifer Scott Suzanne Seriff Yolanda Leyva 
Your Best Foot Forward: Skills for Professional Success
Track(s): Career Management
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 124 America's Center
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Description: 
Career success requires mad skills. Learn the secrets at this dynamic and intensive workshop-style session facilitated by NEMA Executive Director Dan Yaeger. We'll cover all the bases for building excellence: emotional intelligence, keys to organization, public speaking, personal branding, networking, mental balance, remembering people's names, and much more. At the end of the session you may be exhausted, but you'll be exhilarated and equipped to be a better leader in your organization - and your life! Designed for all emerging and mid-career professionals.

Career Management track generously supported by Johns Hopkins University MA in Museum Studies

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Dan Yaeger    
Making BlackLivesMatter in Museums
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 221 America's Center
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This session orients individuals new to applying a racial justice focus to museums. Our interactive, dialogue-centered session reveals how museum staff can implement anti-racism strategies that make black lives matter inside and outside museums. Through working in small groups, we tackle real-world scenarios and design actionable practices for museum contexts.
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Adrianne Russell Alyssa Greenberg   
Developing Museums Into Inclusive Organizations
Track(s): Management & Administration
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 125-126 America's Center
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Description: 
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.
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Cecilia Garibay Chris Taylor   
Human Rights Informed Inclusion Policy and Practice
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 225 America's Center
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Description: 
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.
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John Fraser Rebecca Norlander Robert Davis Sonnet Takahisa Tonya Matthews
Multi-sensory Technology for Accessibility & Inclusion
Track(s): Media & Technology
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 263 America's Center
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Description: 
The role of technology in museums consumes more time and attention annually. Museums look to technology as a central tool in meeting their responsibilities for accessibility and inclusion especially for visitors with sight and hearing issues. Apps on smart devices can be part of a system of solutions. But faulty assumptions about apps as a compliance panacea risk alienating visitors. Panelists will share precedents and techniques born of their experience with the iterative process of getting it right by engaging with a wide range of users.
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Corey Timpson Gabriela Bonome-Sims Janice Majewski Woodbury Shortridge 
Inclusion and Diversity in Curatorial Ethics: A Game Plan
Track(s): Curatorial Practice
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 267 America's Center
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Description: 
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.
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Ariana Curtis Barbara Cohen-Stratyner Elizabeth Varner James Burns M. Cecile Shellman
Forwarding Accessibility via Collective Community Networks
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 274 America's Center
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Local and regional accessibility consortiums are critical to improving inclusion at cultural organizations. By creating networks across cultural organizations, these groups can share resources, provide professional development training and observation opportunities, and collaborate on projects that greatly enhance accessibility in their communities. Leaders from networks in Arizona, the Bay Area, Chicago, Indianapolis, and New York City will share the successes and challenges they faced when organizing their groups. Learn how these networks created real and measured change for both people with disabilities and the culture of their organizations.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Cecile Puretz Christena Gunther Eileen Bagnall Kris Johnson Sheri Levinsky-Raskin
The Room Where It Happens: Content and Design Come Together
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 132 America's Center
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It requires a successful give-and-take of content and design to create seamless opportunities for visitors to interact with information in dynamic and meaningful ways. Yet, exhibitions and experiences often become unbalanced, because of either an inflexible design vision or unrelenting content, and visitor engagement suffers. Join a creative, diverse group of museum professionals who will share stories of projects that started to become bumpy "sausage-making" scenarios. Bring your problem-solving ideas, and brainstorm ways to smooth out the process.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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Geralyn Abinader Karen de Seve Lauri Halderman Peter Hyde Stephanie Reyer
Engaging Immigrant Families with Art and Technology Programs
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 275 America's Center
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A long-term partnership between the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access and the Fairfax County Public School Family Literacy Program has shown that art and technology projects can provide a bridge that brings the whole family to the museum while developing literacy and technology skills, building confidence, and strengthening family bonds at a crucial time in children's lives. This hands-on workshop shares best practices and research, and breaks down the individual components of the projects to guide participants in developing engagement programs at their unique venues.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Blaire Toso Micheline Lavalle Philippa Rappoport  
Case Study: Bad Vibrations
Track(s): Collections Management
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2 p.m.
Location: 261 America's Center
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Description: 
The demolition of a nearby building forced the Penn Museum to undergo gallery and storage modifications with minimal prep time. This case study examines how the museum worked with nearby institutions and experts to create an action plan, moving its iconic Egyptian collection off-site and deinstalling some of its largest pieces in less than 18 months. The team tackled the time-sensitive project by utilizing new technology and a modular packing system, and by maintaining regular access to storage for collections and research staff.
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Robert Thurlow    
Undoing Colonial Practices in Museums and Historic Sites
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 224 America's Center
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Description: 
Museum decolonization is a critical issue facing the 21st century museum. Indigenous rights and concerns must be considered when working with Native American collections and when presenting related topics in exhibits and programs. But how do we approach decolonization? How does it manifest across museum functions? What are the concerns? What is the right approach for working with tribal representatives to ensure the best results? Hear from museum leaders who are actively decolonizing their museums or departments and share the opportunities and challenges you face.
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Ben Garcia Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko James Pepper Henry Laura Roberts 
Minds and Hearts: Cultivating Well-Being Through Mindfulness
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2:45 p.m.
Location: 223 America's Center
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Description: 
As museums embrace their role as vehicles for social change, mindfulness programs offer a pathway to positive transformation for staff members and visitors of all ages. In this session, hear stories from museum leaders who have successfully implemented mindfulness practices to deepen relationships, navigate change, and inspire social action. Identify connections between mindfulness and your own institution's mission, and take home simple exercises you can try with staff and visitors now.
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Bethany Corriveau Dawn Eshelman isabelle lutterodt Megan Callan Zoe Silverman
Case Study: 21st Century Fashionista: Identity Through Color and Style
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Tuesday May 9 1:30-2 p.m.
Location: 265 America's Center
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The World Jewellery Museum incorporated easily relatable theories from fashion to create 21st Century Fashionista," a learning program whose keywords are "fun," "innovative," and "interactive." The program, consisting of "Color Me a Season" (with Seasonal Color Theory) and "Yin or Yang? (with Style Personality Theory)," was successful in engaging a diverse audience, and the museum became a friendly venue in place of one that creates "threshold fear."

