"I wish somebody had told me...."
Exhibit Planning and Design
The Conference Center  Tuesday, May 20  1:45-3 p.m.     304 
Inspired by The Moth’s live storytelling events, we host a Museum STORYslam. Each presenter tells a true five-minute story on the theme, “What I wish somebody had told me when I started in museums.” We’ll add some open-mic volunteers and share a DIY activity with tips to help you do a story pitch.

Sponsored by Exhibits Development Group (EDG).


Session Format :    Storytelling

Learner Outcomes

Catherine Hughes - Conner Prairie Museum

I am a hybrid museum/theatre professional who has written, directed and performed over many years about art, science and history. I've studied and writtten about visitor response to performance and live interpretation in museums. I have also taught a museum theatre course at Butler University, and lectured at various institutions. Currently, I oversee live interpretation across Conner Prairie's many experience areas, as well as oversee evaluation.

Judy Rand - Rand & Associates

Judy Rand's experience planning, writing, and editing interpretive media began at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, where she introduced a new approach to communicating with visitors. She developed the aquarium’s interpretive plan, setting its distinctive style, tone & voice. As master developer, she launched groundbreaking exhibitions. Today, as an independent professional, Judy works with exhibit teams nationwide. The AAM Label Writing Competition has cited her work for excellence eight times.

Ed Rodley - Peabody Essex Museum

Eric Siegel -

Eric Siegel is Director and Chief Content Officer at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) where he leads new projects and research. Eric has been in senior roles in art and science museums for 35. He has published widely, served on the graduate faculty of the New York University and as President of the National Association for Museum Exhibition; Board Member of SolarOne, an urban environmental organization in NYC; and Chairman of the Museums Council of New York City.

Nina Simon - Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History