Post by Julie Cook of the Historic Ford Estate
Each year at the MMA annual conference the Michigan museum community comes together to share ideas on how we can engage visitors, create relevant programming and exhibitions, be the best stewards of our cultural heritage, advocate for our missions, and so much more! The venues through which we transmit these ideas take many forms: sessions, speakers, tours, and…evening receptions!
Call it networking, engaging, conversing, mingling, discussing, debating, or just plain talking- when we come together to share our ideas and experiences, our community grows and we develop a better understanding of ourselves and each other. The relaxed setting of the evening events promotes free and open discussion for connecting with other conference attendees.
This year at the annual conference, MMA will partner with three local institutions to host the evening receptions. These museums have the opportunity to open their doors to our state-wide museum community and not only provide a setting for conference attendees to engage with one another, but also showcase their institutions and the local Lansing community. Following are descriptions for all three of our wonderful evening receptions and the unique experiences you will find at each event.
Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum
Tuesday, October 17
Start the conference off on a stimulating note surrounded by the dynamic art and architecture of the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum! Situated on the edge of the Michigan State University campus in the heart of East Lansing, the museum was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid and features contemporary as well as historical art collections. Take in the unique setting and artwork while networking with fellow attendees. Guests will have a chance to hear remarks from the museum’s director, Marc-Olivier Wahler, and explore The Transported Man exhibition during its final week on view.
Michigan Historical Museum
Wednesday, October 18
This evening reception embodies our Michigan roots by providing hors d’oeuvres, drinks, and history all themed around our Great Lakes State while representing this year’s conference theme of advocacy. As you stroll through the exhibits of the Michigan Historical Museum, state legislators and representatives will also be among the guests at the reception. You can learn about our collective past while sharing your own stories with coworkers and lawmakers alike. MHM staff and volunteers will be on hand to guide you through the new long-term Anishinaabe exhibit; the special exhibit, “The River that Changed the World,” featuring the Au Sable River; behind-the-scenes with the Michigan’s Civil War flags; and the Archives of Michigan.
Michigan State University Museum
Thursday, October 19
The conference wraps up with an evening reception at one of the earliest established museums in the nation! Opening in 1857, the MSU Museum cultivates interdisciplinary linkage across campus, particularly in college-based programs in the sciences, arts and humanities, and international studies. You’ll be able to explore three floors worth of exhibits highlighting Anthropology, Natural Science, Folk Arts, and History collections from around the world. Check out the Hall of World Cultures for a view of traditional cultures from across the globe, or visit Heritage Hall which features Michigan’s local cultural heritage.
Through these venues we highlight our unique yet connected stories on local, state, and national levels. So come! Relax with colleagues, explore new institutions, and be part of our shared story as an organization and as a community.
MMA extends its sincere gratitude to our local partners that make the annual conference such a success, and to all of our event attendees that help promote this wonderful museum field of ours!
We hope to see you all in Lansing! Click here for registration information!
Engagement Team Chair