Sessions


***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.

Our curated tracks tool helps you plan for your conference experience. Check out our break down of this year’s sessions by track!

The tracks for this year include:

  • Audience & Community Engagement
  • Collections Stewardship
  • Development & Finance, Sponsored by HUB International
  • Leadership & Management
  • Exhibit Development
  • Interpretation and Programs

Thursday, July 23rd


9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions


Planning for the Long Game: The Fundamentals of Strategic Planning (Leadership & Management)

Empower your museum to take control of its destiny with the creation of a strong and usable strategic plan. Join us for a discussion as we share information on the value of an effective strategic plan and the key steps that should be taken in the creation.

Session Chair: Cheryl Darr, The Magic House

Room: Lakeshore A


Queering the Museum: Developing LGBTQ+ Narratives in Public Spaces (Interpretation & Programs)

Public conversations around LGBTQ+ communities are rapidly evolving. Learn about creating LGBTQ+ interpretations at a range of cultural centers: historic sites, science museums, children’s museums, and maritime museums. This panel will share the advances and challenges museum professionals have experienced interpreting LGBTQ+ narratives and explore ways to overcome these challenges.

Session Chair: Michael Ramirez, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Session Presenters: Miranda Pettengill, International Museums of Surgical Science; Joshua Derbas, Chicago Children’s Museum; Abigail Diaz, Wisconsin Maritime Museum

Room: Lakeshore B


The Evolving Museum of Conscience: Exhibitions for Social Justice (Exhibit Development)

As we move into 2020, more museums are evolving into sites of social justice. Elena Gonzales shares highlights from her new book “Exhibitions for Social Justice” of innovative curatorial work and best practices for catalyzing social change. She will be joined by representatives from museums featured in the publication.

Session Chair: Jennifer Scott Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Session Presenters: Elena Gonzales, Independent Scholar/Author; Cesáreo Moreno, National Museum of Mexican Art; Kelley Szany, The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

Room: Lakeshore C


Changing visitor expectations and connectivity to Internet of Things (IoT): Identifying exposures and mitigating risk in 2020 and beyond (Development & Finance)

Are you prepared for a cyber attach? Join us for a panel discussion on cyber exposures and how to protect yourself against cyber threats. Our panel of experts in IT, Legal, and Insurance will answer questions and provide best practices for protecting your museum assets from digital threats.

Session Chair: Eric Dougal, HUB International

Session Presenters: Emily Selck, HUB International

Room: Executive A/B


Working with Conservators: A Conversation with three conservation leaders on the changing field of cultural heritage conservation (Collections Stewardship)

If you are a museum professional that works with collections, this is the panel session not to miss! This session will be an in-depth conversation with three conservation leaders covering topics such as finding a qualified conservator, museum environment, new standards and practices, and where the conservation field is going.

Session Chair: Seth Irwin, Indiana State Library

Session Presenters: James DeYoung, Milwaukee Art Museum / DeYoung Art Conservation Services; Julie Reilly, Intermuseum Conservation Association; Julie Ribits, Eskenazi Museum of Art

Room: Executive C/D


Beyond Your Front Door: Growing Through Community Partnerships (Audience & Community Engagement)

What are your institution’s obstacles? Outdated programming, lack of resources, or even the building itself? Join us as we share the creative solutions we have found through the help of community partners. Brainstorm resources within your community to help your institution grow beyond the limits of its walls!

Session Chair: Christina Ashworth, Wisconsin Historical Museum; Merrilee Lee, Hoard Museum

Session Presenters: Laurel Miller, Wisconsin Historical Museum; Dana Bertelsen, Hoard Museum

Room: Milwaukee A


Making Mistakes is a part of Evolving: Our journey to being visitor focused and how you can learn from it (Audience & Community Engagement)

Does your website offer a great visitor experience? What about your member or volunteer digital experiences? Hear the story, mistakes included, of how we evolved Prismatic, a museum operations platform, to be visitor focused. Learn methods to analyze your digital visitor experience and tips on how to make it better.

