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Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum AAM Open House

Open House

Saturday   9-4:45 p.m.Jimmy Carter Presidential Library 

The Jimmy Carter Presidential Museum welcomes AAM attendees to take a free, self-guided tour. See why AAM recognized it for "outstanding Achievement in Museum Media and the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries awarded it "Institution of the Year."
Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.


Registration Required


World of Coca-Cola Open House

Open House

Saturday   9-5 p.m.World of Coca-Cola 

Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

Registration Required


College Football Hall of Fame Open House

Open House

Saturday   9-6 p.m.College Football Hall of Fame 

Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

Registration Required


Georgia's Famous "Great Locomotive Chase"

Open House

Saturday   9:30-5 p.m.Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History 

Home to the famous locomotive the General, stolen during the Civil War by Union spies, the Southern Museum is keeping alive one of the most thrilling espionage stories to emerge from the Civil War - the Great Locomotive Chase. Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

Registration Required


Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) Open House

Open House

Saturday   10-6 p.m.Museum of Design 

AAM attendees will be welcomed at the Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) where they will have the opportunity to enjoy the exhibition, Designing Healthy Communities: Active Design and Its Impact. Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

Registration Required


Welch School Galleries/Georgia State University Open House

Open House

Saturday   10-8 p.m.Ernest G Welch School of Art and Design at Georgia State University 

The Annual Juried Student Exhibition will be on view. This annual exhibit features the work of undergraduate and graduate students selected by a guest juror. Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

Registration Required


MOCA GA Open House

Open House

Saturday   10-5 p.m.Museum of Contemporary Art 

The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) collects and archives significant, contemporary works by the artists of the state of Georgia. Visit the Education/Research Center and upper and lower galleries featuring work by Georgia artists, including major works from the permanent collection. Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

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Chattahoochee Nature Center Open House

Open House

Saturday   10-5 p.m.Chattahoochee Nature Center 

Explore the 127 acres along the banks of the Chattahoochee and immerse yourself into the woodlands, wetlands, and river environments at the interpretive center for the Chattahoochee River. Discover the plants and animals that call this place home and explore the southeast's only Nature Exchange.Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

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Spelman College Museum of Fine Art Open House

Open House

Saturday   10-5 p.m.Spelman College Museum of Fine Art 

Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

Registration Required


Atlanta History Center Open House

Open House

Saturday   10-5 p.m.Atlanta History Center 

Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

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Margaret Mitchell House Open House

Open House

Saturday   10-5 a.m.Margaret Mitchell House 

Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

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Callanwolde Fine Arts Center Open House

Open House

Saturday   10-2 a.m.Callanwolde Fine Arts Center 

Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

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Junior Achievement Open House

Open House

Saturday   10-5 p.m.Chick-Fil-A Foundation Discovery Center 

Open House at the Chick-Fil-A Foundation Discover Center. Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

Registration Required


Fernbank Science Center Open House

Open House

Saturday   10-5 p.m.Fernbank Science Center 

Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

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The Herndon Home Museum Open House

Open House

Saturday   10-5 p.m.The Herndon Home Museum 

Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

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High Museum of Art Open House

Open House

Saturday   10-5 p.m.High Museum of Art 

Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

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Historic Oakland Cemetery Foundation Open House

Open House

Saturday   10-5 p.m.Historic Oakland Cemetery 

Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

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Roswell - A Southern Trilogy Open House

Open House

Saturday   10-5 p.m.Historic Homes of Roswell 

Open House at Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall, and Smith Plantation. Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

Registration Required


Tellus Science Museum Open House

Open House

Saturday   10-10 p.m.Tellus: Northwest Georgia Science Museum 

Open House celebrating National Astronomy Day. Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

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Millennium Gate Museum Open House

Open House

Saturday   10-5 p.m.The Millennium Gate Museum 

Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

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Open House at the Wren's Nest

Open House

Saturday   10-5 p.m.Wren's Nest 

By preserving the legacy of Joel Chandler Harris and the heritage of African American folklore through storytelling, tours and student publishing, the Wren’s Nest serves as an educational resource for the community, the greater Atlanta area and visitors from around the globe.Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

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Zuckerman Museum of Art Open House

Open House

Saturday   11-4 p.m.Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University 

All campus parking is free and open to the public on weekends. Please visit zuckerman.kennesaw.edu/visit/hours_directions for details. Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.




Open House at Clarke Atlanta University Art Galleries

Open House

Saturday   12-4 p.m.Clarke University Art Galleries 

The Clark Atlanta University Art Galleries presents “Beyond the University Art Annuals: Acquisitions from 1980 to 2014,” which runs through May 29, 2015. The exhibition features a range of media and artists acquired in the internationally renowned permanent collection since 1980.Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

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Hammonds House Museum Open House

Open House

Saturday   1-5 p.m.Hammonds House 

Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.

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AAM Board of Directors Meeting

Business Meeting, Board/Committee Meeting

Saturday   1-5 p.m.Marriott Marquis Hotel 



Invitation only


Flux Projects presents Nick Cave's "Resurrection"

Open House

Saturday   3-3:30 p.m.Ponce City Market 

"Resurrection" is the newest work by Nick Cave, sculptor, dancer, and performance artist best known for his Soundsuits, elaborate, wearable sculptures that come to life through movement and performance. In this public project, dancers are joined by actors, musicians, and a spoken word artist.

Showtimes for "Resurrection" are 3:00 and 7:00PM.

Before or after the performance, wander Ponce City Market, located in the Old Forth Ward along the Atlanta BeltLine. The building once served as a Sears, Roebuck & Co distribution center and is now the largest adaptive reuse project in the Southeast. It was done by Jamestown, the same people that did Chelsea Market in NY. Visit participating museums free by simply showing your conference badge or AAM membership card.




Leadership Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Saturday   3:30-5 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Joint meeting of AAM's Board and Councils.




Leadership Dinner

Reception

Saturday   7-9 p.m. Offsite, Atlanta 






Registrars Committee Board Meeting (RC-AAM)

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 






NAME Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 






SMAC Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 






CARE Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 



Invitation only


Latino Network Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 






Big Deal: Large Objects, Expert Advice

Collections Stewardship

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Caring for large objects can create challenges for museums. Using installation and conservation examples, an experienced registrar, a professional conservator and a rigging specialist will discuss concerns and solutions when monumental size and delicate structure are intertwined. Learn about the move and repair of a supersized Warhol soup can, the re-installation of large Oceanic artifacts at the MET and unique problems faced installing works of art at the Whitney’s Jeff Koons retrospective.




Prototyping Interactives for Social Engagement

Exhibit Planning and Design, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Touchtables, immersive spaces, gamified galleries. As we employ technology to support visitor engagement, how do we envision, prototype & refine digital experiences to be meaningful & social? A hands-on paper prototyping & evaluation session designed to arm attendees with a framework & tools.




Beacons & wayfinding apps: new digital exhibit engagement

Media and Technology

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

The once ubiquitous QR code has given way to newer & more innovative technology to make exhibits more enjoyable & interactive for visitors. Get case studies from museum digital experts who outline successful integration of new "real space" engagement, from geo-location app beacons to GPS wayfinding apps that enhance content & experiences. Learn what the future holds for these new entrants in the digital exhibit landscape and how to begin implementing them in your institution.




Conquer Data Overwhelm to Optimize Membership Programs

Development and Membership

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Learn directly from colleagues simple ways to analyze data to discover what your members value and whether your program aligns with these values and engages your members. This session will dive into the “nuts and bolts” of leveraging data to boost promotional efforts (and measure the results!). Participate in hands-on exercises and acquire proven methods of utilizing data to inform and evaluate membership strategies, from brand-new membership programs to benefits restructures, and more.




Innovative Training Strategies for Security Staff

Facilities and Risk Management

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Presenters will share innovative security training programs that employ interactive and interesting teaching techniques. A group discussion will offer opportunities to exchange ideas and develop useful strategies to enhance the security training environment and enhance the visitor experience.




Focus on Archives: Museum Collections' Forgotten Stepchild?

Collections Stewardship, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Archives have different needs from object collections, and often are overlooked in the competition for museum staff attention and resources. In this session, attendees will hear about the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s regional solution for small museum archives, professional archivists will summarize best practices and provide strategies for managing archival collections, and curators will speak frankly about challenges of managing archives in museums without professional archival staff.




CEO & CDO: Odd Couple or Perfect Match?

Development and Membership, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

What is the secret sauce that makes a museum CEO and Chief Development Officer's partnership truly work? Great vision and compelling programs never come to life unless you can raise the funds to support them. How does this pair find their rhythm, build trust and success, and inspire volunteer leaders to become philanthropic ambassadors? Come meet a dynamic duo, a small-museum head who wears both hats, and a development chief who has seen it all! Plenty of time for your questions.




Houser Celebration: A Study of Marketing Cooperatives

Marketing and Public Relations

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser’s birth, a statewide collaboration of 12 Oklahoma museums and institutions honored his memory, works and legacy. These museums and institutions were of varying sizes, locations and disciplines. Learn how their partnership created an effective cooperative marketing plan to maximize increased media attention and visitation. Session attendees will discover how to create a buzz through collaboration and cross promotion.




Museums and their Communities: Relationships and Relevance

Forces of Change, Global Perspectives

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

The purpose of this session is to identify and discuss the challenges museums face in developing and retaining a collaborative relationship with its constituents and mutually beneficial working relationship with diverse community partners.




Collections Care Today: HHI 2014 Findings

Collections Stewardship

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

In 2004, Heritage Preservation conducted a national survey, HHI 2004, to assess the condition of collections held by archives, libraries, historical societies, museums, scientific & archaeological collections in the U.S. The survey resulted in unprecedented new funding for collections care including the IMLS Connecting to Collections (C2C) initiative. Ten years later a new survey, HHI 2014, will measure progress following the C2C investment, outline future needs, and validate successes.




"It Isn't Easy Being Green," But We Can Show You How!

Forces of Change, Global Perspectives

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Kermit said “It isn’t easy being green!” but the ‘Green Movement’ is all about finding solutions to conserve the world’s resources. This session includes a general overview on green opportunities for all museums and provides do-able ideas for museums, including small museums. Speakers tell their museum’s “going green” story, providing tips and management tools for integrating cultural, environmental, and economic considerations into “green” projects, exhibitions, and educational programming.




