Pre-Conference Workshops & Tours

Conference workshops are in-depth professional development opportunities created for museum professionals by their peers in the field or the museum service industry. These workshops are hosted offsite by local museums and organizations, providing an additional opportunity to explore and get inspired.

*New! This year we are offering a pre-conference tour to give attendees an in-depth look at one of our host city’s museums. 

Registration fees range from $10-35 per person. Space is limited. Pre-registration is recommended. Seats may not be available during onsite registration.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Workshops – 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Materials and Techniques for Constructing Storage Mounts

*Collections Care and Management

Need to expand your mount making repertoire? Attend this workshop and you’ll learn how to make four types of storage mounts, plus create a reference board of archival samples. Participants will learn how to construct two types of boxes, recessed mats for fragile objects, and encapsulate objects.

Facilitated by Nicolette Meister, Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit College & Sharon Welton, Stevenson County Historical Museum

Location: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, DeVos 1


Marketing to Changing Audience Expectations

*Audience Development & Community Engagement

Audience attention spans are getting shorter as they are constantly bombarded with marketing messages. How do we as museums compete and engage audiences in this ever changing climate? Attendees will learn to present better visual images, videos and how to use the latest tools for marketing and engaging audiences.

Facilitated by Kelly Klobucher, A Muse Nonprofit and Museum Consulting & Elizabeth Bazan, Illinois State Museum

Location: Grand Rapids Children’s Museum


Workshops – 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Designing Immersive Exhibit Experiences

*Exhibit Planning and Innovation

This workshop explores the inclusion of panoramic video, moving head projectors, lighting instruments, smell devices, fog machines, the use of real and faux surfaces and the new Haptic technologies that add the feel of various surfaces to touchscreen interactives via the use of programmable static.

Facilitated by Jeff Bowen, Bowen Technovation

Location: Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, DeVos 2


Tour – 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Behind the Scenes Tour: Community Archives and Research Center of the Grand Rapids Public Museum

The Community Archives and Research Center is a collaborative support facility which houses the historical document and artifact collections of the Grand Rapids Public Museum as well as the Grand Rapids City Archives and Record Center, and many Kent County records.

Facilitated by Alex Forist, Chief Curator, Grand Rapids Public Museum

Location: Community Archives and Research Center (223 Washington Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI)

Cost: $10