Session Chair: Eli Ball, Midway Spark

Room: Milwaukee B


9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Wisconsin Showcase


Undisciplined: Art for ALL Curricula

The Haggerty Museum of Art has an unusual position at Marquette University. We are an academic art museum at a university that does not have a Fine Arts or Art History department. Why then, and how, is the museum relevant to the university? This session will show how the Haggerty Museum of Art serves as a foundation for object-based learning across curricula. Working with students in Dentistry and Law, to Philosophy and Theology, to Biology and Nursing, the museum is an experiential classroom that provides a platform for interdisciplinary engagement and promotes critical thinking and visual literacy. The session will shed light on the pivotal role art can play in all learning and ask participants to think about (or rethink) the function of education in an academic art museum.

Session Chair: Lynne Shumow, Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University

Session Presenters: Deirdre Dempsey, Marquette University, Department of Theology; Melissa Shew, Marquette University, Department of Philosophy; Patrick Mullins, Marquette University, Department of History; Scott Dale, Marquette University, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; Maria Keegan, Marquette University, Department of Nursing

Room: Crystal Room


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


The Arab American National Museum: Elevating Community Voices Through Responsive Programming (Audience & Community Engagement)

Explore, converse and dialogue with the Arab American National Museum as its staff share their experiences and stories about the communities they serve/represent, all while navigating through community tensions and politics in a post-September 11th America.

Session Chair: David Serio, Arab American National Museum

Session Presenters: Danya Zituni, Arab American National Museum; Lejla Bajgoric, Arab American National Museum

Room: Lakeshore A


(Embracing) Weapons in the Museum (Exhibit Development)

Discourse about violence is an urgent civic need, but museums often sanitize controversy in exhibitions and avoid interpreting weapons in their collections. Join the speakers for a “hot topic” discussion of MPM’s temporary exhibit, Weapons: Beyond the Blade, which explored the many meanings of weapons through innovation, history, and art.

Session Chair: Dawn Scher Thomae, Milwaukee Public Museum

Session Presenters: Meghan Schopp, Milwaukee Public Museum; Patrick Mullins, Marquette University

Room: Lakeshore B


N. W. Harris Learning Collection – The Past, Present and Future of Collections Based Learning (Interpretation & Programs/Collections Stewardship)

The N. W. Harris Learning Collection at the Field Museum has been a cornerstone of science learning resources for area students for over 100 years. But how has the collection remained relevant within an ever-changing educational landscape? Come explore the past, present and potential future of collections based learning.

Session Chair: Wendy Quinlan, Field Museum

Session Presenter: Kristin Smith, Field Museum

Room: Lakeshore C


Boosting Earned Income by Measuring Audience Engagement (Development & Finance)

Does your museum want to understand their audience better? Are you seeking to understand visitor engagement and by doing so, helping ensure increased earned income? Come hear how Newfields is using innovative computer vision technology to non-intrusively measure engagement while respecting privacy resulting in revolutionizing information about their audience.

Session Chair: Karen Salay

Session Presenters: Everett Berry, Perceive; Jerry Wise, Newfields

Room: Executive A/B


Building a Better Website: Increase Audience Engagement by Transforming Your Digital Platform (Audience & Community Engagement)

Create an inviting digital space that gives your visitors a sense of what they’ll experience at your museum. Engage your audience where they are through digital storytelling and a content-driven, mission-focused approach while ensuring that your website is evolving to meet the needs of your visitors.

Session Chair: Brittany Krewson, Missouri Historical Society

Session Presenters: Leigh Walters, Missouri Historical Society

Room: Executive C/D


Evolution of Youth Programming: Fostering Meaningful Connections and Expanding Audiences (Interpretation & Programs)

This session will demonstrate how getting out of our subject matter comfort zone and using lots of creativity we rethought our youth programming, using our week-long summer camps as a case study. Through failures and successes, learn how we utilized a small staff to increase youth engagement and revenue.

Session Chair: Nick Ostrem, Wisconsin Historical Museum

Session Presenters:  Mallory Zink, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee; Ellie Antoniewicz, Wisconsin Historical Museum

Room: Milwaukee A


Assessing and Maintaining an Overlooked Part of Your Collection: Your Facility! (Leadership & Management)

An often over-looked part of your collection is your building! This session addresses the reasons to conduct a building condition assessment, what it involves and how it can advance your organization’s success. The Pabst Mansion in Milwaukee is used as a case study example.

