Upcoming events

    • August 02, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Douglas

    Are We Safe Yet?
    Identifying and Addressing Risk at Your Museum

    August 2
    1-4 pm
    Saugatuck-Douglas History Center, Old School House
    Douglas

    This workshop is a lively, highly interactive presentation to introduce “risk management thinking” to participants. Together, we will identify types of risks faced by various organizations, followed by a discussion that categorizes and addresses these risks. Participants will leave with a heightened awareness of the risks that confront their museum, and a path to avoid, mitigate, or transfer them.

    The workshop will be led by Mark  Lambert from Worgess Insurance.

    Registration

    $50 Members
    $100 Non-Members

    Registration is available through July 25

    Members: You must log in first to receive the discounted member registration.  Please contact the MMA office if you need assistance.

    Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made by the registration deadline to receive a refund. 

    • August 15, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Marquette Area
    • 23

    Understanding Your Audience
    and
    Effective Survey Design

    August 15
    U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and Museum
    Ishpeming

    What do you know about your museum’s current audience? Perhaps you track ticket sales, feet through the door, zip codes, observable demographic characteristics, or the types of groups that visit. This is a great start, but is it getting you what you need to know to make decisions and move forward with confidence?

    The morning half of the workshop will help organizations think about (1) how and why they are an integral part of their local community and (2) how to identify the data that is most relevant to understanding how and where they are and are not connecting with their community. In the afternoon, workshops participants will extend this learning and dig into the fundamentals of good survey design, including strategies to choose, write, and test survey questions that are effective for their audience and evaluation purpose.

    The workshop will be led by Sarah Cohn and Al Onkka from Aurora Consulting.

    Cost includes coffee in the morning, lunch
    and materials.

    Registration

    $50 Members
    $100 Non-Members

    Registration is available through August 7.

    Members:  You must log in first to be able to register at the Member price. Please contact the MMA office if you need assistance.

    Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made by the registration deadline to receive a refund.  


    • August 16, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Calumet
    • 30

    Michigan Museums Association
    Meet and Eat

    Wednesday, August 16

    Noon 

    Hosted by the 
    Keweenaw National Historical Park
    Calumet

    Join local museum colleagues, MMA members and MMA board members for lunch.  Share challenges and successes, find resources, and learn about what's happening with MMA.

    Lunch is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Registration closes August 8.

    Lunch will be followed by a special "Behind the Scenes" tour of the Keweenaw History Center (optional).

    • August 29, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Detroit
    • 6

    Visitor Experiences 

    August 29, 2017



    Detroit

    A museum visitor’s experience does not begin at the entrance to an exhibit or the beginning of a public program, and it does not end when they walk out the door. The time a person spends at a cultural institution is just one phase of how they engage and process what that institution has to offer. 

    The MMA Visitor Experiences workshop is intended to help museum professionals, board members and volunteers look at the entire process of how visitors experience their institution.   Workshop participants will come away with resources and tools to apply to their own institution and improve the experiences of visitors there. 

    Included will be a look at the large body of research about how visitors experience museums, activities to better understand the engagement of audiences and methods for better understanding visitor experiences at your museum.

    The workshop will be led by Sarah Waters from the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Lisa Craig Brisson from the Michigan Museums Association.

    Cost includes coffee in the morning, lunch and materials.

    Registration

    $50 Members
    $100 Non-Members

    Registration is available through August 22.

    Members:  You must log in first to be able to register at the Member price. Please contact the MMA office if you need assistance.

    Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made by the registration deadline to receive a refund.  


    • September 13, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Saginaw
    • 30

    Michigan Museums Association
    Meet and Eat

    Wednesday, September 13

    Noon 

    Hosted by the 
    Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum
    Saginaw

    Join local museum colleagues, MMA members and MMA board members for lunch.  Share challenges and successes, find resources, and learn about what's happening with MMA.

    Lunch is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Registration closes September 5.

    Participants are welcome to tour the museum after the luncheon.

    • September 14, 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Michigan History Center

    What Research Says About Visitor Behavior in Museum Exhibitions and So What?

