In-Person Sessions


This year’s in-person sessions will take place on Thursday, July 21 and Friday, July 22. Our curated session tracks will help you identify the sessions most relevant to you. Tracks for this year are listed/linked below:


COLLECTIONS STEWARDSHIP


Thursday, July 21

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM CT

The Past Connects Us All: Canoe Conservation Collaboration

Three museums, First Nations citizens, and conservators come together to preserve four dugout canoes that are over 300 years old. Museum staff shares their experiences on communication, canoes, conservation, and COVID.

Presenters: Kay Dragan, Door County Maritime Museum & Lighthouse Preservation Society; Sam Perlman, Door County Maritime Museum and Lighthouse Preservation Society

Room: Executive A/B

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM CT

New Adventures in Old Collections: Lessons in tackling a large-scale collections project

Milwaukee Public Museum staff share methods and takeaways from their multi-phase Bridge Plan, which prepares the History Collection for a move. Topics include environmental mitigation, expanding digitization, inventory, barcoding, and packing. The team explains each phase and how to break down and scale up parts of an immense task.

Presenters: Sara Podejko, Milwaukee Public Museum; Alyssa Caywood, Milwaukee Public Museum; Jessica Mailhot, Milwaukee Public Museum; Jackie Schweitzer, Milwaukee Public Museum

Room: Executive A/B

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CT

Collaborative Loans and Shipping: Lessons from the Field Museum’s Native American Exhibit Renovation

Navigating the lending and shipping is challenging for institutions, but add cultural sensitivities, remote pick-up locations, and limited budgets and the task seems insurmountable. A registrar describes her collaborative work to receive over 90 loaned pieces of material culture and art for the Field Museum’s Native American Exhibit Renovation.

Presenter: Jacqueline Pozza, The Field Museum of Natural History

Room: Executive A/B

Friday, July 22

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CT

Ask the Registrar: An Open Roundtable to Discuss How to Move Forward When Collection Conundrums Arise

From decolonizing your collection, to digitization, to deaccessioning, and other legal and ethical issues nothing is off the table for this discussion with the Midwest community of collections professionals. You’ll gain practical knowledge and solutions along with gaining a wider network of collection peers.

Presenter: Sarah Humes, Grand Rapids Public Museum; Linda Endersby, Museum of Art & Archaeology, University of Missouri; Julie Bunke, Liberty Hyde Bailey Museum

Room: Executive A/B

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CT

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House: Celebrating the Past by Designing for the Future

A changing climate propels cultural institutions to educate and protect the environment for future generations. The new development at the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House embodies environmentally responsible, sustainable design through decarbonized engineering solutions and passive building design. This presentation will tell the design story of how the new development at the team embraced high performance design, while staying sympathetic to the nationally recognized historical site to enhance, educate and extend the legacy of the Ford family.

Presenters: Alivia Stalnaker, SmithGroup; Brittany Fiema, SmithGroup; Clare Pfeiffer, Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

Room: Executive A/B

3:45 PM – 5:30 PM CT

From Cultural Appropriation to Cultural Appreciation: A Workshop for Designers

How can we work to stop accepting cultural appropriation and rather encourage cultural appreciation? In this workshop, we will explore these questions through conversation and case studies to develop new critical tools to help us avoid cultural appropriation.

Presenters: Sarah Carter, Center for Design and Material Culture; Carolyn Jenkinson, Center for Design and Material Culture; nibiiwakamigkwe, Center for Design and Material Culture; Dakota Mace, Diné (Navajo) artist

Room: Executive A/B


FUNDRAISING & REVENUE


Thursday, July 21

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM CT

Fundraising is a Team Sport

Teamwork makes the dream work, on the sports field and in the competitive world of fundraising. Do you wish your museum had an enterprise-wide culture of donor-centric thinking? Join us for a robust session that will provide you with a solid plan for improved fundraising for your home team.

Presenters: Jennifer Clearwater, John Michael Kohler Arts Center & Art Preserve; Elizabeth Braatz, Discovery World

Room: Lakeshore C

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM CT

Museum Funding Opportunities at the Institute of Museum and Library Services (Finance)

This session will provide participants with an overview of museum funding opportunities offered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). As the nation’s primary source of federal funding for museums, IMLS administers six grant opportunities and two assessment programs that are available to museums. Detailed information about each program and tips for preparing a more competitive application for the next museum grant application deadline on November 15, 2022 will be shared.

Presenter: Jeannette Thomas, Institute of Museum and Library Services

Room: Lakeshore C

Friday, July 22

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CT

Leadership Giving Circles – Your Secret Weapon!

Does your fundraising program need to provide a steady stream of unrestricted funds? Or do you need a pipeline for identifying and cultivating major donors? Why not have both? Come hear Leadership Giving Circle managers on how this powerful tool is an essential piece of an effective fundraising program.

Presenters: Brenda Raney, Minnesota Historical Society; Kariann Jennrich, Minnesota Historical Society; Julie Quinlan Brame, Milwaukee Public Museum

Room: Lakeshore C

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CT

Engaging Museum Trustees as Fundraising Leaders

Museum trustees are responsible for philanthropy, but some prefer to avoid it or don’t know how to be helpful. Clarifying their role and preparing them for success is important to sustaining our museums. A panel of experts will discuss board recruitment and training for philanthropy in a post-pandemic environment.

