Schedule at a Glance


WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2018


Morning Offsite Workshops

9:00 a.m. to Noon

  • Development 101: The Museum Leader’s Guide to Practical Fundraising, Jenny Burch, Knight Ridge Consulting (Located at American Writers Museum)

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

  • Exhibit Insights: Illinois Holocaust Museum Take a Stand Center, Shoshana Buchholz-Miller, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center (Located at Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center)

9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Prototyping for Effective Exhibits, Cathy Hamaker, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and Tricia O’Connor, Solid Light, Inc. (Located at Adler Planetarium)

11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • How to Handle What Can’t Be Handled, Jeff Stafford, Special Projects Manager, Mid-West Region, U.S. Art Company (Located at U.S. Art Company Chicago Facility)

Afternoon Offsite Workshops

12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Building and Testing Mobile Apps with Beacon Technology, Nancy Harmon, Encurate,  (Located at International Museum of Surgical Science)
  • American Sources: Using Artworks and Objects as Primary Sources, Kristen Enright and Jack Gruszczynski, Art Institute of Chicago (Located at Art Institute of Chicago)
  • The Museum Accessibility Toolkit, Courtney Sass, British International School, Sandy Guttman, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Located at Chicago Design Museum)

5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Neighborhood Excursion: West Side Chicago hosted by National Museum of Mexican Art and Jane Addams Hull House Sponsored by U.S. Art Company


THURSDAY, JULY 19, 2018


7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Exhibitor Set-up Hilton Chicago


7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Leadership Breakfast Art Institute of Chicago


8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. AMM-VSA Combined Attendee Breakfast Continental Ballroom Foyer


9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker Sponsored by Roto Continental Ballroom 


10:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Coffee Break


10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Sharing Stories: Oral Histories as a Bridge to Trust and Transparency Salon A-1
  • Becoming a Champion for Museums Salon A-2
  • Building a Culture of Philanthropy Requires Trust Salon C-1
  • Getting Art to Where the People Are: Academic Art Lending Collections Salon C-3
  • Fostering More Inclusive Organizations: Building Staff Capacity for Community Collaboration Salon C-5
  • Building Knowledge and Community through Intensive Teacher Partnerships Salon C-7

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Networking Lunch  TBD


1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Creating Innovative Experiences Using Analytics Salon A-1
  • Why is that Bird Dead? Connecting the Public with Science and Research Salon A-2
  • The Brain Scoop: Transparent Science Storytelling for a Global Digital Audience Salon C-1
  • Budgeting with Purpose: Aligning Resource Allocation with Organizational Strategy Salon C-3
  • All in! Co-Creating and Assessing Effective Programs for and with Individuals with Autism and/or Sensory Challenges Salon C-5
  • Depends on Experience: Labor Equity in the Museum Sector Salon C-7

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Cocktail Reception and Poster Session Sponsored by Solid Light Inc. Salon A

  • Poster Sessions:
    • The Impact of Cultural Codes: Do your visitors feel welcomed?
    • New Visitors & New Voices: American Museum of Asmat Art Minnesota
    • From Civil War to Civil Rights
    • Welcome to the Neighborhood! Recognizing those who were here before
    • Web-Based Closed Captioning
    • Using Innovative Technology to Create Engaging + Immersive Experiences
    • Let it go
    • Advantages (and Recommendations) for Hosting Living History Programs
    • Success in Strategic Partnerships in Scholarship Programs
    • Preserving Cultural Heritage Through Public Engagement: Challenges for Small Community Museums
    • Constructing Cardboard Automata – a hands-on STEAM program experience
    • The Ecological Revitalization of The Field Museum’s Landscape as a Tool for Strengthening Community Partnerships on Chicago’s Lakefront
    • If You Build It Will They Come: Managing Rapid Growth in Your Volunteer Program
    • Beyond K12: Strategies for Working with Groups Outside the Schools
    • The Tin Foil Rule: Unique Tips for Collection Tricks
    • Engaging Audiences: A Campus and Community Museum

5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Neighborhood Excursion: South Side Chicago  Hyde Park Art Center, Smart Museum of Art, and DuSable Museum of African American History


