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Professional Network Council Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting, Business Meeting

Saturday   1-5 p.m.Sheraton Seattle



Invitation only


Board of Directors Business Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting, Business Meeting

Saturday   1-5 p.m.Sheraton Seattle



Invitation only


SMEC Production Committee Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Saturday   5-7 p.m.Sheraton Seattle



Invitation only


Leadership Welcome Reception

Reception

Saturday   5:30-6:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle



Invitation only


Professional Network Leadership Breakfast

Breakfast

Sunday   8-9 a.m.Sheraton Seattle

This breakfast is an opportunity for the leadership of AAM’s 22 Professional Networks to informally network and meet each other and AAM staff.

Invitation only


AAM Council of Affiliates Breakfast Meeting

Business Meeting, Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   8:30-10:30 a.m.Sheraton Seattle

This meeting brings together representatives from the 25 national museum service organizations that comprise the AAM Council of Affiliates.

Invitation only


SMEC Directors Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   8:30-9:30 a.m.Sheraton Seattle



Invitation only


NASMA Annual Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-12 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

The annual meeting is open to all NASMA members (employees or volunteers of state museum associations). Agenda: election of Steering Committee, reports from state museum associations and current topics. NASMA increases the capacity, professionalism and stability of state museum associations.




EdCom Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-12:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle



Invitation only


Leadership & Management Network Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-12:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle






International Lounge



Sunday   9-7 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

The International Lounge is a great place to connect with your colleagues working in other parts of the world. Visit the Lounge to network, join an informal roundtable discussion, or to simply relax and recharge. Open to all attendees.




NAME Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-12:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle






Building the NAME Network: Conversations in Museums

Luncheon, Onsite Insights

Sunday   9-1 p.m.The Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture

Teams will collaboratively explore exhibitions at the Burke Museum of Natural History, tackle topics facing museums today and reconvene to share insights over lunch. Participants will receive information regarding event details and possible hot topics in advance.
Sponsored by Chicago Scenic Studios, Inc.


Transportation Provided, Registration Required


Getting Your Core Together: Small Museum Becomes Accredited

Onsite Insights

Sunday   9-10:30 a.m.Puget Sound Navy Museum

For small museums, the accreditation process often seems daunting. Explore how one small museum with a staff of five approached the process and prepared for accreditation. Includes iconic ferry ride from Seattle to the museum.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


SMAC Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting, Business Meeting

Sunday   9-12:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle



Invitation only


CARE Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-12:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

The CARE Board will convene to discuss the past year’s activities and plans for the upcoming year.




CurCom Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-12:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

This meeting is the annual business meeting of the CurCom Board as stipulated in the AAM Curators Committee Operating Guidelines.




PIC Green Leadership Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-12 p.m.Sheraton Seattle



Invitation only


COMPT Board meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-12:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle






DAM Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-12:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

The board of the Development and Membership Network meets to review conference logistics and plan the year ahead.

Invitation only


Registrars Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-12:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle



Invitation only


DIVCOM Executive Committee Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-12:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle






PRAM Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-12:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle






Media & Technology Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-12:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle



Invitation only


Educational/Partnerships

Onsite Insights

Sunday   9-10:30 a.m.Seattle Art Museum

Participants on this tour will talk with education and public programming staff about partnerships, programming and engagement strategies like community exhibitions, offsite interventions, and digital interactives that can broaden and deepen audience participation.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


Collaborate on a New Format for Changing Visitor Experiences



Sunday   9:30-11 a.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

This discussion is open to all museum managers interested in working together to create a new shared format for changing content and experiences that combines immersion and interactivity into a new platform for STEM learning, revenue generation, and museum vitality.




IMTAL Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9:30-2 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle



Invitation only


International Fellows Orientation



Sunday   10-12 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

By invitation only.

Invitation only


Experiential Learning Spaces at Seattle Asian Art Museum

Onsite Insights

Sunday   10-11 a.m.Seattle Asian Art Museum

Participants of this tour will meet education staff and get an inside look at the Teacher Resource Center, the Asian Library and Education room and how these spaces are connected to exhibitions in the galleries.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


Downtown Historical Walking Tour

Onsite Insights

Sunday   10-12 p.m.MOHAI

Educators from the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) will lead a walking tour of downtown Seattle, sharing stories about some of the most iconic features of our city (think Starbucks, the Space Needle and Nordstrom!). Then hop onboard the South Lake Union Streetcar to finish your tour at MOHAI.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


AAMV Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   10-1 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

Board meeting of the American Association for Museum Volunteers (AAMV). By invitation only.

Invitation only


New Member Orientation



Sunday   10-10:45 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Are you a new member of the Alliance? Come learn about the new AAM and how to reap the benefits of your individual or your museum’s membership. Alliance staff will explain your access to unique information resources, networking opportunities and more.

Presenter: Greg Stevens, Assistant Director, Professional Development, AAM






Operational Artifacts

Onsite Insights

Sunday   10:30-12 p.m.Flying Heritage Collection

Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage Collection restores and operates the iconic military machines that changed our world, focusing on rapid leaps in technology amid the global strife of the World War II years. These extraordinary artifacts are some of the last of their kind in the world.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


Technology Artifacts - Operational Challenges

Onsite Insights

Sunday   10:30-12 p.m.Living Computer Museum

Participants on this tour will be provided an interactive experience of the evolution and growth of computing. Come and celebrate the achievements of early computer pioneers by interacting with these remarkable machines. You can take a guided tour or watch our staff working to restore these machines.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required, Simultaneously Translated


Art and Social Change at SAM

Onsite Insights

Sunday   10:30-12 p.m.Seattle Art Museum

This special tour with Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Kayla Skinner Deputy Director of Education and Public Programs and adjunct curator, will explore social change in relation to the exhibition by LaToya Ruby Frazier, 2013 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize artist, to works of art in SAM’s collection.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


Mad for Danish Modern!

Onsite Insights

Sunday   11-12 p.m.Nordic Heritage Museum

Mad Men has introduced a new generation to the style of mid-century modern design. Exhibit curator Tova Brandt will present a gallery talk on “Danish Modern: Design for Living,” currently on view at the Nordic Heritage Museum, and also share the nuts and bolts of developing the exhibition.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


AAM Board of Directors Orientation

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   11-2 p.m.Sheraton Seattle



Invitation only


Navigating the Annual Meeting for First Timers



Sunday   11-12:30 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Join us for this orientation session for suggestions on how to make the most of the educational and networking opportunities in Seattle. Alliance staff will guide you through the final program and mobile app so you can find key information and locations.

Presenter: Greg Stevens, Assistant Director, Professional Development, AAM






Building Partnerships: Active Collecting with the Military

Onsite Insights

Sunday   11-12 p.m.Puget Sound Navy Museum

Explore how to work with the military, helping you actively collect. Tour the museum’s award-winning exhibits with the senior curator and a representative from the U.S. Navy to learn about the partnership that has been cultivated to allow the museum to collect from the Navy. Includes ferry ride from Seattle.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


Historic House Network Leadership Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   12-2 p.m.Sheraton Seattle



Invitation only


The Future of Food in Museums, a Tasty Trip to Catalonia

Luncheon, Onsite Insights

Sunday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Seattle Art Museum

The way to your guests' heart and mind is through food. From Field to Fork to Compost, food impacts our environment, speaks to our culture and links us to world around us. Food served in museums can and must contribute to the nourishing of mind, body and planet. Larry Bain and Jessica Harris will provide a delicious lunch and insights on how museums can collaborate with Food Service companies to offer visitors a sustainable and extraordinary dining experience.

Registration Required


Council of Regions

Board/Committee Meeting, Business Meeting

Sunday   1-3 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

Chair: New England Museum Association

Invitation only


Diversity Inside Museums: On-the-Ground Perspectives

Education and Interpretation, Diversity

Sunday   2-3:15 p.m.The Conference Center

What does diversity mean in museums of different sizes, disciplines or locales? How can a variety of in-house perspectives support our mission fulfillment, relevance to community—even the bottom line? Join us to share ways to promote diversity in any museum, plus skeptic-proof reasons to do so.




Grown-Ups Welcome: Engaging Adults in Early Learner Spaces

Education and Interpretation

Sunday   2-3:15 p.m.The Conference Center

Looking for innovative ways to engage adults alongside children in your early learner exhibit? Learn about fresh approaches to sparking adults’ curiosity in kids’ spaces using cognitive research and dynamic programming. Leave with practical resources to engage the adult audience in your institution.




Dare to Share: Benefits of Cross-Departmental Collaboration

Development and Membership

Sunday   2-3:15 p.m.The Conference Center

Learn how membership and marketing departments can seamlessly work together to grow both audience and membership through shared budgets that maximize institutional goals. We’ll discuss: (1) the mutually-beneficial relationship between marketing and membership, (2) how to create internal buy-in on the importance of Advancement and promoting admission and membership simultaneously, (3) how to develop the perfect value proposition for membership and admission pricing optimization to grow revenue, (4) cross-department collaboration in the digital space to sell tickets and membership using Google Grant, targeting techniques, Lightbox, search and display ads in Google ad network, Facebook newsfeed ads, Pandora and YouTube advertising. Followed by Q & A.




Empathy Doesn’t Count: Measuring What Matters in Exhibitions

Organizational Planning and Evaluation, Global Perspectives

Sunday   2-3:15 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

This session will provide examples from a number of different institutions that have endeavored to evaluate (i.e., measure) the seemingly unmeasurable aspects of exhibition design and interpretation. Panelists will share methods and engage participants in thinking creatively about evaluation.




Can Constraints Make You More Creative?

Organizational Planning and Evaluation, Global Perspectives

Sunday   2-3:15 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Learn how Ukrainian museums under differing economic pressures and social expectations—outdated ideologies, public mistrust, organizational silos and stifling bureaucracy—find ways to innovate. Working together, we will all explore how we can reframe our own constraints into innovative solutions.

Simultaneously Translated


Behind the Scenes: Inviting Guests into Restricted Areas

Collections Stewardship

Sunday   2-3:15 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Behind-the-scenes tours help demystify the museum by educating guests about research and collections work. But it is equally important to consider factors like object safety, insurance policies and confidentiality. Join a panel of experts to discuss the diversity, pros and cons of these programs.




Tech Tutorial: Does My Museum Need a Blog?

Media and Technology

Sunday   2-3:15 p.m.The Conference Center

Understand what purposes a blog can serve, and how to plan for and implement a blog using Wordpress. Employ advanced techniques to build your blog into a valuable, sustainable communication tool to engage your online audience.

Registration Required


Beyond the Survey: Using Research to Drive Design Decisions

Media and Technology, Global Perspectives

Sunday   2-3:15 p.m.The Conference Center

How can museums use research to develop digital offerings that are truly visitor-centered? The goal of this panel is two-fold: to share research results and actionable outcomes from a range of museums in the U.S. and the U.K., and to make a case for the importance of design research in digital projects.




Coalition Power: Partnering for Capacity and Community

Small Museums, Forces of Change

Sunday   2-3:15 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Museums are partnering with other organizations to build and deliver new knowledge, skills, audiences or capacity. This session will explore three coalitions: why they were formed, how partners were chosen, how the work of the group is managed, and the intended and unintended outcomes of the group.




Effective Advocacy in Your Community: Learn How!

Marketing and Public Relations, Small Museums

Sunday   2-3:15 p.m.The Conference Center

Silver City, New Mexico. Massillon, Ohio. Memphis, Tennessee. Your city, state, museum. What do they all have in common? A critical need to engage broadly with the community and effectively advocate for the museum. Advocacy doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Hear you peers’ first-hand experiences and lessons learned.




Engaging Latino Audiences: Journeys to Change

Forces of Change

Sunday   2-3:15 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Many museums recognize their need to rethink practices to better serve the needs of Latino communities. As institutions adapt, the impetus for change has come from varied staff sources. To be most effective, change must be systemic. Panelists share experiences and offer strategies.




Increase Earned Revenue and Cut Costs Using Data

Finance and Administration

Sunday   2-3:15 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Many institutions collect data or have software that records data. Not all of the data is used to its greatest potential. We’ll explore how two institutions have used their data to control operating costs and increase earned revenue.




How Well Do You Know Your Visitors?

Education and Interpretation

Sunday   2-3:15 p.m.The Conference Center

What can you learn from observing museum visitors and asking them questions? Panelists from history, science and art museums discuss how audience studies enrich interpretation. They share tools to help you get to know your public—whether you have a budget for professionals or need a “DIY” approach.




Re-imagining Visitor Encounters with Objects

Exhibit Planning and Design

Sunday   2-3:15 p.m.The Conference Center

How are museums developing visitor connections to collections? In this forum, presenters share new ideas for thinking about visitor encounters with objects and look at how museum collections can play a bigger role in the meaningful, personal connections visitors make both now and in the future.