Collections Assessments for Small Museums

Collections Stewardship, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

The session will be a practical, focused discussion of collections assessments that addresses levels of care, from climate control to conservation treatment, required to maintain a collection. It is geared to small museums or those without conservation staff. Participants will explore the assessment process, learn key questions, and discuss ideas for immediate, intermediate and longer-range solutions and action steps. In small groups, participants will work through assessment scenarios.




The Nimble and Responsive Exhibition

Exhibit Planning and Design, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

As John Falk and Beverly Sheppard write in Thriving in the Knowledge Age, “Words like innovative, community-relevance, responsive, and flexible are increasingly being used as criteria of museum excellence and as the basis for support.” What does this mean for best practices in creating exhibitions? The Spring 2015 issue of the NAME Exhibitionist journal, “The Nimble and Responsive Exhibition,” examines this question. The session is an open-ended discussion with the issue’s editor and authors.




Empathy in Mission & Practice: Why Should We Care?

Forces of Change

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Visitor-centered. Civic-minded. Diverse. Inclusive. Welcoming. Responsive. Participatory. Learn how these qualities of 21st century museums are impossible without an inner core of institutional empathy: the intention of the museum to be, and be perceived as, deeply connected with its community. Conversation will cover key issues including building social and cultural capital, caring for your community, bridging barriers, and creating empathy by design.




Museum Pride: the Social Role of Museums in LGBTQ Advocacy

Forces of Change, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Achieving legal and social equity for LGBTQ persons extends beyond the work of activists and allies; immense, public, bipartisan support is growing worldwide. Several museums have readily partnered with LGBTQ organizations, becoming active participants in social change. Many museums, however, remain reluctant. Join us as four museums reflect on how and why they joined the LGBTQ dialogue, their stumbles and victories, and the self-discovery and organizational change along the way.




Discussing Museum Decolonization

Forces of Change, Small Museums, Global Perspectives

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Museum decolonization is a critical issue facing 21st century history organizations – indigenous rights and concerns must be considered when working with Native American collections and when presenting related topics in exhibits and programs. Participants will hear from the Abbe Museum’s example of decolonization practices and engage in a discussion about how their sites are approaching decolonization and why not.




Exhibitions Outside the Museum

Exhibit Planning and Design, Global Perspectives

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

This case study focuses on a street-front science exhibition in central London, at the new Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits & Behaviour. The exhibition subject was visual perception and cognitive function- involving "light" interactives with passers-by. We will look at the range of possibilities explored and why they were rejected. Then we will look at the limitations, freedoms and emerging rules of thumb in designing and implementing exhibitions outside of the museum.




TrendsWatch 2015: Your Annual Glimpse of the Future

Forces of Change

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Last year CFM explored synesthesia, big data and social entrepreneurship among other topics. What’s next on the horizon? The director of the Alliance's Center for the Future of Museums presents an overview of significant trends gathering steam in 2015. She will illustrate how the trends are playing out in the world, their significance to museums and their communities, and how museums are beginning to respond.




Re-imagining Family-centered Exhibit Design

Exhibit Planning and Design, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Families are a core segment of the museum audience. Increasing attention has been paid to developing inter-generational programming, but less on what it means to design exhibits for families. Is it time to re-evaluate our definitions, models, and practices for social learning groups? Together, let's discuss and envision a 21st century approach to exhibit design that embraces the whole family ecosystem. What are our biggest challenges and obstacles to change? Who can we look to for models?




Preparing Emerging Professionals for Work in Small Museums

Career Management, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

For many graduates of museum studies programs and emerging professionals engaged in the formidable task of securing a professional position, working for a small museum can prove both immensely rewarding and unexpectedly challenging. Broadly drawn job descriptions, modest budgets, and direct contact with stakeholders are all defining characteristics of the small museum job. The role of museum studies programs in preparing students for such realities is worthy of both attention and assessment.




Inspiring Change in Fundraising: New Tactics for New Donors

Development and Membership, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Today's fundraising tactics won't work with tomorrow's donors. The next generation of museum donors will be far more diverse. They'll be more interested in "doing good" than giving money. And they'll care more about "causes" than institutions. How can your development team begin to adapt now to be aligned with the donors of tomorrow?




Museums Re-imagining the American City

Forces of Change, Global Perspectives

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Join leaders of 3 pioneering urban museums in a discussion about redefining the connection between museums and communities. Visions of museums as centers of civic discourse have altered this relationship, while modern technology creates new avenues for access and audience reach. The NEH has supported landmark exhibits interpreting cities. As the NEH marks its 50th anniversary we will evaluate where the field is today and identify the challenges that lie ahead.




What's the Big Idea?

Forces of Change

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Help ensure that your AAM public policy team is pursuing the right initiatives on Capitol Hill and beyond. We’ll give you a snapshot of what we’re currently pursuing and solicit your thoughts about the next big idea. Bring your ideas for what we should be pursuing in federal education policy, IMLS reauthorization, federal funding, tax policy, or other issues that you think should be priorities for the museum field.




Designing Galleries with Natural Light

Facilities and Risk Management

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Providing the correct quality of natural light is a key element of beautiful gallery spaces and is a product of intense design investigation. One of the goals when designing the Clyfford Still Museum was to create a dynamic and living environment for the exhibition of Still’s work, discovering specific quality and quantity of light appropriate to his work. We asked a fundamental question: why not let the entire building give light to the rooms within? We resolved to let the concrete structure of the building itself, its depth and surface, be the modeler of light. Rows of skylights above the slab diffuse light through translucent glass and allow it to fall four feet past the beams before meeting the perforated concrete screen. Each surface receives and transmits light according to its position and purpose, whether in the stark light of the exterior or in the visceral and viscous light of the galleries. Advancements in the engineering of light, sky dome data sets are available for anywhere in North America, which allowed us to work with lighting designers to tune the quality and quantity of light to suite the conservation and exhibition conditions of the collection.




App Development Strategies

Media and Technology, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Are you thinking about producing an app for your museum? Worried you don't have staff, money, or know how to complete the project? In this session you will learn strategies, see process models, and explore unique solutions to make the most of your resources and keep your board engaged throughout the process. Participants will leave the session with confidence to implement an app project at their museum. We built an app with a volunteer staff and limited resources; imagine what you can do?




Access from 1 Place-Artifacts, Archives, and Photographs

Collections Stewardship

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

This session explores examples of institutions searching, struggling, and/or successfully implementing a tool to provide access to different types of collections in one place. We will explore lexicon issues, search capabilities, end-user concerns, field customization, file resources, federated searching, and other strategies to achieve this. Speakers represent two perspectives (art and history) to show other factors such as budget, collection type, staff size, and audience and how they factor.




Not for Display Only: Demonstrating collection objects

Collections Stewardship

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Collection objects are traditionally viewed by the public in static museum environments. Yet, sites and museums that use collections to interpret authentic techniques and intangible cultural heritage have wrestled with the protocol required to balance collections stewardship and public engagement. The speakers will address the history of managing permanent and loaned collections for use, including sharing policies and procedures. A variety of collection objects – from music boxes to farm equipment- will be discussed in the presentations.




Tech Tutorial: Distance Learning: Near and Far, for Museums Big and Small

Media and Technology, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Effective distance learning doesn’t require complicated equipment, elaborate lesson plans or expensive software, and it’s not just for school tours or MOOCs. Bayou Bend uses simple and accessible webchat technology (ie. Skype/Google Hangouts/Facetime) to engage volunteers and visitors with speakers across the street or across the world. A special focus on accessing difficult spaces will be demonstrated, making the session particularly relevant to historic houses, small museums, and rural areas.




Advocacy 101: How to Be Effective in Your Own Community

Marketing and Public Relations, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

The First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution explicitly includes the “right of the people…to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”. But how do we get started, on a limited budget and with limited staff? And what simple steps can we take to engage elected officials using social media? In this session, panelists will discuss their successful efforts to engage state and local elected officials and to work closely with local tourism boards. Also hear why 84% of Museums Advocacy Day participants say they are more likely to advocate locally following their participation in Museums Advocacy Day.




Spatially Literate Digital Experiences

Exhibit Planning and Design, Global Perspectives

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

The plummeting expense of digital technology can cause museums to install digital experiences that put them at risk of reducing engagement and damaging their brand. It takes a new way of thinking to integrate digital experiences into museums in a way that's integrated, contextually appropriate, site-specific & topically congruous. Speakers will outline best practices and actionable tactics for holistic digital experiences in museums and how to make them flexible, adaptive, reactive & relevant.




50 Years From Now: Training the Museum Staff of the Future

Career Management

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

What does the future hold for museums? How will changes in culture, politics, technology, the economy, and the environment affect museums? How can museum studies programs adequately prepare their students to meet these challenges? And how can all this studying have an immediate impact on the field and its existing professionals? Join our host as she talks with special guests to discuss these questions and many more. Audience members can take a turn at the mike and ask your questions firsthand.




Digital Storytelling: the Dream, the Team, the Results

Media and Technology, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Museums can deepen audience engagement through effective storytelling. Delivering content has never been easier, due to digital interfaces and personal, portable technologies. Without a strong interpretive strategy and the right tools to craft and share our stories, we may be missing opportunities. Join this panel of experts as they describe real-world projects, share results that show the impact of digital storytelling on engagement, and demonstrate a new, free story-telling software.




Exhibit Style Guides: They're More Than You Think!

Exhibit Planning and Design

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

A style guide is not just a logo lock-up or a list of what fonts to use. It can be more than a guardian of consistency or correctness. A guide's production can create a chance for curators, educators, content developers, and designers to wrangle with questions both concrete (How long should labels be?) and abstract (What relationship do we want to have with our visitors?) This consensus-building process can minimize future conflict and improve how we serve our visitors.




Party with Purpose: Cultivating Young Patrons

Development and Membership, Global Perspectives

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

The future of your museum may love to party now, but soon they will be ready to offer much more. Join young patron membership managers from four major U.S. markets for an insightful discussion on why cultivating young patrons is essential to your museum’s future and learn how to engage these future philanthropists in your museum now.