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Yoonji Kim    
CFM Lounge: Imagining Comic Futures Workshop (Tues)
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Date: Tuesday May 9 2-3 p.m.
Location: Center for the Future of Museums Lounge MuseumExpo
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Description: 
Learn how to create a one-page comic for your museum program with Smithsonian Exhibits designer Evan Keeling and others.
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AAM Bookstore: Sally Yerkovich, A Practical Guide to Museum Ethics””
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Date: Tuesday May 9 2-2:30 p.m.
Location: AAM Bookstore MuseumExpo
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International Lounge: Latino Network & ICEE Roundtable
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Date: Tuesday May 9 2-3 p.m.
Location: 123 America's Center
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Description: 
Network and discuss opportunities for international exchange with Latin America and the Caribbean with hosts, the Latino Network and ICOM's International Committee for Exhibitions and Exchange.
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Solutions Center: Improving Your Museum Store Benchmarks
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 2:15-2:45 p.m.
Location: Solutions Center MuseumExpo
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Description: 
Using benchmarks as a guide, this session will focus on identifying the areas of greatest potential improvement. Specific, practical and easily implemented revenue, transaction and Capture Rate oriented tools and best practices, that will help define a path to improved profitability and visitor satisfaction will be addressed.
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Andrew Andoniadis    
Case Study: The Science Museum and Humanism
Track(s): Facilities Management
Date: Tuesday May 9 2:15-2:45 p.m.
Location: 266 America's Center
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Description: 
Todd Schliemann's singular designs for the Natural History Museum of Utah, American Museum of Natural History, Rose Center for Earth and Space, and New York Hall of Science potently abstract the principles, associations, and forms of natural science to intensify personal experience, inspire wonder, and make science and natural history real and accessible. Schliemann will explore the designs to illuminate formal invention and his research-based, iterative design process to ultimately reinforce architecture as a statement of culture.
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Todd Schliemann    
Case Study: Art After Dark: Cultivating a New Generation of Members
Track(s): Development & Membership
Date: Tuesday May 9 2:15-2:45 p.m.
Location: 262 America's Center
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Description: 
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's Art After Dark event regularly surpasses revenue goals and has spurred thousands of new memberships, engaging Millennials, a group that many museums struggle to attract. Capacity constraints and marketing concerns have arisen due to the event's popularity. As we address these challenges, we are also tracking long-term effects on membership, including retention, donor conversion from transactional to philanthropic, and corporate sponsorship. Explore the challenges and opportunities associated with membership events using Art After Dark as a case study.

Development and Membership track generously supported by Blackbaud

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Allie King    
Technology Innovation Stage: Ready? Set? MOVE: Motion-Capture their Attention
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Date: Tuesday May 9 2:30-3 p.m.
Location: Technology Innovation Stage MuseumExpo
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Description: 
Discover how to engage your visitors on a whole new level using cutting edge motion-capture technology and innovative storytelling. Join the Science North team to learn about this next generation of immersive theatres.
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Alliance Resource Center: Speak Up for Museums with the AAM Advocacy Toolkit
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Date: Tuesday May 9 2:30-3 p.m.
Location: Alliance Resource Center MuseumExpo
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How real are the threats to the charitable deduction and federal funding agencies like IMLS, NEA, and NEH, and what can be done to influence the outcome of these debates in Congress? Hear from a Washington insider on the latest proposals and which strategies are most effective in making the case. Also learn how these federal budget battles could affect state-level policies and how to make the case for your museum-and all museums-at the local and state level. Participants are invited to share their advocacy challenges or success stories.
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2017 Featured Speaker Series: Attack Theatre
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Date: Tuesday May 9 3-4 p.m.
Location: Ferrara Theater America's Center
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Description: 

Ideas in Motion: A Live-Action Lecture"

Join Attack Theatre for a live-action lecture using dance and movement as a visual metaphor for inclusion, access, and equity. This Pittsburgh-based dance company has developed an artistic practice that models and emphasizes co-creation, inclusion, and interactivity on and off the stage - and in and out of museums. By empowering the individual voice, Attack Theatre explores how interpretation encourages participants and artists to develop deeper and more connected ownership of art and shared experience.

