Schedule at a Glance


WEDNESDAY, JULY 12, 2017


6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Available in Hotel Lounge


8:00 a.m. to Noon Morning Offsite Workshops

  • Exhibit Label Makeovers, Donna Braden, The Henry Ford Museum of Innovation State Historical Museum of Iowa
  • Creative Engagement and Dementia Workshop, Jennifer Balge, John Michael Kohler Arts Center State Historical Museum of Iowa

1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Afternoon Offsite Workshops

  • Chalk Talks Session 1, Wing Young Huie (90 minutes)  Des Moines Art Center
  • Chalk Talks Session 2, Wing Young Huie (90 minutes)   Des Moines Art Center
  • Protection Planning 101, Steve Layne, International Council for Cultural Property Protection  State Historical Museum of Iowa

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Opening Reception hosted by the Des Moines Arts Center


7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EMP Event – Career Conversations The Stuffed Olive


THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017


8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Exhibitor Set-up Embassy Suites Des Moines Downtown Atrium and Foyer


6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Available in Hotel Lounge


7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. CEOs and Directors Breakfast Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens

  • Featuring Keynote Speaker M. Jessica Rowe, Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Flash Talks, presented by Grinnell College Embassy Ballroom

  • Matt Greiner, Chicken Tractor
  • Jen Leatherby, RAYGUN
  • Trish Okamoto, Clarinda Carnegie Art Museum
  • Jordan Weber, artist and activist
  • Nick Hartmann, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
  • Sherry Gupta, CultureAll

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Accessibility, Collaboration, and Dialogue: Implementing Audio Description at an Academic Gallery Missouri
  • See Yourself in the Museum: Ideas for Connecting with Community Platte
  • Conservation Collaboration: Research, Exhibition, and Community Stories Salon C
  • Creative Ways to Move Ideas Forward in Experience Planning Potomac
  • Grassroots History: How History Camp Iowa Created a Successful Volunteer-Run History Event Salon B
  • Almost Magic: Using Project Management to Enable Board Leadership Mississippi
  • Fire – Your Greatest Threat Salon A

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Affinity Luncheons and Meetings  Embassy Ballroom


1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mini-Workshops Salon A

Mini-Workshops are free 30-minute interactive sessions focused on specific skills or topics.

  • Mini-Workshop 1: What’s the Big Idea?! Presented by Solid Light
  • Mini-Workshop 2: Presented by iNFamily Education

1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Engaging Newcomer Populations through Museum Outreach: Reflections on the Art of Community Workshop in Cedar Rapids Missouri
  • Outside the Walls & Inside the Community Platte
  • Here, There, Everywhere: An Organic Approach to Outreach Salon C
  • Community Stakeholder Gamification: Focus Groups 2.0 Salon B
  • AAM Achieving Institutional Excellence Potomac
  • New Standards, New Opportunities: Maximizing School-Museum Curriculum Connections in Iowa Mississippi

3:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Coffee Break Convention Area Foyer and Exhibit and Resource Hall


3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Making Connections: Authentic Community Engagement within Maker Experiences at the Science Museum of Minnesota Salon B
  • All Are Welcome: Staff Training for Inclusion and Ability Awareness Missouri
  • Pricing the Priceless: An Introduction to the Antiques Trade for the Museum Professional Mississippi
  • Straight to the Source: Connect and Engage with Teens in Your Community Salon C
  • Improved Engagement and Access with Socially Engaged Art Potomac
  • National History Day Platte
  • Poster Sessions (3:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m.) Salon A
    • Herbert Hoover: Life, Libraries, and the Pursuit of Presidential Museums
    • The Way We Are Now: A Case Study in Campus ad Community Engagement
    • Scoping out the Macroscopes: Defining and Measuring Success for a Digital Interactive
    • Community Focused Website Redesign Case Study
    • Association of Midwest Museum Archival Digitization Project
    • Stony Island Arts Bank: Constructing Black Utopia(s)
    • “The Local Option”: Bringing a Neighborhood Museum into Chicago’s North Side
    • Museum Studies Students Collaborate with Community on Digital Engagement Project
    • Mentoring Moments to Help Students Stay in our Community

