11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Museum staff and visitor demographics have been shown to be significantly whiter than those of our communities. For at least the past 45 years, museum professionals have lamented the lack of equity and inclusion in our field at panel sessions while little changes on the ground. Clearly, talk is not enough. Join this session for workshop-style activities, and to find actionable next steps toward...
The repatriation of materials related to Indigenous peoples is a pressing and timely issue for all members of the museum community. Nurturing solid stakeholder relations and frameworks within which to deal with this important work are vital to museums. Speakers will share their experiences and challenges breaking new ground by repatriating ceremonial and common objects, as well as human remains....
This session will explore how museums can engage community audiences to create exhibitions together, adding both content and relevance to the work the museum does. From prototyping panels and topics to requesting photographs and stories from the community, this session will challenge participants to create exhibitions that truly have the museum's audience in mind.
This session will explore resources and case studies that will help museums explore innovative partnerships and create diverse and meaningful ways to work with school groups using the Nova Scotia Museum's Toolbox for Museum School Programs (a free online resource). Presentation will include an in-depth look at examples from the Baile nan G'idheal / Highland Village Museum as well as examples from...
As a local part of a relatively young Native American museum movement, our four museums are still pouring the groundwork (preparing continuity) while coming to terms with the forces of growth (unavoidable change). This session reviews examples of operational establishment among closely related museums at the helm of the oldest local traditions to be preserved. Presenters provide insight into how...
In 2013, more than 1 million children in the U.S. public school system were homeless, a historic high for the nation (National Center for Homeless Education). What can museums to do provide a positive impact in the lives of homeless and foster youth? What challenges and opportunities do programs for and with this community provide? And what is the role of our institutions in providing visibility...
In this hands-on mini workshop session meant for any sized institution, attendees learn best practices for conducting effective, accurate surveys. Learn how to identify poor survey practices so you can avoid them. Discuss the pros and cons of the different methods of administering surveys and practice developing effective evaluation questions.
Marketing messages haunt our every waking moment in a never-ending stream of information via broadcast, print, and the web. Today, more than ever, there is a need to reach visitors in creative, life-enriching ways, to break through the cacophony and engage diverse audiences. This session explores integrated marketing communication strategies that weave traditional marketing and public relations,...
This session examines security challenges in our society that currently impact museums. Learn how to assess the vulnerabilities of your museum regardless of its size, as well as how to employ strategies to improve your museum's security posture. Come away with practical solutions to museum security challenges, and an introduction to active shooter training that focuses on museum safety. #...
Leadership change is inevitable. Its success level is highly dependent on strategies and actions employed by board, staff, and out-going and in-coming museum directors. For Board members and directors, this session explores suggestions for successful transition strategies, including the critical steps to take and the pitfalls to avoid as a new leader is introduced, engaged, and integrated into...
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