Learn more about Attack Theatre

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Emerging Innovators Forum
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Date: Tuesday May 9 3-5 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
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Description: 
Stroll, observe, ask questions, and chat with emerging colleagues at the Emerging Innovators Forum, an open "marketplace showcase" where presenters with less than five years in the field discuss, display, or demonstrate presentations on themes and topics important to the field. This event is held in collaboration with the Committee on Museum Professional Training.
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MuseumExpo Baseball Break
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Date: Tuesday May 9 3-5 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
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Description: 
Stop by the Expo Hall to experience some of St. Louis' long and storied history brewing beer and playing baseball. Grab a beer, wine or soft drinks at one of the cash bars throughout the hall, Hold an authentic bat used by a Cardinals great or try-on a World Series championship ring! Few franchises have the acclaim and heritage of the St. Louis Cardinals, and that history lives on in the Cardinals Museum. Featuring stadiums, players and championship moments, the Cardinals Museum boasts one of the largest team-specific collections of artifacts and memorabilia in the world. Special thanks to the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum. Meet the Cardinal's mascot Fredbird! Visit with baseball players from another era - 1860s re-enactors play the game the way it used to be played and tell stories about baseball's formative years in St. Louis.
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Alliance Resource Center: Becoming a Peer Reviewer
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 3-4 p.m.
Location: Alliance Resource Center MuseumExpo
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Description: 
The AAM Accreditation and Museum Assessment Programs are looking for new volunteers to conduct museum site visits for these two flagship programs. Peer review is a vital and value-added component of both assessments and a unique professional development and networking opportunity for you. As you share your expertise and experience with standards and best practices, you'll get the chance to connect with colleagues, observe a variety of approaches to museum operations across the country, and discover ideas to take back to your own institution. Learn about the benefits, responsibilities, time commitment, and eligibility criteria at this informational session.
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Solutions Center: Better, Faster, Easier – A New Idea for Condition Reporting from SGS
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Date: Tuesday May 9 3:30-4 p.m.
Location: Solutions Center MuseumExpo
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A condition report's purpose is simple: to provide a thorough, objective accounting of the current state of condition for any work of art before, during, and after important moments in its lifespan. Despite this seemingly simple focus, there is dramatic variability in the quality and content of condition reports, and their reliability and lack of standardization has proved to be problematic. Learn how SGS has solved these problems and can support museums of all sizes in their acquisitions, exhibitions, and loans programs
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Lauren Fly Robin Roche   
Technology Innovation Stage: Email Collection 101: Why Building Your Email Matters
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 3:30-4 p.m.
Location: Technology Innovation Stage MuseumExpo
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Description: 
While email collection is essential for any organization, many marketing departments are plagued with limited resources and struggle to have a cohesive collection strategy. In this session we will discuss why regular and systematic collection is vital and explore the best strategies for your database to grow and thrive.
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Aaron Bare    
Interim Report and Discussion: Working Group on Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion
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Date: Tuesday May 9 4-5:30 p.m.
Location: 230-232 America's Center
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Description: 
The AAM Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Working Group is made up of museum professionals responsible for DEAI work in their organizations. The group's charge is to identify current DEAI programs and practices in the museum field; to explore key questions, challenges and opportunities; to learn from successes in other sectors; and to develop a collaborative plan to further address these challenges and opportunities. The group will issue a final report in July. Co-Chairs Johnnetta Cole and Laura Lott will share the group's interim report in this session for discussion, guidance and input.
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2017 Featured Speaker Series: Gateways to Understanding Community Stakeholder Panel
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Date: Tuesday May 9 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Location: Ferrara Theater America's Center
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St. Louis is a city of confluences - where rivers join, the north and south collided, and Delmar Boulevard still symbolizes a separation of black and white communities. The national media has highlighted Ferguson, but our region's connections and conflicts are much broader than that. What is the role of museums and institutions in the midst of such conflict? This community panel features perspectives from leaders in St. Louis and beyond to discuss museums' role in civic dialogue and engagement. 


Moderator: Melissa Harris-Perry, writer, professor, television host and political commentator 


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State Museum Associations’ Reception & Announcement
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Date: Tuesday May 9 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Landmark 3 Marriott St. Louis Grand
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Description: 
State, regional, and national museum association staff and Board members are invited to this private reception and unveiling of a new initiative to support state museum associations.
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AAM Excellence Reception
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Location: Landmark 4 Marriott St. Louis Grand
Price: $0.00
Description: 
Staff, volunteers, and trustees from accredited and MAPped museums and the peer reviewers that do site visits for these two flagship AAM programs are invited to this year's Excellence Reception. Enjoy drinks and light hors d'oeuvres while mingling with your colleagues, accreditation commissioners, and program staff. It's AAM's way of thanking you for your contribution and commitment to nurturing excellence at the institutional and field-wide level, and for making these programs possible.
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Groove in the Garden (The Party)
Track(s): 
Date: Tuesday May 9 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: Missouri Botanical Garden
Price: $50.00
Description: 
Buses depart America's Center on the half hour from 6-7 p.m. Return trips leave on the half hour from 8-9:30 p.m.

Join your fellow museum professionals at the Missouri Botanical Garden for a picnic and celebration. Explore the 79-acre urban oasis and internationally-renowned plant science institution's beautiful display gardens, its historic Victorian District, and the 40-acre Japanese Garden. Take a walking tour with a docent, try hands-on activities, and enjoy music by a local band. Experience the Japanese Garden, the PlantLab classroom, the 2-acre Children's Garden and Tower Grove House historic house museum. A boxed picnic dinner, one drink, and transportation are included in the ticket price. A cash bar and additional food carts will also be available to purchase additional specialty items.

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Wednesday May 10 Morning Yoga
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 7-7:45 a.m.
Location: 100 America's Center
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Description: 
Come start your day with Kundalini yoga and meditation. A 45-minute class to bring energy, clarity and relaxation to your day. Beginners welcome. Bring a mat or use a chair provided. Wear comfy clothes. The event will be open to all, but please RSVP on the ticket form to give us an idea of how many will attend.
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International Lounge: International Reconnect & Reflect
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 7:30-8:30 a.m.
Location: 123 America's Center
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Description: 
Take a moment to reflect about your experience at the Annual Meeting with other international colleagues as well as those who have an interest in international exchange and think about how to connect in the future.
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2017 Featured Speaker Series: The Internal Work of Diversity and Inclusion
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 8:45-9:45 a.m.
Location: Ferrara Theater America's Center
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Diversity is a noun, Inclusion is a verb, meaning that inclusion must become a way museums work. Museums must move away from best practices to evolve to next practices. This panel will provide insights from inclusion champions and their intentional efforts to create more inclusive practices within their museums and the field as a whole.

Moderator: Chris Taylor, Chief Inclusion Officer, Minnesota Historical Society

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Chris Taylor Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko Makeba Clay Michael Lesperance Sina Bahram
Tech Tutorial: Social Media Planning and Analytics
Track(s): Media & Technology
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 267 America's Center
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Description: 
Introduction to planning a social media strategy, using analytics to guide decisions, best practices, and tools that can help.
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Lucy Redoglia    
Lessons from the International Community: Collection Display and Cultural Property Protection
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 122 America's Center
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Description: 
"Engaging the Public with Material Culture" discusses a two year project that reorganized the Pre-hispanic and Colonial collections at Popol Vuh Museum to better convey the concept of movement and diversity while also employing more engaging and interactive techniques.
Presenter: Andrea Terron,curator, Popol Vuh Museum, Guatemala;

