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MONDAY, April 30 (all times are Central)

75 Ideas in 75 Minutes: Worst Best Next!
Hear innovative ideas in development, membership and marketing that can be implemented in any museum, with a particular emphasis on building stakeholder value.

Chaired by: Charles Katzenmeyer, Senior Vice President for External Affairs, Adler Planetarium & Astronomy Museum, Chicago, IL


  • Meghan Curran, Vice President, Marketing John G. Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, IL
  • Jennifer Thomas, Membership Director, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis, MO
  • Willard E. White, Senior Consultant and Principal, Marts & Lundy, Chicago, IL

All About Audience:
Effectively Utilizing Evaluation Data

A case study approach will explore methods of using evaluation data from individual programs to effect change on a departmental/institutional level. Attendees will discover key strategies to use at their home institutions based on the different models shared by panelists to more effectively serve key audiences, build stakeholder buy-in, and support institutional-level growth.

Chaired by: Leah Melber, Director of Student & Teacher Programs, Lincoln Park Zoo, Chicago, IL


  • Nancy Plaskett, Associate VP Community, Student, and Educator Programs, Chicago Children’s Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Marley Steele-Inama, Education Research and Evaluation Manager, Denver Zoo, Denver, CO
  • Laureen Trainer, Manager of Visitor Research and Program Evaluation, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, Denver, CO

Out of the Vaults and Onto the Web: Inexpensive and Innovative Models for Providing Access to Collections
Panelists will discuss inexpensive and innovative ways to publish collections on the Web, in gallery kiosks and on smartphones, and will also look at more elaborate models that can serve as inspiration.

Chaired by: Perian Sully, Project Manager: Digital Asset Management & Online Access, Balboa Park Online Collaborative, San Diego, CA


  • Kaia Landon, Executive Director, Brigham City Museum-Gallery, Brigham City, UT
  • Marilyn Zoidis, Director, Historical Resources, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI
  • Mike Butman, Chief Information Officer, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, MI

CRAFTing a Community
This session brings together five panelists who are fostering a sense of community through crafting. The panel explores the pros, cons, challenges, advantages and benefits of providing a venue for visitors to meet in order to make and craft together.

Chaired by: Katie Crooks, Public Programs Assistant, American Art Museum Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC


  • Jennifer Lindsay, Chevy Chase, MD
  • Jennifer McCabe, Director, Museum of Craft and Folk Art, San Francisco, CA
  • Jessica Pigza, Assistant Curator, Rare Book Division, New York Public Library, New York, NY
  • Julie Schneider, Creative Community Programming Lead,, Brooklyn, NY

Visitor Panels: Creating Exhibitions with Audiences and Cultivating Community
Learn how the Detroit Institute of Arts, Chicago History Museum and Louisiana Children’s Museum used visitor panels to involve their audiences in exhibition design and planning, collaborating with senior leadership, curators, writers and designers and ultimately fostering new communities.

Chaired by: Swarupa Anila, Head of Interpretation, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI


  • Jill Austin, Curator, Chicago History Museum, Chicago, IL
  • Julia Bland, Executive Director, Louisiana Children’s Museum, New Orleans, LA
  • Daryl Fischer, Principal, Musynergy, Grand Haven, MI
  • Catherine Jett, Slover Linett Strategies, Inc., Chicago, IL
Virtual Happy Hour
Join the AAM and LearningTimes conference team for an informal wrap-up session for Day 1. Connect with colleagues from around the globe, share ideas, ask or answer questions online, and simply wind down after an action-packed first day.
TUESDAY, May 01 (all times are Central)

Museums Without Silos: New Perspectives on Organization Structures
Explore perspectives from four institutions that are blurring the boundaries between departments and working across institutions, eschewing traditional hierarchies and abolishing "silo-thinking"—to great internal and external benefit.

Chaired by: Sarah Jesse, Director of Community and School Programs, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA


  • Jane Burrell, VP, Education & Public Programs, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
  • Leah Fox, Director of Public Programs, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH
  • Lori Fogarty, Director and CEO, Oakland Museum of Art, Oakland, CA
  • Amy Heibel, New Media Manager, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
  • Julie Kendig, Education Manager, Collaborative Arts for Education Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA

Building Green: Sustainability Beyond LEED
The green building process has significant positive impacts on an institution’s overall sustainability. Explore what it takes to successfully build green, from early planning decisions; through fundraising, content development, design, and construction; to life after opening; and discuss the valuable, long term impacts of contributions from experts and the community.

Chaired by: Sarah George, Executive Director, Natural History Museum of Utah University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Wikipedia and the Museum: Lessons from Wikipedians in Residence
Some of the first museum Wikipedians in residence will share practical case studies and resources for Wikipedia partnerships that can be adapted to any institution’s unique needs and offerings.

Chaired by: Lori Byrd Phillips, US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator, Wikimedia Foundation, Avon, IN


  • David Donaldson, Chief Technology Officer, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
  • Àlex Hinojo, Wikipedian in Residence, Museu Picasso, Barcelona
  • Sarah Stierch, Wikipedian in Residence, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution , Washington, DC
  • Liam Wyatt, Wikimedia Cultural Partnerships Fellow,Wikimedia Foundation, New South Wales

Redefining the Role of Curators in a Visitor Centered Museum
What does a curator do, and how can subject matter experts fit into the visitor-centered museum? Participants will learn how to harvest ideas from the community, engaging the public and gaining visitor information.

Chaired by: Nicole Neville Suarez, Curator, Airborne and Special Operations Museum, Fayetteville, NC


  • Nathan Jones, Curator/Deputy Director, The General George Patton Museum of Leadership, Fort Knox, KY
  • Denise Drury, Interim Director, Fine Art Museum Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

The 21st Century Museum Educator: Utilizing Social Media to Engage Educate and Foster Civic Engagement
Panelists will explore the innovative use of social media as a means to engage both students and patrons in the educational mission of the museum. Participants can contribute to the conversation using #21stME before, during and after the panel, and will leave with ideas for utilizing social media to expand the educational reach of their museum.

Chaired by: Anthony Pennay, Program Manager, Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, Simi Valley, CA


  • Mark Fitzpatrick, Director, Information Services, Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum, Simi Valley, CA
  • Elissa Frankle, Washington, DC
  • Amy Heibel, New Media Manager, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA
Virtual Happy Hour
Join the AAM and LearningTimes conference team for an informal wrap-up session for Day 2. Connect with colleagues from around the globe, share ideas, ask or answer questions online, and simply wind down after an action-packed second day.