Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums has decided to offer webinars and online meet-ups in place of in-person events for the foreseeable future.

This program has a rolling schedule is always in development with current topics. Webinars are open to the first 100 that register. Presenters determine whether they want to record the webinars and to make them available to attendees.



MAAM Speed Networking, December 4, 2020 at 7:30 pm

Calling all MAAM Members! Join us on Friday, December 4 for an online networking event with fellow museum enthusiasts! Learn what networking is all about and practice getting to know colleagues in rapid rounds of speed networking! Free, but registration is required (and limited to 100 participants).

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0tcOmurDMrGNe_OWwdfcwVUvVb7hqVzL5v


Current, active MAAM members can access recordings of past sessions at any time by visiting https://maom.wildapricot.org/Resource-Library
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MAAM presented a series of conversations for museum professionals about race in collaboration with the Cooperstown Graduate Program

Click here to view the PDF Flyer with full session descriptions and speaker bios for this program. 


Has This Been Sanitized?
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Eastern
After months of Covid-19 closure, museums are having to dramatically modify operations. Onsite visitation objectives are upended. Hygiene issues are at the fore of whether and how to provide visitor-interpretation via audio devices, kiosks and other in-gallery interactives. Institutional audiences are growing digitally and this new paradigm deeply impacts accessibility – all of this while the United States approaches an election season!

View the recording on our Resource Library

20-08-03 Internships WoyM
20-08-06 SGMN

What’s On Your Mind: Reopening our Museums

Join MAAM and PA Museums as we discuss “what’s on your mind?” surround the topic: Reopening our Museums.

In this meeting, several Pittsburgh area institutions will discuss how they are handling reopening and what this means for both museum staff and visitors. Pittsburgh museums have come together to form a Pittsburgh Cultural Institution Task Force.

Elizabeth Barker, Executive Director, The Frick Pittsburgh
Sylvia Rhor, University of Pittsburgh
Justin Gunther, Executive Director, Fallingwater
Jane Werner, Executive Director, Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh

Moderators: Averie Shaughnessy-Comfort (MAAM) and Amanda Gillen (The Frick Pittsburgh)

This meeting is FREE but please consider donating a few dollars to MAAM and/or PA Museums.

Donations to MAAM can be made at: https://maom.wildapricot.org/donate
Donations to PA Museums can be made at: https://pamuseums.wildapricot.org/

A Webinar Series
“Museum Careers in Transition”

Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 5 – 28, 2020
Live Webinar Series


presented by Greg Stevens, a member of MAAM’s Board of Directors

Presented in collaboration with the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) and the Virginia Association of Museums (VAM). 

The global pandemic has impacted the entire museum field, resulting in many of our colleagues and friends facing serious career disruptions. You or someone you know may be among those people. If so, this is an ideal opportunity to learn to manage stress, take stock of your strengths and skills, power up your personal brand, get to know your network, recraft your résumé and cover letter, and brush up your interview skills. Join us each Tuesday and Thursday, May 5 – 28 at 2:30 p.m. ET for an action-focused career webinar series hosted by Greg Stevens with special guests. Each 60-minute webinar will provide you with useful insight, tips, and practical exercises to get you started on next steps in your career—right here, right now.

Creating Digital Field Trips and Virtual Education Content

With the closure of schools and the cancellation of museum field trips, sharing digital education content is more important than ever. You’ll see examples of the different types of educational content and how two organizations created digital field trips for educators, parents, and students during this crisis. There will also be time at the end for Q&A to brainstorm ideas or ask questions about building great digital education experiences.

VAMONDE created the digital conference guide for Building Museums™ 2020 in Chicago

Date: Wednesday, April 22nd
Time: 1:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Members can access the Webinar Recording on our Resource Library

From Deep to Hyper Attention, and Back

In the past decades, we have developed into able multi-taskers. With the virus forcing us to multitask largely in one place for the foreseeable future, many of us are becoming much more aware of this than usual. So much so that in some cases it makes us slightly uncomfortable. Yes, we want to read that book, make that puzzle, or simply watch our rice cook, but can we still focus?

Over the past half year, David van der Leer, consultant and principal of DVDL DD, and Sarah Williams, director of MIT’s Civic Design Data Lab, researched what has happened to our attention spans and what this could mean for cultural institutions in the future. Joined by Niki Stewart, of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the three will walk us through the research and real world applications. They found that despite the recent claims that the average human attention span has shortened, evidence actually indicates that the ways in which we pay attention, rather than the overall attention span, has changed. Join in to contribute to the conversation and find out how this impacts cultural institutions.

David van der Leer is a MAAM member.

Date: Thursday, April 23rd

Members can access the Webinar Recording on our Resource Library

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums presents, “Creativity & Collaboration: Transforming the Historic Penn Museum”. This case study was recently presented at Building Museums™ 2020 in Chicago earlier in March. Presenters have graciously decided to share this as FREE online webinar to the first 100 participants to register.

In 2017, the Penn Museum began a three-phase project to renovate two of its six wings, restore original features of the more than century-old building, add important visitor amenities, and upgrade the MEP and structural systems—while remaining open with a full range of programming.

The design team—with extensive multidisciplinary expertise in world-class museums and significant historic buildings—was charged with developing and implementing an approach for upgrading this National Historic Register eligible building to 21st century life-safety and museum standards. The panelists will present on the complexities and wonders of the Penn Museum’s visitor experience, collections care and facility design, and existing infrastructure.

Attendees will take away valuable lessons from the team’s on-the- ground experience and how it met challenges (and surprises) with architectural vision, creative engineering design, use of cutting-edge technology, and collaboration.

Moderator: Philip C. Steiner, P.E. Managing Director, Managing Director, Altieri, Norwalk, CT

Speakers: Brian J. Houghton, Chief Building Engineer, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (Penn Museum), Philadelphia, PA; Perry Whidden, AIA, Principal, Gluckman Tang Architects, New York, NY; David Artigas, P.E. LEED AP, Senior Project Manager, SIMPSON GUMPERTZ & HEGER, New York, NY

When: Apr 1, 2020 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Creativity & Collaboration: Transforming the Historic Penn Museum
Members can access the Webinar Recording on our Resource Library
PO Box 4 Cooperstown, NY 13326


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