Session Chair: Kevin Donahue, Strang Inc.

Session Presenters: Pamela Williams-Lime, Pabst Mansion Milwaukee

Room: Manager’s Suite


3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions


Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion in the Museum Workforce: A Discussion (Leadership & Management)

Diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion are workplace buzz words. Join the discussion about making the pipeline of the museum workforce reflect these values. From higher education classes, to internships, to workplace culture, the four panelists will share their stories and the audience will discuss how we improve as a whole.

Session Chair: Jennifer Van Haaften, Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Session Presenters: Raquel Aguiñaga-Martinez, National Museum of Mexican American Art; Christian Øverland, Wisconsin Historical Society; Heather Ann Moody, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; Cheryl Jimenez-Frei, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Room: Lakeshore A


Accessible by Design (Exhibit Development)

With thoughtful planning, one can create engaging exhibits designed for multi-generational, multisensory-attuned, and culturally and linguistically diverse audiences.

Session Chair: Chris Evans, 106 Group

Session Presenters: Jesse Heinzen, Minnesota Historical Society

Room: Lakeshore B


Ask the Registrar, An Open Forum to Discuss the Evolving Expectations in Working with Your Collection (Collections Stewardship)

Ask the Registrar will be an open forum to address the evolving demands for creative solutions to today’s collections conundrums. From couriering to moving monumental objects and “using” collections items in programming – nothing is off the table! Bring questions or scenarios to discuss with the panel and fellow attendees.

Session Chair: Linda Endersby, Museum of Art & Archaeology, University of Missouri

Session Presenters: Leigh Albritton, Harley-Davidson Museum; Anna Cannizzo, Oshkosh Public Museum; Andrea Selbig, Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Room: Lakeshore C


Expanding Your Museum’s Reach to Non-Traditional Audiences (Audience & Community Engagement)

How do we as museums, share and grow our vision, mission and programs with a diverse public? Join Allison of the Anoka County Historical Society and Patti from Jewish Museum Milwaukee for an interactive session on their respective strategies and goals, while sharing and planning for your own.

Session Chair: Allison Schmitt, Anoka County Historical Society

Session Presenters: Patti Sherman-Cisler, Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Room: Executive A/B


Museum Studies Programs Evolving: Responding to the Changing Needs of Museums (Leadership & Management)

As museums evolve, so too must museum studies programs to prepare future museum professionals for the changing nature of museum work. This roundtable discussion brings together museum studies faculty to share how their programs are changing and encourages participants to share the emerging needs of the museum sector.

Session Chair: William Warner Wood, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Session Presenters: Nicolette Meister, Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit College; Susan R. Frankenberg, University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana); Christy DeLair, Pick Museum of Anthropology Northern Illinois University; Therese Quinn, Museum and Exhibition Studies University of Illinois at Chicago; K.F. Latham, Arts & Cultural Management & Museum Studies Michigan State University

Room: Executive C/D


How a River Runs Through It: Synthesizing Environmental and Decolonization Perspectives for a New Social History (Exhibit Development)

Like a river, exhibit development is a process of becoming. Resetting historical social narratives into their environmental context is necessary to confront the climate crisis, colonization, and the nation’s foundations in human enslavement. Learn how listening and responding with compassion to a multitude of community informants helped build a major exhibit.

Session Chair: David Lobbig, Missouri Historical Society

Session Presenters: Eric Wilkinson, Missouri Historical Society; Kellie Thompson, Washington University; Kathryn McCain, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Room: Milwaukee A


From Community Anchor to Community Catalyst: How Asset-Based Community Development Reshapes the Role that Museums Play In Their Communities (Audience & Community Engagement)

By looking through an Asset-Based Community Development lens, Milwaukee’s Haggerty Museum of Art and its local partners shifted their views of each other, and of the Museum’s role in the community. Hear their experiences in transitioning from project to relationship-based collaboration through truly community-driven work.

