Conference News

Join CARE at the 2015 AAM Annual Meeting!

The Annual Meeting will be here soon, and we are looking forward to seeing you in Atlanta. There are several CARE events during the conference; hopefully you will be able to join us! If you missed the chance to buy your tickets, be sure to check out the Online Ticket Exchange Forum, which will open on the website in the middle of April. 

  • The CARE Network Reception will be held Sunday, April 26, 6–8 p.m. at the Glenn Hotel (110 Marietta St NW; Atlanta). Enjoy conversation, mingling and refreshments overlooking beautiful Marietta Street. The reception is open to anyone interested in audience research and evaluation.  Registration was required. 
  • The CARE Luncheon will be held Monday, April 27, 12:15–1:30 p.m at the Marriott Marquis Hotel (265 Peachtree Center Ave NE). Join us for lunch and a lively discussion about the role of audience research and evaluation in social change efforts. Visitor Studies Association President Joe Heimlich will serve as master of ceremonies, facilitating conversation among fellow members Cecilia Garibay (Garibay Group), Sarah Lee (Slover Linett Audience Research) and Kris Morrissey (University of Washington). We look forward to this being a broad conversation among members and hope for many to contribute to the dialogue. Shuttle service is available to and from the hotel. Registration was required. 
  • The CARE Marketplace of Ideas will be held Monday, April 27, 3:15–5:15 p.m. in the MuseumExpo. The Marketplace of Ideas explores museums’ social value by showcasing audience research and evaluation work that has helped museums find meaningful ways of interacting with and engaging the public. Stop by to learn about recent work in the field. 
  • The CARE Happy Hour Meet-Up will be held Tuesday, April 28, 5–7 p.m. at Stats Food + Drinks (300 Marietta St NW; Atlanta). Join us for a drink, a chance to learn more about audience research and evaluation, or an opportunity to make new friends and catch up with familiar faces. RSVPs are encouraged, but not required (RSVP via social media or by e-mail).

More Opportunities for Evaluative Thinking.

Join the Visitor Studies Association July 14–18, in Indianapolis for its annual conference. This year’s theme is Taking Action for Improvement, Growth, and Social Change.

The 2015 conference offers a venue for presenting new research, findings, and methods and exploring higher-level topics and questions of interest to the field of informal learning and audience research. This year, keynote speakers and sessions will emphasize the ways in which we can take action through our work. VSA is dedicated to meeting the growing demand for the tools and the inspiration to better understand informal learning, as well as best-practice strategies for how to attract, educate, and serve diverse communities. To take action, we need to develop ourselves as creative and dynamic leaders, as individuals and within institutions and organizations dedicated to supporting informal learning opportunities; this is the key to fulfilling our potential for public service.

Pre- and post-conference workshops provide an important opportunity for professional development and are attended by students, evaluators, exhibit and program designers, and museum directors alike. Leaders of these lively half and full day workshops come from a broad range of fields and professions.

Early registration is now open, and VSA looks forward to seeing you there! 

Visit the Conference Page on the VSA website to view the preliminary schedule, descriptions of the program sessions and workshops, and to make your hotel reservations using our reserved room block.