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Friday, May 20
 

1:00am

Registration

Registration for all Attendees


Saturday May 21, 2011 1:00am - 6:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E
 
Saturday, May 21
 

8:00am

8:00am

Exhibitor Registration

Registration and move-in for Exhibitors


Saturday May 21, 2011 8:00am - 6:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E

8:30am

9:00am

9:00am

AAM Registrars Committee (RC-AAM) Reinforcement Crew Event
The RC-AAM is holding the 4th annual Reinforcement Crew Event in Houston. Collections professionals from across the country will volunteer their time and expertise to assist small to medium sized museums with collections based projects. Bus shuttle transportation is not provided.


Saturday May 21, 2011 9:00am - 6:00pm
Off site

11:00am

1:00pm

1:00pm

Registration

Registration for all Attendees


Saturday May 21, 2011 1:00pm - 6:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E

2:30pm

 
Sunday, May 22
 

7:30am

Registration

Registration for all Attendees


Sunday May 22, 2011 7:30am - 6:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E

8:00am

8:00am

Exhibitor Registration

Registration and move-in for Exhibitors


Sunday May 22, 2011 8:00am - 6:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E

8:30am

8:30am

8:30am

Forecasting the Future of Museums: A How-To Workshop

To help envision the "Museum of Tomorrow" the AAM Center for the Future of Museums is presenting a workshop that will cover the basics of future studies to include scanning, forecasting and scenario development.



Sunday May 22, 2011 8:30am - 5:00pm
Hilton Americas, Room 346AB

9:00am

9:00am

AAM Bookstore

Visit the AAM Bookstore, created to serve the special needs of the museum community. From titles that entertain to those that serve your professional and organizational requirements, you'll discover carefully chosen books, manuals and reference guides that no office should be without. Check the final program for author signing events and new title announcements.


Sunday May 22, 2011 9:00am - 6:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E

9:30am

9:30am

Building the NAME Network: Conversations in Museums
Teams spanning all fields of museum work and levels of experience will be sent out to discuss, wrangle, and tackle topics facing museums today within the context of seeing exhibitions in a collaborative manner. Lunch is included. Bus shuttle transportation will be provided.


Sunday May 22, 2011 9:30am - 1:30pm
Off site

10:00am

10:00am

10:00am

10:00am

10:00am

10:00am

10:00am

10:00am

10:00am

10:00am

10:00am

11:00am

11:00am

11:00am

11:00am

1:15pm

A Dialogue on Governance Models with Governance Partners

This session will examine museum relationships with primary government partners and alternate approaches for effective museum governance within various scenarios.



Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 2:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342ABC

1:15pm

Accreditation: A View from the Trenches

Learn what past accreditation participants thought was most beneficial and get tips on how best to prepare for your application.



Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 2:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 352DEF

1:15pm

Career Cafe: Networking Tips and Strategies
Make the most of your annual meeting experience by learning and practicing valuable, easy-to-use networking techniques.

Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 2:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370AB

1:15pm

Changing Relationships, Changing the World: Applying the Social Work of Museums

Using Lois H. Silvermans recent book, "The Social Work of Museums", as a framework, this panel will examine how and why social work concepts help shape universal museum practice for the future. We will explore and advance four action areas for museums: serving personal relationships; taking a needs-based approach; learning from people at risk; and fostering social justice.



Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 2:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342DEF

1:15pm

Charting the Future of Art Museums: A Conversation

Anyone who works at an art museum will be fascinated to learn which critical issues the board and staff at the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) are tackling, including public support, fiscal and environmental sustainability, upholding standards of professional practice and remaining relevant to audiences of the future.


Chair

Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 2:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372ABC

1:15pm

Future of Exhibiting: Voices from Non-Traditional Museums

In an effort to remove the stigma of being a "non-traditional” museum, three very diverse institutions will present their unusual approach to objects, learning and exhibiting.



Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 2:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372DEF

1:15pm

Harvest New Ideas and Resources to Go Green

Gain insight from representatives of the Earth Day Network on how to secure federal, state and local funding to help finance environmental sustainability improvements and tips on implementing cost effective green practices.



Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 2:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 382ABC

1:15pm

Listening, Reflecting and Acting Toward Inclusion: Perspectives of Museum Visitors with Disabilities as Captured Through Visitor Studies

Panelists share findings from studies that captured the views of people with disabilities or measured impacts of inclusive offerings at three kinds of museums: art, natural history and zoo.



Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 2:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 351ABC

1:15pm

Museum Accessibility: Helping Patrons Who Are Blind See Your Exhibitions

This session will explore audio description (AD), a recorded narrative that broadens the museum experience for all people and particularly for patrons who cannot see or have low vision.



Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 2:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 351DEF

1:15pm

Museum Education/Interpretation 101: Program Development and Presentation

This nuts-and-bolts session will demonstrate "how to” techniques and best practices for creating and delivering visitor-centered, object-based and interdisciplinary education programs.


Chair

Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 2:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 361ABC

1:15pm

Museums Count: Building the IMLS National Museum Census
Find out more about the development of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) national museum census.


Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 2:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 362ABC

1:15pm

Museums Go Multilingual: Tools, Tricks and Trends for Presenting Museum Content to Everyone

This session will explore the current landscape of online and mobile multilingual content offered by museums and forecast the future for multi-language capabilities in museums.


Chair

Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 2:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 371ABC

1:15pm

New Resources for Enhancing Family Learning

This session will introduce three new resources designed to help museums become more effective with staff training and with family programs.



Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 2:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 371DEF

1:15pm

Redefining Museums
Join leading museum professionals in an interactive discussion exploring the nature of the museum identity, who will control it in the future, who defines "museum” and what that definition means to contemporary audiences.


Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 2:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 361DEF

1:15pm

The Controversial Stage: Interpreting Sensitive Topics Through Museum Theater

This session will use live and recorded performances, case studies and discussion to explore ways that museum theater is used to interpret controversial and culturally sensitive issues such as tolerance, constitutional rights, and climate change and environmental sustainability.



Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 2:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 381ABC

1:15pm

The Efficacy of Disaster Planning and Recovery
Staff from the Galveston Historical Foundation, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and AIC-CERT will detail the efficacy of disaster planning and response for the hurricane, the resulting challenges and future modifications to their emergency planning that may help other collection stewards improve their own recovery outcomes.

Chair

Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 2:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 362DEF

1:15pm

We Have 10,000 Followers…Now What? Evaluating Social Media's Impact

This session will provide insights about strategically incorporating social media into your marketing and will showcase three institutions that are showing it is possible to put a value on likes, tweets and blog posts.



Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 2:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 332ABC

1:15pm

Do-It-Yourself Digital Cinema
View the innovative 3-D film created jointly by Houston's Health Museum and the Museum of Science, Boston and learn how digital media can help you with promotion and programming at your institution.

Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 3:15pm
Host Museums

1:15pm

Museum Construction, Renovation and Expansion (China Track)

Panelists from tne Smithsonian Institution and leading Chinese museums will provide an overview of programming, planning, design and construction management of museum renovation and new construction. Global Views Session!


Chair

Sunday May 22, 2011 1:15pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 332DEF

2:00pm

Integrating Arts & Culture into Neighborhoods
The directors of New York's Queens Museum of Art and Houston nonprofit Project Row Houses team up to lead this tour of the PRH campus and a discussion of how museums and cultural centers affect the physical environments of the communities in which they are located.

Sunday May 22, 2011 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Host Museums

2:00pm

National Alliance of State Museums Associations Meeting

All representatives of state museum associations and related cultural organizations are invited to share ideas with colleagues at this annual gathering of NASMA. .



Sunday May 22, 2011 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Hilton Americas, Room 340AB

2:00pm

Development 101: What Every Director, Trustee and Development Officer Needs to Know About the Uniqueness of Museum Fundraising

This workshop discussion will teach skills on how to ask for a gift, determining who is a genuine prospect and managing the entire process along with discussion on the clear differences between museum fundraising and fundraising for other types of non-profits.



Sunday May 22, 2011 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Hilton Americas, Room 335BC

2:00pm

Making Exhibits That Work - An Introduction to Using and Testing Prototypes
Using theory, examples and hands-on opportunities, at the Health Museum of Houston, participants will learn how to select exhibit components for prototyping, creating mock-ups, and testing prototypes from leading experts from the Franklin Science Museum and other senior program evaluators. Bus shuttle service will be provided.


Sunday May 22, 2011 2:00pm - 5:00pm
The Health Museum

2:45pm

Beyond Program: Making a Commitment to Expanding Audience

This session offers an overview of the Saint Louis Art Museum's strategic program goals to involve non-traditional audiences and diversify participation.



Sunday May 22, 2011 2:45pm - 4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342ABC

2:45pm

Bones, Wings, Brands and Books: Collaborations in Informal Education.
Discover how informal and formal educators in West Texas created South Plains Educational Resources Collaborative (SPERC), a successful collaboration in a region that includes 58 school districts and more than 15 counties.

Chair

Sunday May 22, 2011 2:45pm - 4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342DEF

2:45pm

Building Communities Through Creative Collaboration

This curatorially focused panel will analyze the process and merits of interdisciplinary collaboration among curators, artists, designers, educators and their audience in redefining how museums can use culture to build communities.