Session Chair: Christine Fleming, Haggerty Museum of Art

Session Presenters: Stephanie Mercado, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers; Kate Morgan, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District; Mollie Oblinger, Ripon College; Deb Wisniewski, ABCD Institute

Room: Milwaukee B


75 Ideas in 75 Minutes: Museum Development & Membership in a Time of Change (Development & Finance)

In a lively game-show format, a panel of national experts will “compete” to provide the best ideas in development and membership for museums of any size or focus. Audience participation will determine the outcome, but everyone wins when great ideas are shared to sustain and transform museums!

Session Chair: Charles Katzenmeyer, Field Museum

Session Presenters: Christopher Jabin, Dragonfly Advisors; James Boudreau, Chicago Botanic Garden; Jennifer Clearwater, Discovery World

Room: Manager’s Suite


3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Wisconsin Showcase


Going Public: Evolving How We Engage, Interpret and Collaborate with the Public and Each Other Through Public Art 

This panel highlights how museum and public art programs in Milwaukee are creating a more dynamic cultural landscape for a changing community. Panelists will discuss organizational evolution using museum best practices, working with audiences to respond to the political, social and economic challenges of Milwaukee in the 21st century.

Session Chair: Marilu Knode, Sculpture Milwaukee

Session Presenters: Polly Morris, Lynden Sculpture Garden; Emilia Layden, Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University; Antoine Carter, Imagine MKE

Room: Crystal Room


4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Poster Sessions, Regency Ballroom


A Different Way to Tell The Story: Promoting Museums through Community Partnerships (Audience & Community Engagement)

Struggling to generate new and engaging social media content? Looking for a new way to promote your museum? Learn how documentaries, social media, and special events could be a different way to tell the story and generate broader interest in the museum and its exhibits.

Session Chair: Nicole Riggs, UW Stevens Point

Session Presenters: Sarah Scripps, UWSP Museum of Natural History


Actualizing Access: Management and Migration of a Departmental Collection at the SIUE University Museum (Collections Stewardship)

Just as academic museums are evolving, so too are the relationships between them and the departments they serve. This poster discusses a student-initiated collections project stemming from one such evolving relationship. Learn how to leverage these opportunities to provide crucial technical and project management training for museum studies students.

Session Chair: Dana Lewis, University Museum at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville


Autism and Museums: More than Sensory Friendly (Audience & Community Engagement)

Museums can be better organizations and experiences for people with autism. This poster presentation will provide tips and strategies to better provide reasonable accommodations and total access for this group, as well as provide a starting point for further conversations on disability.

Session Chair: Ross Edelstein, IUPUI Museum Studies


Excavating A Highland Maya Tomb at the MPM (Collections Stewardship)

An investigation was carried out on ancient Maya tomb collection on display at the Milwaukee Public Museum. It is the first complete study of the collection. This important work will help the Museum understand more about its collections and help the objects speak so they can tell their stories.

Session Chair: Emma Eisner, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee


Helping the Bones Speak: Conducting a Deep Analysis on a Collection of Bone Tools from North Dakota (Interpretation & Programs)

Objects in museums are often under-utilized for research purposes. This poster discusses how a collection of Mandan bone tools at the Milwaukee Public Museum is being analyzed to identify use-wear patterns. The research supports the continued importance of powerful stories that museum objects can tell from multiple perspectives.

Session Chair: Kastyn Matheny, Milwaukee Public Museum/University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee


Representing the Other China: a Case Study of a Yi Collection at the Milwaukee Public Museum (and Beyond) (Collections Stewardship)

My presentation will trace the history of the earliest known collection of a lesser-known ethnic minority group from China in an American museum. It will also demonstrate how collections can represent cultures.

Session Chair: Chunfen Zhou, New York University


Swiss Lake Ceramics in the Milwaukee Public Museum (Collections Stewardship)

The Milwaukee Public Museum currently has a collection of Swiss Lake Region ceramics excavated in the early 20th century, before either museum or archaeological practices evolved. This session will explore their relevancy in the 21 st century museum and look at why researching this type of collection is still important today.

Session Chair: Karissa Annis, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee


4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Wisconsin Showcase


Cedarburg Museums: Behind-the-scenes

Join three Cedarburg museums, who love to collaborate, for a Cedarburg, Wisconsin, behind-the-scenes showcase. Watch art being made by the artist in residence at the Cedarburg Cultural Center, chat with one of the artists featured at the Cedarburg Art Museum’s current exhibition Eye of the Beholder: African Americans Collect, and view a special mini-textile exhibition from the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts. And try your hand at making a simple and fun felt magnet. Make one or all of the designs to take home as a souvenir!

