Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Concurrent Sessions 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CT

Changing Expectations, Changing Experiences: Cultural Audiences in the Post-pandemic World 10:00 AM CT - 11:00 AM CT

Track: Rebuild

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Overview

Audience attitudes towards culture—including basic assumptions about what constitutes a cultural experience; the evolution in cultural spaces, programs, and events; and their implications for interaction—are radically changing. The unprecedented experience of the COVID-19 crisis will impact what audiences want, need, and even fear in the "new normal" world. What do museums need to know to successfully navigate this new frontier? In this panel, leading practitioners and experts examine these shifts as they discuss the Culture Track: Culture and Community in a Time of Crisis study currently underway, along with emerging new practices.

This track is generously supported by:
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Speakers

Arthur Cohen, Laplaca Cohen
Brad Baer, Bluecadet
Philip Tinari, UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing
Moderator: Bahia Ramos, Wallace Foundation

Join the Conversation: Creative Aging and the Future of Museums 10:00 AM CT - 11:00 AM CT

Track: Reengage

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How can museums embrace the ‘Aging Revolution’ with purpose and intentionality? Learn from four museums that are developing programs for older adults with the aim of creating connections, increasing well-being, decreasing social isolation, and offering new pathways for learning.

This track is generously supported by:
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Speakers

Eli Burke, Museum of Contemporary Art
Laurel Humble, High Museum of Art
Mary Ellen Munley, MEM & Assoicates
Lisa Ortega-Pol, University of Puerto Rico
Danielle Schulz, Denver Art Museum

Museum Boards: Ethics, Transparency, and Public Scrutiny 10:00 AM CT - 11:00 AM CT

Track: Reinspire

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This session will address the recent controversies surrounding museum trustees who have been the target of public protests due to their personal and professional interests often considered to be unethical, immoral, and contrary to the museum’s values and responsibilities. Our panelists will discuss how museums balance the financial necessities of creating powerful boards with the desire for museums to have more social relevance, diversity, transparency, and public participation. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the issues and learn strategies for board development, ethical fundraising, and crisis prevention, while adhering to our missions.
Speakers

John Wetenhall, The George Washington University Museum
Lori Fogarty, The Oakland Museum of California
Patrick Salazar, Latinos LEAD
Sally Yerkovich, American Scandinavian Foundation
Susana Bautista, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes and Museum Consultant

Reopening and COVID-19: Insights from other sectors and regions-POSTPONED10:00 AM CT - 11:00 AM CT

Track: Rebuild

Update
Unfortunately due to technical difficulties, we will need to reschedule this session. We will share information with attendees as soon as possible
Overview

Reopening in the COVID-19 era presents an unprecedented set of challenges for cultural institutions: when to reopen, safeguards for employees and guests, and ensuring employees and guests feel comfortable returning. The goal of this session, led by McKinsey & Company, is to support leaders of cultural institutions in planning for reopening by highlighting insights from organizations in other sectors and regions, including those that have already started reopening. Attendees will leave with a practical set of frameworks and case study examples that they can apply at their institutions in planning to reopen. THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED.

This track is generously supported by:
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Speakers

Emily Volpini, McKinsey & Company
Ian Jefferson, McKinsey & Company
Melissa Dalrymple, McKinsey & Company
Mihir Mysore, McKinsey & Company
Vik Krishnan, McKinsey & Company

Toward Equity: Actionable Ideas for Impactful Diversity Initiatives10:00 AM CT - 11:00 AM CT

Track: Reengage

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In recent years, renewed calls for greater diversity have rippled through the museum field. Despite this, gaps in access persist for people across the spectrums of race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. Explore the types of commitments—institutional and personal—required to create an impactful diversity initiative.

This track is generously supported by:
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Speakers

George Luna-Pena,The Broad
Heber Rodriguez, Armory Center for the Arts
Julia Latane, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Vincent Price Art Museum

MuseumExpo 11:00 AM CT- 12:30 PM CT

Visit the MuseumExpo

Explore the virtual MuseumExpo and connect with dozens of exhibitors in the field! Visit the Expo for giveaways and show specials and explore our Virtual Poster Hall.

