Schedule at a Glance


WEDNESDAY, October 2, 2019


7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration 


12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pre-Conference Workshops


2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Behind the Scenes Tour Grand Rapids Public Museum


5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Opening Reception Event Richard M. Devos Center, GVSU


THURSDAY, October 3, 2019


8:00 a.m. to Noon Exhibitor Set-up


8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Registration


8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. MMA Michigan Museums Welcome Coffee (Open to All) Gerald R. Ford Ballroom


8:45 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Opening Plenary Session, David Pilgrim Ambassador Ballroom

Sponsored by Historic Ford Estates


10:00 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions


Noon to 6:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open


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


1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions


2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions


4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Cocktail Reception and Poster Session/Conversation Stations


6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. EMP Event


6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday Night Event Grand Rapids Art Museum

FRIDAY, October 4, 2019


8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open


8:00 a.m. to 4:00p.m. Registration


7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. Leadership Breakfast, Jori Bennett Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum


8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Morning Coffee Service Crown Foyer


9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions


9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Exhibit Hall Coffee Break Crown Foyer


9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Museum Cafe Ambassador Ballroom

Museum Café allows small groups of people to have conversations and brainstorm in an informal speed dating-like setting. Participants will have a variety of topics to choose from and multiple opportunities for different conversations.


11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Keynote Presentation, Nina Simon Ambassador Ballroom

Sponsored by Solid Light, Inc.


12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. MMA Business Meeting and Awards Lunch Ambassador Ballroom


2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions


4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions


2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Exhibitor Move Out


6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Closing Night Event Grand Rapids Public Museum


SATURDAY, October 5, 2019

Fall in Grand Rapids is too beautiful to miss, so we are taking Saturday morning sessions and activities offsite! All sessions will take place at the beautiful Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park located just 15 minutes from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. Saturday morning sessions are listed below. Visit our events page to learn more about Saturday morning activities. Registration will be available from 8:00-10:00 a.m. at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel for individuals who need to check in that morning.


8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Morning Coffee Service


9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. CommunityFlash Talks

Sponsored by PNC Bank


10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Focus! Mini-Workshop Sessions


10:30 a.m. Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park Tours

  • Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden Walking Tour (2 groups of 15) – Tours will be led by Steve LaWarre, Director of Horticulture, and David Rettig, Lead Horticulturist.
  • Tram Tour of Sculpture Park (1 group of 42) – This is an approximate 45-minute narrated tour.
  • Indoor Sculpture Gallery Walking Tour (1 group of 30) – Tour will be led by Laurene Grunwald, Director of Sculpture, Art Collections, Installations and Exhibitions.
  • Indoor Conservatories and Greenhouse Tour (1 group of 20) – Tour will be led by Wendy Overbeck, Senior Horticulture Manager.
  • Self-Guided Tours – All attendees are welcome to explore the grounds and exhibits on their own.

Afternoon – Explore Grand Rapids Museums!