Sunday May 22, 2011 2:45pm - 4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 362DEF

2:45pm

Building Staff for the Museum of Tomorrow

This panel will look at innovative methods that museum professionals have undertaken to ensure that the museum of tomorrow is well served by a young and dedicated staff.



Sunday May 22, 2011 2:45pm - 4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 332ABC

2:45pm

Career Cafe Organizational Skills Lab: Legal Updates Lightning Round

In a series of lightning-fast updates on burning issues, learn more from experts in the field about federal, state and local government challenges to non-profit tax exempt status (UBTI, property exemptions); employment classification under FSLA and recent actions and enforcement by DOL; more details of what is buried in the 1099 fine print; definition and action on defining a non-profit for legislative purposes; and more!


Sunday May 22, 2011 2:45pm - 4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370DE

2:45pm

Climate Change, Collective Action and Museum Futures

This session will present leading-edge research critiquing the current roles of museums and science centers in climate change and propose new potential interventions emerging from research undertaken in the U.S. and Australia as part of an international project funded by the Australian Research Council. We will present a comprehensive analysis of the findings, a commentary response by a leading science center CEO and an interactive audience-based discussion.



Sunday May 22, 2011 2:45pm - 4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372DEF

2:45pm

Creative Use of Volunteers with Collections
This roundtable session will discuss ways three institutions are using volunteers with collections and their challenges in managing, training and supervising them.


Sunday May 22, 2011 2:45pm - 4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 352DEF

2:45pm

Designing for Access: In-house and on the Road

This session will address how museums can make exhibition experiences accessible to everyone through universal design techniques and skills.



Sunday May 22, 2011 2:45pm - 4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372ABC

2:45pm

From the Chalkboard to the Drawing Board: Museum Studies Students Practice Convergence

Learn about four museum studies graduate student research projects that identified a shared challenge among museums, archives, and libraries and proposed solutions in areas to include orphan works in collections, technology and policy development, and new structures for collaboration.



Sunday May 22, 2011 2:45pm - 4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 351ABC

2:45pm

2:45pm

Museums as Unique Forums for Engaging and Empowering Adult Immigrant Audiences and Their Families
This panel will focus on collaborations that two suburban art museums forged with literacy programs to serve adult ESOL immigrants and their families.


Sunday May 22, 2011 2:45pm - 4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 362ABC

2:45pm

NAGPRA: The CUI Rule: What It Is and How to Use It
A panel of museum and tribal officials will discuss how they have used the NAGPRA rule addressing the culturally unidentifiable inventories (CUI) of human remains held in collections, what they have learned, what works and what needs improvement.


Sunday May 22, 2011 2:45pm - 4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 361ABC

2:45pm

NEH 2011: Public Programs; Preservation and Access; Challenge Grants
This session will provide information about NEH support for exhibitions and programs; intellectual access to and preservation of humanities collections; and long-term support for construction/renovation, endowment and direct expenditures.


Sunday May 22, 2011 2:45pm - 4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 361DEF

2:45pm

Social Setup 101 - Welcome to Twitter and Facebook

Learn how to plan, implement, and effectively evaluate your use of Twitter and Facebook.


Sunday May 22, 2011 2:45pm - 4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 350B

2:45pm

Wanna Start S*@t?!
Learn how to go about gaining the necessary backing and support for a new project or initiative.


Sunday May 22, 2011 2:45pm - 4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

2:45pm

The Membership Program of Tomorrow: Envisioning the Future of Membership

The audience leads this session on envisioning the future of membership, including who our members will be, what they might want, and how we'll find them or they'll find us.


Chair

Sunday May 22, 2011 2:45pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 381ABC

2:45pm

The Museums and Schools of Tomorrow

In this interactive session, educational leader Ken Kay explores with the audience how museums and other community-based organization can help prepare K-12 students to collect their "21st century portfolios" to demonstrate college and career readiness and how museum and schools can partner to refine the notion of "city as high school." Thought Leader Session!


Sunday May 22, 2011 2:45pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 360ABC

3:30pm

On Air: Simple, Low-Cost Methods for Producing Compelling Videos
Creating compelling yet low-cost digital videos for use online or in-museum will be the subject of this workshop at the Children's Museum of Houston.

Sunday May 22, 2011 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Host Museums

3:30pm

Exhibition Development and Management (China Track)

Experts from major Chinese museums and the Smithsonian Institution share their perspectives on developing and managing large-scale traveling exhibitions as well as installations for local audiences. Global Views Session!


Chair

Sunday May 22, 2011 3:30pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 332DEF

4:15pm

A New Theory on the Block: Imaginative Education, Theory and Practice
Presenters will describe the transformative effect of Imaginative Education, a new approach to teaching that effectively engages students' imaginations in learning and offers a new understanding of how knowledge grows and how our imaginations work and change during our lives.


Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342DEF

4:15pm

Are We Diverse Yet? Revisting Museum Diversity for the 21st Century
Explore the complex meanings and measurements of diversity from abstract data to specifics on local knowledge to continue to inform our understanding of diversity and its implications for museum practice.


Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 362ABC

4:15pm

As History Unfolds: Interpreting Current Events for a Public Audience

Presenters will share their experience in exhibiting and presenting current events and subject matter that has been controversial, such as the recent financial crisis, 9/11 and its aftermath, and the history of marriage at a time when the definition of the term is under debate.



Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372ABC

4:15pm

Beginner Blogger 101: We'll Help Get You Started
Understand how to plan for and implement a blog using a tool called Wordpress to create a beautiful website that puts the spotlight on your museum's content.

Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 350B

4:15pm

Campaign Clinic: Planning and Funding Museums of Tomorrow

A team of consultants and practitioners will lead break-out sessions on new approaches to the planning, quiet, public and closing phases of capital campaigns.



Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372DEF

4:15pm

Career Cafe Idea Lounge: Museologically Incorrect: Conversations for Contrarians

This year's conversation will start will challenging the sacred cow of Relevance, and will ask just what museums are supposed to be relevant to--from there we'll move on to take fresh looks at whatever is on your mind.


Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370CF

4:15pm

Career Cafe: Idea Lounge
Join colleagues for lively informal discussions on field-wide issues and hot topics that are shaping the profession. Topic TBD

Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

4:15pm

Career Cafe: Idea Lounge
Join colleagues for lively informal discussions on field-wide issues and hot topics that are shaping the profession. Topic TBD

Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

4:15pm

Career Cafe: Meet Your Mentor, Mentee and AAM Ambassador
For participants in the AAM Open Mentoring Program (or for those interested in learning more) as well as AAM Ambassadors/ambassadees, take a moment to learn from and connect with other colleagues at the annual meeting.

Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

4:15pm

Career Cafe: Mentoring Roundtables for Emerging and Mid-career Professionals

Emerging and mid-career professoinals-learn from colleagues and mentors in timely discussions about strategizing your career, overcoming workplace challenges, being a leader at any level and communicating persuasively.


Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 322AB - Sunday Only

4:15pm

Collections Databases: Welcome to the World of Tomorrow

This session will help you research a new collections management system or implement the first database for your institution.



Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 362DEF

4:15pm

Imagining the Past, Remembering the Future: The Role of Narrative in Museums

Using concrete examples and conversation, the session will examine the present and future of narrative, exploring the role of museums at the intersection of imagination and memory.


Chair

Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 351ABC

4:15pm

Interactive Spaces in Art Museums: Laboratories for Visitors and Museum Staff

We'll examine how you can create a flexible, responsive interactive space that will withstand constant traffic and use on a budget.



Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 351DEF

4:15pm

Museum Internships: Today and Tomorrow
Five roundtables will address key aspects of the internship: standards and structure; academic credit and stipends; legal and ethical issues; supervision and mentoring; and evaluation.

Chair

Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 352DEF

4:15pm

No Budget? No Problem! Technological Solutions for Museum Work from $0-$100
This session will provide insight about using free or low-cost technological solutions for everyday projects and programs, including office productivity and communication software, development and marketing strategies, media digitization tools, and collections access and educational outreach methods.


Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 361ABC

4:15pm

Seeing Visitors in 3D: The Power of Integrating Museum Evaluation and Market Research
Come meet three very different institutions that are bringing together market research and exhibit or program evaluation to create a vivid, evolving picture of their visitors in the eyes of the whole museum.

Chair

Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 361DEF

4:15pm

Smartphone Apps: The Hype, the Reality and Everything in Between

Panelists will discuss why they decided to create an app for their institution, what was involved in developing the app, what they learned from the process, the outcome after it was launched (with stats and visitor feedback), and what their next steps will be.



Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 371ABC

4:15pm

Sustainable Preservation Strategies for Museums

This session will feature projects funded by the NEH's Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant program that balance preservation effectiveness, cost and environmental impact.


Chair

Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 371DEF

4:15pm

Teen Voices in Museums: Innovative Ways of Working with, Listening to and Including Teen Voices in Museums
The panel will share how their museums are gathering, considering and using teens' input to keep exhibits, programs and special events relevant to them.


Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 382ABC

4:15pm

Tomorrow's Museum: A Catalyst and Incubator for Innovation

This session suggests that museums are well poised to become places that catalyze and incubate real cultural innovation, whether works of art, new design products, scientific developments or social innovations.



Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 332ABC

4:15pm

Twelve Little Engines That Did: The Story of a Multi-Museum Collaboration to Evaluate the Visitor Experience

This session focuses on how and why 12 museums in Balboa Park joined together to create and administer a large-scale visitor experience study.



Sunday May 22, 2011 4:15pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342ABC

5:30pm

Registrars Committee of the American Association of Museums (RC-AAM) Rights and Reproduction Information Network (RARIN) Open Forum

Join your colleagues to discuss the Rights and Reproduction Information Network's (RARIN) current activities



Sunday May 22, 2011 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hilton Americas, Room 337AB

6:00pm

6:00pm

AAM Committee on Museum Professional Training (COMPT), Curators Committee (CurCom), and Small Museums Administrators Committee (SMAC), Joint Reception
Join your colleagues from CurCom, SMAC, and COMPT at Rienzi, the house museum for European decorative arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Bus shuttle transportation will be provided.

Sunday May 22, 2011 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Rienzi, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

6:00pm

AAM Media and Technology Committee 22nd Annual MUSE Awards

Recognizing outstanding achievement in museum media, the international AAM Media and Technology Committee announces the 22nd annual MUSE awards competition.


Chair

Sunday May 22, 2011 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Hilton Americas, Lanier Ballroom J-K

6:00pm

An Evening at Sambuca with the AAM Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE) and The Visitors Studies Association
Located in the historic Rice Hotel in the heart of downtown Houston, the Sambuca Jazz Cafe wll treat us to a evening of delicious food, cool cocktails and lively music. Bus shuttle transportation is not provided.


Sunday May 22, 2011 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Sambuca Jazz Café

6:00pm

EdCom Evening Reception and Awards Ceremony
Join EdCom colleagues for a fun and inspired evening of dining and mingling at the Houston Center for Comtemporary Craft. Experience all aspects of this unique institution as we present this years' EdCom award winners. Bus shuttle transportation will be provided.


Sunday May 22, 2011 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Houston Center for Contemporary Art

6:30pm

AAM Development and Membership Committee (DAM) and AAM Public Relations Committee (PRAM) Joint Reception
Join the AAM Development and Membership Committee (DAM), and the AAM Public Relations Committee (PRAM) at this popular annual event.

Chair

Sunday May 22, 2011 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

6:30pm

AAM Global Views Welcome Reception
International museum professionals and students are invited to attend this year's Global Views Reception.

Sunday May 22, 2011 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

6:30pm

NAME Party at the Orange Show
Join NAME for a feast that includes more than oranges in honor of Jeff McKessack, the Orange Show's founder, whose favorite fruit was...you guessed it, the orange! Bus shuttle transportation will be provided.


Sunday May 22, 2011 6:30pm - 10:30pm
The Orange Show Center for Visionary Art

9:00pm

AAM Opening Party: Rock the House
Put on your blue suede shoes and rock the night away at the coolest place around: The House of Blues. The event includes a live band, dessert buffet and open bar. Sponsored by Geico and the Houston Local Host Committee.

Sunday May 22, 2011 9:00pm - 11:00pm
House of Blues
 
Monday, May 23
 

7:00am

Registration

Registration for Attendees and Exhibitors


Monday May 23, 2011 7:00am - 6:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E

7:30am

2011 AAM Fellowship Recipients Breakfast
All 2011 AAM Fellowship recipients are invited to mingle with AAM leadership at this breakfast event.

Monday May 23, 2011 7:30am - 8:30am
Hilton Americas, Lanier Ballroom A

7:30am

AAM Professional Interest Committee (PIC GREEN) for Green Museums Breakfast Meeting
The board and members of PIC Green will meet, greet and eat while discussing the latest trends related to sustainable museums.


Monday May 23, 2011 7:30am - 8:30am
Hilton Americas, Room 337AB

7:30am

Council of American Jewish Museums (CAJM) Breakfast

Join colleagues and members of the Council of Jewish Museums. Learn how CAJM is working to strengthen your work through its annual conference, website networking opportunities, and program initiatives.



Monday May 23, 2011 7:30am - 8:30am
Hilton Americas, Room 328

7:30am

Traveling Exhibtions Professional Interest Committee (TEPIC) Annual Breakfast

Join the Traveling Exhibitions Professional Interest Committee for their annual breakfast and committee meeting.


Monday May 23, 2011 7:30am - 8:30am
Hilton Americas, Lanier Ballroom B

7:45am

Career Cafe Early Bird Special: Careers in Transition

If you're "in-between jobs," new to the field, or just looking to get a reality check, join this informal and lively conversation sure to give you a fresh perspective on the employment climate in the museum field today.


Monday May 23, 2011 7:45am - 8:50am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370CF

7:45am

Career Cafe Early Bird Special: Getting Started in Your Career
Join an informal conversation that explores the power of professional engagement as a critical tool for success.

Monday May 23, 2011 7:45am - 8:50am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370AB

7:45am

Career Cafe Early Bird Special: Public Speaking Workshop

This workshop, led by members of the International Museum Theater Alliance (IMTAL), is for anyone who would like to learn techniques and tips to help overcome some common pitfalls of public speaking.


Monday May 23, 2011 7:45am - 8:50am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370DE

8:00am

8:00am

Membership 101: Best Practices/Next Practices

Participants will learn from experts on how to develop and strengthen your museum's membership program, regardless of the size of your museum or membership program budget.



Monday May 23, 2011 8:00am - 10:15am
Hilton Americas, Room 335BC

8:00am

AAM Bookstore

Visit the AAM Bookstore, created to serve the special needs of the museum community. From titles that entertain to those that serve your professional and organizational requirements, you'll discover carefully chosen books, manuals and reference guides that no office should be without. Check the final program for author signing events and new title announcements.


Monday May 23, 2011 8:00am - 6:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E

9:00am

21st-Century Skills Workshop

Workshop participants will consider how their institution can address their communities' unique 21st-century learning needs while raising stakeholder awareness about museums' role in that learning landscape.



Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 360ABC

9:00am

And Other Duties as Assigned: Prioritizing Collections Management in Small Museums

Speakers from an art museum, historic house and local history museum will share their strategies for prioritizing collections management in small museums.



Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342ABC

9:00am

Beyond Quill Pens and Butter Churns: Integrating Historical Thinking into School-Age Programs at Historic Sites
Presenters from Boston's Old North Church will relate their experiences implementing programs grounded in Historical Thinking, a pedagogy that mines the cognitive differences between how historians and laypeople encounter history.


Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 362ABC

9:00am

Career Cafe International: Museum Standards and Best Practices Primer

Join this valuable overview and introduction to museum Standards and Best Practices, which constitute the field's core operational principles.


Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370CF

9:00am

Career Cafe: Resume Writing for Emerging Professionals

Gain valuable tips and strategies from experienced colleagues in the field as you work on your own resume--be sure to bring one! (Note: in addition to this group workshop, you may sign up for one-on-one resume review on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon from 2-5 p.m.)


Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370AB

9:00am

Career Cafe: Using Active Learning in Your Conference Presentations

Learn to incorporate simple, active learning techniques into your conference session, MuseumExpo booth or museum program to make it a more active, less passive learning experience for your audience.


Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370DE

9:00am

Collaborating with Asia: Past, Present and Future

Registrars from American museums will share their experiences with and expertise on import and export procedures, peculiarities of U.S. and foreign customs offices, issues with national patrimony, courier situations and much more.



Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 332ABC

9:00am

Effectiveness of Museum Programming to Encourage Visitor Dialogue About Controversial Issues

This session will discuss three museum projects that attempted to encourage dialogue about subjects such as racism, citizenship, human health and new technologies.



Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342DEF

9:00am

Exhibitions 101: From Idea to Reality
Explore the interdisplinary exhibition processes--from the origin of a great idea, through the full development of a conceptual pan to its actual design and fabrication--to create innovative audience-friendly exhibitions.

Chair

Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372ABC

9:00am

9:00am

Living the Brand

Experts will discuss the acceptance and integration of the "branded mission,” including hiring/traning, communication products, exhibit selection, education classes and customer service practices.



Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372DEF

9:00am

Museums as Good Neighbors: Two Approaches to Participating in Placemaking

Representatives from the Queens Museum of Art and Project Row Houses will discuss their "placemaking” approach that helps transform neighborhoods into vital places that highlight local assets, spur rejuvenation and serve common needs.



Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 382ABC

9:00am

Online Fever: Ramped Up for Distance Learning Environments?
Faculty members from four museum studies programs and a graduate of an online program will compare online and traditional programs and discuss evaluation, the definition of success, Web tools and applications, and meeting students' needs and expectations.


Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 351ABC

9:00am

Putting 100 Years of Collecting Online: A Case Study from Historic New England
Historic New England staff present a case study of their Collections Access Project, which focused on the implementation of a collections management database searchable online by the public.

