How can museums serve people who don’t come through their doors? Three Michigan-based museums have successfully extended their reach by taking their exhibits beyond their own walls to meet new audiences where they are. During this session, learn how the traveling exhibition launched at the Arab American National Museum five years ago has grown to serve more than 300,000 visitors in 2016. Discover two examples of how the Michigan State University Museum co-develops exhibitions to expand their reach within Michigan, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Hear about the “Top Five Messy Lessons” of community outreach programs at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Session participants will learn the challenges these organizations faced when taking exhibitions outside of the walls of their museums; important lessons learned by each of these organizations that can be applied to museums large and small; and the impact of traveling exhibitions for these institutions as well as the communities they serve.
Parenting in the Workplace (C)
Are you a parent? Thinking about jumping on the baby bandwagon? Sit down with your colleagues to have a constructive and realistic conversation about parenting while working in museums. Guided by the moderators, you will have the opportunity to discuss challenges and successes when it comes to museum work and the apple(s) of your eye. Finish the discussion with next-steps and ideas for how to keep the conversation going.
Museums Advocacy Day: Speaking Out for Museums (P)
MMA has participated in AAM's Museums Advocacy Day since its inception. The event gathers museum professionals from throughout the country to visit the offices of U.S. Senators and Representatives. In recent years, increased participation by MMA members has resulted in a stronger impact and stronger relationships between Michigan museums and those who represent our state in Washington D.C. Learn about the event from members who have attended, and find out how you can participate, from home or in person, in 2018.
Curating Craftivism (P)
Craftivism, according to Betsy Greer, is “a way of looking at life where voicing opinions through creativity makes your voice stronger, your compassion deeper and your quest for justice more infinite.” How might museums co-create and collect handmade objects made as sociopolitical statements? How might museums secure and preserve the voices of their makers? How does craftivism redefine practices of historical communities and how do museum professionals then rethink collections? This panel engages museums' roles as sites of civic engagement as well as examines the everyday difficulties of organizing, documenting, curating, exhibiting, and managing collections based on craft and politics.