Creating Exhibitions 2008
The 2008 Creating Exhibitions symposium was held April 5-7, 2008 in Philadelphia.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
- 10:00 am – 5:00 pm On-Your-Own Tours with Free Admission to Philadelphia Museums
- 10:30 am – 5:00 pm Guided Thematic Tours to Museums and other sites in Philadelphia
- 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Hard Hat Tour of Please Touch Museum – Tour #1
- 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Hard Hat Tour of Please Touch Museum – Tour #2
- 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Pre-Conference Evening Reception at the: Independence Seaport Museum *Ticketed Event $45.00/person*
- 7:00 pm Dinner on your own. Enjoy the many restaurants Philadelphia!
Sunday, April 6, 2008
The Franklin Institute
- 8:30 am– 10:00 am Continental Breakfast 9:00 am– 9:15 am Welcome – Anita Blackaby, MAAM President
Orientation – Graham Hauck, MAAM Executive Director
- 9:15 am – 10:00 am Keynote Speaker: Robert SullivanRobert D. Sullivan has over 35 years of museum management, education, and fundraising experience. For the past 16 years, he served as the Associate Director for Public Programs at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, managing all aspects of exhibition, education, and public program development. His creative leadership and vision combined with his strategic management skills generated exhibitions and programs that set new standards for the Smithsonian and the international museum community. Recognizing the vast educational potential of the web, he is committed to transforming museums from isolated cultural destination into hubs within an interconnected global learning network.Working with the American Management Association, Sullivan designed and implemented strategic planning and management courseware delivering his purpose and results-centered management philosophy to over 1,000 public sector managers. Formerly the Director of the New York State Museum, Sullivan holds a graduate degree in management of non-profit organizations from the University of Rochester and is currently a candidate for the PHD in Human Sciences at The George Washington University. His training and experience in anthropology, psychoanalytic theory and museum management, along with his application of social theory and analysis to the contemporary consumer, prepares him to meet the continuing challenge of creating engaging and effective educational experiences for new generations of learners.The objective for Sullivan remains how to “make the exhibits and interpretive programs work for the contemporary learner with their expectations for interactivity, personalization, and multi-sensory learning.”
- 10:15 am – 11:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
- How Can Exhibit Teams Help the Creative Process?
- Building Bridges within Teams and For Visitors
- Thoughtful and innovative applications of technology in museums: Beyond the Bells and Whistles
- Are Floor Staff The Best Way To Provide Exhibit Interpretation
- 11:45 pm – 1:15 pm Lunch on your own
- 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Concurrent Session
- The Process: Why Do An Exhibit At All?
- Thank you for tagging: Museum 2.0 and the collective voice. Who is in charge anyway?
- Defining Interactivity for all types of museums
- Cabinets of Curiosity: What Happened to the “Real Stuff” in Museum Exhibitions?
- 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Coffee break
- 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
- How do Visitors Use Gallery Texts?
- Do Exhibitions Have the Power to Change People’s Lives?
- Have Our Audiences Left Us Behind?
- What’s Learning and Content Got to Do With It?
- 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Cocktail reception in the Franklin Institute Planetarium Open mic “Rant & Rave”
- 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Dine-Around: Sign up for dinner with your colleagues at one of Philadelphia’s great restaurants!
Monday, April 7, 2008
University of Pennsylavania Museum of Anthropology and Archeology
- 7:30 am – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast
- 7:30 am – 8:30 am Tour of Surviving: The Body of Evidence
- 8:30 am – 8:45 am Welcome – Anita Blackaby, MAAM President
Orientation – Graham Hauck, MAAM Executive Director
- 8:45 am – 9:45 am Plenary Session – The Triumphs and Tribulations of “Surviving” The Exhibit
- 10:00 am– 11:30 am Concurrent Sessions
- The Outsiders: Working With Consultants and Contractors
- “We Don’t Need No Education…”
- 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Lunch On Your Own
Attendees will be provided with a list of local restaurants or take advantage of the UPenn Museum cafeteria.
- 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
- PROTOTYPING 101: Great Exhibit Resources You Can Start Using Tomorrow
- Museum & Gallery Mediational Methods
- Plays Well With Others: How to Build Effective Project Teams
- Choosing and Using Appropriate Exhibit Technology
- 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Coffee Break
- 3:15 pm – 4:45 pm Concurrent Sessions
- Contracts and RFPs: Tools for a Successful Project
- Integrating Web 2.0 Technologies into Exhibit Design
- Developing Interactive Components for EVERY Type Of Museum
- Who Tells Your Story? How to Recruit, Train and Retain an Engaging and Diverse Interpretive Staff
Creating Exhibitions 2009
March 29-31, 2009 at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, NJ and the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan.
2009 Theme: This year’s conference focused on the notion of “Looking Forward and Looking Back.” With many types of transitions facing the museum community—technological, economic, and leadership, among others— how can those of us involved in the development of exhibits be conscious of the museum field’s past while charting new forward-thinking paths? The categories below are guidelines for your proposal development and represent issues that have been of great interest to attendees.
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Creating Exhibitions 2010
Note: The 2010 Creating Exhibitions Symposium was cancelled.