Chair

Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 361DEF

9:00am

Reassessing Environmental Standards: Balancing Collections Preservation, Visitor Comfort and Energy Efficiency

This session will demonstrate how to balance demands for the preservation and display of collections with the need to provide visitor comfort.



Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 361ABC

9:00am

Surviving Social 201 - How to Sustain Your Presence

Gain insight on how to build your Twitter and Facebook presence in a meaningful, sustainable way to engage your online audience.


Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 350B

9:00am

Talking Shop: Roundtable Discussion with Volunteer Managers and Docents
Attendees who work with or manage docents or volunteers will discuss and decipher a topic (such as "Volunteers and Museums in the Changing Economic Crisis” and "Attracting a Diverse Volunteer/Docent Corps”) that represents a challenge and record various suggestions, plans or procedures to solve it.


Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 352DEF

9:00am

The Accessible Museum of the Present and Future: Technologies and Techniques for Visitors with Disabilities
The session will explore choices for serving people with limited or no hearing, sight or mobility, including mobile devices, wireless delivery, virtual experiences, advance materials made available on websites and "bring-your-own-access” approaches.

Chair
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Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 351DEF

9:00am

The Future of Arts Media: Expanding Your P.R. Focus with Cultural Tourism

Leaders in print and online arts media will discuss how museums can use the media to advance awareness for their institutions and further their mission, while staying on top of new trends, discovering new outlets and reaching local, regional and national audiences.



Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 371ABC

9:00am

The Future of the Museum is the Future

This panel considers how museums might incorporate (more) material about the future in exhibits and community interactions.



Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 371DEF

9:00am

Varied Paths to the Top

Engage with three successful directors who came up uncommon paths, providing practical information to apply to your own goals and situation, and changing your thinking about who should lead museums.



Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 381ABC

9:00am

Double Exposure: Growth through Collaboration
At this session, you'll learn from the Houston Center for Photography and Aurora Picture Show about their joint educational programming and explore models for mobile classrooms.

Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 11:00am
Host Museums

9:00am

Engaging Audiences and Artists through Residency Programs
Neighboring organizations - the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and the Lawndale Art Center - offer a close look at their artist-in-residence programs and how these programs engage visitors and artists alike in new and compelling ways.

Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 11:00am
Host Museums

9:00am

The U of Land & Oil - Center for Land Use Interpretation's Alternative Exhibit Space
Join Matthew Coolidge, founder of the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) for a guided tour of their Gulf Coast Field office and exhibition space, the result of a creative development residency at the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts and an exhibition at Blaffer Art Museum.

Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - 11:00am
Host Museums

9:00am

Brief History of the American Cowboy and the Development of the American Cattle Industry
Explore the role of the cowboy in the development of the cattle-ranching industry at the 1930s-era George Ranch Historic Park.

Monday May 23, 2011 9:00am - Tuesday May 24, 2011 11:00am
Host Museums

10:30am

General Session

A "town hall" style meeting with civic and political leaders from Houston and Washington, DC on how museums position themselves as essential education, cultural, and economic assets.


Monday May 23, 2011 10:30am - 12:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, General Assembly

12:15pm

AAM Alliance for Lesbian and Gay Concerns (ALGC) Professional Interest Committee Luncheon

Join ALGC for a special illustrated presentation from the traveling exhibitions program of the Stonewall Library Museum and Archives. Stonewall Executive Director, Jack Rutland and exhibitions curator John Coppola will discuss their LGBT traveling exhibits



Monday May 23, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Lanier Ballroom J

12:15pm

AAM Historic House Museums Professional Interest Committee Business Luncheon

Join us for a networking luncheon with professionals from a diverse array of historic house museums. Come hear about visionary new projects and discover new ways of engaging more diverse audiences and share best practices.



Monday May 23, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Room 336AB

12:15pm

12:15pm

AAM Native American Museum Collaboration Network (NAMCNPIC) Professional Interest Committee Luncheon
Please come and enjoy food and fellowship with NAMCNPIC. This PIC provides a networking forum for those interested in strengthening Native American voice and leadership within AAM and the museum field. Similar to years past, we will have brief general announcements followed by an opportunity for all who are present to introduce themselves and talk about their current projects.


Monday May 23, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Lanier Ballroom A

12:15pm

AAM Public Relations and Marketing Committee (PRAM) Business Luncheon
Connect and network with your PR and Marketing colleagues and hear about the latest trends in the field from Hannah Paramore, President of Paramore/Redd Online Marketing.


Monday May 23, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Lanier Ballroom G

12:15pm

AAM Small Museums Administrators Committee (SMAC) Celebrates Small Museums Day Luncheon

Join the Small Museums Administrators Committee for its annual business meeting and celebration of Small Museums Day. Members and non-members of SMAC are welcome to attend.



Monday May 23, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Room 344AB

12:15pm

AAM Visitors Services Professional Interest Committee (VSPIC) Luncheon

Join the Visitors Services Professional Interest Committee as they present the AAM Annual Meeting Fellowship Award. VSPIC encourages members, new members, and AAM attendees who are interested in visitor services to attend.



Monday May 23, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Room 343B

12:15pm

American Association for Museum Volunteers (AAMV) Networking Luncheon

Meet members and the board of AAMV, museum volunteer management professionals and highly experienced docents and volunteers to trade ideas and learn about the latest trends in museum volunteerism.


Chair

Monday May 23, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Room 343B

12:15pm

American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Luncheon
Join fellow history colleagues at the AASLH luncheon. This is a great opportunity to meet others in the museum field, to discuss and share information about common issues while enjoying a great lunch!

Monday May 23, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Room 346AB

12:15pm

Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG) Annual Business Luncheon
Join AAMG members from around the nation to learn about the Association's many achievements over the last year.


Monday May 23, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Room 340AB

12:15pm

Association of Children's Museums Luncheon: An Introduction to the ACM Benchmarking Calendar
Join the Association of Children's Museums (ACM) for lunch and an introduction to the new ACM Benchmarking Calculator, a Wed-based tool designed to produce on-demand reports of key performance indicators and ratios derived from extensive data collected by ACM on more than 230 museums


Monday May 23, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Room 335B

12:15pm

International Museum Theatre Alliance (IMTAL) Luncheon

Join the International Museum Theatre luncheon and stay for the presentation of the annual IMTY award honoring an individual who strongly supports the use of museum theatre in their institution.



Monday May 23, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Room 342

12:15pm

Latino Network Professional Interest Committee (LNPIC) Luncheon

Join your LINPIC friends and colleagues to hear about the latest projects and activities.


Monday May 23, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Room 335A

12:15pm

MuseumExpo Opening Reception

The opening reception of Museum Expo officially opens the exhibit hall. Come enjoy complimentary food, beverages and entertainment as you discover the exhibitors latest products and services that will help change the way you work.


Monday May 23, 2011 12:15pm - 2:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E

12:15pm

MuseumExpo

Visit more than 300 booths with vendors offering solutions to help you improve your effectiveness and provide you with the tools you need to prepare yourself and your workplace for the future.


Monday May 23, 2011 12:15pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E

1:00pm

Building on the Legacy and Vision of the de Menils
Staff from three different institutions on the Menil Campus will guide guests through art exhibits and discuss the vision and local impact of John and Dominique de Menil's lifetime of collecting and philanthropy.

Monday May 23, 2011 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Host Museums

1:00pm

Stop Hate. Starting Here. Teaching the Lessons of the Holocaust
The Holocaust Museum Houston is the site of an interactive tour exploring how the museum's permanent exhibition can illuminate for visitors the dangers of prejudice and apathy.

Monday May 23, 2011 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Host Museums

1:00pm

What's Behind the Bugs and Butterflies
Participants at this session at HMNS' Cockrell Butterfly Center will learn about the challenges inherent in running exhibitions showcasing live butterflies and "Lois," the corpse flower whose stinky inflorescence upon blooming garners international media attention.

Monday May 23, 2011 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Host Museums

2:00pm

2:00pm

Career Cafe International: Building Your Cross-cultural Competencies
Engage in thoughtful discussion with colleagues as we explore typical working methods that might be misunderstood by other cultures, with a close look at styles of communication, concepts of time, power, uncertainty, and status that directly impact our work as museum professionals.

Monday May 23, 2011 2:00pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370AB

2:00pm

Career Cafe Organizational Skills Lab: Grappling with Fundraising Fears and Board Engagement

In the ongoing aftermath of budget and staffing cuts, learn how tough economic times present a unique opportunity to engage museum trustees in the development and fundraising process.


Monday May 23, 2011 2:00pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370CF

2:00pm

This Old House: Engaging the 21st Century
Rienzi, MFAH's house museum for 18th-century European decorative arts, is the site of a discussion about how house museums can broaden their missions, engage diverse audiences, and continue to preserve the integrity of their collections.

Monday May 23, 2011 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Host Museums

2:00pm

Collections Management and the Museum Information System (China Track)
Experts from Chinese museums and the Smithsonian Institution discuss challenges of the latest development in collection management, conservation techniques, and scientific research. Global Views Session!


Monday May 23, 2011 2:00pm - 4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 332DEF

2:00pm

Career Cafe: One-on-one Resume Review
Sign up for a brief 20-minute one-on-one resume review session with an experienced colleague in the field. First-come, first served by sign-up onsite only.

