What an amazing year!
It’s official! The Association of Midwest Museums and Michigan Museums Association (MMA) 2019 Joint Conference was a success. With 600+ attendees, 56 sessions and workshops, 62 volunteers, 30 sponsors, 34 exhibitors and quite possibly our best speaker line-up ever, it’s no wonder that the conference was bursting with energy and excitement!
Here are a few things we loved about this year’s conference:
- Seeing art everywhere at GVSU’s Richard M. DeVos Center and their library’s robotic retrieval system during the opening reception
- Listening to David Pilgrim share how the Jim Crow Museum is changing expectations (and people) and teaching tolerance, with a collection containing mostly objects of intolerance
- All of the beautiful, colorful wayfinding signs and floor graphics created by local company, CorpColor
- Being walking distance from so many museums, including the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum
- Nina Simon‘s brilliant keynote presentation, which we heard everyone quoting all. day. long.
- Meeting a tenrec and other interesting animals from John Ball Zoo
- Lots of buzz about breakout sessions like “How to Advocate for Your Career at Every Stage” and “Finding Our Voice: Exhibiting Trauma and Healing”
- Getting to explore the public museum school, see the Toys! exhibit and watch Dark Side: The Light Show featuring the music of Pink Floyd during the closing event at Grand Rapids Public Museum
- Spending the last day of the conference (on a gorgeous fall day no less) at a local gem, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park!
To learn more about all of the happenings in Grand Rapids, explore the conference program and take a look at the great photos of the conference below. (Photos courtesy of our talented friends at Piggyback App in Indianapolis and social media ambassadors.)