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

Emergence of the Edu-Curator
Wednesday, May 10, 9:45-11 a.m.
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.

Copyrighted Material in the Museum
Tuesday, May 9, 8:45-10 a.m.
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.

Tactile Art: Expanding Access, Increasing Engagement
Monday, May 8, 8:45-10 a.m.
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?

When Your Collections Get In the Way
Tuesday, May 9, 10:30-11:45 a.m
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.

Curatorial Catalysts: Infusing Latino Studies into Museums
Tuesday, May 9, 8:45-9:15 a.m.
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.

The Art of Observation: Museums and Medical Professionals
Sunday, May 7, 1-2:15 p.m.
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.

29th Annual Excellence in Exhibition Awards
Monday, May 8, 8:45-10 a.m.
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.

Interpreting Sacred Art for Secular Audiences
Wednesday, May 10, 9:45-11 a.m.
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?

Incubators, Co-working Spaces, and the Future of Museums
Sunday, May 7, 4-5:15 p.m.
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.

Researchers and Practitioners: Can We All Get Along?
Sunday, May 7, 4-5:15 p.m.
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.

Workplace Confidential: Museum Women Talk Gender Equity
Monday, May 8, 8:45-10 a.m.
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.

Designing for Outrage: Inviting Disruption into Exhibitions
Tuesday, May 9, 1:30-2:45 p.m.
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.

Do Museums Reflect Our Society?
Wednesday, May 10, 11:15-12:30 p.m.
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.