Monday May 23, 2011 2:00pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

2:00pm

The Green Museum 101 - A Primer on Environmental Practice

This comprehensive entry-level course will acquaint participants with vocabulary, concepts and opportunities related to increasing the environmental sustainability of any type of museum, with or without changes to the building.



Monday May 23, 2011 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Hilton Americas, Room 338

2:15pm

Best Practices of Creating and Sustaining Museum-Developed Live Programming

This session will explore the best practices of integrating and sustaining live programming that creates innovative educational connections to collections and exhibitions.



Monday May 23, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 371DEF

2:15pm

Blogging Basics 201: How to Keep Your Blog Working for You
Employ advance techniques to build your blog into a meaningful, sustainable communication tool to engage your online audience.

Monday May 23, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 350B

2:15pm

Digital Records and Collections: Will They Still Love You Tomorrow?

The session will address active museum systems, unstructured and legacy data, e-manuscript collections, e-mail and digital collection objects.



Monday May 23, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342DEF

2:15pm

Established and Emerging Educational Leaders: A Roundtable Building on Lessons Learned
Established and emerging leaders will discuss qualities, skills, knowledge and practice necessary to navigate an uncertain future for the field of museum education.


Monday May 23, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 352DEF

2:15pm

Gifts of Property: A Guide for Museum Professionals
This session will introduce AAM's 2011 Gifts of Property as the essential guide for museum staff, addressing why donors give and why museums benefit from gifts including promised gifts, partial gifts and bargain sales.


Monday May 23, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372ABC

2:15pm

Museums + Museum Studies: Collaborations as Incubators for Social Change
Museum professionals, professors and students will present innovative projects/thinking positioned to make a difference in the broader social realm.


Monday May 23, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 360ABC

2:15pm

Objects That Change the World: Social Conscience and Museum Collections

This session demonstrates that all museums can utilize the topics and methods employed by social conscience museums, which discuss some of the more painful aspects of human history in innovative ways while inspiring community action.



Monday May 23, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 361ABC

2:15pm

Perfecting the Partnership: Identifying Needs and Resources for More Successful Museum Partnerships
Through the examples of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and a new non-collecting fine arts museum in the Houston suburbs, the session studies how very different organizations and museums can thoughtfully and specifically collaborate for the greater good.


Monday May 23, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 382ABC

2:15pm

Planning Tomorrow's Collections Today: Collections Plan for Small Museums
Panelists will present their experiences in developing, writing and implementing a collections plan as it relates to future collecting of objects with rich stories, properly caring for the objects and conservation needs.


Monday May 23, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 351ABC

2:15pm

Questioning Assumptions: Alternative Futures for Museums
Join us to discuss the growing movement towards a future in which museums become low-tech, messy, idiosyncratic places for community engagement.

Chair

Monday May 23, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 382ABC

2:15pm

Reinventing Your Membership Program to Maximize Financial Impact and Member Engagement

Learn how a research-based, member-focused approach to evaluating your membership program, supported by strategic packaging and marketing, can significantly increase revenue.



Monday May 23, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 332ABC

2:15pm

Round Table Discussion of Horizon Report: Museum Edition
The Horizon Report: Museum Edition focuses on emerging technology and its applications to museum education and interpretation and introduces six emerging technologies or practices that are likely to enter mainstream use in museums over the next one to five years.


Monday May 23, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 362ABC

2:15pm

Saving the Future: Museum Community Response to the Gulf Oil Spill
This session provides examples of scientific and educational contributions museums can make in response to high-profile national crises like the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Chair

Monday May 23, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 361DEF

2:15pm

The Greenest Show on Earth: Creating and Distributing Digital Exhibitions
Learn how the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service created their first digital traveling exhibition, which lowered their carbon footprint, involved communities in exhibition development and shared information and resources around the country.


Monday May 23, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 330AB

2:15pm

Visitor Studies 101: Collecting and Interpreting Visitor Data
This session will give an introduction to collecting and understanding visitor data, including evaluation planning, visitor data about exhibitions and programs, and marketing studies.


Monday May 23, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 362DEF

2:15pm

Volunteer Interns in Museums: Perils, Pitfalls and Pearls

This session will help participants develop strategies to best engage undergraduate and graduate students seeking to complement their theoretical training with practical experience.



Monday May 23, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 371ABC

2:15pm

CANCELLED - Jumping into Mid-Career

Following the format of last year's successful session, "Vision and Conquest,” 10 museum professionals will have five minutes each for quick-fire, straight-to-the-point discussion of how to gather the skills required to move from entry-level positions to mid-career.


Monday May 23, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

2:15pm

CANCELLED -New Media, New Museums: Strategies for Successful Engagement with Internet Journalism

Panelists will consider how museums should adapt their communications strategies as the Internet transforms media.


Monday May 23, 2011 2:15pm - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

3:30pm

Overcoming Barriers to Adopting a Mobile App

Overcoming Barriers to Adopting a Mobile App


Monday May 23, 2011 3:30pm - 4:45pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 350E

3:30pm

AAM Museum Accreditation Program and Museum Assessment Program Ice Cream Social
In 2011 the Accreditation program celebrates its 40th anniversary and the Museum Assessment Program (MAP) celebrates its 30th. Staff, volunteers and trustees from accredited museums and current and past MAP museums are invited to celebrate these milestones with an ice cream social. Sponsored by Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum.


Monday May 23, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Hilton Americas, Lanier Ballroom D-E

3:30pm

Marketplace of Ideas

At this open air forum, AAM Standing Professional Committees (SPCs) exchange and present information and new ideas for all types of museums and museum professionals. The SPCs represented include: AAM Committee on Audience Research and Evalution; AAM Committee on Museum Professional Training; AAM Committee on Education; AAM Curators Committee; AAM Development and Membership Committee; AAM Committee for Diversity in Museums; AAM Media and Technology Committee; AAM Public Relations and Marketing Committee; AAM Registrars Committee;AAM Small Museum Administrators Committee; and National Association for Museum Exhibition.


Monday May 23, 2011 3:30pm - 5:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall D&E

3:45pm

Career Cafe International: The Successes and Challenges of Working Abroad

If you are currently working abroad, about to take an international assignment, or simply interested in what's going on in museums around the world, join this lively conversation with experienced colleagues.


Monday May 23, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370CF

3:45pm

Career Cafe Organizational Skills Lab: Building a Sustainable Nonprofit Organization

In this session participants will reference the AAM ebook, "Building a Sustainable Nonprofit Organization," to begin to develop specific strategies for moving beyond simply balancing the operating budget to building a sustainable organization able to meet its mission, strategic goals, and stewardship responsibilities over the long haul, regardless of what happens to the economy.


Monday May 23, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370DE

3:45pm

Joint Committee on Archives, Libraries and Museums (CALM) Meeting

This is one of three committee meetings held each year in conjunction with major conferences of the American Library Association, Society of American Archivists and AAM.



Monday May 23, 2011 3:45pm - 5:30pm
Hilton Americas, Room 329

4:15pm

Education and Visitor Services (China Track)
Experts from Chinese museums and the Smithsonian Institution share best practices in formal and informal learning, audience research, marketing, branding, visitor services, and volunteer management. Global Views Session!


Monday May 23, 2011 4:15pm - 6:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 332DEF

4:30pm

Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University Alumni Reception
A reception for alumni of the Getty Leadership Institute at Claremont Graduate University. By Invitation Only.


Monday May 23, 2011 4:30pm - 6:30pm
The Grove Restaurant

5:00pm

AAM Speed Networking

This speed networking event will jumpstart AAM's 2011 Mentoring Program by bringing together emerging and experienced museum professionals from the US and abroad who are interested in engaging in a mentoring relationship. Prospective mentees and mentors will meet in speed networking intervals of 5 minutes to initiate introductions and exchange contact information.


Monday May 23, 2011 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Hilton Americas, Lanier Ballroom G-H

5:00pm

Association of Midwest Museums Reception (AMM)
Join AMM Board members and friends for an informal reception at the Heritage Society Museum in San Houston Park. Attendees can walk to the museum or take a cab to the facility. Sponsored by Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf


Monday May 23, 2011 5:00pm - 6:30pm
The Heritage Society

5:00pm

Cooperstown Graduate Program Reception

The Cooperstown Graduate Program invites alumni, friends and perspective students to renew acquaintances and hear the latest news about the new museum studies learning environment facility.


Monday May 23, 2011 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Hilton Americas, Room 230

5:00pm

The University of the Arts Alumni and the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Member Reception

University of the Arts Museum Studies alumni, MAAM members and all other friends of these two organizations are welcome to attend! Come drink, laugh and trade old stories and make new ones while you network with colleagues.