"The Migrated Museum: Restitution or Shared Heritage?" offers insight on research conducted on the three UNESCO conventions (1970, 1995, 1954) that address the protection of cultural property and their ratification and implications in the country of Botswana. 
Presenter: Winani Kgwatalala,chief curator, ethnology division, Botswana National Museum
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Struggling Toward Visitor-Centeredness
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 224 America's Center
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Many professionals agree that museums need to be visitor-centered. But some of the "best practices" museums have developed over the years can actually impede our efforts to engage visitors on a variety of levels. Conservation dictums, design processes, staff assumptions, and security procedures can, even with the best of intentions, get in the way of creating more compelling and accessible experiences for visitors. Join four museum colleagues to discuss the difficult and sometimes messy process of shifting our practices toward more visitor-centered programs, exhibitions, and overall values.
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Joshua Helmer Kathleen McLean Marla Shoemaker Stacy Lieberman 
Offering Low Tech Audience Engagement in a High Tech World
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 276 America's Center
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This session reflects on the challenges of balancing the use of technology with low-tech options, the pressures of museums to keep up with the latest digital technologies, and the potential innovations that exist outside of the digital sphere. Learn how four museums were intentional in their choices to engage visitors through low-tech experiences. The session will include significant audience evaluation findings showing visitor learning and a yearning for opportunities to unplug from the digital landscape in order to think, create, and reconnect.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Amy Nelson Brandy Vause Erin Adams Nathalie Ryan 
Interpreting Sacred Art for Secular Audiences
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 223 America's Center
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Sacred objects used in ritual practice in a religious tradition: we must interpret these objects in ways that are respectful and sensitive to the tradition while allowing secular audiences to experience the objects through other lenses. How do we acknowledge the role of sacred art or artifacts in a religious tradition while allowing secular visitors to interpret them from different points of view? How do we work with school groups around these objects? What emotions, controversies, or misunderstandings might arise; conversely, what learning opportunities do sacred objects provide?

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Chaim Lieberperson Gurufateh Khalsa Sarah Magnatta Shaliyah Ben Tara Young
The Emergence of the Edu-Curator
Track(s): Curatorial Practice
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 132 America's Center
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This session features current museum-based research and practice establishing the edu-curator as a new leader and collaborator in curatorial work. Following the publication of Visitor-Centered Exhibitions and Edu-Curation in Art Museums, presenters introduce key ideas and innovative practices developed by leaders in curatorial collaboration, visitor-centered interpretation, technology, evaluation strategies, and the training of emerging curators and educators. This interactive session encourages participants to learn from national and international museums.
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Ann Rowson Love Kaywin Feldman Maureen Zaremba Pat Villeneuve 
Access for All: Promoting Accessibility and Inclusion
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 225 America's Center
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Creating museums without barriers to learning so everyone may experience exhibitions, collections, and programs has become a priority within the field. Where should you start? Hear about the processes, results, and lessons learned from three IMLS grant-funded projects. All have experimented with different methods and pushed boundaries to create more inclusive environments and programs serving all ages, abilities, and cultural backgrounds.
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Jill Rullkoetter Kristen Scopinich Sandra Narva Susan Stoessel 
Beyond the Buzzword
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 131 America's Center
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Description: 
Why do buzzwords get so popular? How do we define them collectively? Do they help us achieve our goals? Are buzzwords the best expressions of our work to the culture at large or overly vague lingo on which we've become too reliant? Which words are we talking about in 2017? Join a panel of museum professionals as they each reveal the buzzword they think we should be talking about now. Participants are encouraged to bring their own term to share.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Christian Adame Marcus Harshaw Peter Tokofsky Sarah Bloom 
Radical Equity and Inclusion
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 275 America's Center
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Description: 
Radical equity is the notion that organizations can practice ethical decision making that moves beyond the empty rhetoric of diversity by implementing just policies. Radical inclusion is the profound notion that art can invite others in, but also can and should move into other spaces of community and change-making. This session explores how cultural institutions are implementing radical equity work into their organizations and the ways in which that work affects their communities.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Amber Johnson David Rue Nina Simon  
Open Doors to Open Minds: Building the New SFMOMA
Track(s): Marketing & Community Engagement
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 226 America's Center
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Description: 
Visitors of our time seek enriching cultural experiences that speak to their humanity, not just their itinerary. Likewise, today's workforce demands engagement in the evolution of their work environment like never before. So, the question becomes, how do you create a fulfilling experience for both visitors and staff? Learn how the new SFMOMA's visitor experience team grew to encompass an entire museum staff and deliver its own brand of happiness in this vast space.
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Katherine Wallace Kelly Bishop   
Beyond Neutrality: Walking the Walk
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 260 America's Center
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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.
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Beka Economopoulos Elizabeth Wylie Eric Dorfman Richard Piacentini Robert Janes
Putting NAGPRA into Practice: Challenges and Successes
Track(s): Collections Management
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 263 America's Center
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Description: 
After more than 25 years, NAGPRA compliance and implementation continues to be a challenging but rewarding part of collections and museum management. NAGPRA specialists from diverse settings will engage attendees in an interactive discussion about the challenges and successes they have experienced putting NAGPRA into practice. Learn how the National NAGPRA Program can help your institution embrace this legislation and further inclusion in the field.
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Angela Neller Anne Amati David Barland-Liles Jayne-Leigh Thomas Sarah Glass
75 Ideas in 75 Minutes: Surpassing Best Practices!
Track(s): Development & Membership
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 230-232 America's Center
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Description: 
Using a fast-paced game show format with active audience participation, this session will focus on innovation and creativity to produce 360-degree rewards for your museum and the communities it serves. Two teams of development and membership experts will compete to share new ideas, better practices," and a few homegrown secrets. You will be invited to determine the ultimate winner by offering your own stories and solutions.

