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Monday, April 8


Roundtable Discussions

Connections-Using Mobile Technology as a Vehicle for Collaboration

Using the framework of mobile technologies, we will discuss strategies, tools, and challenges of developing collaborative programs. We will also explore how these technologies might be useful in expanding programming and interpretive opportunities, and in reaching a wider audience.

Amy Franciso-Bugent, Museum Educator for Docent and Tour Programs, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute

Museums for All: How to Gain New Audiences, While Keeping the Old

This roundtable discussion will share the ways museums address the changes of "access for all." Share goals, success stories, and failures in a community conversation.

Rebecca McLain, Community Outreach Coordinator, Oneida County History Center

Being a Minority in the Museum

Have you ever thought about what it is like to be a minority working in a museum? Minority staff can face conscious and unconscious bias not only from coworkers but also from the community. Learn about the problems ethnic minorities face daily while working in museums and join the discussion.

Amy Folk, Manager of Collections/Curator/Historian, Oysterponds Historical/Southold Historical Societies

DEIA Statements: Where to Begin, How to Proceed, Challenges to Tackle

Bring your questions and concerns to this roundtable discussion of organizations embarking upon Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility statements. Are you unsure how to get the process started? Do you have tips and tricks for writing them? Are you not sure where to begin? Learn from people who have been in your place and join this discussion!

Taylor Jeromos, Programs Coordinator, Frank Lloyd Wright's Martin House


Sharing is Caring and Access to All

This roundtable discussion will look at resources that are available for teachers to ensure the best experience for all of their students. This discussion will also look at the Syracuse City School District as they identified the need to museum accessibility and science education in an inclusive environment.

Angela Gaige, Director of Education, Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology

Brigid Tuschen, Museum Educator for Access Programs, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Who Leads? Boards, ED's and Leading Through Change

Who leads an organization through changing times? Who "owns" a not-for-profit museum and who does it serve? Who is your current audience? Future audience? Whose leadership voice is heard? How does an organization consider all potential stakeholders in the conversation and how fo you develop leadership for the future sustainability of the organization? Join this round table disscussion on board and organizational development for small to mid-sized museums.

Christine O'Neil, Executive Director, Oneida Community Mansion House

Emily Zaengle, Community Engagement Coordinator, ARISE

Practical Approaches to Building Local Networks and Strengthening Your Professional Community

Explore the challenges and opportunities involved in developing local professional development networks of museum professionals. Discuss the role of these groups in promoting equity and inclusion through both formal and informal approaches to empowering and bringing together colleagues who might otherwise be isolated from one another. Leave with practical tips.

Charlotte MartinSenior Manager of Access Initiatives, Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

Rick Pirozzolo, Executive Director and Curator, Arnot Art Museum

Collections Inventories: A Discussion About Access, Identity and Getting Your Inventory Project Off the Ground

Museum inventories have the power to strengthen institutional identity by increasing access to underutilized collections and generating engagement opportunities for visitors. Join this roundtable to explore these themes and discuss practical steps for planning and implementing an inventory at your museum.

Kajsa Harley, Education and Curatorial Initiatives Manager, Hanford Mills Museum

Bethany Romanowski, Head Registrar, National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Remember the Ladies: Women of 9/11

This roundtable discussion will focus on returning women’s voices and stories to historical narratives dominated by white male heroism. 9/11 Memorial & Museum curatorial staff members, Amy Weinstein and Alexandra Drakakis will discuss collecting oral histories and artifacts that illustrate the ways in which women responded in every capacity of rescue and recovery on 9/11 and in the following years, as one example of ongoing work to relay an inclusive and unbiased history.

Amy Weinstein, Vice President of Collections and Oral History, National September 11 Memorial & Museum
Alexandra Drakakis, Curator, National September 11 Memorial & Museum

Examining Stereotypes in the Museum Environment

Join us for a look at how positive and negative stereotypes about Native people impact visitor expectations.  What cultural or racial stereotypes is your museum confronted with and what tactics have you employed to address them?  

Colette Lemmon, Curator of Exhibitions, Iroquois Indian Museum

Brenda LaForme, Cultural Interpreter, Iroquois Indian Museum

Data-Driven Museums: Using Data Analytics to make Smart Marketing Decisions
Museum professionals often make audience-based decisions based on limited data results and anecdotal experiences. This is an outdated and inefficient form of museum marketing. Data analytics fixes that problem. This roundtable discussion will look at the resources museum professionals use to track, collect and analyze audience data. Interested in using data analytics to grow visitor attendance and increased revenue? Join this discussion and learn the steps to make data-driven museum decisions.

Kwasi Hope AgyemanCEO & Founder, TravelSee LLC

Museums for the New Americans: A roundtable discussion on Museums and the Immigrant Experience
During these challenging times, how are museums creating welcoming and engaging experiences that explore the culture and history of immigrant communities? Join this impassioned roundtable discussion to learn about creative ways that  museums are connecting with immigrant populations and approaches in cooperation and co-creation. Mariano Desmar├ís past chair of the AAM Latino Network, will lead discussion and share his experiences on best practices. We also invite  all attendees to share their experiences or come with questions for the group.

Mariano Desmarás, Creative Director, Museum Enviroments

Making Your Museum a True Reflection of Your Community 

Join two museum professionals as they share the ways in which their museum, located in a city with a troubled history, worked to create an inclusive environment for people of various racial and socioeconomic backgrounds. We will discuss models for establishing effective community outreach to marginalized and underrepresented communities by way of a community led exhibition and the museum's renowned Junior Docent Program.  

Christian Stegall, Kress Foundation Interpretive Fellow, Hudson River Museum

Araya Henry, Manager, Youth and Family Programs, Hudson River Museum 

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