Session Chair: Melissa Wraalstad, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Room: Crystal Room


 Friday, July 24th


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


Museums on the Move: Building an Outreach Program at the Milwaukee Public Museum (Audience & Community Engagement)

In 2017, the Milwaukee Public Museum launched a new outreach initiative, bringing museum programming to schools and other locations throughout the state of Wisconsin. In 2019, the program served over 16,000 individuals. This session will discuss lessons learned surrounding resource allocation, infrastructure, and programming content.

Session Chair: Maisie Buntin, Milwaukee Public Museum

Session Presenters: Meghan Schopp, Milwaukee Public Museum; Erica Kelly, Milwaukee Public Museum; Shanna Hillard, Milwaukee Public Museum

Room: Lakeshore A


Indigenize Your Museum Education Programs (Interpretation & Programs)

Indigenize! Create more diverse programing in your museum and learn how to build lasting relationships in the Native communities that surround you.

Session Chair: Heather Bruegl, Stockbridge Munsee Community

Session Presenters: Jennifer Edginton, Kenosha Public Museums; David O’Connor, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Room: Lakeshore B


Reflecting a Heritage, Building a Legacy (Audience & Community Engagement)

“Reflecting a Heritage, Building a Legacy” will explore strategies for activities and programs that reflect Chinese American heritage while building a legacy that future generations can be proud to call their own.

Session Chair: Edward Jung, Chinese American Museum of Chicago

Session Presenter: Mabel Menard, Chinese American Museum of Chicago

Room: Lakeshore C


Small Museum, Big Impact: How investing in a core exhibit can transform your local history museum (Exhibit Development)

Looking for ideas to make your museum more interactive and appealing to visitors of all ages? Monroe County Local History Room & Museum staff will discuss the development and design of their AASLH award-winning exhibit that has dramatically changed public perception of what a small county history museum can offer.

Session Chair: Jarrod Roll, Monroe County Local History Room & Museum

Session Presenters:  Hannah Scholze, Monroe County Local History Room & Museum

Room: Executive A/B


Building and Engaging Community Through A/V Collections Care Workshops (Audience & Community Engagement)

The Community Archiving Workshop is a collections care training approach that provides hands-on experience in basic audiovisual preservation. In the CAW model, museum and archives professionals work side-by-side with volunteers to assess and process at-risk film, video, and audio materials, engaging communities with collections while accomplishing valuable work.

Session Chair: Emily Pfotenhauer, WiLS

Session Presenters: Dawn Scher Thomae, Milwaukee Public Museum; Alyssa Caywood, Milwaukee Public Museum; Greg Kocken, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Archives

Room: Executive C/D


Making Ends Meet: Collaboration and Fundraising for Small Museums (Development & Finance)

In an ever-changing world, collaboration is key. From fundraising and collaborative exhibits to volunteer sharing and recruitment, Cedarburg’s three art museums embrace working together while staying true to their unique missions. Learn practical tips and suggestions that you can apply to your fundraising efforts, volunteer recruitment, and community collaboration.

Session Chair: Melissa Wraalstad, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Session Presenters: Stephanie Hayes, Cedarburg Cultural Center; Samantha Landre, Cedarburg Art Museum

Room: Milwaukee A


Emotional Mapping: Charting a Path for Memorable Experiences (Exhibit Development)

When storytelling is carefully planned and considered through an intentional process known as Emotional Mapping, visitors make deep personal connections that will last a lifetime. Learn more about the science behind Emotional Mapping and its impact in a case study of the American Civil War Museum.

Session Chair: Beth Geiser, Solid Light

Session Presenter: Cynthia Torp, Solid Light

Room: Milwaukee B


Take this job and…love it! (Leadership & Management)

In an unhealthy work culture people feel unmotivated, disengaged, and inauthentic. Environment is key. If we create a healthy environment, people will feel valued. In this thought-provoking presentation, you will walk away with actionable ideas to make your organization a place where people feel they belong and want to stay.