    September 14
    Michigan History Center
    Lansing

    Tracking-and-timing (T&T) is one of the oldest methods of capturing empirical data on visitors' use of exhibits and their behaviors in exhibit spaces. This workshop will review a large database of T&T benchmarks and discuss the implications of the data for the design and evaluation of museum exhibitions.

    The workshop will be led by Beverly Serrell.

    Cost includes coffee in the morning, lunch
    and materials.

    Registration

    $75  Members
    $150 Non-Members

    Registration is available through September 7. Space is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  

    Members:  You must log in first to be able to register at the Member price. Please contact the MMA office if you need assistance.

    Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made by the registration deadline to receive a refund.


    • September 25, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Kalamazoo Area
    • 30

    Michigan Museums Association
    Meet and Eat

    Monday, September 25 

    Noon 

    Hosted by the 
    Air Zoo
    Kalamazoo Area (Portage)

    Join local museum colleagues, MMA members and MMA board members for lunch.  Share challenges and successes, find resources, and learn about what's happening with MMA.

    Lunch is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Registration closes September 17.

    Participants are welcome to tour the museum after the luncheon.

    • September 26, 2017
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Grand Valley State University - Grand Rapids Campus
    • 16

    Media Workflows for Museum Professionals

    September 26
    Grand Valley State University
    Richard M. DeVos Center
    room 502C - Amway Board Room. 
    Grand Rapids

    This interactive workshop focusing on effective uses of digital media as part one’s professional practice in the service of digital humanities and access efforts. This workshop is divided into 2-parts with the morning session being devoted to media workflows and the afternoon session will showcase the collection management system Collective Access as one such example.

    This workshop will be led by Matthew Patulski.

    Cost includes coffee in the morning, lunch, and materials.

    Registration

    $50 Members
    $100 Non-Members

    Registration is available through September 18.

    Members: You must log in first to be able to register with the member discount. Please contact the MMA office if you need assistance.

    Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made by the registration deadline to receive a refund.  

    • September 27, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Rochester Hills
    • 30

    Michigan Museums Association
    Meet and Eat

    Wednesday, September 27

    Noon 

    Hosted by the 
    Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
    Rochester Hills

    Join local museum colleagues, MMA members and MMA board members for lunch.  Share challenges and successes, find resources, and learn about what's happening with MMA.

    Lunch is free, but registration is required and space is limited. Registration closes September 19.

    Participants are welcome to tour the museum after the luncheon.

    • October 17, 2017
    • October 19, 2017
    • Online Signup

    Promote your organization, service or product to the Michigan museum and cultural community at the 2017 Michigan Museums Association (MMA) Conference.

    MMA offers extensive sponsorship opportunities in conjunction with its largest program, the annual  conference. 

    The conference will take place in Lansing at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol October 17-19.  We expect 175-200 staff, volunteers, and board members from museums throughout the state to participate in the conference.

    Sponsorship Opportunities Available

    Key Sponsorships

    • Lake Michigan Sponsor – $3,000.00
      Includes your logo featured on the MMA website and in the printed conference program, a personalized thank you on our social media accounts, featured signage at the conference, a full page ad in the printed program (7 1/2" wide x 10" high), a complimentary tote bag insert, remarks during the general sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, and three complimentary conference registrations.

    • Lake Michigan Sponsor – $2,000.00
      Includes your logo on the MMA website and in the printed conference program, a personalized thank you on our social media accounts, signage at the conference, a full page ad in the printed program (7 1/2" wide x 10" high), a complimentary tote bag insert, remarks during the general sessions on Wednesday or Thursday, and two complimentary conference registrations.

    • Lake Huron Sponsor – $1,000.00
      Includes your logo on the MMA website and in the printed conference program, a personalized thank you on our social media accounts, signage at the conference, a half page ad in the printed program (7" wide x 4" high), a complimentary tote bag insert, remarks during lunch on Wednesday or Thursday, and one complimentary conference registration.

    • Lake Eire Sponsor – $500.00
      Includes your name on the MMA website and in the printed conference program, a thank you on our social media accounts, signage at the conference, a quarter page ad in the printed program (3 1/4" wide x 4 1/2" high), and a complimentary tote bag insert.
    Event Sponsorships
    • Newcomers Coffee (Wednesday) $500
      First-time conference attendees will have the chance to mingle with the MMA Board of Directors and other members of the Michigan museums community.
      Sponsorship includes your name on the MMA website and in the printed conference program, a thank you on our social media accounts, signage at the conference, a quarter page ad in the printed program (3 1/4" wide x 4 1/2" high), and a complimentary tote bag insert.