Development and Membership track generously supported by Blackbaud

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Charles Katzenmeyer Jennifer Thomas Jill Koski Marts Lundy Patrick Madden
Resiliency Planning: Preparing to Preserve and Protect
Track(s): Facilities Management
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 124 America's Center
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This session introduces the concept of resilient design, how it can be applied to your institution, and why it is important. Embedding resilience into design and operations helps to protect infrastructure and collections from climate-related disruptions. Session presenters will review case studies to examine planning methods that increase museums' capacity to resist, adapt, and quickly recover from projected hazards. Attendees will be introduced to a hands-on planning tool they can use at their own institutions to help assess, prioritize, and plan for resiliency in their regions.
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Ann Trowbridge Ariane Laxo Patrick Hamilton Roxanne Nelson 
Tackling Human Rights, Trauma, and Atrocity in Exhibitions
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 130 America's Center
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Description: 
Museums and professionals are being challenged to present topical exhibitions on traumatic themes such as mass shootings, terrorism, segregation, lynching, and racism, both current and historical. This session presents techniques employed to deal with these challenging and relevant issues in exhibitions. Highlighting and analyzing approaches to exhibitions in the atrocity/human rights field, we will spotlight constructive and effective applications. Techniques including humanizing the victim, unleashing the power of testimony, restraint in visual depictions, localization, human rights in context, and seamless transitioning will be presented through case studies.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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Clifford Chanin Edward Jacobs Michael Berenbaum  
Keeping up with Change: Strategic Planning for Cultural Institutions
Track(s): Management & Administration
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 264 America's Center
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Description: 
In this session, you will learn about one innovative and tested framework for producing strategic plans across cultural organizations. This session aims to help organizations of all sizes understand why strategic planning is important and how an organization might approach this essential exercise. Participants will complete a mock strategic plan as a group.
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Amy Roth Gail Lord Kate Markert  
A Conversation with Johnnetta Betsch Cole
Track(s): Museum Directors
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 274 America's Center
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Description: 
Makeba Clay, former chief diversity officer at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art (NMAfA), will engage NMAfA Director Johnnetta Betsch Cole in a conversation that delves deeper into questions of diversity and inclusion that Cole addressed in her keynote at the 2015 AAM Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Their conversation will focus on why the very future of our museums-as well as of zoological parks and aquariums-requires greater diversity on our boards and staff, in our exhibitions and educational programs, and among our visitors.
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Johnnetta Cole Makeba Clay   
Centering Social Justice in Museum Studies Graduate Programs
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 127 America's Center
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Description: 
Highlighting student-led initiatives, curriculum about urgent social issues, and support for action research, University of Illinois at Chicago's museum and exhibition studies program attracts individuals who place social justice at the core of their approach to museums. Students and museum-employed alumni share successes, including a journal reimagining museums, public programming linking families to small museums, online community curation, and exhibits created with Movement for Black Lives organizers. They also discuss challenges, such as tensions between the goal of disability access and traditional views of contemporary art.
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Devin Malone Jamie Lewis Lauren Leving Sarah Maritza Hernandez 
Perspectives on Open Source for Museums’ Digital Projects
Track(s): Media & Technology
Date: Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Location: 265 America's Center
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Description: 
Open-source software has transformed the technology industry, and the movement's goals of community and access align closely with our museums' missions. So why do our open-source projects so often fail to succeed? Three experienced panelists offer three different perspectives and discuss topics such as the role of community and how to foster it, the importance of maintenance and maintainers, Not-Invented-Here, reputation capital, alignment issues with grant-funded projects, business models for open-source projects, and long-term sustainability.
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David Newbury Duane Degler Robert Sanderson  
Alliance Resource Center: Q&A with AAM Excellence + CAP + StEPs Staff
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 10-11 a.m.
Location: Alliance Resource Center MuseumExpo
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Description: 
Come to the Alliance Resource Center to meet with program staff form AAM, AASLH, and FAIC to get questions answered about MAP, CAP, StEPs, Accreditation, and Core Documents Verification.
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Hospitality Lounge: Saint Louis Zoo
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 10-11 a.m.
Location: St. Louis Hospitality Lounge, 100 Complex America's Center
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Description: 
Do you ever wonder how you can find a box turtle underground in the middle of winter? Or how about how to feed over 600 different animal species? When you see a ball with holes stuffed with hay in an animal habitat, are you curious what that is? Stop by the Hospitality Lounge and visit with the Saint Louis Zoo to learn the answer to these questions and more. Enjoy interactive activities, as well as see some amazing bio-facts (animal pelts, skulls, feathers, etc.) while you chat with Zoo staff.
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Case Study: Flourish: An Inclusive Exhibit Planning Approach
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Wednesday May 10 10:30-11 a.m.
Location: 261 America's Center
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Description: 
In 2016, the U.S. Botanic Garden featured the horticulture work of Rikers Island Correctional Facility, a veteran's program, an organization serving adults with disabilities, a transitional jobs program, and a school for special education as part of the exhibit Flourish: Inside and Out." Museum professionals often focus on how to engage communities as audience members through innovative programming and exhibits. However, there is growing momentum to integrate these communities into the program planning and exhibit design process. The outcomes benefit both the museum and collaborating partners.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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Maura Nelson Clifford    
Alliance Resource Center: Catching Up with PIC Green
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 11-12 p.m.
Location: Alliance Resource Center MuseumExpo
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Description: 
Stop by the Alliance Resource Center to meet colleagues from PIC Green, AAM's Professional Network committed to sharing knowledge and resources on adopting sustainability in museums. This second flash session will feature current PIC Green initiatives related to the Sustainability Excellence Awards and stories of implementing green in various museums. Participants are encouraged to bring questions about how they can get more involved in greening their museums!
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Using Experiments to Improve Visitor Experience
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Location: 132 America's Center
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Description: 
Learn about three experiments: a course that integrated research into training museum studies students; the exhibition created by these students, which was used as a laboratory experiment in visitor behavior; and a year-long survey study of visitors conducted by museum staff. These are linked by IPOP, a theory of experience preference that identifies four key dimensions of experience-ideas (conceptual thinking), people (emotional connection), objects (visual language), and physical (somatic experience). It maintains that individuals have preferences among these dimensions, which affect how exhibitions are created and experienced.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Andrew Pekarik James Schreiber Jean Francois Leger Kiersten Latham 
Race and Experience: An Intersectional Dialogue
Track(s): Management & Administration
Date: Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Location: 223 America's Center
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Description: 
Four colleagues with different levels of professional and life experience talk frankly and respectfully about working on issues of diversity, equity, and justice in the museum field. With moderator Janeen Bryant, they discuss encountering race and racism as people of color and as white people, how these experiences have shaped their practice, differences in how newer and more senior professionals approach race and equity, and their shared commitment to this work. After a half-hour panel discussion, Bryant will ask attendees to continue this conversation.
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Gretchen Jennings Janeen Bryant PJ Policarpio Ryan Hill Stephanie Cunningham
Wonder Lives In Your City: The Smithsonian Across America
Track(s): Marketing & Community Engagement
Date: Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Location: 266 America's Center
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Description: 
In 2015, the Smithsonian Campaign launched People>Passion>Purpose to engage communities across the country. PPP events invite audiences to connect with everything they love, taking a new look at the Smithsonian's impact across the nation and around the world through the people that bring the institution to life every day. In this session, participants will experience PPP, learning what makes the program successful and what lessons continue to shape its evolution.
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Abe Mohammadione Ariana Curtis Cynthia Brandt Stover Penne Kirkpatrick 
Do Museums Reflect Our Society?
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Location: 263 America's Center
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Description: 
Our societies, communities, and ideas are rapidly changing. With a new era comes many new challenges. The question of who a museum "serves" is as perplexing as it is exciting to consider. Increasingly, as equitable institutions, we are designed to be inclusive, diverse, multicultural, and nimble, but putting this theory into practice deserves some focused and intelligent conversations. This panel will critically explore whether the 21st-century museum is a reflection of our communities and values, and if present-day institutions are indeed "serving" the populations we envision.
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Alex Elmestad Beka Economopoulos Maris Gillette Monica Montgomery Nicole Ivy
Innovating the Future: Impact of Nimble Mid-Sized Museums
Track(s): Museum Directors
Date: Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Location: 131 America's Center
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Description: 
The museums on this pane are uniquely accessible spaces serving broadly diverse audiences using entrepreneurial and innovative strategies for public service. These organizations, located within complex and often contentious social and political environments, demonstrate an effective nimbleness in applying culture-driven thinking towards opportunities and issues central to their local audiences. Their "elastic" thinking can provide a model for the field as museums continue to respond to changing demands from multiple audiences and the real economic pressures of a shifting philanthropic landscape.
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Aldy Milliken Linda Harrison Marilu Knode Melody Kanschat 
Universal Design and Creating an Inclusive Museum Environment
Track(s): Facilities Management
Date: Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Location: 262 America's Center
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Description: 
As the National Park Service and its private partner CityArchRiver planned the expansion of the new Museum at the Arch in St. Louis, universal design principles were applied to the building and exhibit designs to create an inclusive and enabling museum environment. The underground museum posed significant environmental challenges, and universal design proposals were sometimes in conflict with historic preservation goals. This session will focus on the challenges, process, and solutions that led to a successful outcome.
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Anna Leavey Rhonda Schier Scott Newman William Haley 
Drawing History: A Daring Adventure in Graphic Storytelling
Track(s): Curatorial Practice
Date: Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Location: 125-126 America's Center
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Description: 
The Canadian War Museum tried something new in its exhibition Deadly Skies-Air War, 1914-1918" by converting the experiences of nine individuals into a large-scale graphic novel. Much like the stories in the exhibition, the story of how this project came together is filled with twists and turns, some unpleasant surprises, and moments of triumph. Join the exhibition team on this journey, through participatory storytelling and illustrations, consider alternatives for transforming history into accessible stories, and learn to apply them in your own practice."
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Britt Braaten Marie-Louise Deruaz   
Failing Forward: Prototyping, Mistakes and What We Learned
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Location: 276 America's Center
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Staff of two historic houses will share their tales from the trenches of prototyping new visitor experiences on their institutions' sacred cow-the guided tour. You'll learn what we tried, what was scary, what worked, what we did when we failed, and how, eventually, we found our way to something new. Participants will get an active chance to explore various prototyping tools and build their own creative capacity, on the way to creating meaningful, more inclusive experiences for many different types of visitors.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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Danielle Steinmann Linda Norris Maura Hallisey  
Ethics in Changing Times: Soul-Searching over Sponsorship
Track(s): Development & Membership
Date: Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Location: 127 America's Center
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Description: 
Using as a centerpiece the recent controversy in the United Kingdom over oil company sponsorship of museums and the Art Not Oil" report, this talk-show style discussion will address broader questions about corporate sponsorships. The UK example will provide a platform for discussing the thorny ethical issues that arise when the reputation of sponsors gets in the way of their philanthropy.