Resumé Writing for Emerging Museum Professionals

Career Management

Sunday   2-3:15 p.m.The Conference Center

Gain valuable tips on crafting an effective resumé. Be sure to bring at least one hard copy to mark up as facilitators guide participants through resumé structure, the importance of a summary statement, how to demonstrate impact, and when to let go of work and education experience.




Organizing U.S. - China Traveling Exhibitions: Strategies, Audiences, Resources and Challenges

Global Perspectives, Exhibit Planning and Design

Sunday   2-3:15 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Panelists will address critical and strategic issues in planning, curating, and marketing exhibitions to travel to the U.S. or to China with a focus on resources, infrastructure, cultural contexts, and audience expectations.




The "Un-Conference Room"



Sunday   2-3:15 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Interested in hosting a "pop-up" session? This is your chance. On-site sign-up is available to facilitate a 75-minute meeting on the subject of your choosing and promote it to attendees via social media. Sign-up available onsite. Presentations can only take place during one of the 10 established timeslots. Presenters may sign up for only one session. Sign up on a first-come first-served basis.




Museums Connect Alumni Discussion



Sunday   3-4 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

By invitation only




Western Museums Association Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   3:30-5:30 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

Meeting of the Western Museums Association Board.

Invitation only


Transforming the DIA: Reflections on Commitment and Crises

Organizational Planning and Evaluation

Sunday   3:30-4:45 p.m.The Conference Center

The Detroit Institute of Art’s recent history of renovation, innovation and fiscal crisis has made national headlines. AAM attendees will hear the spellbinding story of the DIA’s commitment to visitor-centered interpretive practice in spite of financial calamities and critics’ concerns.




Building a Museum Culture of Sustainable Grant Success

Small Museums, Development and Membership

Sunday   3:30-4:45 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Discover a reality-based approach to create a museum plan for grant-based support. Learn how to strategically assess grant readiness, identify fundable projects, utilize existing relationships in prospect research, and develop a manageable process for inquiries, proposals and reports.




Seattle Museums: Building Place + Building Community

Global Perspectives, Forces of Change

Sunday   3:30-4:45 p.m.The Conference Center

This panel highlights the role of design and architecture for museums. The theme comes out of a rich and innovative design and architectural culture reflected in Seattle’s museums as they respond to societal change. Panelists include curators and directors from five Seattle museums.




Psychoanalysis and Co-creation of History and Culture Museums

Exhibit Planning and Design

Sunday   3:30-4:45 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

The panel will present a model for applying relational psychoanalytic ideas to museum exhibitions in which the telling of the stories involves multiple protagonists in the historical narrative. From experience, panelists discuss museums/exhibitions in South Africa, the United States, New Zealand and Canada.

Simultaneously Translated


Communities of Practice: Museum Professionals Unite!

Career Management

Sunday   3:30-4:45 p.m.The Conference Center

In our work, we all want tips from someone else who’s “been there” or “done that.” Join museum professionals who lead local networks designed for and run by informal educators to discuss their goals, successes, lessons learned, and how to create or enhance your own vibrant community of practice.




Meet Congressman Jim McDermott

Forces of Change

Sunday   3:30-4:45 p.m.The Conference Center

Get an update on federal funding, tax incentives and education policy from one of the most influential museum champions in Congress. Two of Jim McDermott’s many accomplishments include securing National Park Affiliate status for Seattle’s Wing Luke Museum and authoring the hotel/motel tax that funds arts and culture in King County.




New Directions for Family Programs in Art Museums

Education and Interpretation

Sunday   3:30-4:45 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Four art museums engage in a conversation centered on best practices in serving family audiences and the role of museums, leadership and visitor engagement in the 21st century. Join a field-wide conversation and receive two publications to help continue the conversation in your own museum.




Turning the Museum Inside Out

Education and Interpretation

Sunday   3:30-4:45 p.m.The Conference Center

This session features a variety of place-based cultural institutions that are working to engage their communities both within and beyond their walls. Panelists will offer short presentations and facilitate a dialogue about their struggles, strategies and best practices.




Design’s Impact on Visitor Engagement

Exhibit Planning and Design

Sunday   3:30-4:45 p.m.The Conference Center

Participate in an open-ended discussion with the editor and authors (expert exhibit designers, developers and researchers) of “Intentionally Designed Settings: How Does Design Affect Visitor Engagement, Understanding, and Meaning-Making?” from the Spring 2014 issue of the NAME Exhibitionist journal.




Tech Tutorial: Organize and Manage Your Digital Assets

Media and Technology

Sunday   3:30-4:45 p.m.The Conference Center

Learn the basics of cleaning up and managing your digital assets. Effective digital asset management saves your organization time and money, and will help preserve institutional memory. The tutorial will cover finding and deleting duplicates, renaming files and planning for the future.

Registration Required


A More Perfect Union: Lessons Learned from Museum Mergers

Governance and Leadership

Sunday   3:30-4:45 p.m.The Conference Center

Mergers are a complex undertaking for museums, yet those that succeed can create a new entity that exceeds expectations and truly serves their communities. CEOs of several museums will share lessons of their leadership of mergers that have proven to be successful over time.




Sex and Silences: Interpreting LGBT History

Education and Interpretation, Diversity

Sunday   3:30-4:45 p.m.The Conference Center

As museums continue to expand the topics they explore with their visitors, the discussion of LGBT history has begun to appear in mainstream venues. This presentation considers some common challenges to incorporating queer history, along with examples of museums that have addressed these issues.




New Ideas Need Old Buildings: Museums, Cities and Adaptive Reuse

Small Museums, Facilities and Risk Management

Sunday   3:30-4:45 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Seattle boasts many important examples of how museums have adapted old buildings, ranging from pop-up galleries to world-famous cultural centers. The people who conceived and implemented these projects will share insights with attendees on how their new ideas have redefined the museum in the city.




Re-imagining Your Logic Model: Using an Old Dog for New Tricks

Organizational Planning and Evaluation

Sunday   3:30-4:45 p.m.The Conference Center

Logic models are often developed and then left to sit on the shelf unused. In this session, participants will explore creative applications for logic models. Panelists will discuss examples from different arenas, including a children’s museum, science museum, and historic sites and museums, as well as from the perspectives of internal and external evaluators.




Animating Your Collection

Collections Stewardship, Global Perspectives

Sunday   3:30-4:45 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Three museum professionals discuss the risks and rewards of not just displaying artifacts from their permanent collection but using artifacts for their original purpose, whether it’s playing a storied guitar, flying a WWII fighter jet or allowing a string quartet to use Stradivarius instruments.




The Lecture Is Dead; Long Live the Lecture?

Education and Interpretation

Sunday   3:30-4:45 p.m.The Conference Center

Museum educators are increasingly eschewing the traditional lecture in favor of more innovative programs. But is the lecture still important? In a session that plays like a game, five educators from a variety of museums help participants consider and share views about adult education today.




Building the Future of Education: Museums and the Learning Ecosystem

Media and Technology, Forces of Change, Education and Interpretation

Sunday   3:30-4:45 p.m.The Conference Center

Last year, educational leaders and activists convened in D.C. to launch a national dialogue about the future of education. This session will report out on that convening and explore how we can integrate museums together with other educational assets into a vibrant learning grid.




The "Un-Conference" Room



Sunday   3:30-4:45 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

"The Un-Conference Room": Interested in hosting a "pop-up" session? This is your chance. On-site sign-up is available to facilitate a 75-minute meeting on the subject of your choosing and promote it to attendees via social media. Sign-up available onsite. Presentations can only take place during one of the 10 established timeslots. Presenters may sign up for only one session. Sign up on a first-come first-served basis.




U.S. - China Traveling Exhibition and Proposal Exchange

Global Perspectives, Exhibit Planning and Design

Sunday   3:30-5:30 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Building on the success of the 2013 U.S.- China Traveling Exhibition Exchange, the American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting China Program will once again offer an unique opportunity for Chinese and U.S. meeting delegates to exchange ideas and proposals for traveling exhibitions to and from China. This is a great opportunity to attract and network with future museum partners in China and the U.S. through presentations and informal discussions. Exhibitions of all types and sizes, and in all stages of development are welcome. Proposals for the Marketplace were due by April 20, 2014. Contact mhargrave@afaweb.org for a copy of the proposal guidelines.




International Meet & Greet

Reception

Sunday   4-6 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Take this opportunity to network with the American Alliance of Museums and International Council of Museums (ICOM) leadership and members in an informal setting.




CEO Directors Reception

Reception

Sunday   5:30-7 p.m.Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center

By invitation only.

Invitation only


25th Annual Muse Awards

Reception, Media and Technology

Sunday   6-8 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

The Muse Awards acknowledge outstanding achievement in Galleries, Libraries, Archives or Museums (GLAM) media. The M&T PN recognizes the use of digital media to enhance the GLAM experience and engage audiences, and celebrate scholarship, community, innovation, creativity, education and inclusiveness.

Sponsored by King Abulaziz Center for World Culture/Saudi Aramco



Registration Required


Sunday at the Park

Reception

Sunday   6:30-8:30 p.m.Olympic Sculpture Park

Experience scenery and art at the Olympic Sculpture Park with the Latino Network, DivCom, LGBTQ, AAAM, Native American Network, and Asian Pacific American Network. Reconnect with colleagues and expand your network by participating in a unique collaborative effort. Expand the potential for innovation and plant the seed for future personal and institutional collaborations. Trendy food trucks and a cash bar will be available. Open to all, but please RSVP by registering to let us know you'll be there!

Registration Required


CARE Network Reception

Reception

Sunday   6:30-8:30 p.m.Pacific Science Center

Start your AAM Conference with CARE at the Pacific Science Center! The reception is open to anyone who is interested in audience research and evaluation. Novice or expert, CARE member or not, join us for a stimulating evening.

Registration Required


EdCom Reception

Reception

Sunday   6:30-8:30 p.m.Pacific Science Center

Join colleagues from EdCom, the Museum Education Roundtable and George Washington University Museum Education Program for a fun and inspiring evening of good conversation, mingling and refreshments. The EdCom annual awards will also be presented during the reception.

Registration Required


DAM/PRAM Reception

Reception

Sunday   6:30-8:30 p.m.Chihuly Garden & Glass

The Development and Membership and Public Relations and Marketing Networks team up to host an unforgettable opening reception at Chihuly Garden and Glass.
Sponsored by Blackbaud and Marts & Lundy


Registration Required


PIC Green Networking Reception

Reception

Sunday   6:30-8:30 p.m.Olympic Sculpture Park

Join friends and colleagues to network and share current experiences with sustainable thinking/doing in our museum community. Open to all AAM members, but please RSVP by registering to let us know you'll be there!

Registration Required


CurCom, LMN & COMPT Networking Reception

Reception

Sunday   6:30-8:30 p.m.Pacific Science Center

Network in a fun-filled evening at the Pacific Science Center. Enjoy conversation, new ideas and collections projects with a variety of Professional Networks. Meet new colleagues and renew connections while enjoying the interactive exhibits.
Sponsored by Delta Design Ltd.


Registration Required


SMAC Reception

Reception

Sunday   6:30-8:30 p.m.Pacific Science Center

Spend the evening having fun and networking with your peers at the Small Museum Administrators Reception!

Registration Required


International Welcome Reception

Reception

Sunday   7-8:30 p.m.Seattle Art Museum

International and U.S. delegates with an interest in forging connections across borders are invited to this reception at the Seattle Art Museum. To request an invitation, contact international@aam-us.org no later than March 31, 2014.

Invitation only


Alliance Opening Party

Evening Event

Sunday   8:30-10:30 p.m.EMP Museum

Kick off the AAM Annual Meeting at the spectacular EMP Museum. In a unique and vibrant building designed by renowned architect Frank O. Gehry, EMP offers an immersive experience that shines a spotlight on contemporary popular culture.

Celebrate with music and dancing in the museum’s soaring Sky Church; form your own band and perform before a virtual audience of screaming fans; get a photo of yourself atop the Iron Throne from HBO’s Game of Thrones; play retro video games on a big screen; and enjoy sweet and salty culinary treats and specialty cocktails prepared by Wolfgang Puck Catering.

Featured Exhibitions:
Spectacle: The Music Video
Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses
Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic
Can’t look Away: The Lure of Horror Film
Icons of Science Fiction
Hear My Train A Comin’: Hendrix Hits London

Generously sponsored by EMP Museum



Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Morning Fitness - Hatha Yoga



Monday   6:45-7:45 a.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

This class will focus on deepening your practice and creating inner balance by working in the poses Wear comfortable clothes to move in, and bring a sweat towel and your own yoga mat. Towels will also be provided by the hotel.




AAM Fellows Breakfast

Breakfast

Monday   7:30-8:30 a.m.Sheraton Seattle

The AAM Fellows breakfast is an opportunity for Annual Meeting Fellows to informally network and meet one another, meeting mentors and AAM staff.