Deliver Outstanding Guest Experiences Via Excellent Staff

Finance and Administration, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

To your guests, frontline staff are the museum. Join a moderated conversation with four museums about the way they hire, onboard, train, manage, evaluate, retain and develop staff. We’ll discuss why attitude is so important in hiring for frontline positions, consider techniques in getting these staff up to speed, retaining, and developing them, how the Affordable Care Act may impact how we staff and schedule part-time staff, and invite the audience in to join the conversation.




Prototyping for Digital Projects

Media and Technology

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

See how crucial prototyping can be to creating successful digital products. Digital development can be time-consuming and expensive, so adding time to a project to develop and test prototypes may seem to add unnecessary cost and overhead. We will show how prototyping can save time, avoid wasted effort on imperfect designs, and help focus the goals of a project. Projects discussed include a kiosk game in an exhibition, a BYOD mobile guide, an in-gallery kiosk, and a web-based digital publication.




The Museum of the Future through the Museum of Today

Global Perspectives, Media and Technology

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

The NMC’s Horizon Report, created with input from many AAM members, has helped museums and universities set priorities for technology planning, research, and practice since 2010 (go.nmc.org/hzmu). The 2014 edition, due to begin in September 2014, will add new sections that outline implications of each trend for policy, leadership, and practice. Panelists will introduce topics from the 2014 report, and have a moderated discussion about how museums can anticipate and react to these coming changes.




Diversify your sales program to increase visits and revenue

Finance and Administration

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Do you take orders or make sales? There is a difference. Many museums have explored the opportunity to gain exposure, revenue, and visits through a Tour and Travel Group Sales program. This session will teach you how to start a program, which audience segments to target, and how to sell to those segments. Your colleagues will share real world examples of what worked and what wasn't as successful. This program is suitable for museums that want to start or have an existing group sales program.




Responding to Urgency: Museums and Climate Change Education

Forces of Change

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

How are museums responding to and generating access for the public to understand, find community and develop participation in the urgent issue of global climate change? Through an on-site and on-line adult education program, research on cultural impact across global communities, and dynamic exhibitions, AMNH seeks to identify where its assets best support the public's needs. This session will connect others' efforts and develop powerful networks to leverage the impact for the public.




20 Sites, Infinite Stories: Dialogues on Immigration

Forces of Change, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Immigration is a topic both personal and local–touching on identity, culture, and community. The immigration debate has been plagued by rhetoric and misinformation, often deepening divisions and reinforcing stereotypes. This session shares lessons learned through the National Dialogues on Immigration Project, a cross-regional series of programs designed to spark a national conversation on critical immigration topics like citizenship, American identity, freedom of movement, and civil liberties.




Object/Story Roadshow

Exhibit Planning and Design, Global Perspectives, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Throughout human civilization what endures are stories. Generally, museums use objects to unearth stories about life’s mysteries. We invite colleagues to bring an object of personal significance to the session and tell a 2 minute story about it. Respondents will offer insights on object storytelling and display techniques and strategies to transform thinking, meaning and relevance to practice and audiences. Interested participants contact dphelus@aam-us.org by March 15.




Maximizing Social Value with Audience Reach and Engagement

Marketing and Public Relations

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

As museums increasingly serve as a nexus of social interaction, connection and engagement, the most impactful institutions will seek to reach the broadest audience and to achieve the most engaging visit experience. This session will discuss best practices for attracting broad audiences, converting visitors to members, and providing a highly rated onsite experience. Presenters from Peabody Essex Museum, LACMA, and Art Institute of Chicago will share their experiences and perspectives.




French Fries and VOCs: Considering Visitor Well-Being

Forces of Change

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Nurturing and sustaining the human spirit is the public service role of museums, but these are predicated on first nurturing and sustaining the human itself. This session will explore the impact that museums have on the health and well-being of guests, community members, and the environment, and what socially responsible institutions must consider when making choices ranging from building materials to café offerings.




Interactive Gold: Digital Experiences that Add Value

Media and Technology

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Digital interactives can offer visitors opportunities to explore in-depth content, personalize their experience, immerse themselves in a story, and have FUN… Or they can be expensive computer monitors. In this session, three “museum tech” veterans will look at the process that leads to the kinds of interactives that truly delight and enrich your visitors, and what you can do to implement them in your exhibition. Attendees will be invited to join the conversation.




Social Practice:A Community-crafted Collaborative Exhibition

Forces of Change, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

A local history museum with a new community-focus gallery, undergraduate students from two nearby universities, and at-risk high schoolers from a neighborhood in transition team-up. The result: an innovative multi-media exhibition by and about people from a historically African American neighborhood undergoing gentrification.




The Museum Is Obsolete: Culture Doesn't Live in a Building

Forces of Change

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

The most exciting "conversation starters" will introduce perspectives from outside the world of museum institutions. FIGMENT is a rapidly growing participatory art movement that created free art events in 10 cities in 3 countries in 2014, all run by volunteers, touching 300,000 participants. We have no building, no permanent home, and only 2 paid administrative staff. We are engaging a large and growing group of participants with a minimal financial investment, funded by grants and donations.




Potluck Programming: Community Engagement with Participation

Marketing and Public Relations, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

How do cultural institutions connect with their immediate neighborhoods, remain relevant without a building, and build community inside the building? Can you build community by relying on your audience to direct your content? Explore how participatory programming can be a path to deepening connections with your community on and offsite. Hear from four panelists from a variety of museums and cultural organizations about how they are employing new strategies for community engagement.




Museum Incubators: Growing Social Justice in Nimble Spaces

Forces of Change

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Incubators provide a controlled environment for the care and protection of new or controversial ideas that may be difficult or impossible to develop through traditional museum channels and processes. Issues of social justice require nimbleness, responsiveness, and the ability to try things out quickly, while getting constant feedback. Find out how you can create an incubator in your organization, and see diverse examples of museum social justice experiments.




Developing An Ethnographic Lexicon

Collections Stewardship, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Museums with ethnographic collections often develop their own lexicons to serve their specific needs. However, this makes data-sharing between institutions more challenging. and creates problems for users from different communities who must become familiar with multiple sets of terms to complete research or identify collections across institutions. This working session will look at how to develop a common ethnographic lexicon that may be used in tandem with pre-existing lexicons like Nomenclature, the Getty thesauri and the National Park Service classification systems.




Small and Not So Small Museums, All With Big Ideas

Development and Membership

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

What drives museums of all sizes to dream up—and act on—big ideas? Museum directors at different stages (pre-planning, planning, and implementation) in capital campaigns will explore how they and their Boards, donors, and staff are collaborating for transformational change--not only expanding their physical spaces but also inviting in new audiences--and creating new spaces that allow today’s museum users to expand the limits of their understanding and creative spirit.




Agents of change or more of the same?

Forces of Change, Global Perspectives

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Poverty, corruption and inequality are endemic. But can and should museums be agents of social change? This session will explore how museums in the UK have grappled with the concept of social impact and how far museums can go in tackling society's ills. Speakers will debate the core purpose of museums. Is the role of museums to preserve, conserve and save collections for future generations? Or should we be using our objects, skills and resources to make a difference to people’s lives?




Different Strokes: Development Advice from Across the Field

Development and Membership, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Is Development the same among museums? No; fund-raising execution & strategy is quite nuanced across the field. This session explores those nuances with practical advice from museums of different type. For example, art museums tout their civic role; science centers promote workforce development; childrens museums stress play & informal learning. Philanthropic/transactional membership, campaign strategies, donor mix, org charts, volunteer roles; we can learn from one another through this session.




Latino New South: New Approaches for Community Engagement

Forces of Change

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Latino New South is a regional learning network led by the Levine Museum of the New South (Charlotte, NC) with the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and the Atlanta History Center to effectively engage Latinos in their respective communities. This session will provide Insights for working with the growing Latino community, tools for effective community engagement, and strategies for institutional collaboration.




How An All-Volunteer Band Raised $8 Mil During the Recession

Development and Membership, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Cleveland County NC was hit hard as textile jobs moved out of the U.S. But a group of civic-minded volunteers decided to do something about it. Under the name Destination Cleveland County, they set out to replace textiles with tourism. Like any good song, there’s a story behind their success. Hear how this team raised millions in the recession and assembled top-flight creative talent to bring two historic buildings to life and breathe new life into the county’s culture, heritage, and pride.




Thinking holistically with the “Triple Bottom Line” (3BL)

Forces of Change

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

How are museums thinking more holistically about their role in creating more equitable and sustainable communities? Societal, environmental, and economic aspects of museums have historically been considered in isolation, limiting opportunities to leverage impact. Hear from a variety of representatives from the field and the DIVCOM and Pic Green professional networks, who will discuss using a 3BL approach to museum operations. Small group discussions will follow.




Copyright Licensing Legal Lab: Giving and Receiving

Collections Stewardship, Small Museums, Global Perspectives

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Building upon the success of the July 2014 AAM webinar on this topic, this session will revisit the top ten must-have’s in your copyright license. Whether you are granting or receiving image, media or content licenses this session will review practical, real life licensing examples to demonstrate the legal significance and importance of each stage of the copyright license. The session will end with a practical review of form and contract templates to have on hand at your institution.




Visitor Voices: A Story of Accessibility and Inclusion

Forces of Change, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

More than 56 million Americans have disabilities. In conjunction with two AAM accessibility webinars in 2015, this session features stories from museum visitors with low vision, hearing loss, autism and dementia, and how museums have responded. Institutions located in one of the most diverse cities in the world share practices that create inclusion through accessible technology and resources, rethinking policies and programs, overcoming existing physical barriers, and building a new facility.




Museums & Social Issues: A Reflective Conversation

Forces of Change

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

The journal Museums & Social Issues explores the dynamic role and potential of museums in addressing complex social issues. What role does writing, reading and publishing play in advancing professional work around social change? A reflective conversation between our panel and our audience will explore the status of museums in social change and the importance and challenges of building and keeping up with the literature to support and advance that work. Panel includes editors and authors.