Presenters: Hathaway Maranda, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Bryan Wunar, Discovery World; Katie Bruner, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum; Carl Hamm, Consultant

Room: Lakeshore C

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM CT

This is Your Moment: Service-Minded Funding and Innovative Public Funding Strategies in Post Pandemic Landscape

Museums are uniquely suited to retrieve public funds if they can engage in the appropriate techniques and strategies. Most of these funding opportunities, however, will not be available after 2024. It is time for our industry to act now to position us for long-term success.

Presenters: Stephen White, COSI; Meredith Bush, COSI; Jake Vasilj, COSI; Allie Greiwe, COSI

Room: Milwaukee


EDUCATION & PROGRAMS


Thursday, July 21

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM CT

Transforming Archive Tours into New Public Programs using TheClio.com

Archival tours introduce patrons to history’s raw materials; can they spark new public programs? Using TheClio.com, two colleagues transformed an annual student archive tour into a multi-year project that promotes hands-on research, supports institutional mission, and honors local veterans. Learn how to replicate this model of authentic service-learning experience.

Presenters: Bonnie Byrd, Waukesha County Historical Society & Museum; Kimberly Redding, Carroll University

Room: Lakeshore B

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM CT

Being More Than A Weekend Attraction: How We Used the Pandemic to Reinvent Ourselves

How does a museum in its infancy stage face bankruptcy while continuing its mission to provide an equitable education for children of all backgrounds and abilities? Kidzeum of Health and Science partnered with their school district to show the community what innovation, creativity, and teamwork can do.

Presenters: Leah Wilson, Kidzeum of Health and Science; Kaitlyn Miller, Kidzeum of Health and Science

Room: Lakeshore B

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CT

Surveys and Beyond: Choosing the Best Methods for Deeper Visitor Insights

Is the thought of taking a survey thrilling? No, we didn’t think so. This session will present ways to make your surveys more visitor-friendly and informative. We will also present alternative, embedded methods for getting feedback when surveys won’t cut it, followed by a group discussion.

Presenters: Michelle Lentzner, J. Sickler Consulting; Kathryn Neville, Milwaukee Co. Zoo

Room: Lakeshore B

Friday, July 22

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CT

Feeding Hungry Minds and Fulfilling Human Services – Inspiring Underserved Youth in STEM throughout the U.S.

Join an international movement that is helping to feed hungry lives and feed hungry minds. Learn how you can partner with NASA and Miss America 2020 to highlight your critical work as a museum in the community in education.

Presenters: Stephen White, COSI; Cheryl Schrier, Her Royal Scientist

Room: Lakeshore B


IN-GALLERY & VIRTUAL EXHIBITIONS

Sponsored by SAQA Global Exhibitions


Thursday, July 21

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM CT

Cultivating Conversations: Re-Activating the Permanent Collection through Community

Named after the Emily Dickinson poem “tell all the truth but tell it slant,” History Told Slant is an example of how to celebrate and critique a permanent collection. In this session, we discuss our polyvocal approach to the exhibition and engaging audiences alongside other challenges and opportunities we faced.

Presenters: Steven L. Bridges, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University; Bria Dinkins, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University; Emma Creamer, Michigan State University

Room: Lakeshore A

2:45 PM – 3:45 PM CT

Beyond Compliance: Inclusion of the Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Community for Exhibits

With thoughtful planning, you too can develop engaging exhibits to include the Deaf community.

Presenters: Chris Evans, Drumminhands Design, LLC; Melissa Mittelstaedt, UAccess

Room: Lakeshore A

Creating Value in Partnerships for Operationally Sustainable Design Projects

In the spirit of this year’s conference theme, Forward Together, this experience design focused discussion features exhibition development case studies that breakdown how firms can become true partners to museums. Conner Prairie (Fishers, IN) designer, Jesse Kramer, will provide a unique snapshot on the development of recent projects that are delivering outcomes that will achieve long-term goals. Members of the Solid Light team will moderate the discussion and open the floor for an AMA (ask me anything) style Q&A session focused on exhibition design, including media integration and custom fabrication, best practices, challenges, operational considerations, surprises, and more.

Presenters: Jesse Kramer, Conner Prairie; Cynthia Torp and Chris Mozier, Solid Light, Inc.

Room: Milwaukee

Friday, July 22

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CT

Creating Space and Engagement Beyond the Walls of the Museum

This In-Person Session, led by Museum Director Laurie Winters will discuss how museums can expand and diversify their audiences by constructing landscapes that can accommodate festivals and events, and by developing “Museum Outposts” with diverse partners in remote locations for changing exhibits and talks.