Invitation only


Academic Museums Task Force

Board/Committee Meeting

Monday   7:30-8:30 a.m.Sheraton Seattle



Invitation only


Traveling Exhibitions Annual Breakfast

Breakfast

Monday   7:30-8:30 a.m.Sheraton Seattle

Come join your traveling exhibitions colleagues for the annual TEN Breakfast. Building on last year’s format, this year will feature small discussions, plenty of networking, and opportunities for providers to share information about their exhibitions.
Sponspored by SC Exhibitions


Registration Required


Table Talks



Monday   7:30-8:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Join colleagues from the Alliance’s Professional Networks - Ledership and Management Network (LMN); PIC Green; Small Museums Administrators' Committee (SMAC) -- for informal table conversations on specific topics related to various aspects of museum work. Stay at a single table, switch to other table conversations, or start your own as you share information and foster an exchange of ideas and expertise among attendees. Specific table topics will be announced at the event.




ICOM-US Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Monday   8-12 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle



Invitation only


International Lounge



Monday   8:30-5 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

The International Lounge is a great place to connect with your colleagues working in other parts of the world. Visit the Lounge to network, join an informal roundtable discussion, or to simply relax and recharge. Open to all attendees.




Stop, Collaborate and Listen: Making the Most of Evaluation

Education and Interpretation

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Ever use an expensive evaluation report to prop up a table leg? Join panelists who’ve created and consumed museum evaluations for a fast-paced, jargon-free talk about getting the most out of evaluation—whether you’re an expert or a novice. Then bring a sample project and try out what you’ve learned!




If You Don’t Talk to Your Board About Money, Who Will?

Small Museums, Governance and Leadership

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Although board members generally understand that a major part of their responsibility is raising money, it continues to be a challenge—particularly in smaller and mid-sized organizations—for all members to meet their fundraising obligations. This session will identify a number of techniques that can assist museum leaders to clearly identify board financial responsibilities and help ensure 100-percent participation.




Sowing the Seeds of Innovation: Early Childhood Programs

Education and Interpretation, Small Museums

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Looking for fresh program ideas for young children (birth to age 3)? Presenters will guide you in creating object-centered, developmentally appropriate activities, and will discuss starting and maintaining early childhood programs. Participants will leave with program ideas created by the group and a planning tool.




You Be the Judge: Mock Application Review Panel with IMLS

Development and Membership

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Get an inside look at the peer review process by participating in a fast-paced, mock application review panel facilitated by IMLS program staff. Attendees will gain a greater appreciation for what reviewers look for and share insights for preparing their own applications to these competitive programs.




Small Museums: Big Changes

Forces of Change, Small Museums

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Does being small mean thinking small? This session will present four small museums’ successes with big challenges to guiding their institutions to a new level of achievement. Issues to be discussed include fundraising, visioning, board restructuring, expansions, innovative programs and exhibitions.




Tech Tutorial: Getting Started with Social Media (Beginners)

Media and Technology

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Never used Twitter? Not sure what a hashtag is, or how to “like” or “+1” something? Learn how social media platforms work and how museums are using them. Come away with information to help you decide if using these platforms makes sense for your institution in this beginner-level tutorial.

Registration Required


Managing Education Collections: Balancing Use with Control

Collections Stewardship, Small Museums

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Education collections are a tangible connection between the permanent collections and visitors. Balancing control of the objects with use and organizational resources is important to the longevity of the collection. Examples of a CMP for education collections, issues of provenance and title, and inventory, storage and daily management will be presented.




TrendsWatch 2014: Your Annual Glimpse of the Future

Forces of Change

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Staff of the Alliance’s Center for the Future of Museums present an overview of significant trends emerging in the past year. Explore how these trends are playing out in the world, their significance to museums and their communities, and how museums might respond.




Creating and Using Repurposeable Gamemaking Tools

Media and Technology

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Save time and money by reinventing existing games into new experiences. Explore game projects from three institutions—a content management system, an open source game framework, a game editor tool for museum staff and a game-building tool for youth—via presentations by educators and technologists.




Membership 101

Development and Membership

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

This primer for membership management explores five basic marketing strategies—onsite sales, direct mail, telemarketing, e-marketing, grassroots—with their application to member acquisition, renewals and upgrade. Best practices and examples from a variety of museums nationwide will be provided.




Tough Times, New Ideas: Experiments in Organizational Change

Organizational Planning and Evaluation, Global Perspectives

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Everywhere, museums are reorganizing. “New” staff structures focused on increased efficiency look disturbingly similar to those from past decades—already tried and found lacking. Join in a lively dialogue about innovative change efforts focused on visitor experiences, resilience and responsiveness.

Simultaneously Translated


Museum Simulations and Building 21st-Century Skills

Education and Interpretation

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Simulation learning fosters critical thinking, collaboration, innovation and communication while allowing museum visitors to authentically engage with museum content. This session examines simulations in a diverse set of contexts: both on and off site, and from zero to blockbuster budgets.




Multiple Perspectives on Multiple Languages

Education and Interpretation, Global Perspectives, Diversity

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Hear about new research investigating how visitors use bilingual resources (Spanish, Vietnamese, ASL) in exhibits and their impact on visitors’ experiences. Gain insight into the practical implications of developing bilingual resources, including challenges, lessons learned and tips for success.




Innovation in Front-Line Visitor Services, Visitor Experience

Global Perspectives, Marketing and Public Relations

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Visitor services professionals will share expertise in the field based on more than 15 years in front-line service, including taking a visitor services department through a new building construction or renovation process and analyzing where the department fits within visitor experience planning.




Calculating Collection Risks

Global Perspectives, Facilities and Risk Management

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Risk is often defined as the product of the probability of a loss event and the potential cost of a loss event. What methods can be used to determine the varying levels of risk to one’s collection? Our panel will provide an interdisciplinary approach to determining risk for your institution.




The 26th Annual Excellence in Exhibitions Competition

Exhibit Planning and Design, Global Perspectives

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

The 26th Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition session offers museum professionals of all levels examples of exemplary exhibitions created by their colleagues at a variety of museums including art, history, children’s and science. Winners of the competition share inspirations/best practices.




Resumé Writing for Mid-Career or Career-Changers

Career Management

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Gain valuable tips on (re)crafting an effective resumé. Be sure to bring at least one hard copy to mark up as facilitators guide participants through approaches on what to include in your work history, how to demonstrate impact and determining when to let go of work experience.




SITES Focus Group

Business Meeting

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

For over 60 years SITES has been bringing the Smithsonian to communities around the country. As we look to the future, we want to hear from you about our program. What works? How can we help you maximize your experience with SITES? How can we assist in meeting your mission? All this, and more.

Invitation only


How to Bring an Exhibition from China to the U.S.

Global Perspectives, Exhibit Planning and Design

Monday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Since the 1980 numerous highly acclaimed exhibitions from China toured in the U.S. and have reshaped the public’s perception about Chinese art. Join this session and meet a panel of leading experts from China and U.S museums who have worked together and brought exhibitions to the U.S. Learn the big picture of policies and the detail of implementation through analysis of exhibition case studies.




The "Un-Conference" Room



Monday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

"The Un-Conference Room": Interested in hosting a "pop-up" session? This is your chance. On-site sign-up is available to facilitate a 75-minute meeting on the subject of your choosing and promote it to attendees via social media. Sign-up available onsite. Presentations can only take place during one of the 10 established timeslots. Presenters may sign up for only one session. Sign up on a first-come first-served basis.




MuseumExpo Opening Event



Monday   12-1:30 p.m.MuseumExpo






AASLH Membership Luncheon

Luncheon

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

Join fellow history colleagues at the AASLH luncheon. If you work or volunteer in a small museum, this is a great opportunity to meet others in the museum field, and discuss and share information about common issues while enjoying a great lunch! Everyone working in state and local history is welcome.

Registration Required


LGBTQ Alliance Luncheon

Luncheon

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

Join colleagues for a dynamic presentation by Gregory Hinton, creator and producer of “Out West: LGBT Stories of the American West.” This educational programming series has been presented at many venues including the Autry National Center, Buffalo Bill Center for the West and Eiteljorg Museum.

Presentation courtesy of Pride Foundation



Registration Required


Historic House Museums Network Luncheon

Luncheon

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

Please join your colleagues from other historic house museums for a discussion about how this network may best serve you and your institution. We will be looking for ideas to reinvigorate the group and get involved in the national conversations about the challenges of the field and the sustainability of historic house museums. We also want to hear from participants who would like to be more involved in this process, either in a leadership role or as part of a steering committee.

Registration Required


Visitor Services Network Luncheon

Luncheon

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

Join us for a networking luncheon with professionals working in visitor services to share ideas and best practices. Museum staff from vistior services, membership and marketing are all welcome.

Registration Required


SMAC Luncheon and Business Meeting

Luncheon

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

"The Rise of the (Small) Community Museum" Museums of all sizes are working to be more relevant to their local communities and to inspire participation, engagement, and support. Small museums are uniquely able to embed themselves in community life and inspire transformative local impact. In this interactive session, Nina Simon will share examples of how small museums are innovating and leading powerful community engagement efforts. Speaker: Nina Simon, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History

Registration Required


Latino Network Luncheon

Reception, Luncheon

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

We invite all conference attendees interested in “all things Latino” to join us and learn about LN achievements during the past year. Network with colleagues from the U.S and Latin America while discussing issues of common interest.

Registration Required


COMPT Luncheon

Luncheon

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

Collaboration...social media...crowd sourcing...oh my! How we approach teaching in an ever-evolving field.

Registration Required


Leadership & Management Network Lunch

Luncheon

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

Anne Bergeron, associate director of external affairs at the Dallas Museum of Art and Beth Tuttle, the president and CEO of the Cultural Data Project, will join the LMN luncheon to talk about their book, Magnetic: The Art and Science of Engagement. This AAM Press best seller is based on a three-year research study of U.S. museums to understand what drives these high-performance institutions.
Sponsored by Jitasa


Registration Required


International Museum Theatre Alliance's Lunch

Luncheon

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

Participants will have the opportunity to join a discussion about museum theatre with current IMTAL members. IMTAL will also present two awards for excellence in museum theatre: the “IMTY” for outstanding museum theatre leadership and the “Jon Lipsky” playwright award.

Registration Required


American Association for Museum Volunteers Luncheon

Luncheon

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

Meet and network with members and the board of the American Association for Museum Volunteers (AAMV). 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.

Registration Required


Association of Academic Museums and Galleries Business Luncheon

Luncheon, Business Meeting

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

Join AAMG members from around the nation to learn about the association’s many achievements over the last year, meet your state representatives and learn about AAMG’s exciting new initiatives.

Registration Required


Earned Income Continues Here: Part 2



Monday   12:45-1:30 p.m.

Learn and take home valuable information on how to increase earned income from Facility Rentals and Catering Services. Discover 5 secrets to increased Museum Store and E-Commerce revenue. Any and all questions answered about Museum dining, food services, programming, planning, outsourcing and self-operation.




Gelo: A Deeper & Richer Museum Experience with Emerging Technologies



Monday   12:45-1:30 p.m.MuseumExpo

Emerging indoor location-based technology offers Curators, Collections, Education and Exhibits professionals the challenge of creating engaging and interactive museum visitor experiences and could be a new channel for digital libraries to enrich museum exhibits with video, audio and images.




SITES Focus Group

Business Meeting

Monday   1:45-3 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

For over 60 years SITES has been bringing the Smithsonian to communities around the country. As we look to the future, we want to hear from you about our program. What works? How can we help you maximize your experience with SITES? How can we assist in meeting your mission? All this, and more.

Invitation only


Lessons from the International Community: Sharing Cultural Heritage Across Generations

Global Perspectives, Education and Interpretation

Monday   1:45-3 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

"First Peoples: A Co-Curated Exhibition between Museum Victoria and Indigenouse Communities in Australia at the Bunjikala Aboriginal Cultural Centre" higlights how this collaborative model has facilitated community access, improved research and identification, informed the management and display of collections in a culturally sensitive manner, and fostered the exchange of knowledge and skills.

"Engaging Visitors with Intangible Heritage" investigates programs in development at the National Museum of Qatar that will represent the history, heritage and culture of Qatar through collections and a special emphasis on intangible cultural heritage such as stories, poems and celebrations that have been passed down from generations. Participants will experience and explore how intangible heritage can be presented to engage audience and celebrate national identity.






The "Un-Conference" Room



Monday   1:45-3 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

"The Un-Conference Room": Interested in hosting a "pop-up" session? This is your chance. On-site sign-up is available to facilitate a 75-minute meeting on the subject of your choosing and promote it to attendees via social media. Sign-up available onsite. Presentations can only take place during one of the 10 established timeslots. Presenters may sign up for only one session. Sign up on a first-come first-served basis.




Innovation Through Creation: IMTAL Museum Theatre Showcase

Education and Interpretation

Monday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

This session will feature live performances from a number of different museums and will provide attendees with the tools to create and implement these types of innovative programs in their own institutions.