4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Reception in Exhibit and Resource Hall  Hotel Atrium and Convention Area Foyer


6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Evening Event hosted by Salisbury House and Gardens, presented by Beeline and Blue


FRIDAY, JULY 14, 2017


8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open Hotel Atrium and Convention Area Foyer


6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Available in Hotel Lounge


7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Yoga Morning Wake-up Call Location TBA


9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker Corine Wegener, Embassy Ballroom


10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Coffee Break Convention Area Foyer and Exhibit and Resource Hall


10:45 p.m. to 12:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Primary Resources: Using the Past to Help Shape the Future of Education Mississippi
  • Don’t Let Undocumented Collections Paralyze You: Practical Tips and Case Studies for Deaccessioning “Found in Collection” Items Missouri
  • Open Doors to Open Minds: Setting Aside Tradition and Its Effects on One Community Platte
  • Exhibiting Curiosity: Building Critical Thinking with Museum Collections Potomac
  • Overcome Adversity Through Art Salon C
  • Building Community in a Volunteer Program Salon B
  • Break the Fourth Wall: How to Create for Your Audience, with Your Audience Salon A

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon Embassy Ballroom

(Exhibit hall closed during Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon)


1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exhibit Hall Re-Opens Hotel Atrium and Convention Area Foyer


1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Coffee Break Convention Area Foyer and Exhibit and Resource Hall


1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • 360 Museum Leadership: Expand your Skills as you Rise Through the Ranks Salon B
  • Debate: The Future of American Museums Missouri
  • Making Mascots: Using Mascots for Museum Programming, Marketing, and Kids Clubs Platte
  • Out of the Silos: Integrating Collection Information Salon C
  • Into the Vault: Integrating Collections Storage and Education Potomac
  • Changemakers: Superhero in You! Workshop Salon A
  • The Pantheon Project: Inspiring Students to Find Beauty in the Connections of Art, Music, Science, and Dance Mississippi

2:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Coffee Break/Siesta Convention Area Foyer and Exhibit and Resource Hall


3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • What Happens When You put a Museum inside a Winnebago? Mississippi
  • Spotlighting Historical Roots in the Contemporary Arts Platte
  • How to Build Stronger Museum Communities with Content Marketing Salon B
  • Dash It All! Salon A
  • Adventures in Digital Storytelling and Mobile Engagement Salon C
  • Designing Children Spaces in Museums: Two Museum’s Stories Missouri
  • Keep ‘Em Wanting More: On Demand Tutorials & Video Tours that Engage Members Globally Potomac

4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Exhibitor Take Down


5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Closing Night Event presented by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, hosted by the State Historical Museum and Science Center of Iowa


SATURDAY, JULY 15, 2017


6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Available in Hotel Lounge


7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Yoga Morning Wake-up Call Location TBA


9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Mini-Workshops Salon C

Mini-Workshops are free 30-minute interactive sessions focused on specific skills or topics.

  • Mini-Workshop 1: Yes, you can create your own mobile app! Presented by Encurate Mobile Technology

9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Are Audience Members and Visitors the Same Thing? Strategies for Engaging an Audience that Does Not Visit Mississippi
  • Good Trustee/Bad Trustee – Recruitment, Training, & Responsibility Platte
  • Rowing in the Same Direction: Building Consensus and Establishing Collaborative Project Teams Potomac

10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break


10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Closing Presentation and Plenary Speaker Embassy Ballroom

  • Paula Gangopadhyay, deputy director of museum services, IMLS
  • Spencer Crew, George Mason University

12:00 p.m. Conference Concludes


Afternoon – Explore Des Moines Museums!