Upcoming events

    • August 16, 2022
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 30

    Learn about best practices for visitor-centered exhibit labels in this day-long workshop. Suzanne Fischer will offer participants an introduction to the development, writing, and evaluation of labels using a real-world example of an existing small museum.

    With the Warren Historical Commission's Bunert One-Room Schoolhouse Museum as a case-study, workshop attendees will participate in dynamic writing exercises, take a mini-field trip, and work in groups to write and revise labels.

    Participants will gain experience in the following:

    • developing and assessing interpretive goals
    • using a style guide
    • writing for clarity and relevance
    • using label writing to support DEAI goals
    • writing for accessibility and readability
    • writing to word count
    • editing, and revising
    • evaluating labels

    They will also learn what roles labels can and cannot play in museum experiences.

    This workshop will be useful for anyone who writes in museums, wants to write in museums, wants to sharpen their skills, or is just interested in why and how labels are written. This will be a collaborative writing workshop - participants should be prepared to write during the workshop and to read aloud.


    Suzanne Fischer is Principle for Exhibit Coach LLC, which helps develop exhibits that make visitors and staff feel engaged, included, and amazed. Exbibit Coach works with institutions, teams, and individuals to provide exhibit brainstorming, scoping, planning, and concept development; interpretive planning; exhibit and wayfinding assessments; collections strategy; and team and individual coaching and workshops

    Suzanne has spent 15 years in director and curator roles at history museums, most recently the Michigan History Center, where as museum director she led 11 museums and historic sites around the state. She was also a curator at the Oakland Museum of California and The Henry Ford. 

    Suzanne has developed exhibits of all sizes, many focused on diverse stories, from one case to interpretive trails to 80,000 sq ft, winning multiple national exhibit awards along the way. She has also acquired and managed many types of collections.

    Suzanne's executive experience gives her a unique perspective on the role of exhibits and exhibit teams in institutional strategy. Her history expertise (Ph.D., history of science and technology, University of Minnesota) gives her a unique understanding of context, methodology, and research. Finally, her dozens of successful exhibits have taught her that what she loves most about them--just behind connecting with visitors--is the excitement and creative energy of exhibit development teamwork. She loves being the catalyst to get teams moving on developing amazing visitor experiences!

    Registration (includes lunch)

    MMA Members*    $275
    Non-Members        $375

    *MMA members must be logged in to access the member rate


    Warren Community Center
    5460 Arden Ave
    Warren, MI 48092


    Hosted by the Warren Historical Commission

    • December 31, 2022

    Corporate Partner Program

    MMA’s Corporate Partners are a group of committed companies that stand beside our mission to help museum thrive – whether they serve as vendors to museums or just believe in the important role museums play in our communities. Our Corporate Partners see the value of a strong Michigan and are committed to supporting a variety of vibrant communities across this great state.

    Each corporate partner will receive benefits for 12 months from whenever they commit to their sponsorship. Instead of offering separate conference sponsorship, vendor memberships, or program advertising, we are combining al lcorporate giving under this umbrella to better meet the needs of our partners and grow our collective impact.

    Each sponsorship level receives an increasing number of selections based on the sponsorship amount, so you can pick the benefits that would be most meaningful to your company.

    We are excited for the chance to work with you to support the Michigan museum community!

    Recognition Options

    • Short video presented during gathering times for general conference session (company provides up to 45 second video)
    • Featured business information in the conference app (individual page)
    • Company history fact or information included in conference trivia night question
    • Logo on welcome sign at conference (upgrade from business name only)
    • Logo on Welcome sign at event (upgrade from business name only)
    • Verbal thank you during event
    • Verbal thank you during online program series or event
    • Logo in Business directory on MMA website (upgrade from business name only)
    • Company profile included as thanks in monthly MMA Review issue
    • Inclusion of a photo ad in an MMA Weekly issue (specs to follow)
    • 2 Social media mentions (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
    • Company provides a featured door or contest prize for the conference or another event during the year

    Engagement Options

    • One registration for the fall conference
    • Company representative provides remarks at the conference general session or a reception
    • Sit at the keynote speaker’s table during the conference lunch
    • Two registrations to the spring awards event
    • Personal introductions by MMA staff or board member during the award event reception
    • Company representative provides remarks at the awards event
    • Company representative provides a welcome for an online program
    • Special email to the MMA email contact list promoting company’s training or a discount opportunity.
    • Volunteer opportunity for up to 10 staff at a member museum from a limited list of opportunities
    • Host a regional networking event for local museums (food/beverage provided by host)
    • Vendor booth at conference
    • Access to the MMA Member Directory

The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Arts and Culture Council

Thank you to our Partners!

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

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