Making: A Space to Think and Learn in Museums

Education and Interpretation

Monday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

Come hear about four exciting museum-based makerspaces that focus on engineering and allow visitors to creatively problem-solve through design. Research and evaluation studies related to these spaces will be discussed, and attendees will have the opportunity to dialogue with presenters and peers.




Summit on Sustainability 2.1: Learning from Other Industries

Forces of Change, Global Perspectives

Monday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

This session will present challenges and successes in sustainability initiatives from the perspective of a wide range of other industries, including libraries, schools, cities and entertainment venues. A discussion will follow to identify what we as museums can learn from other industries.




Banishing Guided Tours: New Audiences for House Museums

Education and Interpretation, Diversity

Monday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

Can you mix teens, a diverse neighborhood and a historic house with a powerful slave history? Can a historic house be a magnet for young families? Explore how to build relevance and ownership through immersive and meaningful experiences, creating new strategies for historic house museum sustainability.




Institutionalizing Innovation at the Toledo Museum of Art

Finance and Administration

Monday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

Although museums aspire to permanence, museums must first achieve relevance. In this panel, the leadership team from the Toledo Museum of Art will discuss how they restructured the organization to institutionalize innovation and remain relevant.




Find Your Place on the Continuum of Excellence

Organizational Planning and Evaluation, Small Museums

Monday   1:45-3 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Meeting national standards is not an end unto itself. Using standards to propel your museum—large or small—forward in all areas of operation reaps benefits for years to come. Locate your institution’s place on the Continuum of Excellence and find the program that will move it to the next level.




Online? Print? New Thinking About Museum Publications

Collections Stewardship

Monday   1:45-3 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Learn to weigh the variety of options for museum publishing, including print and online. Mimi Gates, director emerita of the Seattle Art Museum, will moderate a lively discussion among panelists with firsthand experience in the design, technology and curatorial aspects of museum publication production.




New Approaches for Creative Strategic Partnerships

Development and Membership, Global Perspectives

Monday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

Through practical examples and case studies, attendees will learn how to think differently about corporate partnerships to forge creative and meaningful relationships uniquely beneficial to the museum and the company. Take-aways will be useful for implementation in museums of all types and sizes.




History All Around

Exhibit Planning and Design

Monday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

Surround yourself with history and explore three methods for historical immersion: immersive theater, physical environments and interactives. Citing examples from several museums, we’ll ask, “Why do this?” and explore creative processes and educational theories that make immersion work for visitors.




Remaking a Landmark: National Civil Rights Museum Renovation

Exhibit Planning and Design

Monday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

Scholars, designers and staff will examine interpretive plan development and implementation through design, resource management, and integration of visitor evaluations and community engagement efforts to inform design decisions for the museum’s first renovation.




Tech Tutorial: Google Analytics (Beginners)

Media and Technology

Monday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

Integrate Google Analytics into your website to effectively track visitors to your website, monitor their behavior and better understand the data you are collecting. You’ll learn techniques to effectively benchmark and measure effectiveness of your online programs.

Registration Required


Big Data: The Next Frontier

Forces of Change

Monday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

Explore the power and potential of the current explosion of digital data—how smart use of information can help museums understand our audiences, inform programming, make operations more efficient and effective, create new sources of income and challenge us to navigate the associated privacy concerns.




Strategies of Reflective Practice That Transform Teaching

Education and Interpretation

Monday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

Explore the challenges and opportunities in creating a culture of reflective practice with adult learners. Investigate how reflective practice can improve our teaching practice, reshape our education department cultures, and impact student and visitor experiences.




Twenty-First-Century LAM Education

Organizational Planning and Evaluation, Global Perspectives

Monday   1:45-3 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Twenty-first-century libraries, archives and museums require people with twenty-first-century skills. This session will look at the range of expectations and opportunities for new and seasoned professionals including certification, credentialing, badging, portfolios and more.




Advocacy in Practice

Small Museums, Development and Membership

Monday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

If museums are not AT the table, we could be ON the table. Effective advocacy for your museum or related work is critical to enlisting the support of local, state and federal policymakers. Fortunately, there are lots of resources to help. Hear your peers’ stories and lessons “from the trenches.”




The App as Interactive: Using Apps to Enhance Exhibits

Media and Technology

Monday   1:45-3 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Don’t let technology be a barrier to your visitors. Learn how you can use apps to enhance your guests’ experience within an exhibit. Knowledgeable presenters will provide real-life examples and lessons learned to guide you in developing your own interactive app.




Security Resources for Small Museums

Marketplace of Ideas

Monday   3:15-5:15 p.m.MuseumExpo

Join your colleagues from small museums as we host AAM’s Museum Association Security Committee. Learn about new ideas and best practices for caring for museum collections and visitors, specifically tailored for museums with limited resources. Discussion topics will include: - How to select a fire suppression system - Dealing with problem visitors (including “active shooter” situations) - Emergency preparedness plans you can really use - Choosing the best insurance for your museum




Marketplace of Ideas: DIVCOM

Marketplace of Ideas

Monday   3:15-5:15 p.m.MuseumExpo

Discussion on topics relevant to diversity and inclusion




Marketplace of Ideas: PRAM

Marketplace of Ideas

Monday   3:15-5:15 p.m.MuseumExpo

Discover the latest marketing and communications developments at the Public Relations and Marketing Professional Network Committee's (PRAM) Marketplace of Ideas. Engage with thought leaders who will help you navigate the industry's latest issues--including crowdfunding as an audience engagement tool, developing strategic marketing and communication plans, social media best practices, and more.




Marketplace of Ideas: Registrars

Marketplace of Ideas

Monday   3:15-3:15 p.m.MuseumExpo

RC's Marketplace of Ideas will feature poster session presentations to exchange information about new ideas, learn more about museum practices, and showcase programs and projects. This open-air forum will also feature a mini-session on rights and reproductions issues.




Latino Network Roundtable



Monday   3:15-5:15 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Join colleagues from the U.S., Latin America and around the world as we discuss cultural representation and methods for developing authentic programming and interpretation along with ways to strengthen the Latino voice and leadership in the museum field and to foster global collaborations.




Ten Things You Need to Know: Traveling Exhibitions from the U.S. to China

Exhibit Planning and Design

Monday   3:15-4:30 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Come and converse with experienced exhibition teams. This session will explore the concept development and implementation of American exhibitions that previewed in China. Meet the American and Chinese curators, registrars, conservators, designers and administrators who brought these shows to life and hear their stories about how they made it happen.




Going Over to the Dark Side



Monday   3:15-4 p.m.MuseumExpo

What’s a firm known for its theme park work doing designing museums and science centers? As one of our cultural clients said to us recently “we knew in hiring Forrec we were going over to the dark side, but we did that on purpose.” What did they mean? Attend this session to hear more about the dark side, and to share your ideas and perspectives on creating compelling and memorable visitor experiences.




Association of Academic Museums and Galleries Reception

Reception

Monday   5-6:30 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

Catch up with your academic museum friends and colleagues over drinks and a nosh.




UARTS, MAAM, and Museum Council of Philadelphia Reception

Reception

Monday   5-7 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

Stop in before your evening events for drinks, food and catching up with alumni and MAAM and Museum Council of Philadelphia members.




UW Museology Graduate Program Reception

Reception

Monday   5-6:30 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

The University of Washington Museology Graduate Program invites alumni, students, instructors and colleagues of our program and other museum studies programs to reconnect and network at our reception. The reception will include updates and highlights of student work and program achievements.

Registration Required


The George Washington University Museum Studies Alumni Reception

Reception

Monday   5-6:30 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

Please join your fellow GW alumni for a reception for alumni, faculty and students. Mingle with old friends, reconnect with the faculty, meet current students and network with fellow alumni!

Invitation only


Friends of Oklahoma, Red River and Mabee-Gerrer Reception

Reception

Monday   5-6 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle



Invitation only


Registrars Emerging Museum Professionals Reception

Reception

Monday   5-6:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

Reception hosted by the Registrars Committee for Emerging Museum Professionals in collections management and registration. Event is free, please RSVP to let us know you're coming!

Registration Required


Chinese -U.S. Museums Reception

Reception

Monday   5-6:30 p.m.

Colleagues from Chinese and U.S. museums are invited to this reception to network and share information on issues of mutual interest.

Invitation only


Tacoma Museums Evening Event

Evening Event

Monday   6-11 p.m.Tacoma Art Museum

The City of Tacoma is a museum moveable feast with six fabulous museums: Tacoma Art Museum, Children’s Museum, Foss Maritime, Museum of Glass, LeMay—America’s Car Museum and Washington State History Museum, within walking distance, offering sights, sounds, art, history, food and drinks with a very distinctive Pacific Northwest vibe.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


NAME Party

Evening Event, Reception

Monday   7:30-10:30 p.m.Space Needle

Enjoy the spectacular views from the Seattle Space Needle and its observation deck while mingling with long time and new colleagues from the exhibit field at the annual NAME Party.
Sponsored by Cortina Productions and Electrosonic


Registration Required


Activated Art: An Evening at the Frye Art Museum

Evening Event

Monday   7:30-10:30 p.m.Frye Art Museum

Festive celebration at the Frye Art Museum. Exhibitions include “Isamu Noguchi & Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930,” “Mark Tobey and Teng Baiye: Seattle/Shanghai,” and a salon hang of the Frye Founding Collection in a gallery activated by performances, discussions and rehearsals by local artists and scholars.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Lake Union Soiree

Evening Event

Monday   7:30-10:30 p.m.MOHAI

Enjoy stunning views of Seattle from Lake Union Park, home to the new Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI), The Center for Wooden Boats, and the steamship Virginia V. Start with a progressive party! End the night at MOHAI for entertainment and Northwest cuisine. Ticket includes food and three drinks.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


BAMignite: Innovate and Create

Evening Event

Monday   7:30-11 p.m.Bellevue Arts Museum

BAMignite is an after-hours multidisciplinary event that fuses the museum’s exhibitions with an evening of music, performances and interactivity. By incorporating elements that require audience participation, the event explores innovative ways for attendees to curate their own experiences and engage.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Alliance After Hours



Monday   10:30-11:59 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

Alliance After-Hours is a Late-night networking opportunity for meeting attendees and a showcase for attendee talent! After-Hours features an Open-Mic artist format for storytelling, poetry, comedy, music and song. A cash bar will be available.




Morning Fitness - Zumba



Tuesday   6:45-7:45 a.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

Zumba® fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy to follow moves to create a dynamic fitness program that will blow you away. The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms, and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you've got Zumba®! Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that will allow you to move and dance.




The Presidio of San Francisco--A National Park in Transition

Breakfast

Tuesday   7:30-8:30 a.m.Sheraton Seattle

In 2011, the Presidio Trust launched an effort to create a cultural facility at the Golden Gate Bridge. Join Brent Glass, director emeritus of the National Museum of American History, and Tia Lombardi, Director of Cultural Affairs, Presidio Trust, to discuss the effort and next steps.




Table Talks



Tuesday   7:30-8:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Join colleagues from the Alliance’s Professional Networks -- Curators Committee (CurCom), Education Committee (EdCom), and Registrars Committee -- for informal table conversations on specific topics related to various aspects of museum work. Stay at a single table, switch to other table conversations, or start your own as you share information and foster an exchange of ideas and expertise among attendees. Specific table topics will be announced at the event.




Media & Technology Breakfast

Breakfast

Tuesday   7:30-8:30 a.m.Sheraton Seattle

Catch up with your fellow technologist! Don't miss the only opportunity to meet the 2014 MUSE Award winners and learn about their projects. There will be ample time for newcomers to get acquainted and for us to talk about technology trends that are impacting all of our galleries, libraries, archives, and museums.

Sponsored by King Abulaziz Center for World Culture/Saudi Aramco



Registration Required


2015 National Program Committee Breakfast

Business Meeting, Board/Committee Meeting

Tuesday   7:30-8:30 a.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle



Invitation only


Informal Learning Experiences Traveling Exhibitions Forum

Breakfast

Tuesday   7:30-8:30 a.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

The Traveling Exhibitions Forum is an opportunity for museum staff to learn about new and current traveling exhibitions AND for producers to showcase their new or forthcoming products. The forum acknowledges that producers and museums need to discuss market and institutional needs and requirements.




PIC Green Breakfast

Breakfast

Tuesday   7:30-8:30 a.m.Sheraton Seattle

Get your day off to a great start with coffee and PIC Green! Share sustainability-related work that your museum is doing and be inspired by others. Find out about new and ongoing PIC Green initiatives like the Sustainable Excellence Award. All are welcome.

Registration Required


Core Document Review Clinic



Tuesday   8:30-10:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Five essential Core Documents (mission statement, institutional code of ethics, strategic institutional plan, disaster preparedness/emergency response plan and collections management policy) are fundamental for professional museum operations. Sign up at core@aam-us.org to get one core document reviewed.




International Lounge



Tuesday   8:30-5 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

The International Lounge is a great place to connect with your colleagues working in other parts of the world. Visit the Lounge to network, join an informal roundtable discussion, or to simply relax and recharge. Open to all attendees.




