2024 Schedule at a glance

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photo at right: Adrienne Garwood, Director of Experiential Design, National Aquarium

AAM 2024 Keynote Announced!

Wired for the Arts:

Revitalizing Society through Museum Engagement

Explore the profound nexus between arts and culture and societal health, and examine how museums can serve as powerful conduits for this vital integration with:

  • Renée Fleming, acclaimed singer, five-time Grammy® award winner, and arts advocate
  • Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson, Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts
  • Terri Lee Freeman, Executive Director of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum
  • Led by Susan Magsamen, Executive Director of the International Arts + Mind Lab, Center for Applied Neuroaesthetics, Pedersen Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Come ready to explore, learn, and be transformed.

The AAM 2024 keynote panel is generously supported by .art.

Renée Fleming is one of the most highly acclaimed singers of our time, performing on the stages of the world’s greatest opera houses and concert halls. Honored with the US National Medal of Arts, the 2023 Kennedy Center Honor, and five Grammy® awards, she has sung at momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Super Bowl. She is currently starring in The Hours at the Metropolitan Opera and is touring her recital program Voice of Nature: The Anthropocene, inspired by her Grammy-winning album of the same name and with an original film by the National Geographic Society.

In recent years, Fleming has become a prominent advocate for research at the intersection of arts, health, and neuroscience, and she has been named a Goodwill Ambassador for Arts and Health by the World Health Organization. As Artistic Advisor to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, she launched the first ongoing collaboration between America’s national cultural center and its largest health research institute, the National Institutes of Health. As Co-Chair of the NeuroArts Blueprint, she created the Renée Fleming Neuroarts Investigator Awards to support early-career arts and health researchers.

Fleming’s many awards include the Annenberg Award for Diplomacy through the Arts from the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies, Research!America’s Rosenfeld Award for Impact on Public Opinion, the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, and France’s Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. Fleming’s new anthology, Music and Mind: Harnessing the Arts for Health and Wellness, is now available from Viking Penguin Random House. www.reneefleming.com

Headshot of Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson

For more than 25 years, Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson’s work has focused on understanding and elevating arts, culture, and design as critical elements of healthy communities. Her work blends social science and arts- and humanities-based approaches to comprehensive community revitalization, systems change, the dynamics of race and ethnicity, and the roles of arts and culture in communities. After confirmation by the U.S. Senate in December 2021, Dr. Jackson became the 13th chair of the National Endowment for the Arts in January 2022. With this historic appointment, Dr. Jackson is the first African American and the first Mexican American woman to serve as chair of the NEA.

Headshot of Terri Lee Freeman

Terri Lee Freeman was named President of The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture (The Lewis Museum) in June 2023 after having served as its Executive Director since February 2021. Freeman is responsible for providing strategic leadership in furthering the museum’s mission as an educational and cultural institution. To that end, she has worked with staff and board to develop a five-year strategic plan that culminates in a planned renovation of The Lewis Museum’s permanent history exhibition, a growth in visitors, membership, funding support and community outreach. Freeman seeks to connect history to current events and expand the museum’s connection to the very rich and vibrant communities that make up the state of Maryland. Prior to joining The Lewis Museum, Freeman served as President of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee for six years. During her tenure, Freeman broadened the Museum’s reputation as the new public square.

Headshot of Susan Magsamen

Susan Magsamen is the founder and executive director of the International Arts + Mind Lab (IAM Lab), Center for Applied Neuroaesthetics, a pioneering initiative from the Pedersen Brain Science Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Her body of work lies at the intersection of brain sciences and the arts—and how our unique response to aesthetic experiences can amplify human potential. Magsamen is the author of the Impact Thinking model, an evidence-based research approach to accelerate how we use the arts to solve problems in health, well-being, and learning. In addition to her role at IAM Lab, she is an assistant professor of neurology at Johns Hopkins and serves as co-director of the NeuroArts Blueprint project in partnership with the Aspen Institute. Prior to founding IAM Lab, Magsamen worked in both the private and public sector, developing social impact programs and products addressing all stages of life—from early childhood to the senior years. Magsamen created Curiosityville, an online personalized learning world, acquired by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2014 and Curiosity Kits, a hands-on multi-sensory company, acquired by Torstar in 1995. An award-winning author, Magsamen has published eight books including The Classic Treasury of Childhood Wonder, The 10 Best of Everything Families, and Family Stories. Susan’s newest book, a New York Times Bestseller, is titled Your Brain On Art: How the Arts Transform Us, written with Ivy Ross, Vice President of Google Hardware.