    • Morning Break (Wednesday) $500
      Coffee, tea, and light snacks will fuel up participants after an inspiring keynote presentation.
      Sponsorship includes your name on the MMA website and in the printed conference program, a thank you on our social media accounts, signage at the conference, a quarter page ad in the printed program (3 1/4" wide x 4 1/2" high), and a complimentary tote bag insert.

    • Pub Crawl (Wednesday) - $500
      Attendees will enjoy some of Lansing’s local watering holes. This is one of the most popular events of the conference. 
      Sponsorship includes your name on the MMA website and in the printed conference program, a thank you on our social media accounts, signage at the conference, a quarter page ad in the printed program (3 1/4" wide x 4 1/2" high), and a complimentary tote bag insert.

    • Day Two Keynote  (Thursday)  - $750
      A featured speaker with will inform and inspire conference participants with a presentation related to the conference them "Sharing our Stories: The Role of Michigan Museums". Speaker to be announced.
      Sponsorship includes your name on the MMA website and in the printed conference program, a thank you on our social media accounts, signage at the conference, a half page ad in the printed program (7" wide x 4" high), a complimentary tote bag insert, and remarks during the keynote session.

    • Morning Break (Wednesday) $500
      Coffee, tea, and light snacks will fuel up participants after an inspiring keynote presentation.
      Sponsorship includes your name on the MMA website and in the printed conference program, a thank you on our social media accounts, signage at the conference, a quarter page ad in the printed program (3 1/4" wide x 4 1/2" high), and a complimentary tote bag insert.

    • Museum Cafe (Thursday) $500
      Conference Participants share expertise and engage using a World Cafe format, allowing for shorter conversations with peers focusing on a variety of topics and issues.
      Sponsorship includes your logo on the MMA website and in the printed conference program, a personalized thank you on our social media accounts, signage at the conference, a half page ad in the printed program (7" wide x 4" high), a complimentary tote bag insert, remarks during lunch on Wednesday or Thursday, and one complimentary conference registration. 

    • Thursday Evening Reception $1000
      The conference wraps up with a lovely evening reception at a local museum.
      Sponsorship includes your logo on the MMA website and in the printed conference program, a personalized thank you on our social media accounts, signage at the conference, a half page ad in the printed program (7" wide x 4" high), a complimentary tote bag insert, remarks during lunch on Wednesday or Thursday, and one complimentary conference registration.

    Ongoing

    • Tote Bag with Logo $500
      Each conference participant will receive a tote bag with conference information, sponsor promotional material, and other swag. These are still in use long after the conference—your logo will be seen by hundreds!
      Sponsorship includes your name on the MMA website and in the printed conference program, a thank you on our social media accounts, signage at the conference, a quarter page ad in the printed program (3 1/4" wide x 4 1/2" high), and a complimentary tote bag insert.

    • Media Charging Station $250
      Conference attendees can recharge phones, laptops, and other devices in a secure, staffed area.
      Sponsorship includes your name on the MMA website and in the printed conference program, a thank you on our social media accounts, and a quarter page ad in the printed program (3 1/4" wide x 4 1/2" high).

      • October 17, 2017
      • October 19, 2017
      • Online Signup

      Promote your organization, service or product to the Michigan museum and cultural community at the 2017 Michigan Museums Association Conference with an advertisement in the printed program or as an insert in the conference tote bag. 

      The conference will take place in Lansing at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol October 17-19. We expect 175-200 staff, volunteers, and board members from museums throughout the state to participate in the conference.

      Printed Conference Program

      Program advertisements will be included in the printed program distributed to all attendees and to select supporters throughout the year following the conference.  The program will also be permanently posted on the MMA website as a pdf file following the conference. 

      Program advertisers will be acknowledged on the MMA website and thanked on Facebook.