Road Trips: Urban and Regional Apps Get People Moving

Global Perspectives, Forces of Change

Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

This session explores diverse examples of new urban and regional history apps that inspire users to venture beyond the museum walls in continual pursuit of learning and local pride. See and hear about apps that are not bound to exhibition closing dates or hours. Exchange successes and advice!




From Access to Inclusion: Welcoming Everyone to your Museum

Education and Interpretation, Diversity

Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

What is the difference between access and inclusion, and how might it vary from one institution to another? Learn how the Dallas Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Zoo and the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire have integrated inclusive practices into programming, teaching and exhibition design.




The Power of Open Data Sets

Global Perspectives, Media and Technology

Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Open linked data sets offer the possibilities for libraries, archives and museums to leverage resources in order to share with their stakeholders. With this emerging practice also comes concern. This session will explore theory, practice and examples.




New Tools for Engaging Audiences at History Museums and Sites

Education and Interpretation

Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Learn how three projects successfully use diverse, innovative methods to attract and engage new audiences. Discover what these projects have in common that enabled them to present compelling cases to obtain NEH funding.




Creating Exhibits with (Not Just About) Native Communities

Global Perspectives, Exhibit Planning and Design

Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Museums traditionally create exhibits from the perspectives of Western disciplines. Hear how a variety of museums are stretching beyond Western perspectives to bring indigenous voices to new history, art, culture and science exhibits. How has this work changed our understanding of our own culture?




Experimenting with “Shared Authority” in K–12 Teacher Programs

Education and Interpretation

Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

What do “shared authority,” “co-expertise” and “peer-to-peer learning” actually look like? Explore programs using these concepts, learn about potential successes and challenges, and consider ways to shift the dynamics of your offerings to welcome the expertise of your teacher audience.




NEA: Grant Opportunities, Indemnity and Special Initiatives

Development and Membership

Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

The session will provide an overview of grant opportunities, the Indemnity program and other special initiatives available to museums through the National Endowment for the Arts. Funded projects include exhibitions, conservation, care of collections, residencies and public outreach.




Confessions of an E-Volunteer

Finance and Administration, Global Perspectives

Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Volunteers are the heart of every institution. Learn about the benefits of an e-volunteer program and how to actively engage this group at your institution.




Tech Tutorial: Principles of Effective Video (Beginners)

Media and Technology

Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Understand basic steps in creating video, including audio, cameras and editing systems. Come away with a list of equipment you’ll need, and tips about basic approaches to creating successful video. This is a beginner-level tutorial, designed for those with little to no video production experience.

Registration Required


Ten Museums at One Blow: Organizing for Greater Impact

Small Museums, Marketing and Public Relations

Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

This session welcomes discussion with museums that participated in simultaneously opening the exhibition “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West” in ten museums across the United States. We invite others to participate with new ideas and to learn about our experiences.




Beyond Walls, Beyond Borders: Museums Working Abroad

Forces of Change, Global Perspectives

Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Technology and globalization have allowed museums to connect across cultures, countries and language. But why do it? How do these projects serve the mission? How does international collaboration improve museum practices and programs in other areas?

Simultaneously Translated


Beyond Opening Day: Thriving in the Sophomore Year

Organizational Planning and Evaluation

Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

What are key components of successful opening years? How does an organization successfully make the shift from opening to ongoing operations? What are key success factors and things to avoid? Join us to learn from three museums who opened recently and hear their lessons learned and tips for success.




Crowdsourcing to Community Sourcing: Engaging Visitor Input

Education and Interpretation

Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Find out how four museums have used crowd, network and community sourcing to solicit visitor participation and widen the interpretive scope of exhibitions. Using audio, Web-voting, photography and open-source apps, these projects have successfully engaged diverse audiences, locally and globally.




Work-Work Balance in Next-Generation Museum Careers

Career Management, Global Perspectives

Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

This session focuses on “work-work balance”—handling specific tasks of one’s role while taking on projects that might advance career or interests. Participants will consider balance and career success through group activities that allow for assessment, personal mission-building and role advocacy.




Re-imagining an Educational Loan Program for the 21st Century

Education and Interpretation

Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

How was a 100-year-old educational loan program renovated and re-launched to embark upon another century of learning innovation? Educators from The Field Museum will share lessons learned related about community involvement, collection management, general operations, membership and financial sustainability.




Tech Tutorial: Basics of Building Games

Media and Technology

Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Develop interactive games to increase your institution’s profile and enhance the visitor experience. The workshop unpacks how play enhances learning and guides you through the process of designing, creating and implementing games across a variety of museum-friendly platforms, mediums and budgets.

Registration Required


Successful Fundraising in Sparsely Populated Communities

Development and Membership, Small Museums

Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Bozeman, Montana, have populations of 38,000–68,000 within states of 2 million inhabitants or less. Learn how these relatively small towns in rural states support Alliance-accredited institutions with annual operating budgets of $4–6 million.




Lessons from the International Community: Objects in a Social and Religious Context

Global Perspectives, Collections Stewardship

Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Collecting Tangible and Intangible Within a Religious Domain will explore the challenges National Museum Jamaica faced in mounting its exhibition, Rastafari which displays artifacts that are viewed as sacred by the community and the implications associated with this kind of fieldwork and collecting on museums, exhibitions and active religious communities.

Understanding Visitors’ Nostalgic Responses in Museums reports research about visitors’ nostalgic responses to museum experiences and objects, will discuss the kinds of museum objects/experiences that evoke visitors’ nostalgic responses and how the object type influences the nostalgic response and recalled memories.






The "Un-Conference" Room



Tuesday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Interested in hosting a "pop-up" session? This is your chance. On-site sign-up is available to facilitate a 75-minute meeting on the subject of your choosing and promote it to attendees via social media. Sign-up available onsite. Presentations can only take place during one of the 10 established timeslots. Presenters may sign up for only one session. Sign up on a first-come first-served basis.




The "Un-Conference" Room



Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Interested in hosting a "pop-up" session? This is your chance. On-site sign-up is available to facilitate a 75-minute meeting on the subject of your choosing and promote it to attendees via social media. Sign-up available onsite. Presentations can only take place during one of the 10 established timeslots. Presenters may sign up for only one session. Sign up on a first-come first-served basis.




Lessons from the International Community: Organizational Growth and Change

Global Perspectives, Organizational Planning and Evaluation

Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Re-envisioning the Future of the Mongolia Natural History Museum introduces the museum’s past, present and future. Learn how the museum is re-envisioning its mission under a democratic and free market economy, and the opportunities and challenges this has created in changing public expectations about cultural meaning, expression and identity.

The Institutionalization of a National Museum Policy in Brazil examines the participatory process and some of the considerations and issues that helped successfully shape the National Museum Policy for the museum sector and supported social museology and its perspectives in Brazil.






Tech Tutorial: Building Your Media Empire

Media and Technology

Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

Learn about the differences, pros and cons, and best practices for YouTube, Vimeo, Vine and Instagram video. (Others may be added if new, popular distribution methods pop up before the meeting.)

Registration Required


In Synch: Collections Care and the Visitor Experience

Collections Stewardship

Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

Participate in a discussion about the tension between protecting objects and using them to enhance visitor experience. Registration, experience, design and visitor engagement staff from the Oakland Museum of California will discuss ways they collaborate to care for both collections and visitors.




What Price is Right?

Marketing and Public Relations

Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

Explore how museums can use demand-based pricing strategies to set admission prices, service fees, discounts and membership dues. A case study, brief tutorial and Q & A with panelists will provide practical grounding and new ideas to help museum leaders determine what visitors should pay.




Innovative Exchange Projects Link Communities and Cultures

Global Perspectives, Education and Interpretation, Diversity

Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Learn how your peers have experimented with innovative global exchange projects to forge bonds between diverse communities, strengthen their relationships with the local public and have a lasting institutional impact.

Simultaneously Translated


Fine Art Insurance Isn’t Just for Fine Art

Facilities and Risk Management, Small Museums

Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

In this session, an insurance specialist with more than 30 years of fine art insurance experience and two collections professionals, one from an art museum and the other from a natural history museum, will provide attendees with basic information about collections insurance so that they can make informed decisions in this critical area of risk management.




Collaborate to Innovate: What Museums Can Learn from Zoos

Global Perspectives, Forces of Change

Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

Prior to the conference, The Portico Group will host a conversation between professionals from the museum and zoo fields addressing what different types of institutions are doing to engage families in free-choice learning. The session will be recorded, and insights will be shared at the conference.




Not Just for Kids: Giving Adults Permission to Play

Education and Interpretation

Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

As more museums embrace a 21st-century participatory model, new challenges emerge. Often, adults perceive engaged learning experiences as “just for kids.” How can we design hands-on gallery experiences that beckon adult visitors? Join a lively discussion about adults and participation.




Pop Culture Is Your Friend

Education and Interpretation

Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

What happens when popular culture meets museums? Relevance, new audiences and FUN! Explore four innovative museum projects inspired by pop culture, get tips on creating your own pop culture-inspired project and try out a brainstorming exercise to get your creative juices flowing!




NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Museum Edition

Global Perspectives, Media and Technology

Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Alex Freeman will host a showcase of micro-presentations of AAM member projects utilizing new technologies as highlighted in the NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Museum Edition. This volume examines how emerging technologies can impact and be used in museum education and interpretation.




Reframing Inclusion: The NEA’s New Tool and Global Dialogue

Global Perspectives, Education and Interpretation, Diversity

Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

Museums across the globe grapple with serving audiences more varied in age, ability and culture than ever before. Not surprisingly, demographic diversity comes with an equal measure of variety of expectations. It’s time to reinvent how to meld our responsibilities and our aspirations to create richer experiences for everyone.




Tech Tutorial: Basics of Mobile Websites (Advanced)

Media and Technology

Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

Discover how easy—and challenging—it is to optimize your content for mobile distribution. The tutorial will introduce you to the basics of mobile Web, responsive design and app development. This is an advanced tutorial. Participants should have some experience with Web development.

Registration Required


Strategic Transformations

Global Perspectives, Organizational Planning and Evaluation

Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

The ever-increasing interactivity between museums and our “users” has compelled museums and museum organizations (including AAM) to undergo significant strategic transformations. Each panelist will present a case study exemplifying high-level strategic initiatives—goal setting, so-called “rebranding” and audience engagement—that defined and redefined their organizations.




Working with You Is Killing Me

Career Management

Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

A facilitator will explore workplace relationships and dysfunctional work environments. Representatives from The International Museum Theatre Alliance will deliver content via interactive storytelling.




Cultural Conversations with Teens

Forces of Change

Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

Seattle's teens, like teens everywhere, push for change. But Seattle and its cultural institutions have a history of supporting their desire for social justice and equality. Join us in a discussion with youth who are making their voices heard through art, music and cultural expression.




75 Ideas in 75 Minutes: Be the Future!

Small Museums, Development and Membership

Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Using a fast-paced format with plenty of audience input, this session will focus on increasing fundraising capacity, creating donor value and surpassing your institutional return-on-investment (ROI) objectives. Two expert teams of colleagues will compete to share new ideas, best practices and a few trade secrets.




More than $1: Benefits to Kids in Museum Stores

Global Perspectives, Finance and Administration

Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

Raymond McKenzie from the Asian Art Museum and Blue Anderson from the Columbia River Maritime Museum explore the benefits of engaging kids through the store, the perceived challenges of having kids in the store and practical solutions to creating an engaging experience for kids in our stores.




The Real Value of Accreditation

Global Perspectives, Governance and Leadership

Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

This session presents concrete examples of how accreditation strengthens museums and positively influences policy makers, funding entities, businesses and other groups that work with museums.




Asian Pacific American Professional Network Roundtable



Tuesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

All are welcome to join us as we discuss cultural representation, developing authentic programming and interpretation, and strengthening the Asian Pacific voice and leadership in the museum field.




Alliance Peer Reviewer Coffee break



Tuesday   11-12 p.m.MuseumExpo

MAP and Accreditation Peer Reviewers are invited to enjoy coffee, network with fellow peer reviewers, and meet with Alliance program staff and commissioners. It’s our way of saying thank you for your contribution to high standards, excellence and leadership in the museum field.




Ten Low Cost Things You Can Do To Improve Your Museum Store



Tuesday   11:45-12:30 p.m.

Successful museum stores enhance the visitor experience and generate incremental revenue for the museum. Many elements contribute to a successful museum store but some are more impactful. This presentation will present ten important, low-cost methods for improving your museum store.




CARE and PRAM Luncheon

Luncheon

Tuesday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

CARE and PRAM are lunching together this year! Join us to hear Hanson Hosein, Director of the University of Washington's Communication Leadership graduate program and President of HRH Media share his ideas about storytelling and audience engagement.

Registration Required


CurCom Luncheon

Luncheon

Tuesday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

Enjoy food and conversation with collections colleagues and meet the 2013 curatorial fellows. Be inspired by the 2014 Excellence in Exhibitions and Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competitions. Some of the winners in both competitions will share illustrated examples of their work.