Development and Membership track generously supported by Blackbaud

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David Fleming John Wetenhall Rowan Brown Sally Yerkovich Sharon Heal
Case Study: Starting an Accessibility Initiative at Your Organization
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Wednesday May 10 11:15-11:45 a.m.
Location: 261 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Hear a firsthand perspective on getting started with accessibility from Shedd Aquarium in Chicago. We'll discuss gaining institutional buy-in, encouraging diverse participating, working with community partners, building audiences, and how to just dive in. Part of the session will include the opportunity to see specific elements created for the initiative, as well as learning hands-on ideas and activities that worked to gain wide interest around the organization.
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Kris Nesbitt    
Tech Tutorial: Technology Accessibility
Track(s): Media & Technology
Date: Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Location: 267 America's Center
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Description: 
Making content and exhibitions accessible is no longer a nice to have" it is a "must have," but many museums don't know where to start. In this session, we will show that you don't have to be a web developer to use techniques and tools that identify and improve issues with the accessibility of your museum's technology."
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Corey Timpson Sina Bahram   
How to Suspend Disbelief: Lessons Learned through Pop-Ups
Track(s): Exhibit Planning & Design
Date: Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Location: 130 America's Center
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Description: 
Visitors are very willing to go out on a limb in their expectations for pop-up projects. What can museums learn from pop-ups about suspension of disbelief? How do pop-ups create visitor experiences that are successful in ways outside common museum metrics? How can pop-ups in form and context become hybrid spaces for museum content? Panelists share their pop-up experiences and what museums can learn from the element of surprise and use of a temporary site. This could include exhibition, commercial, and performance pop-up projects.