Monday May 23, 2011 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Hilton Americas, Room 336AB

5:15pm

Career Cafe: Idea Lounge
Join colleagues for lively informal discussions on field-wide issues and hot topics that are shaping the profession. Topic TBD

Monday May 23, 2011 5:15pm - 6:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

5:15pm

Career Cafe: Idea Lounge
Join colleagues for lively informal discussions on field-wide issues and hot topics that are shaping the profession. Topic TBD

Monday May 23, 2011 5:15pm - 6:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

5:15pm

Career Cafe: Idea Lounge
Join colleagues for lively informal discussions on field-wide issues and hot topics that are shaping the profession. Topic TBD

Monday May 23, 2011 5:15pm - 6:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

5:30pm

5:30pm

5:30pm

AAM Professional Interest Committee (PIC GREEN) for Green Museums Reception
Join your colleagues and friends for beverages, food at PIC Green's annual evening social


Monday May 23, 2011 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hilton Americas, Room 340AB

5:30pm

Gallery Systems Users Reception

Annual users group meeting



Monday May 23, 2011 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hilton Americas, Room 337AB

5:30pm

Oklahoma Museums Association and the Museum of the Red River Networking Reception

Members and friends of the Oklahoma Museums Association and Museum of the Red River are invited to this networking social hour.



Monday May 23, 2011 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hilton Americas, Room 343B

5:30pm

Registrars Committee of the American Association of Museums (RC-AAM) International and American Registrars Reception
Join your colleagues from abroad in an informal setting to discuss collections-related topics of mutual interest.


Monday May 23, 2011 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hilton Americas, Lanier Ballroom A

5:30pm

Museum Education Roundtable (MER) Reception
Join friends and colleagues and enjoy food, drink and conversation and an informal dialogue centered on the journal of Museum Education's spring issue. "Beyond Teachers: Professional Development Programs in Museums"


Monday May 23, 2011 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

6:00pm

6:00pm

AAM Emerging Museum Professionals Reception
Join fellow Emerging Museum Professionals and other museum staffers for an evening of bowling and networking. Ticket price includes drink tickets and hor d' oeuvres.

Monday May 23, 2011 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Lucky Strike

6:30pm

Naturally Wild Evening at the Houston Zoo
The Houston Zoo is the setting for a Naturally Wild evening in which guests can chat with zookeepers, enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks, and delight in animal serenades around the Reflection Pool. Buses depart the Convention Center (Hall C) from 6:00-6:15 P.M. and return to host hotels at 8:30-9:30 P.M.

Monday May 23, 2011 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Houston Zoo

6:30pm

Career Cafe: Dine and Dialogue
Join colleagues with similar interests at a local Houston restaurant for spirited conversation around a focused topic. Topics TBD.

Monday May 23, 2011 6:30pm - 9:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

6:30pm

Career Cafe: Dine and Dialogue
Join colleagues with similar interests at a local Houston restaurant for spirited conversation around a focused topic. Topics TBD.

Monday May 23, 2011 6:30pm - 9:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

6:30pm

Career Cafe: Dine and Dialogue
Join colleagues with similar interests at a local Houston restaurant for spirited conversation around a focused topic. Topics TBD.

Monday May 23, 2011 6:30pm - 9:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

7:00pm

Texas Sized Block Party at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
MFAH and CAMH are throwing a Texas-sized Block Party featuring a Tex-Mex buffet, an array of beverages (including a complimentary brandy bar) and a couple of top local DJs spinning dance tunes. Buses depart the Convention Center (Hall C) from 6:30-7:00 P.M. and return to host hotels from 9-10 P.M.

Monday May 23, 2011 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Contemporary Arts Museum

7:30pm

Out of this World: An Evening at the Space Center Houston
Space Center Houston is the site of an "out of this world" party featuring hors d'oeuvres and complimentary wine and beer plus cash bar. Guests can enjoy virtual reality demos and other exhibits like "To Be an Astronaut." Buses depart the Convention Center (Hall C) from 6:15-6:45 P.M. and return to host hotels at 9:30 P.M.

Monday May 23, 2011 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Space Center Houston
 
Tuesday, May 24
 

7:30am

AAM Public Relations and Marketing Committee (PRAM) Networking Breakfast and Issues Exchange
Start the morning with your PR and Marketing colleagues to discuss our profession, raise issues, and ideas and network with one another.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 7:30am - 8:30am
Hilton Americas, Room 346AB

7:30am

Informal Learning Experiences Traveling Exhibitions Forum

The annual traveling exhibitions roundtable is a great opportunity for institutions seeking traveling exhibitions to learn about new and exciting traveling shows and their availability as well as producers to showcase their productions.


Chair

Tuesday May 24, 2011 7:30am - 8:45am
Hilton Americas, Lanier Ballroom A

7:45am

Career Cafe Early Bird Special: Communicating Across Four Generations in the Workplace
Join this practical and thought-provoking conversation about the challenges and benefits of better understanding and effectively communicating across multiple generations in the workplace.

Tuesday May 24, 2011 7:45am - 8:50am
George R. Brown Convention Center

7:45am

Career Cafe Early Bird Special: Public Speaking Workshop

This workshop, led by members of the International Museum Theater Alliance (IMTAL), is for anyone who would like to learn techniques and tips to help overcome some common pitfalls of public speaking.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 7:45am - 8:50am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370DE

8:00am

AAM Bookstore

Visit the AAM Bookstore, created to serve the special needs of the museum community. From titles that entertain to those that serve your professional and organizational requirements, you'll discover carefully chosen books, manuals and reference guides that no office should be without. Check the final program for author signing events and new title announcements.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 8:00am - 6:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E

8:00am

Registration

Registration for Attendees and Exhibitors


Tuesday May 24, 2011 8:00am - 6:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E

9:00am

Aftershocks: Recovery of Cultural Materials in Haiti and Lessons for U.S. Museums

This panel looks at lessons learned, addressing the aftermath of the earthquake; international cooperation, equipment and volunteers; planning for a large-scale disaster; and immediate steps to take after a disaster to safeguard collections and enhance future recovery.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342DEF

9:00am

Audio and Video for You 101: Putting the Parts in Place
Understand the basic steps involved in producing video or audio to include scripting, storyboards, lighting, locations, audio, cameras and editing systems. Participants will get to shoot and edit footage and be eligible to win a new Flip Cam.

Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 350B

9:00am

Career Cafe Organizational Skills Lab: Making Effective Decisions

Join this practical workshop to better understand the nature of decision making, so you can learn how to identify key stakeholders and ensure consistent communication of decisions across your organization.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370DE

9:00am

Career Cafe: Resume Writing for Emerging Professionals

Gain valuable tips and strategies from experienced colleagues in the field as you work on your own resume-be sure to bring one! (Note: in addition to this group workshop, you may sign up for one-on-one resume review on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon from 2-5 p.m.)


Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370AB

9:00am

Career Cafe: Resume Writing for Mid-career Professionals or Career-changers

Gain valuable tips and strategies from experienced colleagues in the field as you work on your own resume-be sure to bring one! (Note: in addition to this group workshop, you may sign up for one-on-one resume review on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon from 2-5 p.m.)


Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370CF

9:00am

Crossing Contexts: What Families Value About Museum Experiences

This session will explore the values that families ascribe to their museum experiences and discuss how these family values converge and diverge across contexts including art, history, science, and children's museums



Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 332ABC

9:00am

Documentation as Collections: What's So Strange About That?
Speakers will describe a holistic reorganization of collections that links internal documentation to object collections, ensuring that documentation will serve as an integral part of museum collections.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342ABC

9:00am

Educators as Advocates: Speaking Up for Museums

The panel will offer pragmatic suggestions for communicating effectively with decision makers (including funders) at all levels, from school administrators and local politicians to members of Congress.


Chair

Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372ABC

9:00am

Exhibition Critique and Discussion 2011: BIG Texan Style

The 2011 critique will focus on how the Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum balances the issues of the oil spill in the gulf, energy and regional relevance.


Chair

Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372DEF

9:00am

Exploring a Leverage-Model: Digital Technology, Professional Development and Microfunding

Three initiatives present their innovative leverage-model approaches to improve educational programming, outreach efforts, use of technology and the exchange of ideas for their museum constituents.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 382ABC

9:00am

Heads Up! Security Training for Non-Security Personnel

Session attendees will learn tested procedures to increase their security awareness and steps to take or avoid in confronting emergency situations.


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Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 351ABC

9:00am

Is Traditional Media Dead? The Future of Earned Media and How to Be Successful

Three media experts will discuss the current state of media, emerging trends and how to be successful in an ever-changing media world.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 351DEF

9:00am

Leading Change

Three CEO's relatively new to their posts reflect on how they are creating new visions for their museums and the challenges associated with leading organizational change.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 361ABC

9:00am

Museum Assessment Program: View from the Trenches
Learn more about what past MAP participants thought was most beneficial about participation, what to expect from the program and how to get the most out of it.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 360ABC

9:00am

Museums in Motion: A Case Study

Museums in Motion: A Case Study


Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 350E

9:00am

National Endowment for the Arts Grants Workshop
Learn about grants for museums available from the National Endowment for the Arts.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 361DEF

9:00am

New Directions for Docents: Creating an Effective Learning Community in the Art Museum
This session will explore how "the museums of tomorrow” work with docents on new ways to engage visitors with their collections, embrace technology as a means of interpretation and communication, and search for ways to leverage volunteers' diverse talents.

