Awesome #AASLHMMA2016 Workshop Opportunities

July 22, 2016 1:00 PM | Anonymous member

Are you looking to learn some practical skills from museum professionals who have already done what you’re trying to do? Does learning new ways to approach a problem sound pretty cool? Then make sure to register for the #AASLHMMA2016 conference and select a workshop along with your registration! Workshops are a great way to gain hands-on knowledge about what other museums are doing and what they’ve come up with that’s new and exciting.

Pre-meeting workshops are an additional cost on top of the registration fee and are being held on Wednesday, September 14th.  There are many different workshops to choose from but I’d like to focus on the two that were hand-picked by the MMA Programs Team with our members in mind.

GRAM staff and Board Members Collaborate to Create a Strategic Plan
Photo Credit: Design Thinking for Museums article

Unlocking Innovation: Design Thinking in Museums

Jon Carfagno (Director of Learning and Audience Engagement at the Grand Rapids Art Museum) will lead this full-day workshop on the topic of Design Thinking. Design Thinking, also referred to as human-centered design, is essentially a process used for problem solving or generating new ideas in a human-centered, collaborative way. The Grand Rapids Art Museum has been using this approach for everything from finding small ways to improve the visitor experience to developing a new strategic plan. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to learn practical methods for applying the Design Thinking process to solving problems at their institution. Hearing more about how GRAM has taken this human-centered approach to planning is bound to be fascinating and useful for institutions of all kinds that are hoping to brainstorm creative changes at their institution.


Gallery Teachers with Students at the Detroit Institute of Arts
Photo Credit: Instagram @diadetroit

Connecting with Art: Continuing the Classroom, Evolving Teaching Practices at the DIA

Sue Troia (Manager, Gallery Teaching and Senior Trainer at the Detroit Institute of Arts) will lead this afternoon lab. A lab is similar to a workshop, except that instead of being held at the conference center it will be held on-site at the DIA. It will focus on what the DIA has been doing over the past few years in order to reach a larger number of students while simultaneously creating more engaging experiences for those students. These changes include the creation of a mobile interactive classroom called DIA Away: Think Like an Artist, building new partnerships with school districts, and expanding offerings for school groups. Participants will have the chance to spend time in the galleries and experience some of the engagement strategies Gallery Teachers use with students first-hand. There will also be opportunities to discuss with staff some of the successes they have experienced and challenges they have faced during this period of change.

In addition to the two above, AASLH is hosting a variety of pre-meeting workshop opportunities. In the morning, you can check out, Connecting Audiences to Traditional Stories: Interpreting American Military History in the 21st Century, Housing Materials for Storage and Exhibition of Photographs, making/history, or CEO Forum: Leading the Field—Advocating for History. In the afternoon, AASLH is offering Reassessing Historic Clothing Exhibits: Innovative and Practical Solutions for Costume Mounting on a Budget or The SHA Wednesday Workshop: Meeting Your Educational Mission and Earning Revenue. And if you want a full day workshop experience, try Easy to Read: A guide to Transcribing Historical Documents.

I don’t know about you, but I wish I could participate in all of the above! Registration is open now and there are just a few more days left to register at the Early Bird rate. So head over and register by July 29th and join us in Detroit in September!

Julia Toro
Detroit Institute of Arts
MMA Communications Team

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