Pre-Conference Workshops


***Due to Covid-19, we will be delaying the 2020 AMM-WFM Joint Conference. Dates and times below will be updated as soon as possible.

Conference workshops are hosted offsite by local museums and organizations, providing an additional opportunity to explore and get inspired.

Pre-registration is highly recommended. Space is limited, and seats may not be available during onsite registration.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Strategies for Funding Capital Projects

Development & Finance

Is your museum seeking alternatives to capitalize a new facility? We’ll address Historic Tax Credits (HTC), New Market Tax Credits (NMTC), Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, and the new Opportunity Zone (OZ) financing in a deep “how to” dive that will help you decide what will work and how.


Louise Stevens, ArtsMarket, Inc.

Alexandra Ramsey, Engberg Anderson Architects

Christopher Paulsen, Racine Heritage Museum

Donna Weis, Preserve LLC

Location: Guardian Fine Art Services

Capacity: 20

Cost: $25

Evolve Your Disaster Preparedness: The Deep End of Wet Salvage

Collections Stewardship

This practical workshop will introduce you to salvage protocols for wet collections materials. You will gain experience handling wet artifacts and build confidence preparing for disaster response at your institution. Come prepared to get your hands dirty!


Nicole Grabow, Midwest Art Conservation Center

Location: TBD

Capacity: 20

Cost: $35

Universal Design in Museums

Audience & Community Engagement/Exhibits Development

In this energizing workshop, learn how universal design principles can evolve programs, exhibits, and visitor experiences. The Milwaukee Public Museum will share its journey towards universally designed accessibility, and all will walk away with tools to take access to the next level at their institution.


Dawn Koceja, Milwaukee Public Museum

Meghan Schopp, Milwaukee Public Museum

Cheryl Orgas, Audio & Braille Literacy Enhancement, Inc.

Location: TBD

Capacity: 25

Cost: $25

Intro to Cultural Competency

Leadership & Management

Success for museums in the 21st century will depend on meaningfully connecting with new and diverse audiences. The Cultural Competence Learning Institute (CCLI) will take you on a deep dive into cultural competency – learning what it is, why it matters, and how it connects to your work. You’ll learn all about the National Landscape Study: DEAI Practices in Museums and how to apply it to your organization by determining where your organization is on the spectrum of inclusion practices, deciding where it should be, and learning how to get there.


Jenni Martin, CCLI Project Director

Ann Hernandez, ASTC Senior Manager of Inclusion Initiatives

Cecilia Garibay, Garibay Group

Location: Elephant Care Center Learning Loft, Milwaukee County Zoo, 10001 W. Bluemound Rd.

Capacity: Minimum 12, Maximum 25

Cost: $115, members; $130 Non-Members