Session Chair: Debra Ripp, Wisconsin Historical Society

Room: Manager’s Suite


9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Wisconsin Showcase


Learning to Hear Native Voices: 3 Native Art Exhibit Case Studies from a Native Perspective

Karen Ann Hoffman (Oneida) discusses the challenges, obstacles, and opportunities involved in exhibiting contemporary Native American Art in mainstream institutions. Illustrated with photographs of three recent exhibitions, supported with artists’ statements, and told from an insider’s viewpoint, Karen Ann will discuss details of three contemporary Native American art exhibits.

Session Chair: Karen Ann Hoffman

Room:  Crystal Room


2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions & Mini-Workshops


Museums And Memory Loss: Building Connections through Creative Engagement (Interpretation & Programs)

With the growing number of people with memory loss on the rise, museums have the opportunity to open their doors and welcome this demographic in a creative, participatory way. Learn from trained museum educators how to engage people with memory loss and their care partners in meaningful, multi-sensory, museum-based activities.

Session Chair: Jennifer Edginton, Kenosha Museum Campus

Session Presenters: Tricia Blasko, Racine Art Museum/ RAM’s Wustum Museum; Ellie Gettinger, Jewish Museum Milwaukee

Room:  Lakeshore A


Implementing NAGPRA in an Evolving Museum Field (Collections Stewardship)

Is the museum field fulfilling its obligations to Tribal Nations and meeting its responsibilities under NAGPRA? Join us for an introduction to the requirements of NAGPRA and learn about the resources available to help you get started or overcome obstacles to implementing NAGPRA.

Session Chair: Anne Amati, University of Denver Museum of Anthropology

Session Presenters: Jayne-Leigh Thomas, Indiana University Bloomington; Krystiana Krupa, Indiana University Bloomington

Room: Lakeshore B


Gallery Teaching & Interpretive Play – Using Play to Engage, Include & Entertain (Interpretation & Programs)

This on-your-feet workshop will have participants playing improv games designed to get you and your visitors out of your head and into the space. Increase engagement and curiosity in your visitors by creating it in yourself.

Session Chair: Margaret Hicks, The TourBoost

Room: Lakeshore C


Artistic Approaches to Art: how to create immersive interactive art exhibits (Exhibit Development)

Imagine an art gallery. Many people picture paintings with generous white space between them and small labels. However, art spaces are evolving into immersive environments – environments that are art in themselves. In this hands-on workshop, participants will gain the tools to collaboratively develop art spaces that engage diverse audiences.

Session Chair: Sarah Ingraham, Luci Creative

Session Presenters: Juline Chevalier, Minneapolis Museum of Art; Tascha Horowitz, Newfields

Room: Executive A/B


Supporting Learning in Museum Makerspaces (Interpretation & Programs)

This workshop will engage participants in using two professional learning tools for museum professionals working in makerspaces. The tools support collegial conversations to clarify the purpose of the makerspace, reflect on the components of a planned or current makerspace and ultimately develop a common language for learning for their makerspace.

Session Chair: Peter Wardrip, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Session Presenters: Bill Pariso, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum; Mike Cook, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

Room: Executive C/D


Giving Tuesday (or Wednesday, Thursday or any other day!) (Development & Finance)

Are you capitalizing on the incredible power of activating and energizing your supporters on a communal day of giving…whether Tuesday, Wednesday or any other day? Learn how to harness the power of #GivingTuesday or create your own Giving Day that amplifies your mission and philanthropy.

Session Chair: Usha Subramanian, Field Museum

Session Presenters: Lindsay Gramlich, Indianapolis Children’s Museum; Colin A.D. Brock, Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo; Michelle Clairmont, Access Direct Nonprofit Marketing; Vicky Sanchez, Field Museum

Room: Milwaukee A


Yet Another Digital Project? What Community Needs Can Bring to a Tired Topic (Collections Stewardship)

As digital projects have become increasingly common, how can we sustainably evolve our online collection experiences? This panel will consider how responding to user needs can create digital collection projects that maximize limited resources. Each case study will have a different perspective: collection content, knowledge infrastructure, and GLAM collaboration.

