Sessions by Track


***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.

Interested in a specific session track? You are in the right place! We’ve broken all the sessions down by their track to make conference planning a breeze.


Audience & Community Engagement


Thursday, July 23rd

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Beyond Your Front Door: Growing Through Community Partnerships, Milwaukee A

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Making Mistakes is a part of Evolving: Our journey to being visitor focused and how you can learn from it, Milwaukee B

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. The Arab American National Museum: Elevating Community Voices Through Responsive Programming, Lakeshore A

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Building a Better Website: Increase Audience Engagement by Transforming Your Digital Platform, Executive C/D

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Expanding Your Museum’s Reach to Non-Traditional Audiences, Executive A/B

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. From Community Anchor to Community Catalyst: How Asset-Based Community Development Reshapes the Role that Museums Play In Their Communities, Milwaukee B

Poster: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  A Different Way to Tell The Story: Promoting Museums through Community Partnerships, Regency Ballroom

Poster: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Autism and Museums: More than Sensory Friendly, Regency Ballroom

Friday, July 24th

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Museums on the Move: Building an Outreach Program at the Milwaukee Public Museum, Lakeshore A

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Reflecting a Heritage, Building a Legacy, Lakeshore C

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Building and Engaging Community Through A/V Collections Care Workshops, Executive C/D

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Museum and School Partnerships: No Longer a One-Size-Fits-All Model, Manager’s Suite

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. It Starts at the Door: How the Chazen Became the Most Open Museum in America, Lakeshore C

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Using Wi-Fi Analytics to Enhance the Visitor Experience, Milwaukee B


Collections Stewardship


Thursday, July 23rd

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Working with Conservators: A Conversation with three conservation leaders on the changing field of cultural heritage conservation, Executive C/D

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Ask the Registrar, An Open Forum to Discuss the Evolving Expectations in Working with Your Collection, Lakeshore C

Poster: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Actualizing Access: Management and Migration of a Departmental Collection at the SIUE University Museum, Regency Ballroom

Poster: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Excavating A Highland Maya Tomb at the MPM, Regency Ballroom

Poster: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Representing the Other China: a Case Study of a Yi Collection at the Milwaukee Public Museum (and Beyond), Regency Ballroom

Poster: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Swiss Lake Ceramics in the Milwaukee Public Museum, Regency Ballroom

Friday, July 24th

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Implementing NAGPRA in an Evolving Museum Field, Lakeshore B

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Yet Another Digital Project? What Community Needs Can Bring to a Tired Topic, Milwaukee B

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. LED Exposure & Technology Update, Milwaukee A


Development & Finance 

Sponsored by HUB International


Thursday, July 23rd

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Changing visitor expectations and connectivity to Internet of Things (IoT): Identifying exposures and mitigating risk in 2020 and beyond, Executive A/B

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Boosting Earned Income by Measuring Audience Engagement, Executive A/B

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. 75 Ideas in 75 Minutes: Museum Development & Membership in a Time of Change, Manager’s Suite

Friday, July 24th

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Making Ends Meet: Collaboration and Fundraising for Small Museums, Milwaukee A

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Giving Tuesday (or Wednesday, Thursday or any other day!), Milwaukee A


Exhibit Development


Thursday, July 23rd

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. The Evolving Museum of Conscience: Exhibitions for Social Justice, Lakeshore C

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. (Embracing) Weapons in the Museum, Lakeshore B

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Accessible by Design, Lakeshore B

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. How a River Runs Through It: Synthesizing Environmental and Decolonization Perspectives for a New Social History, Milwaukee A

Friday, July 24th

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Small Museum, Big Impact: How investing in a core exhibit can transform your local history museum, Executive A/B

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Emotional Mapping: Charting a Path for Memorable Experiences, Milwaukee B

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Artistic Approaches to Art: how to create immersive interactive art exhibits, Executive A/B

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Expanding Footprints: Incorporating Contemporary Art in History Exhibits,  Lakeshore A

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Toolkit of Common Materials; Visual Strategies for Exhibiting Textiles, Executive A/B


Interpretation & Programs


Thursday, July 23rd

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Queering the Museum: Developing LGBTQ+ Narratives in Public Spaces, Lakeshore B

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. N. W. Harris Learning Collection – The Past, Present and Future of Collections Based Learning, Lakeshore C

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Evolution of Youth Programming: Fostering Meaningful Connections and Expanding Audiences, Milwaukee A

Poster: 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Helping the Bones Speak: Conducting a Deep Analysis on a Collection of Bone Tools from North Dakota, Regency Ballroom

Friday, July 24th

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Indigenize Your Museum Education Programs, Lakeshore B

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Museums And Memory Loss: Building Connections through Creative Engagement, Lakeshore A

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m Gallery Teaching & Interpretive Play – Using Play to Engage, Include & Entertain, Lakeshore C

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m Supporting Learning in Museum Makerspaces, Executive C/D

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Seeing Ourselves in the Galleries: Broadening Perspectives on Museum Objects, Lakeshore B


Leadership & Management


Thursday, July 23rd

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Planning for the Long Game: The Fundamentals of Strategic Planning, Lakeshore A

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Assessing and Maintaining an Overlooked Part of Your Collection: Your Facility!, Manager’s Suite

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in the Museum Workforce: A Discussion, Lakeshore A

3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Museum Studies Programs Evolving: Responding to the Changing Needs of Museums, Executive C/D

Friday, July 24th

9:00 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Take this job and…love it!, Manager’s Suite

4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Evolving Your Career: Leading up, down, and across as you rise through the ranks, Executive C/D