Taming a Beast - Unifying Diverse Animal IDs to One System

Exhibit Planning and Design

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

In this case study, we will explore the pitfalls, challenges and rewards of migrating a large organization's diverse animal identification content into a unified, IPad based system for guests. Shedd Aquarium exhibits thousands of different species, all of which must be identified for guests. Since 2012, Shedd's in-house team has been transferring existing and new content (print and digital)to the new system, facing and attempting to conquer various challenges along the way.




Tech Tutorial: Email Automation 101: Engaging the Museum Visitor

Media and Technology

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Designed as an introduction to email automation, the panel will begin with the goals for such integrations, including automation of labor intensive tasks, immediate surveying of guests, and emailing based on visitor preference. The presentation will cover interfacing with donor management and ticketing systems, as well as best practices for executing email integration, targeting subgroups of users, automatically emailing members for renewals, and measuring effectiveness. (Tech tutorial.)




75 Ideas in 75 Minutes: HIgh-Impact Right Now!

Development and Membership, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Ideas have power. And, when translated into action by motivated board, volunteers and staff, they can restore, transform and even rescue a museum. Using a fast-paced team format, the session will deliver (at least) 75 high-impact development and membership ideas appropriate for museums of any focus or size. A friendly competition will motivate two teams to bring their best ideas, with the audience deciding which will win the day!




My story,Our data :data-centered community story archiving

Media and Technology, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Small museums in Korea are confronted by a difficulty of using digital tools, though people conceive that digital is pervasive in our society. It is meaningful that we developed a new way to make a museum engagement with data-centered story archiving strategy within local community. Ewhadong Project is a on-going story archiving project in Seoul. We executed project under 3 digital development strategies for community based story archiving; Collecting, Curating, Sharing of stories by digital.




Crossing the Line in Museums and Libraries

Exhibit Planning and Design, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

From exhibitions to online collections, libraries, archives, and museums are increasingly adopting practices that cross institutional boundaries. What does this mean for museum studies programs, institutional collaboration, and organizational missions? The panel will focus on personal experiences, a tipping point in the interrelated worlds of material culture, and the future; focusing on how these practices are beneficial or sustainable.




Development for Non-Development Professionals

Development and Membership, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

What does it take to build major philanthropic support? How does one get the gumption to ask for a gift? This session is for those who don’t hold development positions and yet aspire to get more involved in the field – perhaps in preparation for an organizational leadership position later in one’s career – AND for development professionals who want to help others better understand this important work. A panel of experts will share the basics of essential philanthropy skills.




Waking Up from Volunteer Nightmares

Finance and Administration, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

We have all experienced our fair share of volunteer disasters; whether they have been scenarios that are contentious, awkward and frustrating or even injurious. The important thing is to wake up from these volunteer nightmares with a proactive mindset which draws on institutional collaboration to rebuild, grow and make the necessary changes towards stronger situational awareness, volunteer needs and best practices.




Tech Tutorial: Demystifying Vine and Snapchat

Media and Technology

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Social media platforms provide creative ways for museums to engage with the public, but some of these platforms, like Vine and Snapchat, can be intimidating. This session will demystify these two social mediums by explaining the basics of the platforms, their cultures, and their potential uses for museums. The session will include a hands-on tutorial during which participants will try their hands at creating 6-second videos on Vine, and disappearing messages on Snapchat. Bring your smartphones!




27th Annual Excellence In Exhibition Awards

Exhibit Planning and Design

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Exhibitions that successfully integrate scholarship, audience engagement, exhibit design, and programming offer visitors a chance to explore new ideas and directly communicate an institution’s value to the public. The 27th Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition session offers museum professionals of all levels examples of exemplary exhibitions. Through interviews with competition judges, winners of the competition share the inspiration/best practices for their award-winning exhibitions.




How to Write a Successful NEA Grant Proposal

Development and Membership

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Learn the best way to access the NEA. Topics covered include 1) how to choose the right grant program within NEA, 2) how to articulate the right kinds of outcomes and goals, 3) how to develop the right kind of partnerships and secure community support, and 4) additional tips for success.




Who ARE your museum's fans and visitors? Will they donate?

Development and Membership, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

If you're not in possession of the fancy technology that tells you who your Facebook fans are and how to message them, and you're not identifying your visitors as they walk in the door, you will be happy to know there are other ways of discovering the details of your most engaged audiences. Learn from the Smithsonian's creative approaches with M+R Strategic Services to email list growth, from on-site digital engagement to a bonafide viral social media campaign.




Q&A With Federal Agency Leaders

Forces of Change

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Alliance President Ford W. Bell will moderate this session with federal agency leaders. Learn about federal grant opportunities, museum partnerships, and other federal initiatives such as Blue Star Museums (NEA), Let's Move Museums & Gardens (IMLS), the U.S. Department of the Interior Museum Program, the National NAGPRA Program, the National Marine Sanctuaries Program (NOAA), and more. This session will largely consist of Q&A from audience members.




Using HR & Manager Partnerships to Develop a More Nimble Workforce

Finance and Administration, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

How do small museums with limited resources create opportunities for their staffs to develop the skills they need to adapt to constant change, be it social, technological, environmental or economic? Studio Museum in Harlem Deputy Director and Project Manager will have an interactive discussion on their efforts to address this challenge, with the help of two grants and partnerships with managers, to become a more adaptable, nimble workforce.




Finance for Mummies

Finance and Administration, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Knowledge of the financial facts is power. We may be non-profits, but we still have to manage our money well. For those who have little or no formal training in accounting or finance, budgets and financial statements can be daunting. The language used by the finance department can be cryptic. Ask your most pressing questions about finance, budgets, and accounting processes; get answers that you can understand; and return to your institution with powerful financial knowledge.




From Fringe to Core - Museums as a Community Resource

Forces of Change

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Many institutions provide valued services to their communities, yet often these programs do not form the core of the institution's identity. How might our institutions be different if they did? Join us for a conversation exploring this possibility. Museums typically have a fairly narrow public identity, focused on their collections and exhibitions. Yet, museums actually do much more! Let's explore how we might amplify this work and move museums to being seen as more integral to our communities.




Mind the Gap: Bridging Social Media and Audience Research

Marketing and Public Relations, Global Perspectives, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

See why likes and shares are only the first chapter in evaluating the value of a museum social media follower, and why qualitative research can't be left out of the equation when evaluating past and driving future online engagement campaigns. Panelists will make a case for the integration of audience research efforts into social media campaigns, while allowing digital marketers to be effective with their strategy, and offer a hands-on opportunity to do both in an interactive experiment.




Thinking visually: Creating integrated label graphics

Exhibit Planning and Design

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

This workshop will engage content developers and curators to think visually when creating exhibit labels. This method enhances content messages and makes exhibits accessible for a larger audience, including young visitors, non-native English speakers, and different types of learners. We will go through some basic tools and strategies for creating visual labels, and then, in small groups, brainstorm and mock-up visual labels from basic content synopses.




Anti-Orientalist, Community-Centric Exhibition Design

Exhibit Planning and Design, Global Perspectives

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Historically, some museums have presented the histories and material cultures of peoples from the Global South in Orientalist ways. This case study explores an intentional anti-orientalist, community-centric design process used for creating an exhibition on Indian immigrants at the Smithsonian. The presenter will discuss crowdsourcing design materials from relevant communities and choosing colors, fonts, graphics and iconic images, writing panel & label text and rendering marketing materials.




Talking About Engagement is One Thing; Measuring is Another

Marketing and Public Relations

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Seven museums have taken up the challenge to find a common method for analyzing engagement of visitors. By sharing data on the breadth and depth of visitor experience, this group is piloting an effort to understand what works and what doesn't when it comes to inspiring visitors to do more, give more, and talk more about their museums. Representatives will discuss their approach and why they believe establishing a metric for measuring engagement can help articulate museums' value to the world.




Inside Out: Embedding Social Engagement at the Core

Forces of Change

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Embedding social engagement at the museum's core requires dramatic shifts in long established institutional practices and culture. How do museums make this happen? Where do they start? This participatory session will explore the environmental imperatives, organizational dynamics and theoretical models that are shaping the Oakland Museum of California's journey to become a more inclusive, socially engaged and relevant resource in their community from the inside out.




Achieving Competing Goals: Cold Storage and Energy Savings

Facilities and Risk Management

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Maintaining a cold storage area for collections can be a challenge for museums; to preserve certain materials for the long-term often means increases in energy and operational costs. This session brings together perspectives from an NEH funded study aimed at achieving these competing goals for the Minnesota Historical Society's cold storage. Experts from sustainability, HVAC, conservation, and architecture will present their views on the results and process that aligned competing goals.




Accessibility and Inclusion: Creative Content Choices

Forces of Change

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

What strategies help create great content for diverse museum audiences, including patrons with disabilities? Should we aim at a single specific audience or incorporate a more inclusive, universal design approach? How might this material be sourced, funded, and implemented? We will address these questions and more in a lively in-depth discussion, examining verbal description for visitors with low or no vision as one model to illustrate the wide variety of options and the decision-making process.




You are Here: Navigating Location-Based Technology

Media and Technology

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

How can you engage each visitor? The Tech Museum of Innovation; Museum of Science, Boston; and nonprofit technology consultant JCA will discuss two distinct approaches to enhancing the visitor learning experience through personalized exhibit interaction. Hear how location-based technology is used to: sense and analyze visitor information, allow visitors to navigate exhibits, assess what visitors learn/how they engage with an exhibit and modify exhibit content to visitor needs and preferences.




How can museums leverage Big Data to optimize Marketing Mix

Marketing and Public Relations, Global Perspectives

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

California Academy of Sciences and Nielsen will share how they have conducted a marketing study to develop a comprehensive marketing effectiveness model – Marketing Mix Model to quantify the impact of marketing, pricing, promotions and external factors on ticket sales and memberships. We will share how these insights have helped us make smarter marketing and pricing decisions to drive the general attendance and membership.




Crucial Conversations: Creating Meaningful Change

Career Management

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

To create change in our careers and museum communities, we often engage in compromise, and also must negotiate. Emerging from participant interest at 2014’s session with Getty Leadership Institute NextGen alumni, “Work-Work Balance”, this session will provide opportunities to hone “crucial conversation” readiness, towards better self-advocacy in critical situations.




