Evening Events

Open Studio: A Celebration of Community

Hosted by Des Moines Art Center

Wed, Jul 12 – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

(Buses depart 4:45 p.m.)

The goal of the Des Moines Art Center is quite clear: provide access to art for everyone. During the 2017 Conference opening reception, explore the Art Center’s entirely unexpected collection of extraordinary works by contemporary artists and tour their many art studios, where programs for all ages (Pre-K to Seniors) take place all year long. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres, optional docent-led tours and traversing the museum’s outstanding facility designed by three of the greatest names in architecture of the 20th century – Eliel Saarinen, I. M. Pei and Richard Meier.

Learn more about the Des Moines Art Center in our recent blog post.


EMP Night: Career Conversations

Hosted by The Stuffed Olive

Wednesday, July 12

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Calling all EMPs! Join us for an evening of mingling with your peers and networking with professionals in the field at The Stuffed Olive. You will have a chance to hear how several professionals got their start in museums and the paths that led them to their current positions. In smaller groups, there will be the opportunity for more in-depth discussions/Q&A for each of the museum professionals. And did I mention the free appetizers?

Space is limited, register now!



Art & All That Jazz: Built on the Foundation of the Roaring 20s, presented by Beeline & Blue

Hosted by Salisbury House and Gardens

Thursday, July 13

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

(Buses depart 6:00 p.m.)

Inventors and art connoisseurs Carl and Edith Weeks had the opportunity to not only create their dream home – Salisbury House and Gardens – but ensure that every aspect of their lives was surrounded by beauty. During Art & All That Jazz, explore one of the greatest 20th-century historic house museums in America and discover the treasures housed inside. With an unexpected collection featuring works by world-renowned artists from Archipenko to Van Dyck and an exquisite library of historic books and manuscripts, Salisbury House and Gardens will amaze you. Travel back to the roaring 1920s, listen to jazz music, enjoy food and beverages inspired by the era, and watch demonstrations of cutting edge scanning technology from Beeline & Blue.

Learn more about Salisbury House and Gardens in our recent blog



#MidwestisBest Closing Night Celebration, presented by Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

Hosted by State Historical Museum of Iowa and Science Center of Iowa

Friday, July 14

5:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

(Buses depart 5:15 p.m.)

The conference closing night event celebrates our Midwestern roots and the 90th anniversary of AMM with a two-stop museum tour featuring local food, beer and wine. (Let’s not forget history and science!) During the first stop, explore the State Historical Museum’s exhibit galleries and enjoy guided tours of the collections vault. Listen to the musical styling of a local modern string quartet, Quartet 515. Our final stop of the night is the Science Center of Iowa, where you can experiment and play in the exhibits. Enjoy a special 90th anniversary cocktail and dance the night away!