Concurrent Sessions 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM CT

60 Ideas in 60 Minutes: Be the Change You Wish to See 12:30 PM CT - 1:30 PM CT

Track: Reengage

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Museum professionals must understand fundraising to create and sustain value for their communities. Using a fast-paced, popular game-show format, a panel of development and membership experts will share ideas that apply to museums of any size or subject. Active participation is encouraged, and the audience always wins!

This track is generously supported by:
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Amy Kwas, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Charles Katzenmeyer, The Field Museum
Donna McGinnis, Naples Botanical Garden
Rehana Abbas, Oakland Museum of California

Stepping Up As Museums Closed Down: Digital-Engagement in the Age of COVID 12:30 PM CT - 1:30 PM CT

Track: Reengage

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When museums closed their doors as COVID-19 advanced, digital-engagement teams found all eyes on them like never before: internally, externally, and to a degree that sparked both challenge and opportunity. The job became not just to show off the museum, but to be the museum—to digitally open all that was closed; to serve audiences that were hungrier than ever for content, connection, and even comfort; and to constantly respond to evolving institutional priorities and audience needs. Join the California Academy of Sciences and other institutions' DE teams for a discussion of the triumphs that made it all worthwhile, the experiments we'd rather forget, and how lessons learned from all of it may impact future work.

This track is generously supported by:
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Speakers

Brad Dunn, Field Museum of Natural History
Laurel Allen, California Academy of Sciences

The Future of Museum Evaluation after COVID-19 12:30 PM CT - 1:30 PM CT

Track: Reinspire

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How will the COVID-19 pandemic impact the ways we conduct research and evaluation? Join evaluators in discussing this question and thinking about how we may need to change our data collection efforts at our museums after our doors reopen. The session is hosted by Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation.
Speakers

Emily Craig, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Laureen Trainer, Trainer Evaluation
Michelle Mileham, Tracy Aviary
Sarah Cohn, Aurora Consulting

The Role of the Board in Times of Crisis 12:30 PM CT - 1:30 PM CT

Track: Rebuild

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As the world responds to the impacts of COVID-19, many museums are faced with the challenge to simultaneously serve their communities while also trying to ensure their own future. Leaders from BoardSource and the Nonprofit Finance Fund will engage in conversation about the role of nonprofit boards in a crisis and how boards and executives can work together on critical strategy and business planning during these times.

This track is generously supported by:
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Speakers

Alice Antonelli, Nonprofit Finance Fund
Anne Wallestad, BoardSource

Racism, Unrest, and the Role of the Museum Field 2:00 PM CT - 3:00 PM CT

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Overview

The murders of David McAtee and George Floyd and the resultant anger, fear, and hopelessness-fueled violence across our country follows the senseless killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, and Breonna Taylor in recent weeks – and far too many others stemming back to the racial terror lynchings of the last century and the cruelty of slavery.

Compounding these racist acts is a global pandemic and financial crisis that is disproportionately affecting people of color. As museums set their sights on financial recovery and reopening, how do we ensure that we are centering equity and prioritizing the needs of our country’s black and brown communities and colleagues? How do we create a space for healing, and building authentic relationships across difference? How do we use what is an unbearable time for many, to come together in solidarity and use the strength of the museum field to fight racism across the country?

Join museum leaders, Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Secretary Lonnie Bunch, and Lori Fogarty for a conversation that helps us process the weight of the current moment together and inspires action as we look to rebuild our field and our society for the better. Questions and topics posed will reflect the discussions that take place during #AAMvirtual June 1-3.

Speakers

Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, National Council of Negro Women, Inc. and Baltimore Museum of Art
Lonnie G. Bunch III, 14th Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
Lori Fogarty, Oakland Museum of California

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