How To Host a State Museums Advocacy Day

Marketing and Public Relations

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Alaska, Virginia, Ohio, Florida, Colorado, and Illinois are just a few of the states hosting a state museums advocacy day modeled after the national day of “citizen lobbying.” Learn how they got started, how they planned it, and how they created statewide advocacy materials that showcased their museums’ collective impact. This session is perfect for state association board members who want to bolster their advocacy efforts at the state level.




eCulture: Making the Museum a Social Hub

Media and Technology, Global Perspectives

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Museums in Switzerland traditionally attract a disproportionate number of older rather than young visitors. Understand how an eCulture approach at The Basel Historical Museums has changed this phenomenon, by creating internal and external dialogue with visitors that has added value not only to the visitor experience but transformed the institution itself, through stimulating debate and discussion.




Tech Tutorial: The GIFs That Keep on Giving: Tumblr Strategies for Success

Marketing and Public Relations, Media and Technology

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Animated GIFs can bring your collections alive in engaging ways and can be used on many different platforms, though most prominently on Tumblr. Popular with visitors under the age of 25, Tumblr is a great place to reach younger audiences, yet only 3% of US charities and non-profits use it. In this session you will learn best practices and ideas for using Tumblr at your museum. But wait, there’s more! You will also learn how to make GIFs! Bring your laptop if you want to try it on the spot.




Delivering Meaning: ECM, APIs and Telling Your Story

Media and Technology

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

The MIAs’ IMLS Enterprise Content Management (ECM) project is developing APIs (application programming interfaces) for retrieval of deep collection and digital resource data from our multiple digital repositories, seamlessly integrating them all. The project will provide a direct content feed to the galleries and visitors, allowing us to make, store, and use our digital assets to craft great stories. We want to show you what we’ve done and share the tools we’ve created to make it happen.




Digital Publishing made easy with the OSCI Toolkit

Media and Technology

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Developing digital publications can often be a challenging process with uncertain outcomes. The OSCI Toolkit was developed to ease the publishing process by creating both an authoring environment for content creators and a flexible reading experience for users. This session will show how the OSCI Toolkit can be leveraged to generate online publications and ePub documents. With lots of out-of-the-box functionality, main features will be discussed as well as customizing for your institution.




Resume Writing for Emerging Museum Professionals

Career Management

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Learn practical tips for crafting an effective resume, including structure and format, use of summary statement, ways to quantify your experience to demonstrate impact and when to "let go" of previous or unrelated work experience. Samples from both good and not-so-good resumes will be examined. Attendees will edit their own resumes and review others during the session, so should be prepared with at least two hard copies--one for marking up, one for sharing with peers.




Resume Writing for Mid-Career or Career Changers

Career Management

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Learn practical tips for crafting an effective resume, including different resume formats, use of summary statement, ways to quantify your work experience to demonstrate impact, and when to "let go" of previous or unrelated work experience. Samples from both good and not-so-good resumes will be examined. Attendees will edit their own resumes and review others during the session, so should be prepared with at least two hard copies--one for marking up, one for sharing with peers.




What is Prospect Research, Alex?

Development and Membership, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Through an engaging, Jeopardy-style format, panelists will discuss prospect research from science center, art museum, and performing arts perspectives. Participants will learn about the role of prospect research in the donor cultivation process, identifying and investigating annual fund and major gift individual prospects, tips and tricks for researching grant funders, audience segmentation analysis, and more. “Daily Doubles” will encourage attendees to chime in with their experiences.




75 Ideas / 75 Minutes: Fresh Thinking in Audience Engagement

Marketing and Public Relations, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Finding new ways to cut through a cluttered marketplace, engage members and/or drive attendance is a constant challenge for all museums. Drawing ideas and examples from a variety of institutions—from both inside and outside the museum field—experts from AAM’s PR & Marketing Professional Network (PRAM), offer a fast-paced review of some of today’s most interesting ideas concerning audience engagement.




Summit on Sustainability 2015: Standards in Museums

Facilities and Risk Management

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Join us as we review some of the main findings from AAM's landmark paper "Museums, Environmental Sustainability and Our Future." Presenters will provide critical insight into the state of metrics and tools for assessing sustainability being used by museums. Through audience participation, the session also explores reactions to the document and next-steps for museum sustainability.




Food 4 Ways: Trends, Messages, Programs & Management

Forces of Change

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

With kale climbing the charts and artisanal bacon now a household staple, Americans have become “foodies”. Yet food safety, access,and healthy eating are among the most pressing issues facing our society today. Learn how museums have stepped up, delivering impactful programs, communicating with guests about healthy and sustainable choices, and deeply connecting food service to mission. We empower participants to think broadly in identifying approaches that are right for their institutions.




The Socially Inclusive Museum: Measuring Our Social Impact

Forces of Change

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Based on theoretical frameworks of LIS, I purpose that there are methods available for the evaluation of the social role of museums. This presentation will briefly suggest a theoretical background for developing and implementing museum evaluation strategies, and will call upon audience participation to link these theoretical notions to museum practice. The reflections by and dialogues between practitioners are of prime importance to deepening our understanding of the social role of the museum.




Systems Maintenance: Set it and Don't Forget It

Facilities and Risk Management, Global Perspectives, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Proper maintenance of security and facility systems helps protect your investments: time, money, equipment, facilities, and your collection. Every installed system must meet your expectations, be tested, and function at peak level for the duration of its life cycle. Failing to properly maintain your security and facility systems will not only increase the risk of failure, it will also place your collection at risk because of false or missed alarms or failed heating and ventilation systems.




The Museo Soumaya and Wikimedia alliance, open knowledge.

Media and Technology, Global Perspectives

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

In this case study, the presenter will share the experience of the recent alliance between Museo Soumaya and Wikimedia Mexico, their common goals, what they have accomplished, their struggles and challenges. The presenter will explain the commitment of both institutions toward open access to digital cultural heritage and the role of the community in the development of new contents and articles for the Encyclopedia trough two Edit-a-thon held at Museo Soumaya in 2014.




Tech Tutorial: Ready, Set, Play!: In-House Game Development

Media and Technology

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Are you thinking about developing your own games? You may be surprised to see how easy it is to start. This tech tutorial will cover the in-house game development process including what you need to get ready, what tools and software are out there to help you, and where you can be publishing. We'll cover the simplest to most complex solutions out there so that you can know where your museum fits in.




Using Our Words: Inclusive Language and Social Value

Forces of Change

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

We all want our museums to be welcoming places, but is the voice of your museum a truly inclusive one? Our choice of words can reinforce or negate the social value of our museums. Hear from four panelists with four different perspectives on inclusive language. Use your inspiration from the presentations and join in a high powered facilitated discussion to brainstorm strategies you can take home with you to adopt a culture of inclusive language at your museum.




Putting Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Ideas into Practice 2.0

Career Management

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Colleagues from 2014 ’s session, Putting Peer to Peer Mentorship Ideas Into Practice, will explore year two of an expanded mentoring program inspired by the Next Gen session at AAM in 2013. Presenters from both years will discuss peer mentorship successes, challenges and models for application, to foster mentoring relationships. Attendees will be actively engaged in discussion about developing sustainable peer to peer mentorship groups and will share observations and ideas.




Remembering the Past, Looking to the Future: SI Repatriation

Collections Stewardship, Global Perspectives

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

The 1989 National Museum of the American Indian Act opened a new era in Native American-museum relations through its repatriation provisions, which recognized the rights and interests of tribes concerning collections. To mark the Act's 25th anniversary, the National Museum of the American Indian, National Museum of Natural History and Wanapum Tribe discuss best practices in consultation, stewardship, collaboration, international repatriation, case management, 3D replication, and data collection.




Creating a Personalized and Shared Museum Experience

Exhibit Planning and Design

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Today, we are accustomed to shaping and adding to our own experience. We want engagement that is real, visceral and participatory. This is the story of how the new College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta moved beyond a narrowly focused one size fits all experience and became the most socially interactive sports museum in the country. Interviews, research and message testing transformed and expanded the story. Prototyping with cloud and RFID technology produced an experience where visitors create, personalize, and share content from the very moment they enter the Hall of Fame.




Making Membership Relevant

Development and Membership, Small Museums

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Organizational change can often outpace your membership model, resulting in categories, benefits and prices that are obsolete. Session demonstrates data-driven approach to rethinking and transforming your membership structure, plus guidelines for successful transition for both members and staff. Lessons-learned by small to medium museums with limited staff.




Media Relations in the Digital Age: What's Changing? Where’s it Going?

Marketing and Public Relations

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

In the digital era, the opportunities for earned media are constantly evolving. A panel of Atlanta-based media professionals with national influence share insights on the future of media – what is changing and where it’s going – and offer tips for PR experts on communicating with them to get their attention, reach key targets, avoid common pitfalls and more.




Creating Tours with Google Glass

Media and Technology

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Sculpting experiences for the Google Glass environment requires a different approach than traditional mobile tours. How should stories be told differently? What features of Glass can be tapped to maximize the storytelling experience? Which features increase focus? Does additional theatricality accommodate the technology?




Bullseye: Social Engagement Starts with You!

Career Management

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Explore a simple-but-powerful "bullseye" model to help you consider your unique role and contributions to your work as a museum professional, to your institution, to the field and to society.




How I Make the Case and Measure the Impact of my Museum

Forces of Change

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Learn how a museum director uses mapping software to advocate for her museum’s social, educational and community/statewide impact. Hear how she uses this map (developed in conjunction with the Association of Art Museum Directors) in practically every kind of conversation - with funders, with the school district, with Congress, and with her own board of trustees – to make the case for her museum.




Best Practices in Museum and Cultural Property Security

Facilities and Risk Management

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

The American Alliance of Museums and the Cultural Properties Council of ASIS International have recently published the Suggested Practices for Museum Collections Space Security. Learn more about the content of this document, how it was developed and how it may be applied to other high value security storage requirements. Additionally, the Smithsonian Institution has completed a national bench marking survey of the security organizations of cultural properties. The survey involved approximately 60 different museums, interviews with security professionals and consultants and an extensive literature review. The survey’s intent was to gather data on trends and commonalities of security organizational structures, pay, training, weapons requirements, customer service requirements, uniform requirements, resource strategies (proprietary, contract, or hybrid staffing models) and other criteria against which cultural property security organizations can benchmark.