Registration Required


DIVCOM Luncheon

Luncheon

Tuesday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

The DIVCOM luncheon welcomes all members of AAM, DIVCOM or other related PNCs. We will provide a brief update on DIVCOM activities and have an open discussion on related interests.

Registration Required


Registrars Committee Business Lunch

Luncheon

Tuesday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle



Registration Required


DAM Luncheon

Luncheon

Tuesday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

Join DAM leaders for a lively networking luncheon to share ideas, make new friends and contribute to an international dialogue about museum development and membership, featuring speaker Olivia Leland, director of The Giving Pledge at the Gates Foundation.

Sponsored by Marts & Lundy and Patron Technology



Registration Required


EdCom Luncheon

Luncheon

Tuesday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

Join the Education Professional Network (EdCom) for lunch with colleagues from around the country and a dialogue on key issues relating to museum education.

Registration Required


NAME Luncheon

Luncheon

Tuesday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

Enjoy lunch with NAME colleagues while exploring innovative image-making led by creative instigator Peggy Monahan, Exhibit Projects Creative Director of the New York Hall of Science.
Sponsored by Superior Exhibits & Design, Inc., Science Museum of Minnesota, Blue Telescope, University of the Arts, Tufts University Museums Studies Program, and Dillon Works! Inc.


Registration Required


ICOM-US Annual Luncheon and Business Meeting

Luncheon, Business Meeting

Tuesday   12:15-1:30 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

Meet up with your ICOM colleagues and hear what ICOM-US is planning for the future!

Registration Required


How to Maximize Earned Income from Food Services



Tuesday   1-1:45 p.m.MuseumExpo

JGL Food Service Consultants has worked with more than 125 cultural institutions nationwide. Learn how JGL assesses a food service operation and understand the critical benchmarks for comparison. Income from catered events, industry per caps, contract structures and net return will be discussed.




Visualization to Realization: The 3D Printing & Imaging Revolution



Tuesday   1-1:45 p.m.MuseumExpo

3D/2D digitized image collections add considerable value to museums and are often underutilized. Cloud browser-based software can unify and unlock new capabilities while reducing costs. We will review how museums use these tools to explore unknown frontiers from 3D printing for restoration and online retail to broadcast and hands-on teaching. Vizua3D.com




The "Un-Conference" Room



Tuesday   1:45-3 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Interested in hosting a "pop-up" session? This is your chance. On-site sign-up is available to facilitate a 75-minute meeting on the subject of your choosing and promote it to attendees via social media. Sign-up available onsite. Presentations can only take place during one of the 10 established timeslots. Presenters may sign up for only one session. Sign up on a first-come first-served basis.




Big Idea: David Fleming, "Museums for Social Justice"

Governance and Leadership, Global Perspectives

Tuesday   1:45-3 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Modern museums play a role that is vastly different from what they used to do. They are more engaged with audiences, more socially aware, and more political. In this presentation David Fleming, director of the National Museums Liverpool in the U.K. shall consider examples of these roles from around the world and offer insight on their implications for museum practice.

David Fleming, director of National Museums Liverpool (NML), will discuss how modern museums around the world have evolved to become more engaged with audiences, more socially aware and more political.

Fleming became director of NML in 2001, overseeing a major modernization that has transformed the institution into a leading example of inclusivity. NML audiences have more than quadrupled during that time, rising from around 700,000 to more than 3.2 million per year. He has been responsible for the creation of two new museums in Liverpool: the Museum of Liverpool and the International Slavery Museum.

Fleming is a former president and current vice president of the UK Museums Association. He has served on several government committees and task forces, sits on a number of boards and governing bodies, and is a visiting professor of museum studies at Liverpool Hope University, UK, and special advisor to the Museum of Democracy, Rosario, Argentina. He has published extensively and has lectured worldwide on museum management and leadership, city history museums, social inclusion, human rights and politics.






"I wish somebody had told me...."

Exhibit Planning and Design

Tuesday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

Inspired by The Moth’s live storytelling events, we host a Museum STORYslam. Each presenter tells a true five-minute story on the theme, “What I wish somebody had told me when I started in museums.” We’ll add some open-mic volunteers and share a DIY activity with tips to help you do a story pitch.




Do or Don’t Shoot! Museums and Visitor Photography

Collections Stewardship

Tuesday   1:45-3 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

With current technology making photography and the sharing of images a breeze, it has become harder to monitor visitor photography in galleries. Presenters will discuss their institutions’ policies on visitor photography, the decision-making process and issues for implementation.




The Mobile Bandwagon: A Discussion of What Works and What Doesn’t

Education and Interpretation

Tuesday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

We need an app! Heard that before? Well, maybe you do and maybe you don’t. Even many of the most beautiful, magical mobile tools go largely unused by visitors. Come hear stories of failure and success and participate in a discussion about ways mobile can become truly effective and innovative.




Tweeting Toward Innovative #ProfDev

Career Management

Tuesday   1:45-3 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

There’s a community of museum professionals using Twitter to develop their careers; let us help you join the conversation! In this interactive session, beginner and intermediate users will learn to cultivate their personal brand on Twitter and discuss best practices for online networking.




Learning from Museum School Tours: A Random Assignment Study

Small Museums, Education and Interpretation

Tuesday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

Presenters will discuss the results of a random assignment study of school tours of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art involving 11,000 students. The panel will bring together the diverse perspectives of practitioners and researchers to discuss how this study could best advance museum goals.




Strategic Planning Made Simple

Organizational Planning and Evaluation

Tuesday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

Join us to discuss the ins and outs of strategic planning. The panel will discuss how to approach planning and implement plans. A representative of a federal funding agency will discuss the requirement to include plans in proposals. Bring your own plan to share and receive feedback.




Dude—I'm in a Museum! Skateboard Culture at the Smithsonian

Education and Interpretation, Global Perspectives, Diversity

Tuesday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

Recent collaborations between the Smithsonian and the skateboard community have created innovative models to work with external partners, engage diverse cultures and share cultural authority to present history. SI and skate leaders will present the challenges and successes of these efforts.




Mission Versus Money: Are Museums Ethical?

Governance and Leadership

Tuesday   1:45-3 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Does mission or money really call the shots in museums? Join a candid discussion of museum practices and see new research that shows how ethics are sometimes flouted. You’ll gain appreciation for the Alliance’s ever-evolving guidelines and practical tools to apply ethical standards in your museum.




Innovating with NEH Grants

Collections Stewardship

Tuesday   1:45-3 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Come learn about NEH support for “green” preservation strategies, innovative online resources, and long-term support of humanities programming from grantees including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Washington State University and the Yakima Valley Museum, and from NEH program officers.




Accessing Smartphones: Mobile for All in Museums

Media and Technology, Global Perspectives, Diversity

Tuesday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

The panel of museum, tech and user experts will examine how current smartphone technology can shape and enrich the experiences of access audiences visiting cultural institutions. The discussion is supported by recent survey results conducted by Art Beyond Sight and Antenna International.




Historic House Museums: A Revolutionary Approach

Small Museums, Forces of Change

Tuesday   1:45-3 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Historic house museums are underused resources. Why do many risk sinking into irrelevance? HHMs can create new connections to surrounding communities by breaking out of the preservationist mode, exploring deeper themes and new technologies, and opening to the stories of diverse surrounding cultures.




Fail Early, Often and Off-Broadway

Forces of Change

Tuesday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

In 2012, five museum directors worked to develop innovative solutions to some of the sector’s most pressing challenges. Three of the five will reveal insights gained from their work and share their experience embedding innovation in their organizations—and failing early, often and out of sight.




Action! How to Frugally Use Video to Promote Your Museum

Marketing and Public Relations

Tuesday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

Video is a powerful tool when telling the story of your museum. But hiring videographers and editors is costly. This session takes the mystery out of the video process and unlocks a world of possibilities for using video to enhance your public profile—without breaking your budget.




Taking Risks with Interactive Exhibits

Media and Technology

Tuesday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

This session examines three cases of creating interactive exhibits in which risk-taking was essential to the process. We will discuss how challenges were met with resourcefulness, how the final product was received, as well as the nuts and bolts of how these exhibits were constructed and evaluated.




Evaluating Technology Experiences: Gallery One & ArtLens

Education and Interpretation

Tuesday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

This case study examines the Cleveland Museum of Art’s innovative Gallery One and ArtLens iPad app. Presenters will discuss the challenges and opportunities of evaluating such a complex space as well as the results of their extensive research and what it means for the next phase of Gallery One.




Tech Tutorial: Digital Strategy for Projects (Advanced)

Media and Technology

Tuesday   1:45-3 p.m.The Conference Center

Determining which tool works best for your goals is not always easy. Do you need a website, a video, a blog, a Facebook account, Tumblr, Twitter, Flickr, a wiki—or none of the above—for your project? Get tips for digital strategizing and discuss the issues with your peers in this tutorial.

Registration Required


New Technology to Protect Fine Art



Tuesday   2:15-3 p.m.MuseumExpo

Fine art requires exceptional care in transit and during storage to protect it from damaging temperatures and humidity. Are you confident you know the conditions your works of art encounter en route to exhibitions or new locations? Do you know where your shipments are at all times? Could you benefit from a simple solution to monitor individual works of art or collections as they are moved and stored? Come learn about the latest technology that monitors the temperature, humidity and geolocation of your fine art, and alerts you to problems when they arise.




Product Strategies for Successful Museum Stores



Tuesday   2:15-3 p.m.MuseumExpo

The goal for the museum store is to extend the experience of the museum. To have products that sell AND reflect the mission of the museum. Since 1980, David Howell & Co. has been supplying museums with products that do just that. In this session, Mr. Howell will give common sense do's and don'ts.




The "Un-Conference" Room



Tuesday   3:15-4:30 p.m.Washington State Convention Center






When Volunteers Turn Bad: Whom Do You Call?

Finance and Administration

Tuesday   3:15-4:30 p.m.The Conference Center

How do you handle once-excellent volunteers who no longer contribute in a positive way? This session addresses sticky issues in volunteer performance and some solutions to them, including how to gracefully fire a volunteer when needed.




New Realities and Best Practices of Capital Campaigns

Development and Membership

Tuesday   3:15-4:30 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Successful campaigns, in this current economic and competitive environment, require a key focus on leadership donors and institutional preparedness. This session focuses on new $1M+ donor data, current trends and market forces, and essential institutional planning steps needed for campaign success.




Mistakes Were Made

Exhibit Planning and Design

Tuesday   3:15-4:30 p.m.The Conference Center

Resources squandered, stakeholders alienated, deadlines missed. We honestly admit our biggest blunders and what we learned from them. A crowd-sourced contest finds the biggest mistakes in the room, and we award the AAM Epic Failure Trophy of 2014. Sharing is the first step in learning!




Revealing Urban Histories Through LGBTQ Museum Programming

Forces of Change, Global Perspectives, Diversity

Tuesday   3:15-4:30 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

How can museums become more inclusive of LGBTQ audiences and themes? In this panel, the curators and educators behind recent city-specific exhibitions in the United States and Canada will share best practices and experiences.




S#!t I Wish They Taught in Grad School

Career Management

Tuesday   3:15-4:30 p.m.The Conference Center

Successful museum leaders possess hard-to-teach “soft skills.” This session features short coaching presentations that are instructive, humorous and candid. Subjects include: Firing Someone Gracefully, Conversing with Rich People, Dealing with Crazies, Win Allies and Build Coalitions! and others.




Collecting the (Future) Arabian Peninsula

Forces of Change, Global Perspectives

Tuesday   3:15-4:30 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

This session will share three perspectives of collecting: collections in the Arabian Peninsula, concentrating on underrepresented communities and objects. Presentations will highlight the intersection and influence of society and culture, and the impact of the region’s move towards “knowledge-based societies” on what, how and why collections are created.

Simultaneously Translated


Tech Tutorial: User Testing on a Shoestring (Beginners)

Media and Technology

Tuesday   3:15-4:30 p.m.The Conference Center

Learn some basic techniques for conducting simple, low-cost user testing on your digital projects. User testing with visitors to your museum can help you refine your design and quickly identify big problems that may not be obvious to you.

Registration Required


Tech Tutorial: Content Management Systems

Media and Technology

Tuesday   3:15-4:45 p.m.The Conference Center

Learn about free, open-source content management systems that many museums have used to build and manage their blogs and websites. You’ll learn about strengths and weaknesses of Drupal and Wordpress, and get tips on migrating your site’s content into one of these platforms.

Registration Required


The Future of History

Global Perspectives, Organizational Planning and Evaluation

Tuesday   3:15-4:30 p.m.The Conference Center

Panelists from various disciplines and perspectives in and outside the museum field will discuss promising approaches for history museums over the next 50 years. The presentation will be informed by interviews with other experts through social media. Audience participation during the session will include quick polls and a Twitter feed.