Use the schedule at a glance to begin planning your AAM 2024 experience. Below is some of what you can expect:

  • Interactive and hands-on programming and workshops designed to help you connect with your peers, dive deep into museums’ impact on health and well-being, and leave with tangible tools and tactics to bring back home.
  • Events and parties to celebrate being together and making the connections you need to thrive.
  • A MuseumExpo packed with exhibitors ready to show you the latest and greatest, content and poster presentations, and meet-up opportunities. Plus, we’re partnering with the Museum Store Association again this year for an incredible MuseumExpo experience.
  • NeighborHub meet-ups where you’ll be connecting with other museum people with the same job function or area of interest.
  • Free and reduced admission to area museums so you can experience all Baltimore has to offer.
  • Experiential workshops at Baltimore museums during pre- and post-conference days so you can see local museums in action (and have a great field trip)!

Please note the schedule at a glance is subject to change.

Schedule at a Glance


May 16


7:00 am–4:00 pm: Registration Open

9:00 am–4:00 pm: Experiential Workshops & On-site workshops

4:00 pm–5:30 pm: AAM Awards & Recognition Reception

May 17


7:00 am–5:00 pm: Registration Open

7:00 am–8:00 am: First-Time Attendee Overview

7:30 am–8:30 am: Attendee Coffee Break

8:30 am–10:00 am: Opening General Session & Keynote

10:00 am–5:30 pm: MuseumExpo Open

10:00 am–11:30 am: MuseumExpo Break with Solutions Center presentations, Poster Talks, and NeighborHub meetups

11:30 am–12:30 pm: Concurrent Roundtables, Sessions, & Flash Sessions

12:30 pm–2:00 pm: MuseumExpo Break with Solutions Center presentations, Poster Talks, and NeighborHub meetups

2:00 pm–3:00 pm: Concurrent Roundtables, Sessions, & Flash Sessions

3:20 pm–4:20 pm: Concurrent Roundtables, Sessions, & Flash Sessions

4:20 pm–5:30 pm: MuseumExpo Break with Solutions Center presentations, Poster Talks, and NeighborHub meetups

6:00 pm–8:00 pm: CEO/Directors Reception

7:00 pm–10:00 pm: Connect Networking Event

May 21

May 18


7:00 am–5:00 pm: Registration Open

8:30 am–9:30 am: Concurrent Roundtables, Sessions, & Flash Sessions

9:00 am–5:30 pm: MuseumExpo Open

9:30 am–10:00 am: MuseumExpo Coffee Break

10:10 am–11:10 am: Concurrent Roundtables, Sessions, & Flash Sessions

11:30 am–12:30 pm: Concurrent Roundtables, Sessions, & Flash Sessions

12:30 pm–2:00 pm: MuseumExpo Break with Solutions Center presentations, Poster Talks, and NeighborHub meetups

1:00 pm–2:00 pm: Networking Lunches

2:00 pm–3:00 pm: Concurrent Roundtables, Sessions, & Flash Sessions

3:20 pm–4:20 pm: Concurrent Roundtables, Sessions, & Flash Sessions

4:20 pm–5:30 pm: MuseumExpo Closing Happy Hour and Networking Reception with Solutions Center presentations, Poster Talks, and NeighborHub meetups

May 19


7:00 am–5:00 pm: Registration Open

8:30 am–10:00 am: Concurrent Workshops

9:00 am–10:00 am: Industry Sessions

10:20 am–11:50 am: Concurrent Workshops

12:00 pm–1:30 pm: Networking Lunches

1:00 pm–2:00 pm: Industry Sessions

1:00 pm–2:30 pm: Concurrent Workshops

3:00 pm–4:00 pm: Industry Sessions

3:00 pm–4:30 pm: Concurrent Workshops

7:00 pm–10:00 pm: AAM Party – Celebrate the conclusion of AAM 2024 with over a thousand of your peers, new connections, and colleagues for dancing, music, food, drinks, and more.


May 20


9:00 am–2:00 pm: Experiential Workshops

This is a schedule at a glance for the 2024 AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo. All times are listed in Eastern Standard Time. Please note that this is subject to change.

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