FREE: Staff of Tier 3 Museum Members and Getty Museum staff

$25: Staff of Tier 2 Museum Members, Ally, Individual and Industry Partner Members

$50: Staff of Tier 1 Museum Members and Non-members

Register Now


In collaboration with EdCom



Phone: 866-226-2150

Join the Alliance

Membership is the foundation for excellence and unites the field.

Exploring The Life of Art Exhibition From a Co-Curated Point of View

Wednesday April 10
1–4 p.m.
J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles

An Alliance "One Good Thing" workshop

Join local colleagues and staff from the Getty Museum departments of Education, Design and Sculpture and Decorative Arts, in order to explore the development of The Life of Art, an exhibition offering museum visitors the opportunity to examine works of art from the decorative arts collection through four distinct categories—technique, function, history and display.

The exhibit invites prolonged engagement with the objects, supported by innovative design and an in-gallery interactive. Presentations by museum staff will introduce participants to key interpretive goals and design, with discussions tailored to address participants’ questions and encourage peer-to-peer exchange of ideas and experience regarding unique opportunities for presenting permanent collections.

Findings from a recent study of visitor experience in the space will also be shared as part of the discussion sessions.

Who Should Attend

Cross-departmental teams are encouraged to attend, including museum educators, exhibitions planners, curators, technical resource developers, audience research and evaluation professionals, public programs staff, PR and marketing professionals, visitor services/experience staff, and museum directors or senior staff looking to develop or revise education-related programming pan-institutionally.

How Will I Benefit?

By participating in this program, attendees will be better able to: 
  • Consider effective models for cross-department exhibition development
  • Discuss the critical questions regarding interpretive approaches to exhibitions
  • Advocate for museums as essential education institutions

All Alliance “One Good Thing” programs feature practical information, local facilitators, skills-building activities and opportunities for discussion and networking. This program will feature a Twitter conversation using a specific hashtag so that others can participate virtually.


  • Elizabeth Escamilla, senior manager, J. Paul Getty Museum


  • Merritt Price, museum design manager, J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Toby Tannenbaum, assistant director for education and public programs, J. Paul Getty Museum
  • Jeffrey Weaver, associate curator, sculpture and decorative arts, J. Paul Getty Museum

Agenda (subject to change)

1 p.m. Time to explore exhibition
1:30 p.m. Introductions and overview of the exhibition
1:50 p.m. Hands-on training/activity
 2:30 p.m. Roundtable discussion and reflection
 3:50 p.m. Wrap up
Register Now

You will a receive registration confirmation email within 24 hours and further instructions via email closer to the live event. 

For more program-related information, contact Greg Stevens.


J. Paul Getty Museum
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049-1687

About The Exhibition

In this exhibition, visitors look closely at a work of art and uncover clues to a fascinating past and present: an object's intimate connection to people, places, institutions and cultures. This exhibition takes four objects from the Museum's decorative arts collection—a silver fountain, a wall light, a side chair, and a lidded bowl—and encourages visitors to explore their "lives" through an interactive presentation.

About “One Good Thing”

 “One Good Thing” is a series of face-to-face professional development opportunities developed by EdCom, in which participants explore a single specific education-related program/topic at various host institutions. In each session, participants will be able to learn about best practices for designing and implementing museum education-related programs (e.g. onsite education programs, exhibitions, public programs, outreach programs, virtual programs) through discussion and participation. Participants will:

  • Learn about the programs from conceptualization to implementation from a range of perspectives
  • Actively engage in the program experience
  • Explore, discuss and analyze related research-based best practices, and brainstorming strategies for implementation or adaptation at their own institutions.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests for Alliance professional development programs must be received in writing no later than one week prior to the event date to receive a full refund of your registration fees. Refund requests will not be accepted after that date. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel any program at any time, for any reason. In the event of a program cancellation by the Alliance, attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fees.  For face-to-face programs, the Alliance is not responsible for any travel or hotel expenses incurred as a result of your participation or cancellation of an event.