Exhibit Planning and Design track generously supported by Monadnock Media

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Isabella Bruno Jason Jones Monica Montgomery Nate Koch Paul Orselli
Taking a Risk: Presenting Tricky Exhibit Topics
Track(s): Education Audience Research & Evaluation
Date: Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Location: 274 America's Center
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Description: 
This session highlights exhibitions on potentially loaded topics, such as race, injustice, and religion, uncovering the power they have to create organizational change and impact public awareness and attitudes. Drawing on organizational conversations, community engagement efforts, visitor studies, and an NSF-funded research project, panelists will encourage the audience to enter the dialogue on the benefits of creating and hosting exhibits that embrace the diversity that is our modern world. Learn how museums have reached outside of their organizations or visitors' perceived comfort zones to create well-received exhibitions.

Education, Audience Research & Evaluation track generously supported by the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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David Penney Lizzy Martin Marjorie Bequette Sarah Cohn Susan Foutz
Working Across Generations (or Intergenerationality)
Track(s): Career Management
Date: Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Location: 124 America's Center
Price: 
Description: 
Today's museum workplace is evolving, as five generations collaborate (or collide), as supervisors or direct reports, on project- and team-based initiatives across our institutions. Join this lively conversation as we explore the various generations in the workforce today (traditionalists, baby boomers, genX, genY, and gen2020), what characterizes them, what myths and truths are associated with each, and how we might address issues and concerns as we all learn to get along.

Career Management track generously supported by Johns Hopkins University MA in Museum Studies

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Greg Stevens Marsha Semmel   
Lessons from the International Community: Technology and Audience Engagement
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 11:15-12:30 p.m.
Location: 122 America's Center
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Description: 
"Virtual Tours" discusses the launch of the museum's first virtual tour and the creation of a web register of every temporary exhibition at the Museo de Arte Acarigua-Araure. 
Presenter: Veronica Liprandi, Manager of Institutional Relations, Museo de Arte Acarigua-Araure, Venezuela
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AAM Bookstore: Gail Lord, Manual of Strategic Planning for Cultural Organizations””
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 11:30-12 p.m.
Location: AAM Bookstore MuseumExpo
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Description: 
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MuseumExpo Closing Event
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 12-1 p.m.
Location: MuseumExpo
Price: 
Description: 
This is THE place to end your conference experience. Say farewell to new business contacts and old colleagues as you wrap up your week at the 2017 AAM Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo. Enjoy a light lunch as you take advantage of visiting with exhibitors one last time. This is a free event for all conference attendees.
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Case Study: Transforming Terror into Transmission, Education, and Repair
Track(s): Forces of Change
Date: Wednesday May 10 12-12:30 p.m.
Location: 261 America's Center
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Description: 
Museums are essential to redressing human rights violations. Our challenge was creating a space relevant for our communities today and telling a story through which the voices of direct victims could be heard. The ESMA Museum Memory Site opened in May 2015 in a building icon of the trauma encrypted in Buenos Aires, the largest of the 600 Clandestine Detention and Assassination Centers during Argentina's military regime.
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Alejandra Naftal    
Not All Exhibits Take Place In Museums: Saint Louis Public Library
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 1-2:30 p.m.
Location: St. Louis Public Library - Central Library
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Description: 

Bus departs America's Center at 12:30 p.m. and returns at 3 p.m. Ticket is required to board bus.

Central Library originally opened in 1912. In 2010, the library closed for a major renovation/restoration before reopening in time to celebrate its 100th anniversary. This event includes a brief overview of the history of the Saint Louis Public Library, details and photos of the two-year restoration project, and a look at how changes in the building have been received by staff and visitors. You'll also hear about new public spaces that facilitate programs that were not possible before the project. After the presentation, docents will conduct tours highlighting the library's changes.
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DIVCOM Field Trip: A Gateway to Inclusion Through the Stories and Artistry of Saint Louis
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 1-5 p.m.
Location: George B. Vashon African American Museum and St. Louis Regional Arts Commission
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Description: 

Bus departs America's Center at 12:30 p.m. and returns at 5:30 p.m. Ticket is required to board bus.

Explore and connect with diversity- and inclusion-minded colleagues at two Saint Louis institutions. At the George B. Vashon Museum, experience the stories of African Americans who persevered in the region's segregated communities. In a visit to the Gallery at the Regional Arts Commission of Saint Louis (RAC), multiculturalism and identity are highlighted in the works of local artists and in the "Estamos Aqui" exhibition. Engaging group dialogue follows the site visits.
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Concepts of Beauty and Bias at the Saint Louis Art Museum
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 1-2:30 p.m.
Location: Saint Louis Art Museum
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Description: 

Bus departs America's Center at 12:30 p.m. and returns at 3 p.m. Ticket is required to board bus.

Participate in a unique Concepts of Beauty and Bias in Art" tour experience developed through an 18-year partnership between the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Anti-Defamation League of Saint Louis' A World of Difference Institute. The experience is designed to empower students to uncover, understand, and counteract negative bias by using works of art as proxies for real-world people and situations."
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Interpreting History: The Museum Behind the Story
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 1-2:30 p.m.
Location: 127 America's Center
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Description: 
Presentations by Army Center of Military History, National World War I Museum, and the National World War II Museum on the preservation and presentation of military history. The focus is on the material culture, history and experiences of service men and women and the effective exhibition and education programs used to educate a large and diverse audience on those who played a part in global and transformative events that shaped the nation's history.
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Historic Interiors: New Approaches to Traditional Spaces
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 1:30-3 p.m.
Location: Inside the Economy Museum and the Old Courthouse
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Description: 

Meet at the Events and Ground Transportation Desk at 1 p.m. Group will walk over together. Ticket is required to go on the tour.

Few American cities preserve their architectural history like Saint Louis does. The downtown area blends gleaming skyscrapers with buildings constructed during the horse-and-buggy era. The fusion of old and new takes place even within two of the city's most historic buildings. Come inside the Federal Reserve Bank of Saint Louis' Inside the Economy Museum and the Old Courthouse to see how modern exhibits can be elegantly incorporated within historic structures. At the Inside the Economy Museum, learn how high-tech exhibits emphasize the historic architecture and bring the subject matter to life. At the Old Courthouse, learn how original exhibits and exhibits from the Gateway Arch Museum are incorporated into the nearly 200-year-old courthouse.
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Parallel Perspectives: Non-Collecting Museums
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 2-4 p.m.
Location: Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis and Pulitzer Arts Foundation
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Description: 

Bus departs America's Center at 1:30 p.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. Ticket is required to board bus.