FRIDAY, JULY 20, 2018


7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open


7:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Yoga Morning Wake-up Call TBD


7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. AMM-VSA Combined Attendee Breakfast LL Foyer


8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Mini-Workshops

  • Impact Communications: Augmented Reality Demo Salon A-4
  • Centaman Salon A-3

8:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Facilitated Dialogue for Interpretation and Community Engagement: A Demonstration Salon A-1
  • How Can Shared Authority Work for You? Salon A-2
  • 360 Museum Leadership: Expand Your Skills as You Move Through the Ranks Salon C-1
  • Intercultural Collaboration: Museums as Agents and Conveners Salon C-3
  • Mission vs. Margin: The Museum as Private Rental Venue; or, “Somebody did what? WHERE?” Salon C-5
  • Following the Box: Taking an Estate Sale Find Halfway Around the World and Back Again Salon C-7
  • 75 Fundraising Ideas in 75 Minutes Mobley Room

10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Coffee Break 


10:15 p.m. to 12:15 p.m. Flash Talks Sponsored by Encurate Mobile Technology Continental Ballroom 


12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. AMM Annual Meeting and Awards Luncheon Continental Ballroom


1:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Leading with Theory of Change: Building Commitment to Racial Equity Salon A-1
  • Moving the Needle: Growing Annual Fund and Major Gifts Through Membership and Unified Branding Salon A-2
  • Collaborative Curation of Human Remains: A Field Museum and IMLS National Leadership Program Salon C-1
  • Museuming in the 21st Century: Beyond Static Representation Salon C-3
  • Need it, Want it, Gotta Have it! Using Needs Assessments to Deepen Community Impact: A Case Study Approach Salon C-5
  • Museums to Go: Classroom and Community Partnerships with Older Adults Salon C-7
  • Accessing the Museum: Creating Evaluation Instruments for Visitors with Disabilities Mobley Room

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Snack Break Salon A


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

  • How can a Hologram Teach You About the Holocaust and How Can You Connect History to Social Justice? Salon A-1
  • Creating a Culture of Gender Equity Salon A-2
  • #DiversityMatters: Attract, Retain & Develop Advancement Professionals of Color Salon C-1
  • Leveraging Institutional Resources to Increase Investment in Students, Teachers, and School Communities Salon C-3
  • The Increasingly Significant Role of Heritage Professionals in Social Justice Today Salon C-5
  • The Autism Accessibility Project Salon C-7
  • Nailing Jello to the Wall or Assessing Creativity in Museum School Programs Mobley Room

5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Exhibitor Take Down


6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Museum Campus Celebration (Closing Night Event), The Field Museum 


SATURDAY, JULY 21, 2018


8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Plenary Speaker Sponsored by Luci Creative Continental Ballroom


9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Coffee Break


9:45 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Gaming the System or, How I stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Improv Salon A-1
  • Reaching Out: Building Relevant and Successful Community Partnerships Salon A-2
  • A Novel Model in Collections Care for Small Museums: The Chicago Cultural Alliance’s Conservation and Collections Program Salon C-1
  • The Challenge of Trust: Building Meaningful Community Relationships Through New Exhibitions, Programs and Museums Salon C-3
  • Collaborating with Your Community: Programming with Your Public(s) Salon C-5
  • More Than a Gold Star: The Power of State, Regional and National Awards Salon C-7
  • From Leadership to Impact: Taking Risks, Redefining Success, and Finding Your Voice Mobley Room

11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions

  • Storytelling and You: Drawing Inspiration from Pixar for Audience-Centered Practices Salon A-1
  • A Highway Runs Through It: Stories of Displacement Salon A-2
  • More Than Speaking Slowly: Transforming Museum Education Programs to Serve Bilingual Learners Salon C-1
  • Art of the 4th Dimension: Caring for Works in Time-Based Media Salon C-3
  • A Plan for Everything, and Everything in the Plan: Museum Planning and Fundraising Strategies Salon C-5
  • Dialogue, Response, and Service to Our Communities: Three Case Studies from Quad Cities Museums  Salon C-7
  • Taking Control of Your Career: The Mid-Career Dilemma Mobley Room

12:30 p.m. Conference Concludes


Afternoon – Explore Chicago Museums!