Designers Deconstruct Success

Exhibit Planning and Design

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Designers examine recent notable and award-winning exhibition projects against a set of common questions, and share their understandings of the similarities in problems and processes all exhibit creators face. They’ll share insights on translating content into physical experiences, solving technical issues, making aesthetic choices, and the challenges of working in large, interdisciplinary teams.




Museum Event Planner Professional Development

Facilities and Risk Management

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

TBD




You Be the Judge: Mock Application Review Panel with IMLS

Development and Membership

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Get an inside look at the peer review process by participating in a fast-paced mock application review panel facilitated by IMLS program staff. Attendees will gain a greater appreciation for what reviewers look for and share insights for preparing their own application to these competitive programs.




Indigenous Peoples Network Board Meeting



Sunday   12-12 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 






Historic House Network Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 






PRAM Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   12-12 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 






AAM Sponsor Lounge



Sunday   7-5 p.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

The American Alliance of Museums invites its sponsors to relax, recharge and meet colleagues in the Sponsor Lounge.




Professional Network Leadership Breakfast

Breakfast

Sunday   8-9 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Leaders of the Alliance's 22 Professional Network are invited to a networking breakfast where you will have an opportunity to catch up with your colleagues, make new connections with the leadership of other networks and visit with AAM Board and staff.

Invitation only


AAM Council of Affiliates

Business Meeting

Sunday   8:30-10:30 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Representatives from national museum service organizations are invited to discuss pressing field-wide issues and share information about each organizations' initiatives.

Invitation only


CurCom Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-12 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 






Inside the Fox Theatre’s Historic Majesty

Onsite Insights

Sunday   9-11 a.m. Fox Theatre 

The Fox Theatre Tour will focus on both the tangible efforts and equipment to the intangible effects of segregation and how the Fox played into the efforts of desegregation - one of the first buildings in Atlanta to take, in 1962, such a huge and important social step. Through the years the Fox has proven time and time again to be an inspiration to the citizens of Atlanta, whether through the struggle to save it, the joy of a balcony “first kiss” during a movie, the delight in bringing a child to their first performance of the majesty of THE NUTCRACKER or through the magic of a tour and historic narrative. As part of the tour the Gift shop will be open and refreshments will be available for purchase in our Spanish Room providing for a networking opportunity. The Fox Theatre is ADA compliant however there should be an awareness that as a 1929 building there are some areas that do involve stairs.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


DIVCOM Executive Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-12 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 



Invitation only


Remembering Our Past and Realizing Our Future



Sunday   9-11:30 a.m. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site 

Join DIVCOM at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Historic Site in downtown Atlanta for a walking tour of locations where Dr. King was born, worked, worshipped and is buried. Following the tour, we will discuss how museum professionals can activate and advance AAM's Diversity and Inclusion initiative.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


NAME Field Trip: Conversations in Museum Exhibitions

Onsite Insights

Sunday   9-12 p.m. Center for Puppetry Arts 

Participants will explore the Center for Puppetry Arts, the nation’s largest nonprofit dedicated to puppetry, and participate in an "Excellent Judging" process where we will discuss criteria for excellence from a visitor-centered perspective. Beverly Serrell, who created the Framework for Assessing Excellence in Exhibitions, will facilitate this professional development activity. We'll then gather to hear from the Center's Exhibitions Director, Kelsey Fritz, who will share information about the museum renovation and expansion underway at their site.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


EdCom Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-12 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 



Invitation only


COMPT Network Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-12 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 



Invitation only


DAM (Development and Membership) Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-12 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 






Media & Technology Board Meeting



Sunday   9-12 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 






2015 ICOM-US Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   9-1 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel  L506-L507

2015 ICOM-US Spring Board Meeting

Invitation only


Designing Immersive School Tour Programs

Onsite Insights

Sunday   9:30-12 p.m. Atlanta History Center 

The Atlanta History Center invites AAM attendees to participate in Fight for Your Rights: The History of African American progress, one of four redesigned interactive school programs. Get the inside scoop on how it was developed using primary sources, first person accounts, and teacher feedback.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Community Engagement through Design Thinking

Onsite Insights

Sunday   10-11:30 a.m. Museum of Design 

Includes a museum visit and a presentation about a Design Thinking initiative that MODA is deploying in order to facilitate collaboration between design professionals and lay museum constituents in an effort to solve real-world problems in metro-Atlanta. There will be time for Q & A.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


International Fellows Orientation



Sunday   10-11 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 






AAMV Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   10-1 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel  L505



Invitation only


Confronting History Face to Face: How testimonial

Onsite Insights

Sunday   10:30-12 p.m. William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum 

Participants to this program will experience first-hand how the Breman Museum educates students about the Holocaust by 1)listening to a Holocaust survivor; 2)receiving a docent led tour in our Holocaust exhibition Absence of Humanity; 3) and interact with primary sources from the Holocaust.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


AIDS Memorial Quilt at NAMES Project Foundation

Onsite Insights

Sunday   11-12 p.m. The NAMES Project - AIDS Memorial Quilt 

Please join members of the the LGBTQ Alliance in visiting the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Headquartered in Atlanta, the The NAMES Project Foundation annually coordinates over 1,000 displays of the Quilt to foster healing, heighten awareness, and inspire action in the struggle against HIV and AIDS.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


AAM Board Orientation

Luncheon, Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   11-2 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 



Invitation only


Chinese Museum Leadership Welcome Luncheon

Luncheon

Sunday   11:45-1:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 



Invitation only


Direct Care Task Force Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   12-5 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 



Invitation only


Council of Regions

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   1-3 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 



Invitation only


NASMA Annual Meeting



Sunday   1-3 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel  L405-L406

The NASMA annual meeting is open to staff and volunteers of state museum associations.

Sponsored by the Florida Association of Museums



Registration Required


Hot Topics: NAME Exhibition Roundtable

Reception

Sunday   2-4:45 p.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

This in-depth forum will re-establish a long-lived and beloved exchange on exhibit development and design. All delegates are welcome; each participant shares a hot topic, provocateurs Paul Martin and Polly McKenna-Cress will facilitate insights, action, and problem solving by the collective group.




Museums Connect Alumni Discussion



Sunday   3-4 p.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Join alumni from the Museums Connect program to reflect on issues of cultural diplomacy, how projects continue to inform work, and how the experience is being leveraged for future success and impact.




Western Museums Association's Board Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Sunday   3:30-5 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel  L505






International Meet and Greet with the ICOM-US Board

Reception

Sunday   4:30-6 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Netork with the American Alliance of Museums and International Council of Museums (ICOM-US) leadership on issues of interest to the global museum community.




Network with LMN, CurCom, COMPT, SMAC, and Historic Houses

Reception

Sunday   6-8 p.m. Margaret Mitchell House 

Meet new colleagues and renew connections while steeping yourself in the history of the 1899 Margaret Mitchell House and grounds and the iconic "Gone With the Wind." Join with the Professional Networks of Leadership & Management, Curators Committee, Committee on Museum Professional Training, Small Museum Administrators, and Historic Houses.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


CARE Network Reception

Reception

Sunday   6-8 p.m. Glenn Hotel, Atlanta 

Start your AAM Conference with CARE! Enjoy conversation, mingling and refreshments at the Glenn Hotel, overlooking Marietta Street. The reception is open to anyone interested in audience research and evaluation - long-term, new, or potential CARE members. Join us for a stimulating evening.

Registration Required


EdCom Reception

Reception

Sunday   6-8 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) 

Join colleagues from the Education Professional Network (EdCom) and the Museum Education Roundtable for a fun and inspiring evening of lively conversation, mingling and refreshments.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Creative Coalitions Joint Reception

Reception

Sunday   6-8 p.m. William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum 

Creativity and innovation grow out of collaborations among diverse perspectives. Meet with a broad group of museum professionals about inclusion, diversity, and sustainability. Members of the Latino, Indigenous Peoples and Museums, Asian Pacific American networks, AAAM, DIVCOM, LGBTQ, and PIC Green invite you to mingle, drink, eat and enjoy Maurice Sendak’s exhibition.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


DAM/PRAM Reception

Reception

Sunday   6-8 p.m. Fox Theatre 

Join colleagues from the DAM and PRAM professional networks at a reception at the historic Fox Theater.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Opening Night Party

Reception

Sunday   9-11 p.m. High Museum of Art 



Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Traveling Exhibits Network Breakfast

Breakfast

Monday   12-12 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Conference attendees are invited to network and learn about current and upcoming traveling exhibition offerings and traveling exhibit related services.

Registration Required


Small Museums and Volunteers



Monday   12-12 a.m. MuseumExpo 

Join your small museum colleagues in welcoming members of the American Association of Museum Volunteers for roundtable discussions on training volunteers; technology for volunteer management; designing a great internships; and teen volunteers.




SMAC Breakfast

Breakfast

Monday   12-12 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Start your day off right by networking with your small museum colleagues at the SMAC breakfast. Share ideas about the great things small museums are doing. Discuss current museum issues and what it means to be a small museum. Everyone is welcome!

Registration Required


AAM Sponsor Lounge



Monday   7-5 p.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

The American Alliance of Museums invites its sponsors to relax, recharge and meet colleagues in the Sponsor Lounge.




PIC Green Breakfast: Sustainability Excellence Awa

Breakfast

Monday   7:15-8:15 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Rise and shine with Pic Green! At this breakfast, we will recognize this year's winners of AAM's Sustainability Excellence Award. Come to learn about and be inspired by the good work being done to further sustainability efforts throughout our field. Everyone's welcome!

Registration Required


AAM Fellows Breakfast

Breakfast

Monday   7:15-8:15 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

The AAM Fellows breakfast is an opportunity for Annual Meeting Fellows to informally network and meet one another, AAM Board and staff.

Invitation only


Media & Technology Breakfast

Breakfast

Monday   7:15-8:15 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Catch up with your fellow technologist! Don't miss the only opportunity to meet the 2015 MUSE Award winners and learn about their projects. There will be ample time for newcomers to get acquainted and for us to talk about technology trends that are impacting all of our galleries, libraries, archives, and museums.

