Based on feedback from our members and the museum community in the Mid-Atlantic region, the MAAM Board of Directors approved a series of highly focused, timely, informative and cost effective professional development offerings. These topics will be complemented by dedicated discussion and networking time at each venue.
This program has a rolling schedule is always in development with current topics month to month in addition to the other larger MAAM programs. We expect a small and comfortable gathering of dedicated museum professionals at various venues throughout the MAAM region.
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
Where: The Cooperstown Graduate Program (5838 NY-80, Cooperstown, NY 13326)
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?
Schwartz and Ruffins have decades of experience, and enjoy challenging the status quo. Come join the conversation!
Register today at: https://maom.wildapricot.org/event-3230241
MAAM Mixer: Randi Korn on Intentional Practice for Museums
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: URBN ANNEX Screening Room at Drexel University, 3401 Filbert St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
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!
Please RSVP to this event as seating will be limited. The conversation will begin promptly at 5:30pm so plan to arrive at 5:15pm. Following the conclusion of the discussion at 6:15pm, Randi will be available to sign books. If you would like to purchase your book at the event, a limited number will be available for sale. Light refreshments will be served.
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.
Register here (free, but please make sure to register as space is limited!) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/maam-mixer-randi-korn-on-intentional-practice-for-museums-tickets-57548908334?aff=ebdssbdestsearch