Connecting to Community: Learn from the National Medalists!
Forces of Change
Washington State Convention Center  Wednesday, May 21  8:45-10 a.m.     611-612 
Learn from the best as IMLS National Medal for Museum Service recipients share insights on positioning themselves as community anchor institutions. Presentations will be followed by interactive work groups with the medalists to help you develop innovative ideas to benefit your own community.

Session Format :    Creative Collaborations

Learner Outcomes

Cathryn Ferree - Conner Prairie Museum

Cindy Foley - Columbus Museum of Art

Cindy Meyers Foley is the Executive Assistant Director and Director of Learning and Experience at the Columbus Museum of Art. In 2011,she envisioned and led the charge to adopt a new framework that established creativity as the lens for learning and visitor experiences-- launching the museum's Center for Creativity. In 2013, the museum received the National Medal for Museums in recognition of this work.

Randee Humphrey - Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Inc.

Randee Humphrey is a member of the senior leadership team at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA. Director of Education since October 2004, she oversees a team of 13 staff involved in public, school and special audience programs; community outreach, civic engagement, and strategic partnerships; educational exhibits and interpretation; and management of library and herbarium collections. Her 30-year career in cultural non-profit management includes service as Director of Education and

Katherine Marciniec - Boston Children's Museum

Christopher Reich - Institute of Museum & Library Services

Chris Reich joined the staff of IMLS in 2006 as a senior program officer. In his current position, he works closely with the Deputy Director on issues related to grants management and agency operations. He also manages interagency and cooperative agreements, including the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) and the Conservation Assessment Program (CAP). He has worked in the museum field for over 40 years, including positions as director and curator at museums in Iowa, Alabama, and Connecticut.