Chair

Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 362DEF

9:00am

Practical Futurism: Harnessing the Power of Forecasting for Your Institutional Planning

This session will showcase museums that have used forecasting reports produced by the Center for the Future of Museums to shape their institutions' long-range plans.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 371ABC

9:00am

Success in a Development Office of One

This panel-based session will help newcomers and museum professionals working in small to medium-sized museums mount and run a successful, prioritized development program.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 371DEF

9:00am

Teach with O'Keeffe: One Traveling Exhibition, Three Museums and Four Schools; A National Collaboration to Promote Arts Integration
This session explores The Phillips Collection's research on new models of art and education projects, developed in conjunction with special exhibitions.

Chair

Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 362ABC

9:00am

There and Back Again: New and Creative Ways for Small Museums to Host and Produce Traveling Exhibitions

Panelists will share their knowledge and expertise on creative ways in which small museums can start their own traveling exhibition program and how to locate others across the country.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 381ABC

9:00am

What's So Queer About Improving Your Museum?
Learn individualized, practical stratagies for engaging with queer issues at a "queeringhouse” of roundtables dedicated to key parts of the field.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 352DEF

9:00am

Behing the Walls: Learning Innovative Archival/Artifact Storage Systems--Julia Ideson Library/Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC) Renovation and New Archival Wing
Tour the new archival wing of the Julia Ideson Library, which dates to 1926 and now houses the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, the largest repository of documents related to Houston's history.

Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 11:00am
Host Museums

9:00am

Buffalo Bayou Walking Tour
The Buffalo Bayou Partnership and Architecture Center Houston are teaming up to present this tour of the bayou, preservation efforts supporting it, and nearby architecture.

Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 11:00am
Host Museums

9:00am

Folk Art Conservation: The Beer Can House
Conservation fans won't want to miss this session led by staff of the Orange Show Center for Visionary Art exploring the "Beer Can House," a beloved Houston folk-art treasure located near the Center.

Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 11:00am
Host Museums

9:00am

The Zoo of Tomorrow
At the Houston Zoo, learn firsthand about changing roles for zoos in the 21st century, best practices for collections management, and ways to help visitors not only learn about wildlife but get involved in conservation.

Tuesday May 24, 2011 9:00am - 11:00am
Host Museums

10:00am

MuseumExpo

Visit more than 300 booths with vendors offering solutions to help you improve your effectiveness and provide you with the tools you need to prepare yourself and your workplace for the future.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 10:00am - 4:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E

10:30am

Career Cafe Organizational Skills Lab: Understanding Team Dynamics

This practical workshop will help you learn how you can build better teams, gain trust, engage in productive debate and prioritize team goals over individual interests.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 10:30am - 11:45am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370DE

10:30am

Career Cafe: Interviewing Techniques From Both Sides

This workshop will offer practical advice and tips on helping you through the interview process-from both sides of the interview table.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 10:30am - 11:45am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370AB

10:30am

Career Cafe: The Doctor is In! Tips and Srategies for Being a Consultant

Learn from thoughtful, experienced museum consultants in this practical discussion about what works and doesn't work in the world of successful independent museum professionals.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 10:30am - 11:45am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370AB

10:30am

Designing a Powerful Website on a Shoestring Budget

Explore a range of free or inexpensive tools to help you create a website.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 10:30am - 12:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 350B

12:15pm

Keys To A Successful Museum Store

Keys To A Successful Museum Store


Tuesday May 24, 2011 12:15pm - 1:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 350F

12:15pm

AAM Committee on Audience Research and Evaluation (CARE) Issues Luncheon
Come join CARE for lunch and hear Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Professor of Sociology at Rice University. He will discuss 30 years of data from his "Houston Area Survey", highlighting changes in demographic patterns, experiences, attitudes, and beliefs of Harris County residents regarding education, the arts and civic life with an eye towards future challenges.

Chair

Tuesday May 24, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Room 340AB

12:15pm

AAM Committee on Diversity in Museums (DIVCOM) Business Luncheon
Come join the AAM Committee on Diversity as they gather to meet and celebrate this year's Diversity Fellows and discuss ongoing projects, and priorities for the coming year.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Room 335B

12:15pm

AAM Committee on Education (EdCom) Business and Networking Lucheon with Special Guest Lois H. Silverman

Join the EdCom board and members as they discuss and share their strategic plan. This year, Lois H. Silverman, renowned writer and educator, will reflect on her writings. Her recent work The Social Work of Museums has inspired the field. Special book signing will follow the presentation.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Lanier Ballroom D-E

12:15pm

12:15pm

AAM Curators Committee (CurCom) Business Luncheon
Join curatorial colleagues for an engaging networking opportunity and hear the presentation by the 2011 Global Curator Exchange Fellow. Learn about the Global Curator Fellowship, meet CurCom board members, and learn about other professional development opportunities. Engaging conversation and new connections are the theme.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Room 337AB

12:15pm

AAM Development and Membership (DAM) Professional Network Luncheon

Join museum development membership professionals from around the country for this annual tradition. Come discuss the latest trends in the field, what's working and what's not, and what's ahead.


Chair

Tuesday May 24, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Lanier Ballroom J

12:15pm

AAM Media and Technology Committee (M&T) Luncheon

Learn about what's happening with the AAM Media and Technology Committee. Hear about what your colleagues are doing and meet other like-minded professionals.


Chair

Tuesday May 24, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Lanier Ballroom G

12:15pm

AAM Museum Association Security Committee (MASC) Luncheon and Business Meeting

AAM's Museum Association Security Committee Annual Meeting and Luncheon



Tuesday May 24, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Room 332

12:15pm

12:15pm

AAM National Association for Museum Exhibition (NAME) Luncheon
Building on NAME's Critique session, come hear about the successes and challenges of the "Offshore Energy Center" the world's only museum in an oil rig. Then be challenged to brainstorm creative ideas and solutions to make the exhibitions better. Please visit the exhibition and attend the NAME Critique session for a more in-depth experience.

Chair

Tuesday May 24, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Lanier Ballroom A

12:15pm

12:15pm

Career Cafe 'Blue Plate Specials'

Bring your lunch and join us for brief, bite-sized (20-minute) presentations and conversations on a range of career and management-related topics. Topics TBD.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370AB

12:15pm

Career Cafe: Personal Branding Workshop
This fun and useful workshop will help you improve your professional marketability with practical tips on how to persuasively and powerfully convey your personal brand through written, oral, and visual communication.

Tuesday May 24, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

12:15pm

Career Cafe: Professional Writing Workshop

In this practical workshop, you'll emerge better able to sharpen your writing skills, write with more confidence and persuasion, unlock writers' block and choose the right approach for different kinds of communications.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370DE

1:00pm

History Matters: Object-Based Learning at Houston's Home for America's Treasures
At the Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens, take a closer look at educational programming that helps visitors get more out of their visits to this historic house and its collection of early American decorative arts and paintings.

Tuesday May 24, 2011 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Host Museums

1:30pm

The Exhibit Doctor

Need some friendly criticism to break a creative log jam? Using the creative energy of colleagues, this workshop will cure what ails your exhibits. The exhibit doctor will diagnosis the problem, and prescribe the cure. Submit plans and designs ahead of time for review to Biggs@chicagohistory.org by May 1st.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Hilton Americas, Room 342

2:00pm

Career Cafe Organizational Skills Lab: Mediating Conflict

If your employees have a hard time getting along or your departments engage in "artificial harmony," you'll find useful tips in this hands-on workshop designed to help you and your colleagues more effectively tackle conflict and engage in honest communication.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370DE

2:00pm

Career Cafe: 'Top 10 Job Skills' Roundtables

Learn from your peers and experts in the field as we collectively explore and build a list of the "top 10 skills" needed to succeed in today's (and tomorrow's) museum industry.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370CF

2:00pm

Forging Ahead: The Role of Museum Education in Developing 21st-Century Learners

This session will explore how various institutions are addressing changing demographics, technology and globalization, creating crucial new needs that require adaptation so that we can effectively serve our varied audiences.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372DEF

2:00pm

Going Green at the Museum

Case studies at three museums show how green technology and sustainable practice are being incorporated into museum design and operations.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 351ABC

2:00pm

Homeschool and Museum Dialogue: A Conversation About Three Houston Programs

Educators and program participants will discuss how a museum can create a program that meets the needs of the diverse homeschool audience without losing focus on institutional values, mission and collection.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 382ABC

2:00pm

Media Production 201 - Beginning Your Media Empire

Understand how to distribute your media in ArtBabble, iTunes, Flickr, and YouTube.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 350B

2:00pm

Museum Store Layout and Design Features That Increase Sales

Museum Store Layout and Design Features That Increase Sales


Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 350F

2:00pm

Museums Linking Peoples: Perspectives from Brazil, Kenya and Turkey

Recent experiences in Brazil, Kenya and Turkey show how museums can be community gateways encouraging understanding among peoples while generating economic and social empowerment, often focusing on intangible or other heritage that does not fit into showcases.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 332ABC

2:00pm

P.R. and Marketing 101: Back to Basics
Roundtable presentations will discuss the fundamentals of marketing, media relations, social media, grassroots marketing, and moving to P.R. and marketing from other museum disciplines such as curatorial and education.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 352DEF

2:00pm

Planning a Domestic Exhibition or an International Show? How U.S. Government Indemnity Now Works Both Ways for Traveling Exhibitions
This session will cover the program's history, how it works, current limits and guidelines, and eligibility, and will give practical advice on how and when to apply.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 351DEF

2:00pm

Planning for Content-Heavy Exhibitions: A Collaborative Approach to Balancing the Need to Inform and the Visitor's Capacity to Absorb Information

This session uses two content-heavy exhibitions-in-planning in art museums to discuss creatively balancing curatorial responsibility and the leisure-learner's interest in visual pleasure.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372ABC

2:00pm

Referendum on Dioramas: Dusty Relics or Dynamic Displays for the Museum of Tomorrow? Debate and Cast Your Vote!

