MAAM Mixer: Randi Korn on Intentional Practice for Museums
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Randi Korn will discuss her book, Intentional Practice for Museums: A Guide for Maximizing Impact,with Danielle Rice, Professor of Arts Administration and Museum Leadership, Drexel University. The book describes an impact-driven way of thinking and working that places a museum’s reason for being—achieving impact—at the center of its work. It is sure to be a fascinating conversation that will deepen the knowledge of museum professionals considering or already pursuing intentional practice. This event, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums is free and open to all. The first 10 MAAM members to arrive will receive free copies of the book. Museum Council Members are also very welcome!
Randi Korn is Founding Director of RK&A, a company that partners with cultural organizations to plan and evaluate their work around achieving impact. She has served on the editorial board of Museums and Social Issues and as a reviewer for Curator: The Museum Studies Journal and Museum Management and Curatorship. She was appointed Research Commissioner for the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and served for three years and received the NAEA Southeastern Museum Educator of the Year award. She taught evaluation at The George Washington University for 18 years, lectured at the University of Maryland, Johns Hopkins University, and University of Washington and was a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan.
Cornerstone: What do Visitors Really Want From Museums?: A Conversation with Leaders in the Field
Friday, March 29, 2019 from 9:30am to 3:00pm
Speakers: Deborah Schwartz, Director, the Brooklyn Historical Society and Fath Ruffins, Curator, National Museum of American History
While we don’t know everything about what motivates visitors to come to museums, we do know a great deal gathered over time from quantitative and qualitative studies, as well as good old fashioned anecdotes.
Join us for a conversation informed by studies such as LaPlaca Cohen’s important Culture Track reports, to a sampling of studies created for individual museums or exhibitions. Should we extrapolate from other museums to learn more about our own institutions? What can we learn when we listen carefully to our visitors? Are we making full use of our knowledge when we make decisions about what exhibitions and programs to produce each year? Are we giving visitors what they want, or are we following our own idiosyncratic interests? Given the competition for the public’s use of their valuable leisure time, are museums paying enough attention to what we know about our audiences?
November 7, 2018 at the Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives
About 50 participants joined us for an evening of networking with colleagues and learning more about what MAAM has to offer! Distinguished professional Martha Morris (bio below) presented on her newest book, Leading Museums Today: Theory and Practice, and shared valuable insight from her experiences in museums.
Martha Morris is Associate Professor Emerita of Museum Studies at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She has over 45 years of experience in the museum field as a manager and leader. Her career began in registration and collections management at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and later at the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History where she eventually served as deputy director. Her work and her teaching have consistently focused on management and leadership practices, including strategic planning, project management, teambuilding, staff development, and facilities projects. As a member of the board of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums she served as founding program chair of the annual Building Museums symposium. She has designed workshops, lectured and written on a number of topics including collections planning and management, exhibition development, leading change, museum facilities programs, museum mergers, and 21st century leadership skills. She is author of Leading Museums Today: Theory and Practice, 2018, Managing People and Projects in Museums (2017) and co-author of Planning Successful Museum Building Projects (2009). She holds BA and MA degrees in Art History and a Master’s in Business Administration.
Cornerstone: Copyright 101
July 20, 2018
MAAM presented a summer Cornerstone™, “Copyright 101”, in conjunction with the The Library of Congress Copyright Office. Staff of the Copyright Office and colleagues covered topics including a brief overview of copyright law, museums and copyright law, overview of the registration process, and presentation of records and certification.
Speakers included Aurelia Schultz, Counsel for Policy and International Affairs Office; Whitney Levandusky, Attorney Advisor to the Public Information and Education Office, and other members of the Copyright Office.
Cornerstone: New Ideas for Historic Houses
March 23, 2017
“This is our number one priority so the material was 100% on target. More current than any books!” – Cornerstone Participant
MAAM presented “New Ideas for Old Houses” at the Albany Institute of History and Art in March of 2017. The event brought in participants from as far as Colonial Williamsburg to Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site.
Heidi Hill, Site Manager of Schuyler Mansion, spoke about how historic houses can appeal to their communities through exhibitions and programs. Cordell Reaves, Historic Interpretation and Preservation Analyst at the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, engaged in discussion with participants on tough topics including the Emmett Till controversy Whitney Biennial and how to best approach tough subjects and controversy in historic houses.
Keynote speaker, director of Old Salem Village, and author Franklin Vagnone closed out the day with a lecture and workshop on topics from his book, The Anarchist’s Guide to Historic House Museums. The workshop overall received positive reviews, and reminded us at MAAM why these professional development events are important to our museums and institutions.