Visit the Marketplace of Ideas in the MuseumExpo to exchange information and new ideas, learn more about new museum practices, showcase exemplary programs and projects, collaborate with colleagues in their specific disciplines, and build relationships across disciplines.
Dueling Measures: Multiple ways to study one idea:
Satisfaction, awe, wonder, excitement, interest, curiosity... These ideas, experiences, and reactions are critical for museum visitors to have, but how do we come to understand those internal reactions to our work? At the CARE marketplace, evaluation and research professionals will present different ways to get at the same thing. Come hear about the merits of different questions, instruments, and methods, and discuss what might work or not work in your institution, your program, or your community!
Engage with museum professionals in collections-specific topics through round table discussions and poster presentations. Topics will include using collections to promote internal collaboration across museum departments, emergency and disaster preparedness, the pros and cons of touching museum collections, discussions about entering into and working within the museum field, and more!
Committee on Museum Professional Training:
This Marketplace will host the many different National and International Museum Studies degrees, certificates, and training programs. Whether you have an established career or are just starting out in the field, come see what kinds of opportunities are available for museum professional training.
Ask an Expert from the AAM Council of Affiliates:
Museums large and small face many challenges, and expert advice can help. Please join us in breakout discussions driven by your questions for experts from the AAM Council of Affiliates. Consisting of representatives from 27 museum associations, the Council of Affiliates brings together people with deep expertise in many topics central to the field. Bring your questions for experts who will include Jill Hartz, Executive Director, Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (expertise includes accreditation and academic museums); Bonnie Styles, Executive Director, Association of Science Museum Directors (accreditation, museums and science, science museums); and Mary Baily Wieler, President, Museum Trustee Association (governance, advocacy).
30th Annual Excellence In Exhibition Competition
It's a great day for discovery! Learn about the current guidelines, standards and the process of what makes a great exhibition by talking to 29th Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition judges and coordinator as well as viewing award-winning applications and competition submissions. Judges are representatives from NAME, CARE, CURCOM and EDCOM.
CurCom Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition:
The annual Excellence in Exhibition Label Writing Competition highlights the excellent work of label writers and editors. The competition seeks to champion high quality label writing and inspire museum professionals to produce their very best work. The goal is to serve as a resource for museum professionals striving to write excellent labels.
DAM Good Ideas:
Pull up a chair and join your Development and Membership colleagues at one of the five single-topic tables where you can share your most brilliant successes and seek advice for your most stubborn challenges. We want to hear your DAM Good Ideas!
As political, cultural, and socio-economic climates change in the U.S., museum educators must focus on the ethics, roles, and obligations they have in their communities. Join EdCom and MER in dialogues about these trends in museum education and how effectively addressing them will strategically increase museum relevance. Gather inspiration and new friends during EdCom's Marketplace of Ideas!
Indigenous Peoples Museum Network:
The Indigenous Peoples Museum Network invites you to participate in the Marketplace of Ideas where we will feature a presentation with leadership of the American Indian and Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA). AIANTA strives to increase communication and collaboration on issues related to indigenous peoples and museums.
Our mission is to define, introduce, grow and sustain American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian tourism that honors traditions and values. –www.aianta.
We hope you will join IPMN members at the Marketplace of Ideas to network, learn about AIANTA, and share your ideas on ways to grow the Indigenous Peoples Museum Network!
Difficult Conversations: Welcoming LGBTQ Audiences and Staff:
In November 2017, 23 museums throughout the U.S. hosted a series of convenings to review and discuss AAM's Welcoming Guidelines for Museums. The Guidelines compile preferred practices for museums to use in working with LGBTQ audiences, professionals and communities. Over 600 museum professionals representing some 250 institutions attended the convenings, and this Marketplace session will review and discuss the issues raised (positive, negative, and otherwise) during discussions. AAM's LGBTQ Alliance intends to revise and update the Guidelines occasionally, and these discussions will help inform the first round of this process.
Media & Technology Network:
Come experience a selection of this year's MUSE Award winners. This dynamic meet and greet connects you with the amazing museum professionals and vendors who designed and built the winning programs. Get your hands on cutting edge interactives, informative mobile apps, impactful educational technologies, virtual experiences, and more. You'll discover how and why they did it all and what they learned from the effort. You'll leave informed and inspired!
National Association for Museum Exhibition:
Across the country, great work is underway to assess and reimagine the ways in which museums can better welcome and engage diverse publics. Join colleagues in a series of roundtable discussions to learn about emergent practice in providing access and equity in our exhibitions, public spaces, and across our institutions.
Public Relations and Marketing Network:
PRAM board members will be available to answer your questions on Crisis Communications, Digital Marketing, Branding, Career Development, Social Media, Marketing and Communication Strategies, Media Relations or other topics that you want to discuss.
Ask the Small Museum Experts:
Small museums are known for their ability to find creative solutions for their problems. We all have questions and we all have answers. Join your colleagues from small museums, as well as members of the Field Service Alliance and the Coalition of State Museum Associations (COSMA) to ask questions, suggest answers, and ponder the Great Small Museum Questions of our Time.