Interpreting Changing Histories: One Place, Multiple Views

Education and Interpretation, Global Perspectives, Diversity

Tuesday   3:15-4:30 p.m.The Conference Center

Professionals from four Hawaii museums present challenges and successful strategies for updating previous interpretations, responding to emerging native scholarship, presenting controversial stories, different learning styles and visitor expectations, and changing visitor demographics.




Beyond Museum Outreach: Toward a Ubiquitous Presence

Education and Interpretation

Tuesday   3:15-4:30 p.m.The Conference Center

How can your museum’s mission connect to the daily lives of people in your community? This session brings together museum professionals, educators and designers to share how they are developing ways to integrate informal learning and enrichment into everyday experiences beyond the museum walls.




Planning for the Worst: Form a Disaster Response Network!

Small Museums, Collections Stewardship

Tuesday   3:15-4:30 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Prior planning for collaborative disaster response can smooth the aid process and save precious time. This session presents examples of regional disaster response networks among cultural institutions and provides practical advice on how to form one, procure funding and supplies, and provide aid.




Knee Deep in Controversy: Interpreting Contentious Topics

Education and Interpretation

Tuesday   3:15-4:30 p.m.The Conference Center

Museum professionals from the U.S. and Brazil will share examples from their institutions—small and large—on handling controversial content in exhibits and educational programs, while discussing successes, challenges and best practices. Attendees will work in groups to discuss their own experiences.




New Media and Teens: Co-curating the Museum Experience

Education and Interpretation, Global Perspectives

Tuesday   3:15-4:30 p.m.The Conference Center

Museum educators and new media experts examine how audio, apps and in-gallery technologies have evolved for teen audiences. They will share successful models for fostering co-creation, introducing storytelling and new media skills, and measuring the success of new media initiatives.




"Together We're One": Crowdfunding the Smithsonian

Marketing and Public Relations

Tuesday   3:15-4:30 p.m.The Conference Center

Go behind the scenes of the Smithsonian’s first major crowdfunding campaign and learn how it raised $175,000, earned major media coverage and reached millions. The campaign team will discuss strategy, content, messaging and audiences—plus what worked and “lessons learned” for other museums.




Leadership Matters: A Look at 21st-Century Museum Leadership

Governance and Leadership

Tuesday   3:15-4:30 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

What makes the leader of a successful museum tick? Are there discernible attitudes, philosophies and skills that set a person apart from the thousands charged with moving their institutions forward? What lessons can be drawn from their stories? Now more than ever, success as a museum leader doesn’t necessarily come with longevity, scholarship or curatorial achievement. In fact, successful leaders often bring myriad skills to the table, both professional and personal, that meld into a style that works both personally and professionally.




ICOM-US Listening Session



Tuesday   3:15-4:30 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Join us to learn about and discuss current and future ICOM-US activities, including the 2014 Museum & Politics Conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, sponsored by ICOM Germany, ICOM Russia and ICOM-US.




Emerging Innovators Forum



Tuesday   3:15-5:15 p.m.MuseumExpo

Explore a showcase of creative museum exhibition and programming ideas from emerging innovators representing museum professional training programs from across the country and beyond. Innovators will present models, demonstrate programs or reference graphic materials.




Managing Digital Collections with Open Source Solutions

Small Museums, Media and Technology

Tuesday   3:30-4:45 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

Learn about Viewshare, an Open Source tool created by the Library of Congress. Two case studies will be presented, along with tips and user generated tools to assist others with implementing Viewshare.




CRM Changes the Game: Building Visitor, Member and Donor Loyalty



Tuesday   3:30-4:15 p.m.MuseumExpo

Providing a 360° view of your constituents’ giving and purchasing activity, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is quickly becoming the new norm in managing relationships with visitors, members and donors. Using a CRM, your organization can turn transactional and new media audiences into loyal members and supporters, maximizing their loyalty and lifetime-value for your museum. This session explains how CRM is critical to data-driven marketing, better customer service, and the long-term success of your organization.




MuseumExpo Happy Hour



Tuesday   4:30-5:15 p.m.MuseumExpo






History Museum Exhibits Peer Group



Tuesday   5-7:30 p.m.Sheraton Seattle

An informal group of representatives from peer mid- to large-sized history museums gather to discuss future exhibit projects in the planning pipeline, to test the potential for institutional partnerships in the creation of future exhibits, and to assess the prospects for sharing them if they travel.




Cooperstown Graduate Program Reception

Reception

Tuesday   5-6:30 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

Alumni and Friends of the Cooperstown Graduate Program, please join us to celebrate and toast our 50th anniversary- A Bold Vision Realized.




Western Museums Association Reception

Reception

Tuesday   5-6:30 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

Join the fun with the Western Museums Association’s board, staff and members. Mingle with colleagues, greet old friends and make new acquaintances during this open reception.




Accreditation Reception

Reception

Tuesday   5-6:30 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

The Accreditation Commission of the American Alliance of Museums cordially invites you to a reception in your honor. Join your colleagues from accredited museums for drinks and light hors d’oeuvres.

Invitation only


Bank Street Graduate School Museum Education Open House

Reception

Tuesday   5-6:30 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

Network, mingle, connect over wine and hors d’oeuvres with potential students, friends, faculty and alumnae of Bank Street’s Museum Education and Leadership in Museum Education graduate programs.




Flight of Fancy: An Evening at The Museum of Flight

Evening Event

Tuesday   7:30-10:30 p.m.Museum of Flight

A casually elegant evening at the largest private air and space museum. Enjoy fresh Northwest cuisine created by the museum’s exclusive caterer, McCormick and Schmick’s while visiting with friends surrounded by the exhibits that tell the history of human flight from Kitty Hawk to the moon and beyond.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Henry and Burke’s Excellent Adventure

Evening Event

Tuesday   7:30-10:30 p.m.Henry Art Gallery

Follow the Henry Art Gallery and Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture on an adventure! Explore cultural artifacts, natural history specimens, contemporary art and live performances. Watch tiny beetles clean bones, experience perceptual bliss in a Turrell Skyspace, plus eat, drink and dance.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Seattle Art Museum Evening Event

Evening Event

Tuesday   7:30-10:30 p.m.Seattle Art Museum

Enjoy a special evening at the Seattle Art Museum inspired by the featured exhibition, “Miro: The Experience of Seeing.” Enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres beneath the spectacular installation of Ford Tauruses flying above your head, then view 48 works by Joan Miro, along with 30 other galleries.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Sip & Socialize at the Northwest African American Museum!

Reception, Evening Event

Tuesday   7:30-9:30 p.m.Northwest African American Museum

In Seattle's historic Colman School, our exhibits tell the stories of black baseball in Washington and the African American journey to the Northwest. Explore our galleries, genealogy center and shop while enjoying live music and refreshments. Enrich your soul at this one-of-a kind museum! Ticket includes hors d'oeuvres and two drink tickets. Co-Sponsored by the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Association of African American Museums.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Morning Fitness - Martial Arts



Wednesday   6:45-7:45 a.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

This class is an action packed martial art circuit of cardio, agility, boxing, and kickboxing. The stamina from doing constant movement from each station will give you awesome endurance and a great overall workout. Wear comfortable clothes to move in and athletic shoes.




Seattle/Atlanta Host Committee Breakfast

Board/Committee Meeting, Breakfast

Wednesday   7:30-8:30 a.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle






International Lounge



Wednesday   8:30-12 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

The International Lounge is a great place to connect with your colleagues working in other parts of the world. Visit the Lounge to network, join an informal roundtable discussion, or to simply relax and recharge. Open to all attendees.




Corporate Partnerships: Impact on Audience Engagement

Marketing and Public Relations

Wednesday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

How can museums utilize corporate partnerships to gain visitor insights and further engage and expand our 21st-century audiences? Learn about an innovative research project developed by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and General Mills. Using the proven methodology and expertise of the General Mills Good Works team in conjunction with John Falk’s identity-based model of visitor experience, the goal was for the MIA to re-conceptualize what “museum” means to current and potential audiences.




Hack the Museum: Experiments in Exhibition-Making

Exhibit Planning and Design

Wednesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

For three days last July, 75 exhibit designers and creative professionals with a mandate to challenge museum orthodoxy came together at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History and created an exhibition from scratch. Join participants in a discussion of the experience and the exhibition.




The Future of Ticketing: Solutions for Museums of All Sizes

Global Perspectives, Finance and Administration

Wednesday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Ticketing relates to financial, operational and brand issues. Speakers will discuss changing consumer behavior; the newest thinking on mobile, timed and online solutions; integrating ticketing with patron management and point-of-sale systems; and strategies to employ in marketing and social media.




Where Does Curating End and Interpretation Begin?

Education and Interpretation

Wednesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

This panel will examine what happens in an art museum when interpretation begins the moment a curator identifies the list of artworks. How do you ensure that interpretation isn’t relegated to an iPad or adjacent space, but actually impacts the big idea and overall experience of the exhibition?




Re-imagining the Role of Development Volunteers

Development and Membership, Small Museums

Wednesday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

How can you construct genuine volunteer engagement that translates into meaningful outcomes? Come ready to discuss the changing role of development volunteers, working with auxiliaries and donor society leaders, and helping volunteers grade their own performances.




Itinerant Museum

Forces of Change, Global Perspectives

Wednesday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

This panel will explore the concept of “itinerant museums” (defined as “traveling from place to place, especially to perform work or duty”) and inspire museum professionals to consider new ways organizations can engage communities, build new and diverse audiences, and act in service to society.




Innovations in Using Museum Collections for Learning

Education and Interpretation

Wednesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

How do you engage visitors in using the backbone of your institution—your collections? Four institutions are trying new and innovative ways to invite families, students, teens and adults to use collections onsite and online to understand nature, science and culture in personal and meaningful ways.




Every Step They Take: Benefits of Tracking the Entire Visit

Organizational Planning and Evaluation

Wednesday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Knowing what your visitors do from the time they enter until the time they leave the museum is very useful data. Panelists will discuss what they learned and how they used the data from whole-museum studies in three very different museums.




The Role of the Museum in the Lives of Our Veterans

Education and Interpretation, Diversity

Wednesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Learn how museums are opening their doors to U.S. veterans and their families. This session looks at a variety of programs offered by museums, including in-gallery programs that facilitate meaningful conversations and promote wellness, exhibitions to raise awareness and cross-generational programs.




Putting Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Ideas into Practice

Global Perspectives, Career Management

Wednesday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Colleagues from 2013’s highly-rated session, “Horizontal Thinking in a Vertical World,” explore a year-long, peer-to-peer mentoring program with models for applying various uses, including technology to foster mentoring relationships. In break-out groups, attendees will share observations and ideas.




Deaccessioning for the Better

Collections Stewardship

Wednesday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

The staff at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum, Burke Museum of Natural History and The National Art Museum of Sport will discuss their deaccession practices. Presenters will take you from selection process through disposal.




Museums in a Common Core World

Education and Interpretation

Wednesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

What do Common Core State Standards mean for museums? Educators from diverse museums will discuss strategies for connecting museum resources with K–12 schools through Common Core standards. This session will include an opportunity for audience members to share their projects, questions and ideas.




Resolving Art and Cultural Heritage Disputes Out of Court

Governance and Leadership, Global Perspectives

Wednesday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

What to do if ownership of an object in your collection is questioned? See how mediation can settle disputes over art and cultural heritage as well as other collections-related disagreements; learn why other means of dispute resolution offer a useful alternative to litigious and costly lawsuits.

Simultaneously Translated


Connecting to Community: Learn from the National Medalists!

Forces of Change

Wednesday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Learn from the best as IMLS National Medal for Museum Service recipients share insights on positioning themselves as community anchor institutions. Presentations will be followed by interactive work groups with the medalists to help you develop innovative ideas to benefit your own community.




Tech Tutorial: Video Crit Room (Advanced)

Media and Technology

Wednesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

Bring your video projects to this tutorial and get constructive feedback from your peers. This is an advanced-level tutorial, designed for those who understand the basics of video production.

Registration Required


Lessons Learned Institutionalizing Evaluation in Art Museums

Education and Interpretation

Wednesday   8:45-10 a.m.The Conference Center

See how two art museums, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, have been institutionalizing evaluation to inform decisions about exhibits, programs and interpretation. Presenters will share lessons learned and discuss with the audience.




Lessons from the International Community: Museums in the House

Global Perspectives, Education and Interpretation

Wednesday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

“MUAC en tu Casa/ MUAC at home “ case study examines a program at the University Museum of Contemporary Art that engages local high school students and disadvantaged communities in Mexico City in museum learning and the exploration of cultural experiences by displaying art in student’s homes for a month. “Art in Home” case study explores an outreach program at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Bogotá that arranges visits between museum staff and families in the Minuto de Dios neighborhood to deepen understanding of their lives, neighborhood, cultural roots and personal connection to works of art, to inform museum research and community-based exhibitions that explore history, memories and family.




