Post by Julia Toro, Detroit Institute of Arts
Think back on the past few months. Have you had the chance to connect with any museum colleagues outside of your organization? If you’re reading this blog, you have probably attended the Michigan Museums Association annual conference at least once. The conference is a great way to network and engage with other MMA members, but it’s not the only opportunity to do so. MMA also organizes numerous workshops throughout the year as well as informal Meet and Eat Lunches, where attendees can network while enjoying good food. If you’re looking to meet other museum professionals or learn something new during the month of August, the following events might be just what you’re looking for:
A Meet and Eat Lunch is being held at the Keweenaw National Historical Park in Calumet on August 16, 2017. This event is open to museum staff, volunteers, and students and provides an opportunity for local colleagues, MMA members, and MMA board members to learn from each other in a casual setting. Lunch is free but registration is required as space is limited. As an added bonus, lunch will be followed by a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Keweenaw History Center. If you’re nearby and interested in learning more about MMA or just want to meet colleagues from the area sign up today! Learn more about the event and register to attend here. Register by August 8th.
2015 Meet and Eat in Grand Rapids
Looking to learn something new from colleagues with specialized experience? MMA is offering two awesome workshops in August:
Understanding Your Audience and Effective Survey Design will help you understand the information you currently collect about your visitors and what else you might do to truly connect with your audience. This workshop will take place on August 15th in Ishpeming at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame and will be led by Sarah Cohn and Al Onkka from Aurora Consulting. The registration fee includes coffee, lunch, and materials. Learn more here. Registration closes soon (August 7th) so don’t miss the chance to participate!
Visitor Experiences is being held at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit on August 29th. Sarah Waters from the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Lisa Craig Brisson from the Michigan Museums Association will run the workshop. This one is now sold out but don’t worry, if you missed out this time this popular workshop will be offered again in the future. Find the event page here.
There is so much we can learn from our colleagues and events like this give us a rare chance to learn from others outside of our own organization. If none of the August events are in your area or you are otherwise unable to participate, keep an eye on the events calendar to learn about other MMA events happening near you in the future.
MMA Communications Team