Sharing our Stories: The Role of Michigan Museums

October 17-19, 2017
Lansing


The conference will take place at the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol, in downtown Lansing, with tours and receptions offsite.

Conversation Stations

Conversation Stations will take place on Thursday, October 19 from 8:45-9:15 and 10:30-11:00.

  • Digitization at the Henry Ford
  • Making Museums Whole
  • Designing MMA Awards
  • My Turn: A Sensory Friendly Sunday
  • Share Your Story - Museums are Community
  • Storytime - From Program to Community Collaborations
  • When Entry Level Isn't
  • The Work We All Must Do: Diversity & Your Museum
  • Museums and Activism
  • Museum Cafe

Theme

Sharing Our Stories: The Role of MI Museums 

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.

In an ever-changing and unpredictable world, now is the time to emphasize our role. By preserving and sharing stories, museums advocate for the communities we represent. By sharing the stories of museums, we demonstrate our value to those we serve.

October 17-19, the Michigan museum community will gather in Lansing to explore topics related to the stories we share and the role of our museums. 

Concurrent Sessions

Wednesday, October 18

11:00-12:00

  • Event Rentals - A Balancing Act: Preserving and Protecting Your Historic Space (C)
  • Increasing Audience Diversity and Inclusion in your Museum—Create an Action Plan (H)
  • Student Papers
  • Digitizing a newspaper collection and bringing it to life (P)

  • The Artistry of Brewing a Signature Festival for the Museum and Community (P)
  • No Experience Necessary: How To Bring Change Through Strategy Development (H)
  • Working with Elected Officials  (H)

  • Inventories: How to Handle Undocumented Objects, Deaccessioning and Direct Care (H)

Thursday, October 19


11:00-12:15

  • Community Classroom Collaborations: a.k.a Field Trips (H)
  • Preserving History and Presenting Truths: Our Highest Calling? (C)
  • Making Our Work Visible: Outreach Related to Grant-Funded Work (P)
  • Sharing Our Stories: Oral Histories Beyond the Archive (H)

  • Traveling Exhibition Programs that Work (P)
  • Parenting in the Workplace (C)
  • Museums Advocacy Day: Speaking Out for Museums (P)
  • Curating Craftivism (P)



 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.

 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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