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Keynote Speakers

Monday, October 29

Leading Through Crisis

Isaiah Oliver
Community Foundation of Greater Flint

Tuesday, October 30

From Hamster Wheel to Directed Pathway: Intentional Leadership from the Ground Up

Anne Ackerson
Leadership Matters

From the Ground Up: Leadership in Museums

Leadership takes many forms, and comes from many directions. This year's MMA conference will explore the idea of leadership and tools for being a successful leader in any situation. 

Conversation Stations

MMA Conference Conversation Stations are similar to poster sessions at more formal or academic conference, but with a broader applications. MMA members are invited to present ideas or ask questions about any topic the field might be interested in. Conversation station topics and descriptions are available here

Museum Cafe

The Museum Cafe session provides the opportunity for short, small-group discussions about a variety of topics. Grab a cookie or beverage and join a table to connect with colleagues with similar interests. 

Museum Cafe Sponsored by: The Rosebud Company
Cookie Break Sponsored by: The Heidelberg Project

Concurrent Sessions

A variety of concurrent sessions will address different issues and needs in the museums community including, but not limited to leadership, administration/ organizational development, collections, and visitor experiences. 

Monday, October 29

  • Collections Out of the Bag: Digital Access at the  Detroit Institute of Arts
  • How to Make it to the Top of the Heap: Perfecting Your Museum Resume
  • There Are No Small Museums (Just Museums That Think Small)
  • Race Relations as Presented in Brazilian Museums


  • What the Heck do I do Now?
  • Cultural Competency: From "Politically Correct" to Just Correct
  • Publishing Today: Preserves History and Produces Revenue
  • Leading and Managing from the Middle
  • Museums in Collective Action: Art, History, Rebellion, and Detroit 1967

Tuesday, October 30

  • Moving Forward: Planning and Implementing a Collection Move
  • Accessibility Collaborations: Working Within and Across Communities 
  • Now What? Hosting a National Exhibit
  • Conveners as Leaders: Coordinating Community Commitment and Consensus
  • "Me, Too": A Journey Through the Museum of Sexist Objects (MoSO)


  • Issues with Museum Deaccessions: Tough Decisions, Difficult Objects
  • Community Engagement, Historic Preservation, and You: Historical Societies as Local Preservation Leaders
  • Who has the Time? Effective Time Management for Museum Professionals
  • Contemporary Collecting: Activism and Events
  • Student Papers


  • Do-It-Yourself Museum Leadership
  • Saving America’s Textile History:  Passing the Torch Through a Landmark Acquisition
  • and YOU
  • Museum Cross-Training: How to Utilize Art to Practice Non-Art Concepts
  • Leading By Listening: Strengthening Community Bonds Through Oral History  

 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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