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The 2018 Michigan Museums Association Conference will take place in Dearborn

October 28-30, 2018 

Concurrent Sessions
Wednesday, October 18

The Artistry of Brewing a Signature Festival for the Museum and Community (P)

    • Kyle Liechty, Festival Director with the Ella Sharp Museum
    • Clay McAndrews, Marketing Chair with the Jackson Young Professionals
    • Dave Burgdorf, Winemaker and Owner with Burgdorf's Winery
    • Melissa Stroede, Community Presenting Sponsor with County National Bank 

It takes the combination of unique ingredients, top shelf investments, and quality camaraderie to create a memorable cocktail tasting experience.  Over 13 years of event mixology, the Ella Sharp Museum has finally crafted a refined beverage that treats all taste buds, from experimentalists to connoisseurs alike.   The panelists will discuss the ingredients and investments that it takes to create the annual “Art, Beer and Wine Festival,” the signature fundraising event at the museum, from a range of perspectives from across the community.  

No Experience Necessary: How To Bring Change Through Strategy Development (H)

    • Max Evjen, Exhibitions Technology Specialist, Michigan State University Museum

Does your organization need to develop a strategy but you don’t know where to start? Are you looking for a way to make change in your organization in which all voices in the organization are heard? If so, this session is for you! This session will guide participants through a tested method of using the Digital Engagement Framework to facilitate strategy in their own organization. Participants will walk away with a document that begins to outline a strategy (digital or other) for their own organization that they can fill out more completely with individuals in those organizations.

Working with Elected Officials  (H)

    • Andrew Johnston, Vice President of Government and Corporate Affairs, Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
In this session, discover how to be an impactful advocate for your institution and the museum industry. Session attendees will come away with effective strategies for developing relationships with local and state elected officials. Learn who your officials are, how to approach them, and walk away with tips, tricks and resources to tell your story. 

Inventories: How to Handle Undocumented Objects, Deaccessioning and Direct Care (H)

    • Sarah Humes, Registrar, Kalamazoo Valley Museum
    • Samantha Engel, Historian, Dow Gardens
    • Brian S. Jaeschke, Registrar, Mackinac State Historic Parks

For many museums, tackling an inventory and the potential problems that may arise can be intimidating. Inventories bring to light problems that have typically been set aside or deemed low-priority. Museums and historic houses of all types and sizes continue to ask:  What’s the best way to face an inventory?  What about undocumented objects? How do we deal with objects that no longer fit within our mission?

Not only will this engaging and interactive session tackle these questions, but also those concerning a museum’s ethical and legal obligations for undocumented and found-in-collection objects, how to incorporate those items into your collection, and the standards/best practices for deaccessioning and direct care.

 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

 The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Michigan Museums Association 313-334-7643 PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721

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