2014 AAM Annual Meeting Theme
The Innovation Edge
Innovation is a defining quality of our time. Creating the new, reimagining the old, adapting the present to changing needs have become the goals of the best and the brightest among us. To go from the seed of an idea to universally adopted reality seems to take mere weeks—reading books on our phones, wearing a computer, printing three-dimensional objects in our own homes.
What better place than Seattle to explore how museums can gain that Innovation Edge, here on the western edge of the U.S., and the eastern edge of the Pacific Rim? How do we engage, support and sustain innovation in our museums and in our communities? How can our museums serve as engines of innovation? What examples can we share of the best recent innovations in education? What are the innovative models in conservation, exhibitions, audience engagement, development and more?
Seattle is our model: one of the fastest growing, most culturally diverse and forward-thinking cities on the planet, where innovation seems to be a part of the civic DNA. The metro region is home to Microsoft, Amazon, Starbucks and Nintendo. Seattle is the birthplace of Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, Nirvana and Grunge music. The 1962 Space Needle, Pike Place Market and the controversial 2000 Experience Music Project building by Frank Gehry help define a revitalized urban core. Seattle’s Link Light Rail is key to the city’s goal of becoming America's first "carbon neutral" city by 2030.
Join thousands of your museum colleagues from the world over as we gather on the shores of stunning Puget Sound to examine how the Innovation Edge can help us better educate, inspire and serve our publics.