Registration Required


COMPT Network Membership Breakfast

Breakfast

Monday   7:15-8:15 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Breakfast meeting. Speaker tba.

Registration Required


Academic Museums Task Force Meeting

Board/Committee Meeting

Monday   7:30-9 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 



Invitation only


AAM Leadership and Career Management Program



Monday   8:30-9:45 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

A special on-site leadership and career management program exclusively for fellowship recipients. Invited experts will lead three 75-minute workshops on leadership- and career-related topics.

Invitation only


International Museum Theatre Alliance (IMTAL) Lunch

Luncheon

Monday   12-1:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel  L507

Meet and network with current IMTAL members. Hear from our board of directors about recent museum theatre updates and present IMTAL's annual awards.

Registration Required


Solution Center Presentations



Monday   12-5 p.m. MuseumExpo 

The Solutions Center will feature brief presentations by experts who will offer tips and guidance on making commercial transactions on products and




ICOM-US Annual Luncheon and Business Meeting

Luncheon

Monday   12-1:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel  Imperial Salon A

Meet up with your ICOM colleagues and hear what ICOM-US is planning for the future! Learn more about ICOM-US updates and other future programs to look forward to. *Pre-registration required ($40 ticket)

Registration Required


AAM Sponsor Rebook



Monday   12-5 p.m. MuseumExpo 






AAM Resource Center



Monday   12-5:30 p.m. MuseumExpo 

Come discover the benefits of your AAM membership at the AAM Resource Center located in MuseumExpo. You’ll get the chance to meet AAM staff, Board members and members of the Professional Network community.




AAM Resource Center Events



Monday   12-5:30 p.m. MuseumExpo 






LGBTQ Alliance Luncheon

Luncheon

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Join the The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Alliance for our annual luncheon. This year we will review a set of Welcoming Guidelines. Introduced last year, we will be presenting and discussing a draft of the entire document. We will also be reviewing our updated Social Media strategy.

Registration Required


CARE Luncheon

Luncheon

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Join CARE for lunch and lively conversation! Enjoy lunch with colleagues and take part in an open discussion on related issues. A panel will start the conversation, but we look forward to hearing from everyone.

Registration Required


AASLH History Lunch

Luncheon

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel  L508

If you work or volunteer in a history organization or just love history and want to be around the people who “do history” for a living, this is the luncheon for you! Meet others in the field and share information about common issues while enjoying a great lunch and program related to our host city.

Registration Required


Association of Academic Museums & Galleries Lunch

Luncheon

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel  L401-L402

Join AAMG members from around the nation to learn about the association's many achievements over the past year, meet your state and regional representatives and hear about AAMG's exciting new initiatives.

Registration Required


Latino Network Lunch

Luncheon

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Come celebrate the LN (aka LNPIC) 20th Anniversary and help us expand our reach. Founders and recent board members will engage in a panel discussion sharing the network history. Everyone will be invited to help us envision the network’s future.
Moderator: Ranald Woodaman, Exhibitons and Public Programs Director, Smithsonian Latino Center


Registration Required


American Association for Museum Volunteers Lunch

Luncheon

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel  L506

Meet and network with members and the board of the American Association for Museum Volunteers (AAMV). If you are new to volunteer management or have ideas to improve your museum's volunteer program, this is a great opportunity to share ideas with colleagues from all kinds and sizes of museums.

Registration Required


Leadership & Management Network Luncheon

Luncheon

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Join LMN colleagues for a lively presentation by Nik Honeysett: "Technology, Innovation and Risk - Don’t Leave Your Institution Without It." Nik is CEO of the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, providing technology support, development and strategy for the museums in Balboa Park, San Diego and beyond. Nik is also a member of the AAM Board of Directors.

Registration Required


DAM (Development and Membership) Lunch

Luncheon

Monday   12:15-1:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

The Development and Membership Committee invite all convention attendtees to the Annual DAM Lunch featuring a presentation by a thought leader in the field of philanthropy.

Registration Required


CARE Marketplace of Ideas

Marketplace of Ideas

Monday   3:15-5:15 p.m. MuseumExpo 

The 2015 CARE Marketplace of Ideas will explore the Annual Meeting theme, “The Social Value of Museums: Inspiring Change,” by showcasing how audience research and evaluation can inform museums as they seek to find meaningful and socially relevant ways of interacting and engaging with the public. Poster presentations will present multiple examples of innovative, critical, and cross-disciplinary thinking that will enable us, as museum professionals, to have a deeper understanding of a museum’s social value and inspire us to facilitate change within our communities.




COMPT Inspiring Change with Continued Prof. Education

Marketplace of Ideas

Monday   3:15-5:15 p.m. MuseumExpo 

Whether you have an established career or are just starting out in the field come see what kinds of opportunities are available for museum professional training. As professors and practitioners, COMPT members train today’s current and future museum professionals through academic and experiential learning. COMPT Marketplace provides an introduction to a variety of resources and a forum to explore the possibilities.




Association of Academic Museums & Galleries Reception

Reception

Monday   5-6:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Catch up with your academic friends and colleagues over drinks and a nosh.




Registrars Emerging Museum Professionals Reception

Reception

Monday   5-6:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Join this fun reception hosted by the Registrars Committee welcoming Emerging Museum Professionals in collections care. Enjoy a beverage and appetizers while you mix and mingle with newcomers to the field as well as senior professionals.
Free and open to all attendees. Please RSVP when you register for the AAM meeting.


Registration Required


Accreditation Program Reception

Reception

Monday   5-6:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Staff, volunteers and trustees from accredited museums are invited to enjoy drinks and light fare while mingling with fellow accredited museum delegates, accreditation commissioners and program staff. It's AAM's way of saying thank you for your contribution to upholding standards and excellence.

Invitation only


Reception for Members and Friends of Oklahoma Museums

Reception

Monday   5-6:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel  M303

Join us at the reception to network with members and friends of the Oklahoma Museums Association, Museum of the Red River and Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art.

Invitation only


Bank Street College Museum Education Reception

Reception

Monday   5-6:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel  M101

Graduates from the Leadership in Museum Education and Museum Education programs at Bank Street as well as other delegates with an interest in museum education are welcome to mix and mingle over wine and light refreshments.




University of the Arts, Philadelphia Museum Counci

Reception

Monday   5:30-7 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel  M304

Come enjoy refreshments and light fare and catch up with University of the Arts Museum Studies alumni and members of Philadelphia Museum Council and Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums




GW Museum Studies Alumni Reception

Reception

Monday   6-8 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel  M301

Please join your fellow GW alumni for a reception for alumni, faculty, and students. Mingle with old friends, reconnect with the faculty, meet current students and network with fellow alumni!

Invitation only


Dine Arounds



Monday   6:30-8:30 p.m. Offsite, Atlanta 






NAME Party

Reception

Monday   7-10 p.m. College Football Hall of Fame 

Kick off the conference with old friends and new colleagues from across the exhibition field at the annual NAME Party. Immerse yourself in state-of-the-art interactives and augmented reality characteristic of the new College Football Hall of Fame’s expansive exhibits. Test your game skills, party like a fan, and plan to play at this active evening of fun.

Registration Required


Humble Beginnings to Highest Office to International

Evening Event

Monday   7-10 p.m. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library 

See how the Carter Presidential Museum redesigned itself to tell the story of a Georgia farm boy and his journey to the presidency and beyond. Feast on heavy hors d'oeuvres, hear from former Library director Jay Hakes on the redesign, see a performance of Raising a President and tour the museum.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


An Evening at the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Evening Event

Monday   7:30-10:30 p.m. Atlanta Botanical Garden 

Immerse yourself in the stunning displays and collections of this world-renowned botanical garden. AAM guests will be the first to view the Garden’s summer exhibition of Bruce Munro’s light art. Enjoy entertainment, hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar as you stroll through the Garden at twilight.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


The Center for Civil and Human Rights: Inspiration

Evening Event

Monday   7:30-10:30 p.m. National Center for Civil and Human Rights 

While mingling with longtime friends and new colleagues, find sparks of inspiration throughout the galleries of the Center for Civil and Human Rights. Be moved by the power of music, enjoy an evening of self-discovery, and witness how movements catch fire.

Registration Required


Historic House Network Breakfast

Breakfast

Tuesday   12-12 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Join us for a networking breakfast and general meeting with professionals from a diverse array of historic house museums to share ideas and best practices.

Registration Required


EdCom Luncheon

Luncheon

Tuesday   12-12 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Join the Education Professional Network (EdCom) for lunch with colleagues from around the country, a celebration of our annual award recipients, and a thought-provoking conversation with Doug Shipman, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta.

Registration Required


Latino Network Roundtable



Tuesday   3:30-5:30 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Join colleagues from the US, Latin America & the world to network and discuss issues on cultural representation, programming & interpretation relevant to Latino &Latin American museums, collections, exhibitions& audiences.Explore ways to strengthen our engagement and leadership in the museum field.




AAM Sponsor Lounge



Tuesday   7-5 p.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

The American Alliance of Museums invites its sponsors to relax, recharge and meet colleagues in the Sponsor Lounge.




Indigenous Peoples Museum Network Breakfast

Breakfast

Tuesday   7:15-8:15 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Join us for this breakfast and networking forum for those interested in strengthening the Native American voice and leadership within the museum field and AAM. Attendees will have an opportunity to share with colleagues information about their current projects and talk with others about their work.

Registration Required


2015 National Program Committee Orientation

Breakfast, Business Meeting

Tuesday   7:15-8:15 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 



Invitation only


DIVCOM Breakfast

Breakfast

Tuesday   7:15-8:15 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

The DIVCOM Breakfast welcomes all members of AAM, DIVCOM or other related Professional Networks. We will provide a brief update on DIVCOM activity and initiatives, and have an open discussion on related interests.

Registration Required


NAME Breakfast

Breakfast

Tuesday   7:15-8:15 a.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Participate in the annual business meeting of the NAME Professional Network. Link up with NAME members from your region and around the country, hear about NAME activities and opportunities learn how you can engage.

Registration Required


AAM Leadership and Career Management Program



Tuesday   8:30-9:45 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

A special on-site leadership and career management program exclusively for fellowship recipients. Invited experts will lead three 75-minute workshops on leadership- and career-related topics.

