FREE: Staff of Member Museums (all Tiers), Individual, Ally and Industry Partner Members

$50: Non-members

Registrants receive a discount on Art & Energy

All individuals registered for this program receive a discount on purchase of Art & Energy (retail price $34.95)

  • Alliance members: $25 (17% discount)
  • Non-members: $29.95 

To request your discounted copy of the book, contact Bettena Kirkland.

How Energy Changes Culture

Tuesday, Sept. 9
2–3 p.m. (ET)

An Alliance Online Town Hall

From our beginnings, every energy source has changed the way we live, think and value the world around us—changes that are represented in the art, science, culture and history collected, interpreted and presented by museums. From our ancient mastery of fire to our exploitation of both natural and social sources of energy (e.g. slavery) to the development of renewable energy sources, each new source of energy transforms how we interact with the world, communicate and organize our communities.

Join Barry Lord as he discusses his new book, Art & Energy: How Culture Changes, in which he demonstrates how our values and cultural expression are affected by our efforts to access and control the energy sources that make culture possible.

How Will I Benefit?

By participating in this program, attendees will be better able to explore new approaches to:

  • Interpreting art history and contemporary art
  • Teaching and learning about energy, science and technology in relation to their influence on art and the social and cultural world that they make possible.

Who Should Attend

Museum colleagues interested in exploring new ways to interpret art, science, history and cultural change in the light of the social and cultural values that they sustain.



  • Greg Stevens, assistant director, professional development, American Alliance of Museums, Washington, DC
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Registered participants receive access instructions 48 hours prior to live event.

About Alliance Online Town Halls

Alliance Online Town Halls are periodic webcasts presented as an Alliance member benefit, featuring timely information that impacts the individuals and institutions that comprise our field. Past Town Halls have featured Alliance President Ford W. Bell on the "State of the Alliance" and Elizabeth Merritt from the Alliance's Center for the Future of Museums on TrendsWatch 2014. Have an important topic you'd like to see presented in a future Alliance Online Town Hall? Let us know!

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation requests for Alliance professional development programs must be received in writing no later than one week prior to the event date to receive a full refund of your registration fees. Refund requests will not be accepted after that date. The Alliance reserves the right to cancel any program at any time, for any reason. In the event of a program cancellation by the Alliance, attendees will receive a full refund of their registration fees. For face-to-face programs, the Alliance is not responsible for any travel or hotel expenses incurred as a result of your participation or cancellation of an event.