1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Museums are faced with the seemingly impossible task of being all things to all people. It is easy to feel overwhelmed with the current focus on engaging communities especially communities who have not always felt welcomed by museums. This roundtable will challenge participants to shift their paradigms and enable greater diversity. Participants will examine several recent projects involving...
The American Alliance of Museums and Board Source have partnered on two major initiatives: Stand for Your Mission and the National Survey on Museum Trustees and Governance. Presenters will discuss the initiatives and the importance of increased trustee advocacy for museums in the U.S. and Canada, current advocacy issues from a trustee perspective, and results of a national survey. Museum...
This session will investigate current best practices and choices made in creating exhibitions. This year, participants will examine the galleries at the Alberta Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre, the host of the Thursday Evening Event. Three professionals, the exhibit team, and the audience will explore how exhibit techniques can promote civic engagement.
This session will share a unique project partnership that gave voice to a fascinating and relatively unknown Western Canadian Indigenous story while also providing valuable local research to the museum and the region. Delegates will learn the importance of First Nations reclaiming their voice in representation of their stories, the respectful gathering of information from community members, and...
Elections, natural disasters, and other unexpected events, oh my! Museums face unique challenges when confronted with these events: collections care, visitors, limited resources to mitigate damage, and staff that already wear several different hats. Learn how the panelists responded to medical crises and violent intruders, post-election anxieties, fires, and floods to allow communication, healing...
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