2018 Online Conference Schedule
Thursday, September 27
10:00 am-11:15 am: Winning the Vote: How to Prepare Your Site for a Celebration 100 Years in the Making
Join us as we discuss the upcoming Centennial of the 19th Amendment in 2020 and its relevance today. What initiatives are already underway? What are the narratives we must confront to grapple with the complexities of the past? How will we engage audiences and build programs to inspire action?
11:30 am-12:45 pm: Advocating for Collections Care: Both Internally and Externally
This session will explore routes for both external and internal advocacy with a focus on collections care, securing time and funding for preservation initiatives and conservation treatment, and will discuss opportunities for incorporating information about preservation into all institutional advocacy efforts.
2:00 pm-3:15 pm: A Tale of Two Cities: Building Museums That Are Community Centers, Not Monuments to the Past
Learn from small history museums in two cities that are both developing new museum buildings, both with new exhibition models. Attendees will acquire ideas from the approaches these two museums with limited staff and operating budgets are taking to create thriving inclusive community centers that are not stereotypical historical societies.
Friday, September 28
10:00 am-11:15 am: Discovering Truth and Unconscious Bias: A Continued Conversation
How diverse and inclusive is the arts and humanities field in the area of employment, policies and procedures, and programs/activities? This session will be a continuation of the pre-conference workshop, providing training and resources to ensure that diverse viewpoints representing race, ethnicity, culture, disabilities, and sexual identity are integrated and practiced.
11:30 am-12:45 pm: From the Ground Up: Creating and Building a Culture of Evaluation
How can you go from having no evaluation to creating a culture of evaluation? This session will explore three internal evaluators and how their positions came to be, how they have built evaluation capacity in their museums, consequences of evaluating and not evaluating, and ways to start incorporating evaluation into your own work.
3:00 pm-4:15 pm: From Assumptions to Intolerance: Addressing Visitors’ Misconceptions About Religion
Interpreting religion can be challenging, especially when museum visitors arrive with misconceptions and biases. Following three case studies from institutions experienced in addressing religious questions based on misinformation, the audience will join in, both by questioning panelists and sharing their experiences related to the truth or consequences of interpreting religion.