As non-collecting institutions, both the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (CAM) and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation reflect unique positions within the field, raising critical questions about shifting models of the American "kunsthalle." What are their roles? How do they operate? What defines them? Representatives from each institution will offer perspectives, including Alex C. Elmestad, director of learning and engagement at CAM; Kristin Fleischmann Brewer, director of public projects and engagement at the Pulitzer; and Tamara H. Schenkenberg, associate curator at the Pulitzer. Attendees will also have the opportunity to view exhibitions and experience the world-renowned architecture of Tadao Ando at the Pulitzer and Brad Cloepfil at CAM.
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Programs that Connect Visitors and Collections: Treasures from the Vault
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: Saint Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri
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Description: 

Bus departs America's Center at 1:30 p.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Ticket is required to board bus.

Experience one of the library's most successful program models that delves deep into the collections to engage visitors-the colloquium. Participants will attend two mini-colloquia that expand on our current exhibition Audubon and Beyond." One will feature Audubon's double-elephant folio "Birds of America" and related rare books and prints; the other will explore how Saint Louis and Missouri artists have been inspired by nature to create works that built our region's rich artistic heritage. We will conclude with a group discussion about the benefits, challenges, and logistics of the colloquium format, how sensitive subjects can be addressed, and how other institutions can adapt this program to their needs."
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Connecting Art and Music: A Hands-On Experience
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 2-4 p.m.
Location: The Sheldon Art Galleries and Concert Hall
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Description: 

Bus departs America's Center at 1:30 p.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. Ticket is required to board bus.

This Onsite Insight will use Amazing Horns, Bridging Continents, Bridging Time," the Sheldon's Hartenberger World Music Instrument Collection exhibit of historic horns from five continents and 1,000 years, and its SOLID (Science of Learning Instrument Design) education program to show ways that meaningful connections can be made between visual art and music in a multidisciplinary setting. Included is a tour of the exhibit led by the curator, Dr. Aurelia Hartenberger; an overview of the music education program, which combines visual arts with the STEM disciplines (STEAM); and a hands-on activity to make your own sound sculpture or musical instrument to take away. Coffee, soft drinks, juice, and snacks will be provided at this free event."
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LGBTQ Collections Focus: Field Trip to Missouri Historical Society
Track(s): 
Date: Wednesday May 10 2-3 p.m.
Location: Missouri Historical Society
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Description: 

Bus departs America's Center at 1:30 p.m. and returns at 3:30 p.m. Ticket is required to board bus.

Interested in collecting, managing, and/or displaying LGBTQ collections? How can your institution reach out to community members and provide a welcoming environment for materials that have traditionally been ignored, marginalized, or only partially interpreted? Join us on a tour at the Missouri Historical Society, where the collections manager and her colleagues will offer a close-up experience designed as a launching point for your efforts to welcome and interpret your LGBTQ community.
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Unpacking the Mask of Ka Nefer Nefer: A Discussion of the History, Law, Ethics, and Policy Involved
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Date: Wednesday May 10 2-3:30 p.m.
Location: Saint Louis Art Museum
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Bus departs America's Center at 1:30 p.m. and returns at 4 p.m. Ticket is required to board bus.

From 2011-14, United States v. Mask of Ka Nefer Nefer wound its way through the courts until it was dismissed, with SLAM retaining the mummy mask. For the first time, SLAM Director Brent Benjamin and legal counsel David Linenbroker will discuss issues surrounding this case and offer advice based on their experience. Moderated by Elizabeth Varner.
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Collecting Ferguson
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Date: Wednesday May 10 3-4:30 p.m.
Location: Center of Creative Arts (COCA)
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Bus departs America's Center at 2:30 p.m. and returns at 5 p.m. Ticket is required to board bus.

The 2014 social unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, drew international attention and ignited a modern movement for civil and cultural rights in Saint Louis and nationwide. Museum curators and artists who have responded to Ferguson will discuss the processes, value judgments, challenges, and responsibilities of creating and collecting art and artifacts related to this still-burgeoning movement. Moderated by artist-activist De Nichols, the panel will include Chris Gordon, director, library and collections, Missouri History Museum; Kevin Strait, museum specialist, Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture; and Desiree Jones, project coordinator, Documenting the Now, Washington University.
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Construction Tour of the New Museum and Visitor Center at the Arch
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Date: Wednesday May 10 3-5 p.m.
Location: Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (The Arch)
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Meet at the America's Center, Washington Avenue entrance at 2:30 p.m. Group will walk over together. Ticket is required to go on tour.

The Jefferson National Expansion Memorial (Gateway Arch Grounds) is undergoing a massive, $380 million renovation that is set to be complete in late 2017. The renovation includes better connecting the park and the Arch to Saint Louis, improving accessibility, and expanding the visitor center under the Arch by 46,000 square feet. It also includes brand-new museum exhibits and storytelling. Visitors will get a behind-the-scenes peek at the construction on the new visitor center and museum at the Arch through a guided construction tour, hosted by the National Park Service and CityArchRiver Foundation. Look at the transformation around one of the world's iconic landmarks. The group will be walking to the Arch to start the tour.
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For Families, By Families: Involving Families in Exhibit Development
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Date: Wednesday May 10 3-4:30 p.m.
Location: Missouri History Museum
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Bus departs America's Center at 2:30 p.m. and returns at 5 p.m. Ticket is required to board bus.

In 2015, the Missouri History Museum (MHM) opened the History Clubhouse, a nearly 6,000-square-foot exhibit designed to offer children and families a chance to learn about local history through play in a hands-on immersive environment. Creating a large-scale exhibit for a very young audience was a new endeavor for MHM, and thus involving families in every step of the development process became top priority. Participants will play and explore in the clubhouse and then discover how MHM utilized everything from focus groups to a full-size prototype exhibit and worked with thousands of children and families to select content, write labels, create art installations, and ultimately build an award-winning space that families can call their own.
Tags: Onsite Insights, Transportation Provided