The "Un-Conference" Room



Wednesday   8:45-10 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Interested in hosting a "pop-up" session? This is your chance. On-site sign-up is available to facilitate a 75-minute meeting on the subject of your choosing and promote it to attendees via social media. Sign-up available onsite. Presentations can only take place during one of the 10 established timeslots. Presenters may sign up for only one session. Sign up on a first-come first-served basis.




Coffee Break



Wednesday   10-10:30 a.m.MuseumExpo






Coffee Break



Wednesday   10-10:30 a.m.The Conference Center






The "Un-Conference" Room



Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Interested in hosting a "pop-up" session? This is your chance. On-site sign-up is available to facilitate a 75-minute meeting on the subject of your choosing and promote it to attendees via social media. Sign-up available onsite. Presentations can only take place during one of the 10 established timeslots. Presenters may sign up for only one session. Sign up on a first-come first-served basis.




Lessons from the International Community: Museums, Teachers and Literacy

Diversity, Education and Interpretation, Global Perspectives

Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Innovative Art Teaching Using Museum Resources explores the “A is for Art” program, a collaborative effort between the Asian Civilisations Museum and the Singapore Teachers’ Academy for the aRts, which aims to build competencies of elementary art teachers to meaningfully engage students in museum-based art lessons.

Dating Literacy: A New Relationship examines a pilot project between the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery in which partners from museums, a state library, community agencies and families address literacy as a new organizing principle in which to encourage public engagement with museum collections and ideas.






Tech Tutorial: Digital Copyright and Privacy (Beginners)

Media and Technology

Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

Get an overview of the legal issues you should be aware of when publishing images and video online. This tutorial will outline copyright and privacy issues in museums, and provide guidelines for mitigating legal risk and being responsible digital citizens.

Registration Required


A Word of Advice: Careers in Museum Education

Education and Interpretation

Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

How many times in our careers have we lamented “IF ONLY someone had told me that!” This session is the place where museum education professionals offer up brutally honest words of wisdom as they relate to a successful career path and turn to the audience for their best advice.




Growing a Culture of Research in Museums

Forces of Change

Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

A number of museum disciplines have established field-wide research agendas, most recently children’s museums. In this session, presenters will briefly outline the nature and importance of field-wide research and engage attendees in a discussion of key questions centered on family learning, community ecosystems and growing a culture of research in museums.




Effective Ways to Help Museum Facilitators Engage the Public

Education and Interpretation

Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

How can you liven up your facilitator training and create a shift away from telling and towards doing? Staff from a science center, botanic garden, art museum and history museum share engaging practical examples of facilitator trainings. Explore best practices, lessons learned and challenges faced.




Building an Institutional Culture of Evaluation and Learning

Organizational Planning and Evaluation

Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

To remain viable and relevant, museums can no longer afford to carry on with business as usual. In this session, participants will contribute to a discussion about how to help our organizations thrive by fostering cultures of evaluation and learning within our institutions and across the field.




Happiness, Sustainability and the Museum Professional

Career Management

Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

It’s a “more, faster, better” world—and it’s taking its toll. How can we continue to strive for innovation while also sustaining our sanity and workforce? Come reflect about the well-being of museum staff and what happiness can do for you, then create your own happiness inventory to take home.




Finance Is Not the Enemy!

Finance and Administration

Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Do you sometimes feel that you work for your museum’s finance department rather than it working for you? Collaborate with both finance and non-finance museum staff presenters who have learned that knowledge of the numbers is powerful. Bring your questions and learn to make finance work for you!




Ethnographic Museums in Northwestern Mexico

Global Perspectives, Exhibit Planning and Design, Diversity

Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Ethnographic museums in Northwest Mexico (Sonora and Baja California) are reviewing their exhibitions and experimenting with new ways to involve Native peoples to include their views and priorities in the research, collection, planning, curating and presentation of their cultures to wider publics.

Simultaneously Translated


Open to the Public! Museums and Open Content

Global Perspectives, Forces of Change

Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Open content is a movement among scholars and learning-focused institutions to make content freely available via online platforms. This session explores ongoing open content programs at art museums—how and why they took effect, real world outcomes, and perceived successes and failures.




Tech Tutorial: Conducting Interviews for Multimedia

Media and Technology, Marketing and Public Relations

Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

This workshop is designed to help you get the most compelling material from interviews. Why conduct interviews in the first place? What strategies result in great content?

Registration Required


Teacher Retro-fitting Is SO Yesterday

Education and Interpretation

Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

Discover how to inspire pre-service teachers to teach with objects and museum resources. Eight successful U.S. and international programs demonstrate the value of working with teachers-in-training while they are still in school instead of after they’ve taught in the classroom for years.




Preserving Collections in a Digital World

Collections Stewardship, Small Museums

Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

This session will cover ways to fund and complete the digitizing of an archival collection for small museums. Presenters also cover how to finance and find help to complete the project, and ways that work or do not work to counter reluctance from less-tech-savvy board members, staff and volunteers.




Third Space: How Digital Experiences Break Down Museum Walls

Global Perspectives, Media and Technology

Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

How can mobile apps and websites, together with in-gallery technologies, migrate the role of “orientation spaces”—entrance foyers, kiosks and information desks, or lack thereof in public arenas—to create new ways for visitors to be inspired by museums and cultural experiences?




A Model for Integrating STEM Activities and History

Exhibit Planning and Design

Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

Learn how historic museums and sites are integrating science museum STEM-based activities into their exhibitions and interpretation in order to broaden their offerings and their audience. Experience live examples of this work and hear how evaluation has played a key role.




Controversy Swirls: Communities Talk

Education and Interpretation, Diversity

Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

How can museums create forums for dialogue on challenging social issues? Presenters will describe participatory processes for developing exhibits that let diverse groups speak for themselves from the gallery floor. Projects include exhibits on black males, land ownership and HIV/AIDS.




Click It! The Online and Social Path to Membership and Giving

Development and Membership

Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Multichannel, social, digital, mobile, interative, immersive. What are museums doing to engage and involve their audiences for membership and fundraising purposes? What is working, who is doing what? Produce results that engage people!




Building Evaluation Capacity for Museums and Staff

Education and Interpretation

Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.The Conference Center

Capacity to conduct evaluations in museums is essential. While capacity for internal staff to conduct evaluations in museums is growing, professional development is still needed. This session will focus on three innovative and successful models for building evaluation capacity in museums and in museum professionals, both current and future.




Museums Connect: Program Overview and Application Tips



Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m.Washington State Convention Center

Learn more about this program that allows communities in the U.S. and abroad to partner with museums and play a leading role in shaping a collaborative experience. Past participants as well as staff from the U.S. Department of State and AAM will share information about the program and application.




Management of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB) 1/2 Day Intro



Wednesday   12-4 p.m.Washington State Convention Center

The nation’s premier de-escalation program teaches how to recognize, reduce and manage violent and aggressive behavior, including principles, techniques and skills used to prevent and deal with confrontations. Recognize potential problems and deal with them in a safe, non-threatening, professional manner. Register by calling 800-257-6717, emailing rob@ifcpp.org or visit: http://ifcpp.org/training-calendar.




2015 Annual Meeting Kickoff Luncheon

Luncheon

Wednesday   12-2 p.m.MuseumExpo






Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center and Exclusive Campus Tour

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   1-3 p.m.Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center

Tour the visitor center and campus, starting with a gallery tour in which staff will provide insights into educational practice, programs and exhibit rationale. We will conclude with an exclusive tour of the foundation campus highlighting the building’s sustainable features and foundation art collection.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


Conservation/Storage Tour

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   1-2:30 p.m.Seattle Art Museum

Led by Nicholas Dorman, Chief Conservator, Liz Brown, Objects Conservator, and Julie Creahan, Collections Care Manager, tour participants will go behind-the-scenes to see SAM’s conservation and storage facilities, where they will have an opportunity to discuss projects undergoing treatment and to see how the staff at SAM cares for the museum’s diverse collections. Round-trip transportation included.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


The Seattle Center - A Sustainable Cultural Campus Tour

Breakfast, Onsite Insights

Wednesday   1-3 p.m.The Seattle Center

This event includes a tour of the deep sustainability approach at Seattle Center, a vibrant cultural campus. Participants will learn about sustainability programs at the site and building levels, including the Chihuly Garden and Glass Exhibition, Pacific Science Center and Experience Music Project.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Transforming a History Museum

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   1-3 p.m.MOHAI

In 2012, MOHAI moved into the newly renovated historic Naval Reserve Armory. MOHAI Public Historian Lorraine McConaghy and former Creative Director Ann Farrington will lead colleagues through the museum to reveal how design and content challenges were carefully solved using innovative techniques.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


Portal to Public Initiative

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   1-3 p.m.Pacific Science Center

Elevate your exhibit floor experience by connecting local experts with your audience! In this program museum educators first provide the experts, such as scientists, with an understanding of informal learning and conversation techniques. See a sample program and participate in a discussion with staff.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


Gallery of Deco Japan

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   1-2 p.m.Seattle Asian Art Museum

Private gallery tour of Deco Japan led by Xiaojin Wu, associate curator for Japanese and Korean Art. Tour attendees will explore the spectacular craftsmanship and sophisticated designs that define Japan’s contribution to the Art Deco movement.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


SAM's Olympic Sculpture Park

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   1-2:30 p.m.Olympic Sculpture Park

Private tour of Olympic Sculpture Park with Catharina Manchanda, Jon & Mary Shirley Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art. Participants on this special tour will learn about park history, urban renewal and design, and gain a new appreciation of the sculptures featured in this dynamic Seattle landmark.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


A Pilot's Life for Me

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   1:30-3 p.m.Museum of Flight

Created by the Museum of Flight, the Aviation Learning Center (ALC) is an immersive aviation experience that puts students in the pilot’s seat—literally. Tour the ALC and talk to staff about the program’s growing pains over the past 10 years. Then jump into the cockpit and pilot your own simulated flight.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


Fast Times at Museum High

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   1:30-3 p.m.Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight and the Highline School District recently partnered to open Raisbeck Aviation High School. This partnership uses the strengths of both organizations and develops best practices for similar collaborations. Meet with staff/students and tour their shared facilities.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


Moving Seattle History

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   1:30-3 p.m.MOHAI

MOHAI recently completed a move of 100,000+ 3D objects from three disparate storage areas to a new facility located seven miles away. Tour the new storage area with MOHAI collections staff and learn and the improvements implemented from best practices observed at other institutions across the country.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required, Simultaneously Translated


An Insider’s Look at the Queering the Museum Project

Board/Committee Meeting, Onsite Insights

Wednesday   1:30-3 p.m.MOHAI

Join colleagues at MOHAI for a curator-led tour and discussion of the exhibition “Revealing Queer.” Guest curated by Erin Bailey, this ground-breaking exhibition was developed with assistance from a community advisory group. The exhibition encapsulates 40 years of LGBTQ history in the Seattle region.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Penguins Through the Lens

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   1:30-3 p.m.Woodland Park Zoo

We will tour our Humboldt Penguin Exhibit, the Exhibit Achievement Award winner for AZA’s best new exhibit in 2010. Learn about interpretive and design processes and the features that make this exhibit more sustainable. We’ll also offer a peek behind the scenes with keepers and animals.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


Behind the Scenes of Porcelain Room

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   2-3 p.m.Seattle Art Museum

Behind-the-scenes tour with Julie Emerson, Ruth J. Nutt Curator of Decorative Arts. Brimming with more than 1,000 magnificent European and Asian pieces, the Porcelain Room has been conceived to blend visual excitement with a historical concept. Learn first hand how we designed and built this magnificent display.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


A New Generation of Museum Design at Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   2-3:30 p.m.Bainbridge Island Museum of Art

The new Bainbridge Island Museum of Art defies conventional design practices. Instead of being a “black box,” it invites natural light into exhibits and transforms throughout the day. The project exemplifies a truly inclusive community process and is slated to be Washington State’s first LEED Gold art museum. Presentation and tour by architect Matthew Coates and BIMA Executive Director, Greg Robinson.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Outdoor Programming at Olympic Sculpture Park

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   2:30-4 p.m.Olympic Sculpture Park

This tour, led by education and operations staff, will showcase programs that focus on both art and the environment and include perspectives from artists and landscape designers.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


Tour of Wing Luke Museum

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   2:30-3:30 p.m.Wing Luke Museum

Our tour allows visitors to immerse themselves in the uniquely American stories, history and art of the Asian Pacific American experience at The Wing, located in the heart of Seattle’s vibrant Chinatown-International District. Our visitors will tour the historic 1910 Freeman Hotel.

Transportation Provided, Registration Required


CIPM Cultural Property Protection Workshop



Thursday   8:30-4:30 p.m.Grand Hyatt Hotel, Seattle

Certified Institutional Protection Manager program provides timely info for managers responsible for cultural property protection, safety, security. Full-day course includes emergency prep, physical security, fire protection, legal, workplace violence, protection of collections and business continuity. Register by calling 800-257-6717, emailing rob@ifcpp.org or visit: http://ifcpp.org/training-calendar.