      Outside Back Cover (7 1/2" wide x 10" high)
         $500*

      Inside Covers (7 1/2" wide x 10" high)
         $250*

      Full Page (7 1/2" wide x 10" high)
        $100*

      Half-page (7" wide x 4" high)
         $75*

      Quarter-Page (3 1/4" wide x 4 1/2" high)
         $50*

      *MMA Business members receive a 50% discount on conference program ads.  

      Please send camera-ready artwork in pdf or jpg format to lcbrisson@michiganmuseums.org by August 1. 

      Tote Bag Inserts

         $250

      Include your printed materials or promotional item in the conference tote bag given to all participants.  We expect to need 175-225 items and will confirm that number by mid-September. 

      • October 17, 2017
      • October 19, 2017
      • Lansing

      Sharing Our Stories:
      The Role of MI Museums 

      October 17-19, 2017

      Lansing

      Are museums important? For museum professionals, that question has an obvious answer. We are the stewards of the stories of our communities. From the objects we collect and preserve to our exhibits and programs; from the sense of place we provide and the tourism we drive— of course that is important. Of course museums are important. But that value is not always as obvious to those outside the field on whom we rely for support: our governments, our funders, and even to our visitors and communities. We need to tell our own story as well. We need to talk about how we are serving and who we are serving.

      Join us in Lansing to explore the role of Michigan museums as advocates for the communities we represent, as well as the need to advocate for the Michigan museum community.  

      Theme

      Schedule at a Glance

      Speakers and Sessions

      Events and Tours

      Hotel Information

      Sponsors

      Guest Registration (available by July 1)

      Registration Rates

      Conference registration includes all speakers, sessions, tours, and events.  

                                                    Early Bird*      Regular

      MMA Member         $200                  $250

      Nonmember            $250                  $300

      Student                                                $130

      One-Day                                               $150

      *Early bird rates available through August 7. 

      Online registration is open through October 3. Registrations are non-refundable after that time.

      Members: You must log in first to be able to register with the member discount. Please contact the MMA office if you need assistance.  

      Trying to register staff from member institutions?  Click here.

      Paper registration form (coming soon)

      • October 17, 2017
      • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

      Pre-Conference Workshop:
      Becoming a Champion for Museums

      October 17
      9:00-5:00
      Lansing

      Ultimately, an organization's true value is measured in its importance to its community. Stakeholders often learn of our impact (and engage in our work) through efforts in sharing messages about our role and importance to community life. This is part of our job description as museum professionals and is a year-round activity that extends beyond policymakers and includes your stakeholders throughout the community including friends, neighbors, donors, and members. 

      In this workshop, learn how to effectively make your case incrementally, from the basics of the process, to creating a plan to articulate message, and to engaging  stakeholders in the cause.

      The workshop will be led by Bob Beatty of Lyndhurst Group LLC.

      Cost includes morning coffee, lunch, and materials.

      Registration

      $50 Members
      $75 Non-Members

      Registration is available through October 2.

      Members: You must log in first to be able to register at the discounted member rate. Please contact the MMA office if you need assistance.

      Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made by the registration deadline to receive a refund. 

      • October 18, 2017
      • Online Signup
      • 7

      Promote your organization, service or product to the Michigan museum and cultural community at the 2017 Michigan Museums Association Conference.

      The conference will take place in Lansing at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol October 17-19. We expect 175-200 staff, volunteers, and board members from museums throughout the state to participate in the conference.

      On October 18 from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm. vendors are invited to promote their business in the conference facility foyer, a high-traffic location that also includes the conference registration table, break refreshments, and the entrances to session locations.  

      Vendors receive a half-page ad in the printed program and two lunch tickets.  Vendors may also register for the full-conference at the member rate (contact the office).  

      Vendor space includes a skirted table and two chairs.

      Cost

      $400*

      *MMA Business members receive a 25% discount on conference vendor space.  

      Ad size is 7" high x 4" wide.
      Please send camera-ready artwork in pdf or jpg format to lcbrisson@michiganmuseums.org by August 1. 

         $100*

      Half-page (7" wide x 4" high)
         $75*

      Quarter-Page (3 1/4" wide x 4 1/2" high)


            
     The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Michigan Museums Association       313-334-7643       PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721      lcbrisson@michiganmuseums.org

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