MMA Online programs are held via Zoom and provide the opportunity to connect with others from the museums community and learn about resources. Programs include Colleague Chats, which are informal facilitated conversations around a specific topic, and Ask an Expert programs, during which experts give a brief presentation on a specific topic followed by the opportunity for Q&A from participants. All online programs are FREE for MMA members. 

Online programs during the month of May are sponsored by the Grand Valley State University Art Gallery.
A borderless museum for all.

Colleague Chats

Planning for Reopening
Tuesday, May 26, 10:00 am
Participants will be split up into small groups to discuss different topics related to reopening.

Time Management/Productivity
Thursday, May 28, 11:00 am 
Join MMA and museum colleagues via phone or video to discuss resources, strategies, and problem solving for time management and productivity.

Colleague Chats are free and open to all, but registration is required. Instructions for connecting will be sent with registration confirmation. 

Do you have an idea for a Colleague Chat topic? Let us know!

Ask an Expert

Ask an Expert: Cleaning Artifacts
Wednesday, May 27, 2:00 pm

Talk with Barbara Heller, Director and Conservator, Special Projects, Detroit Institute of Arts

Barbara Heller is the director and conservator of special projects at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA), where she has worked since 1976. Hired as paintings conservator, she was promoted to chief conservator in 1985 and assumed her current position in the Exhibition, Collection and Information Strategies Division in 2009. Barbara was formerly paintings conservator at the Palazzo Pitti, Florence, where she completed her training. She was an intern for the Committee to Rescue Italian Art, working on flood-damaged books at Certosa di Galuzzo, and for Wayne State University, at an Etruscan Foundation dig near Siena, Italy. She holds a certificate from Getty Leadership Institute and credentials from Olivet College, University of Michigan, Wayne State University, and Harvard University.

Barbara will be sharing some of the most important takeaways learned from the CDC, EPA, FDA, State of Michigan, City of Detroit, national and international Museum and Conservation Associations, as well as Conservation Scientists, as part of the process to develop a re-entry/building readiness plan after COVID-19. She's also attended many webinars including District 2030 Healthy Building Webinars on Indoor Air Quality and Sanitizing High-Touch Surfaces.


Ask an Expert programs are free for MMA members but registration is required.
Registration for non-members is $5.

Instructions for connecting will be sent with registration confirmation.  

Do you have an idea for an Ask an Expert program? Let us know!

Sponsor a Month of Online Programs

Thank you to our May Online Programs Sponsor:

The Grand Valley State University Art Gallery.
A borderless museum for all.

Help MMA provide support to the Michigan museum community
by sponsoring a month of online programs. 

Michigan Museums Association       313-334-7643       PO Box 5246, Cheboygan, MI 49721

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