Invitation only


Technology Innovation Zone - Learning Lab Stage



Tuesday   10-5:30 p.m. MuseumExpo 

Located in the Technology Innovation pavilion, Come learn about cost- and time-saving solutions and cutting-edge technologies




AAM Resource Center Events



Tuesday   10-5:30 p.m. MuseumExpo 






China Behind-the-Scenes Museum Tour



Tuesday   10-12 p.m. Michael C. Carlos Museum 

The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, is the premier art and antiquities museum in the Southeastern US. The Carlos Museum is recognized for presenting an international and distinguished exhibition calendar, operating a teaching laboratory and conservation center, developing highly-regarded educational programs for the University and community, and maintaining the highest professional standards in collections care and exhibition design. On this invitation only tour, participants will see the highlights of the permanent collection with knowledgeable docents, get a behind-the-scenes look at the Conservation Laboratory, tour the special exhibition African Cosmos: Stellar Arts, and create an original work of art with local artists.

Invitation only, Transportation Provided


Alliance Peer Review Reception

Reception

Tuesday   11-12 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

MAP and Accreditation Peer Reviewers are invited to enjoy coffee and conversation. Network with fellow peer reviewers and meet Alliance staff and Accreditation Commissioners. It's our way of saying thank you for your contribution to standards, excellence and leadership in the field.

Invitation only


AAM Resource Center



Tuesday   12-5:30 p.m. MuseumExpo 

Come discover the benefits of your AAM membership at the AAM Resource Center located in MuseumExpo. You’ll get the chance to meet AAM staff, Board members and members of the Professional Network community.




AAM Sponsor Rebook



Tuesday   12-5 p.m. MuseumExpo 






Solutions Center Stage



Tuesday   12-5 p.m. MuseumExpo 

The Solutions Center will feature brief presentations by experts who will offer tips and guidance on making commercial transactions on products and




PRAM Luncheon

Luncheon

Tuesday   12:15-1:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Join PR & Marketing colleagues for lunch, and an insightful presentation from an industry thought leader.

Registration Required


NAME Luncheon

Luncheon

Tuesday   12:15-1:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Network with NAME colleagues over lunch and participate in a fast-paced challenge to exercise your creativity and collaboration. The activity will be led by Beth Kaminsky, NAME Board Member and Manager of Exhibit Development for History Colorado Center.

Registration Required


Visitor Services Network Luncheon

Luncheon

Tuesday   12:15-1:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Join us for a networking luncheon with professionals working in visitor services to share ideas and best practices. Museum staff from vistior services, membership and marketing are all welcome.

Registration Required


Registrars Annual Luncheon (RC-AAM luncheon)

Luncheon

Tuesday   12:15-1:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

This annual business luncheon is open to all Registrars Committee members. Committee chairs will brief attendees on activities, honor fellows, acknowledge sponsors, and announce new elected officers.

Registration Required


CurCom Luncheon

Luncheon

Tuesday   12:15-1:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 

Network with colleagues from around the country. Hear the current updates about CurCom projects for 2015 and be invigorated by presentations of participants in the Excellence in Label Writing and Excellence in Exhibition competitions. All are welcome.

Registration Required


2015/2016 Host Committee Meet & Greet

Reception

Tuesday   5-6:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel 



Invitation only


Dine Arounds



Tuesday   6:30-8:30 p.m. Offsite, Atlanta 






The Contemporary & the Westside

Evening Event

Tuesday   7-10 p.m. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center 

The Contemporary invites AAM to preview the exhibition, Pratfall Tramps curated by Rachel Reese, enjoy food and drinks provided by neighborhood restaurants, tour select, on-site, artists’ studios from our Studio Artist Program, and enjoy a performance presented specially for this audience.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


SEMC Evening Event

Dinner, Evening Event

Tuesday   7-10 p.m. Fernbank Museum of Natural History 

Engage in the most unique “culture and cocktail” party in Atlanta at Fernbank Museum of Natural History with your SEMC colleagues. Pick your poison in the special exhibition The Power of Poison and indulge in Southern food, specialty cocktails, music and dancing. Fernbank offers a world of adventure and hip social scene.

Co-sponsored by Malone Design/Fabrication and Solid Light, Inc.



Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Meet the Past Progressive Dinner at the Atlanta History Center

Evening Event

Tuesday   7-10:30 p.m. Atlanta History Center 

Enjoy Southern cuisine & libations, encounter historic characters of the 1928 Swan House mansion, enjoy a casual dinner at the Smith Family Farm while meeting the residents of this Civil War homefront. Explore our award-winning exhibitions with dessert and dance back into modern times in the Museum

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


An Evening of Worldly Delights at the Michael C. C

Evening Event

Tuesday   7:30-10:30 p.m. Michael C. Carlos Museum 

Surround yourself with artifacts from ancient cultures while strolling musicians entertain. Participate in art activities in each gallery. Interact with docents. Save time for our bookstore featuring ancient cultures of Egypt, Greece, Rome, the Near East, the Americas, Asia, and Africa.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


AAM Sponsor Lounge



Wednesday   7-5 p.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

The American Alliance of Museums invites its sponsors to relax, recharge and meet colleagues in the Sponsor Lounge.




Registration



Wednesday   7:30-12 p.m. Georgia World Congress Center 






Management of Aggressive Behavior ½ Day Intro



Wednesday   8-12 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel  M302

Half-day program covering how to recognize, reduce & manage violent and aggressive behavior. Responsible for helping participants avoid crisis on numerous occasions. Program participants will learn to recognize potential problems and deal with them in a safe, non-threatening, professional manner.

Registration Required


IFCPP’s Full-Day CIPM Training & Certification Course



Wednesday   8:30-4:30 p.m. Marriott Marquis Hotel  M301

Provides latest info for professionals in a management role. Full-day coursework includes emergency preparedness, physical security, fire protection, legal considerations, workplace violence prevention, protection of collections, staff training, business continuity & more.

Registration Required


AAM Resource Center Events



Wednesday   9-12 p.m. MuseumExpo 






Developing a Successful Session Proposal



Wednesday   9:15-10:30 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Is your work advancing the Museum field? Do you have valuable advice to share with colleagues? Submit a session for the 2016 AAM Annual Meeting! Learn submission process basics, tips on developing content, and insights into how to make your proposal stand out to the National Program Committee.




AAM Leadership and Career Management Program



Wednesday   9:15-10:30 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

A special on-site leadership and career management program exclusively for fellowship recipients. Invited experts will lead three 75-minute workshops on leadership- and career-related topics.

Invitation only


Museums Connect: Program Overview and Application



Wednesday   10:15-11:30 a.m. Georgia World Congress Center 

Learn how your museum can be engaged in Museums Connect, a program that partners US & international museums & their communities on projects of profound social impact.Representatives from the US Department of State,AAM,& past participants will share information on the program and application process.




AAM Resource Center



Wednesday   12-5:30 p.m. MuseumExpo 

Come discover the benefits of your AAM membership at the AAM Resource Center located in MuseumExpo. You’ll get the chance to meet AAM staff, Board members and members of the Professional Network community.




Sustainable Design and Operations Tour

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   1-3 p.m. Atlanta Monetary Museum 

Tour LEED-EBOM Gold certified Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta / Monetary Museum, and Southface Energy Institute, a non-profit offering green building and sustainability programs. Attendees will learn how these organizations align their mission with environmental, economic, and social stewardship.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Connecting Museums, Communities and Natural Herita

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   2-4 p.m. Fernbank Museum of Natural History 

Fernbank Museum grew out of the 65-acre old-growth Fernbank Forest, the largest of its kind in a major metropolitan area and crucial to connecting people as co-stewards of our natural heritage. Tour this treasure and hear how staff has approached sustainability, access, and engaging stakeholders.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


A Flipped Field Trip: Lessons from The Museum School

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   2-3:30 p.m. The Museum School 

The Museum School of Avondale Estates is pleased to welcome you for a tour, hands-on workshop, and discussion of “the museum model”. Join us to explore this form of community partnership and to discuss the social value of museums and how they are inspiring educational change.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Around the World with the CDC Museum

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   2-3:30 p.m. CDC Museum 

Take part in a global health fair where you will meet CDC “disease detectives” and public health professionals who are working on the frontlines, including those involved in controlling the recent Ebola fever epidemic. View Gyre: Plastics from the Ocean, a unique contemporary art and science exhibition that explores the complex relationship between humans and the ocean in a contemporary culture of consumption--organized by the Anchorage Museum.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Finding Calm in the Small Museum

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   2-4 p.m. Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw State University 

Working at a small museum can mean wearing many hats. Installing exhibits, leading tours, taking out the trash can all be in a day’s work regardless of title. Sometimes we need a chance to just stop and reflect. Join us for such a moment. Start with a curator's tour of “Pause,” an exhibit contemplating stillness through contemporary and historic forms of portraiture. Follow that with a meditation session, and then while enjoying light refreshments, discuss how to do a lot with a little as we each work toward ambitious, impactful programming despite our limited resources- one breath at a time.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Find Inspiration Inside: Center for Civil and Human Rights

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   2:30-4 p.m. National Center for Civil and Human Rights 

Attendees will find inspiration through a strategic look at how The Center for Civil and Human Rights' exhibitions have been carefully curated to educate, inspire, and empower. As a recently opened institution, attendees will get a first look at how innovation has been woven into the framework of what we do and who we are.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Solve Your Personal Problems with Art-o-mancy

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   3-5 p.m. High Museum of Art 

Art-o-mancy gives you insight into any question you ask about your life by turning the museum into an oracle. Blindfolded, you’ll choose a place on the museum map, be led there and choose your art. Interpreting your answer is a fun interactive process with your small group. Be prepared for miracles!

Registration Required, Transportation Provided


Paper: Cultural Catalyst

Onsite Insights

Wednesday   3-4:30 p.m. Museum of Paper Making 

Participants will explore exhibits and try different paper-arts techniques, including making their own sheets of paper. While exploring the museum galleries, meet with museum staff for informal discussions on museum programs, the unique collection, and the significance of paper.

Registration Required, Transportation Provided