Presenters: Laurie Winters, Museum of Wisconsin Art; Jim Shields, HGA, Inc.; Anwar Floyd-Pruitt, Museum of Wisconsin Art

Room: Lakeshore A

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CT

Building Alliances: Community Partnerships in Exhibits and Content Development

In showcasing three dynamic exhibitions – “FIX: Heartbreak and Hope Inside Our Opioid Crisis”; “Major Taylor: Fastest Cyclist in the World”; and “Eva Kor from Auschwitz to Indiana” – presenters discuss their efforts in building community relationships with unique partners to create exhibition content, programming, audience engagement, and collection development.

Presenters: Kisha Tandy, Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites; Bethany Hrachovec, Indiana Historical Society

Room: Lakeshore A

3:45 PM – 4:45 PM CT

Leveraging Bluetooth Technology and Sensors to Create a Touchless, More Accessible Exhibit at the Native American Hall

Avraham Mor and Casey Diers of Morlights will speak to the latest in lighting technology and how Bluetooth sensors can preserve artifacts, enhance exhibit accessibility, and keep the process touchless for visitors.

Presenters: Avraham Mor, Morlights; Casey Diers, Morlights

Room: Lakeshore A


LEADERSHIP, MANAGEMENT, & EQUITY

Sponsored by JW Croft Consulting Group


Thursday, July 21

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM CT

Moving Your Career Forward: Leading up, down, and across as you grow

Middle management roles have changed over the course of the Pandemic – but professional development for that level can be hard to find. Move your career forward and bring your challenges to a lively crowd-sourced session to discuss how to lead up, down, and out in fast-paced museum environments.

Presenters: Whitney Owens, Cincinnati Museum Center; Joe Imholte, Bakken Museum; Jennifer Scott, Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History; Anna Altschwager, Old World Wisconsin/Wisconsin Historical Society

Room: Milwaukee

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CT

What Every Museum Board Needs to Know, Part 2: Roles and Responsibilities

Museum trustees rarely have a background in museums. This two-part session brings together a lawyer and former COO, strategic planning guru and former CFO, and museum trustees to offer priorities for orientation and education to prepare boards to be great advocates and stewards for their museums, missions, staff, and communities.

Presenters: Jim Croft, JW Croft Consulting Group; Brian Statz, Lewis Kappers; William McNiece, Wood Library–Museum of Anesthesiology; Mabel Menard, Chinese American Museum of Chicago; Patti Tuomey, The Art Institute of Chicago–School of the Art Institute

Room: Milwaukee

Friday, July 22

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CT

Intercultural and Interpersonal Perspectives: Moving the DEIA Needle in Workplace Culture

“Intercultural and Interpersonal Perspectives: Moving the DEIA Needle in Workplace Culture” will address the “elephant” in the room to deconstruct hidden assumptions and contradictions so institutions can move towards a more diverse, welcoming and inclusive environment.

Presenter: DeAndrea Matthews, Detroit Zoological Society

Room: Milwaukee

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM CT

Holding Up the Mirror: Representation in Museums and Archives

Museums and archives should be for everyone, but are they really welcoming to all? Join two museum and archive professionals to explore the need for positive representation in our spaces, the connection between well-being and identity within our organizations, and explore case studies to reflect on our own practices.

Presenters: Jenn Edginton, Illinois State Museum; Dani Fulwiler, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Room: Milwaukee


MARKETING & DIGITAL MEDIA


Thursday, July 21

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM CT

Using Wi-Fi & Analytics to Enhance the Visitor Experience

In this digital age, consumers view Wi-Fi access not only as an expectation, but as a necessity. Studies show that 80% of people said accessible Wi-Fi in a venue contributes to a positive and personalized experience. Attendees will learn how Powernet custom builds a scalable Wi-Fi network, without fiber, to fit their venue’s needs and preserve its integrity. In addition, how our Wi-Fi analytic software collects a variety of vital visitor information such as demographics, interests, their journey through a venue, and more! And how using this information will enhance their experience and engagement even after they leave the venue.

Presenter: Oscar Bross, Powernet

Room: Lakeshore C

Friday, July 22

3:45 PM – 5:30 PM CT

Museum Writers Challenge: So Many Screens

Museum writers face dozens of screens that need new words: welcoming homepage, posts with gravitas, research blog, and video everywhere. All with new audiences. This workshop will address typical writers’ assignments, plus several you might not have met yet. Bring your devices/notebooks and get ready to write!

Margot Wallace will be your host for this workshop. She is an author and researcher whose fifth book, Writing for Museums: Communicating and Connecting with All Your Audiences, will be published in Fall 2022. She has spoken at museum conferences throughout the country. A retired marketing professor, she now develops discussion groups for Osher Lifelong Learning at Northwestern University, including three courses based on museum blogs and digital exhibits.

Presenter: Margot Wallace, Author/Researcher/Retired Marketing Professor

Room: Lakeshore C


POSTER PRESENTATIONS


Thursday, July 21

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM CT

An Examination of Ethical Display of Replicas within Museums

Emerging technology has allowed replicas to be easier (and cheaper) to create than ever before for museums. But at what cost? This session will provide insight on the ethical, social, and (potentially) financial ramifications, should an exhibition be built on replica artifacts.

Presenter: Charlotte Drennen, Western Illinois University MST Program Student

Room: Atrium