Session Chair: Abigail E. Shelton, Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame

Session Presenters: Hanna Bertoldi, Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame; Amanda H. Brown, Milwaukee Art Museum; Madeleine Wieand, New Orleans Museum of Art

Room: Milwaukee B


Museum and School Partnerships: No Longer a One-Size-Fits-All Model (Audience & Community Engagement)

Each school is a unique community. To support schools in creating authentic student learning experiences, museums must move from designing one-size-fits-all programs for schools to co-designing flexible programs with them. Come discuss how museums can partner with schools as true collaborators in planning and implementing impactful programming.

Session Chair: Jenny Flowers, Field Museum

Session Presenters: Kyla Cook, Field Museum

Room: Manager’s Suite


4:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions


Expanding Footprints: Incorporating Contemporary Art in History Exhibits (Exhibit Development)

Are you looking to engage a broader audience? Come explore ways to evolve museum spaces using traditional historic exhibitions as the framework for contemporary art/artistic experiences. Participants will have the opportunity to learn through discussion and tangible examples used at the Madeline Island Museum and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum.

Session Chair: Keldi Merton, Wisconsin Historical Society – Madeline Island Museum

Session Presenters: Yvette Pino Wisconsin Veterans Museum

Room: Lakeshore A


Seeing Ourselves in the Galleries: Broadening Perspectives on Museum Objects (Interpretation & Programs)

Join educators from the Milwaukee Art Museum in a lively round table discussion to rethink and expand the perspectives and narratives around traditionally Euro- and Anglo-centric museum objects to foster more personal connections with increasingly diverse audiences.

Session Chair: Brett Henzig, Milwaukee Art Museum

Session Presenters: Sarah Ozurumba, Milwaukee Art Museum

Room: Lakeshore B


It Starts at the Door: How the Chazen Became the Most Open Museum in America (Audience & Community Engagement)

The Chazen Museum of Art recently instituted sweeping changes which increased public accessibility and access to the museum. While the initiative generated national publicity, it was not without challenges. Come and participate in a discussion about how to use creativity and collaboration to achieve institutional goals with limited resources.

Session Chair: Amy Gilman, Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Session Presenters: Kristine Zickuhr, Chazen Museum of Art; Kate Wanberg, Chazen Museum of Art; Casey Coolidge, Chazen Museum of Art

Room: Lakeshore C


Toolkit of Common Materials; Visual Strategies for Exhibiting Textiles (Exhibit Development)

Whether curating an entire fiber art exhibition or including just one textile work, this presentation will impart practical advice for displaying fiber art in museums. Utilizing examples from the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts’s exhibitions, we will share accessible, and budget-friendly, display techniques for showing fiber.

Session Chair: Devyn McIlraith, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts

Session Presenters: Emily Schlemowitz, Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts; Jamie Henry, Missouri State Museum

Room: Executive A/B


Evolving Your Career: Leading up, down, and across as you rise through the ranks (Leadership and Management)

Museum leaders often rise from front-line positions to middle management – but professional development to evolve that skill set can be hard to find. Bring your middle-management challenges to a lively crowd-sourced session to discuss how to lead up, down, and out in fast-paced museum environments.

Session Chair: Whitney Owens, Cincinnati Museum Center

Session Presenters: Jennifer Scott Jane Addams Hull-House Museum; Joe Imholte, Bakken Museum; Anna Altschwager, Wisconsin Historical Society

Room: Executive C/D


LED Exposure & Technology Update (Collections Stewardship)

LEDs are all the rave for energy efficiency, color, and control, but is it still the wild west when looking at products? Do I still need to worry about exposure time with LEDs? How do I control exposure time? This lecture will answer all these questions and more.

Session Chair: Avraham Mor, Morlights

Session Presenters: Thatcher Waller, Morlights; Alvaro Amat, The Field Museum

Room: Milwaukee A


Using Wi-Fi Analytics to Enhance the Visitor Experience (Audience & Community Engagement)

In our digital age, accessible Wi-Fi in a venue contributes to a positive and personalized experience for visitors. Powernet custom builds Wi-Fi networks to fit venues’ needs. Our analytic software can collect vital visitor information to be used to enhance the visitor experience and engagement, even after they leave the venue.

Session Chair: Oscar Bross, Powernet

Room: Milwaukee B