Pro and con arguments for diorama use across types of museums are presented alongside research and evaluation findings.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 361ABC

2:00pm

Technology: Threat, Challenge or Opportunity for Organizational Change in Museums

This panel will examine some examples in which institutions have been affected and even improved by how they create digital content.


Chair

Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 361DEF

2:00pm

Trends in America's Philanthropic Support and Their Impact on Major Gifts Strategies

Addressing the changing landscape of philanthropy due to economic times, the session will focus on trend analysis from Philanthropy USA and help the audience reflect on what trends mean for major gift strategies, how the trends are impacting the development of a compelling case, and how we must adapt to new and emerging paradigms.


Chair

Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 371ABC

2:00pm

What Do Scholars Want? Digital Publishing Strategies in the Art Museum

LACMA, SFMOMA and an audience research specialist will present initial front-end research along with methodology and lessons learned for two online scholarly catalogues in production as part of the Getty Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 371DEF

2:00pm

Who Governs the Cultural Commons?

Reflecting on our "cultural commons" of art and ideas, Lewis Hyde will offer historical perspective on the notion of intellectual property, and insight into how museums might balance issues of access and ownership to best serve the public interest.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 360ABC

2:00pm

Death Becomes You
Learn more about how the staff at the National Museum of Funeral History works to connect with visitors of all ages about an important yet feared topic.

Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Host Museums

2:00pm

Forensic Facial Reconstruction Brings History to Life
Led by forensic sculptors, this session will examine how medical technology and artistic expertise guided the facial reconstruction of Thomas Smith, one of the African American soldiers whose story can be found at Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.

Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Host Museums

2:00pm

Nuts & Bolts
Learn about the process of working with artists on site-specific installations at the Rice University Art Gallery, the only university museum in the country dedicated solely to installation art.

Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Host Museums

2:00pm

Career Cafe: One-on-one Resume Review

Sign up for a brief 20-minute one-on-one resume review session with an experienced colleague in the field. First-come, first served by sign-up onsite only.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370AB

2:00pm

Creating the Museum of the Future Through Public Value

These two sessions address the implications, issues and benefits of adopting and implementing a public value approach for museum management and program development.


Chair

Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 362DEF

2:00pm

Global and Local Perspectives on Museum Funding Models and Governance Structures: How Economic Changes Are Challenging Museums in the U.S. and Around the World
A recent study of funding and governance in 24 museums in the U.S., Britain, Europe and Asia will stimulate discussion about trends and options.

Chair

Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 362ABC

2:00pm

IMLS: Meeting the Needs of Today's and Tomorrow's Museums

Join IMLS program officers for an overview of the institute's special initiatives and funding opportunities for a wide variety of museum activities.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342ABC

2:00pm

Whose Hands Are in the Cookie Jar?

This session discusses the unpopular theme of insider (or insider-related) theft, highlights recent losses from well-known and lesser-known victims, and offers practical, cost-efficient mitigation steps.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 2:00pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342DEF

3:45pm

75 Winning Ideas In 75 Minutes: Worst, Best and Next!

In 75 minutes, you will hear at least 75 innovative ideas in development, membership and marketing that can be implemented in any museum.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 382ABC

3:45pm

Career Cafe Organizational Skills Lab: So You Have a Staff, Now What?

If you're a new manager, this workshop will help you explore your leadership traits, provide feedback to staff and make the neccessary shift in values and time management that will make you more effective in your role.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370DE

3:45pm

Career Cafe Organizational Skills Lab: The Value of Sharing Data Across Your Museum

Gain practical advice on how to best work across your museum departments with respect to sharing data and how to gain buy-in from the top down and the bottom up.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370AB

3:45pm

Career Cafe: 'A Day in the Life...' Reality Roundtables

Get an intimate glimpse of the day-to-day challenges and triumphs of museum work in these small group, face-to-face discussions with practitioners in the field.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370CF

3:45pm

From Data to Action: Using Visitor Psychographics and Experience Preferences to Make Institutional Decisions
Panelists will present information about research on visitors' psychographics and experience preferences at the Dallas Museum of Art, SFMOMA and the Walker Art Center, and will share how this visitor data is informing institutional decisions.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372ABC

3:45pm

Here Today, Permitted Tomorrow: How to Apply for Fish and Wildlife Permits

Learn to determine when you need a permit, for what species and what information you need to collect before you apply, as well as how to apply and to which government agency.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372DEF

3:45pm

Marketing Made Easy: Build an Email Campaign for Your Museum

Learn how to use Constant Contact and Magnet Mail as email tools to communicate with your public.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 350B

3:45pm

Museums and Globalization: Building Successful International Partnerships

This panel features museum professionals who received AAM's MCCA grant to foster collaborations with institutions abroad.


Chair
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Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 332ABC

3:45pm

No Need to Apologize: Presenting Difficult Subjects with Diplomacy

This session encourages professionals to consider examples of specific exhibits and programs that have broached difficult or emotional topics such as race and racism, slavery and assassination with audiences of different ages.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 332DEF

3:45pm

Pushing the Envelope: Challenges for the First Collections Professional in a Small Museum
This session will look at the challenges and practical solutions that new collections professionals encounter, including creating written policies and procedures; upgrading physical collections facilities; cataloguing and inventory; and educating others on appropriate standards of collections management.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 351ABC

3:45pm

Registrars: Let's Get This Show on the Road!
Join us for an interactive session that follows several recent domestic exhibitions on the road through the lenses of their organizing and exhibiting registrars.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 352DEF

3:45pm

Revitalizing Historic Sites Through Contemporary Art: Interpretation and Inspiration
Learn how to revitalize historic sites through contemporary art, plan for potential obstacles throughout the process and apply best practices.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 351DEF

3:45pm

Strategies and Sustainability of Social Media Engagements Across Museums

Discover a variety of approaches to taming and socializing social media through the experiences of five institutions and their efforts to grow and deepen relationships with their audiences.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 361ABC

3:45pm

The Role of Art Museums in Improving Observation in Medical Education
This session presents three models focused on improving clinical diagnosis and communication as they connect with the practice of looking at art.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 360ABC

3:45pm

Thinking Inside the Box: Using our Professional Skills and Values to Make Better Web-based Experiences

This panel will explore how technology teams can better incorporate expertise from other key museum departments to make more meaningful digital experiences that support a museum's objectives and remain compelling and useful to the general public.


Chair

Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 371ABC

3:45pm

Walk the Walk: Using Learning Theory Research in the Exhibit Design Process

Learn how to apply valuable lessons from learning theorists to the exhibition design process, creating stronger, more meaningful experiences for your guests.



Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 381ABC

3:45pm

Wall-to-Wall: Connecting Cultural Assets in Hartford, Houston and Pittsburgh
This session will showcase three innovative cultural districts where museums have been leaders in forging new physical and institutional links.

Chair

Tuesday May 24, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 330AB

5:00pm

Bank Street College Museum Education Programs Reception
Join current, former and future students in the Museum Leadership and Museum Education Programs at Bank Street to catch up with each other and our work together.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Hilton Americas, Room 333

5:15pm

Career Cafe: Idea Lounge
Join colleagues for lively informal discussions on field-wide issues and hot topics that are shaping the profession. Topic TBD

Tuesday May 24, 2011 5:15pm - 6:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

5:15pm

Career Cafe: Idea Lounge
Join colleagues for lively informal discussions on field-wide issues and hot topics that are shaping the profession. Topic TBD

Tuesday May 24, 2011 5:15pm - 6:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

5:15pm

Career Cafe: Idea Lounge
Join colleagues for lively informal discussions on field-wide issues and hot topics that are shaping the profession. Topic TBD

Tuesday May 24, 2011 5:15pm - 6:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

5:30pm

Registrars Committee of the American Association of Museums (RC-AAM) Emerging Museum Collections Professionals Reception
Staff working with collections, loans, exhibitions and all matters registration related are welcome to attend this reception.


Tuesday May 24, 2011 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hilton Americas, Room 335A

5:30pm

5:30pm

The George Washington University Museum Programs Alumni Reception

Join fellow GW alumni for a reception for alumni, faculty and students.


Chair

Tuesday May 24, 2011 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Hilton Americas, Room 340AB

6:30pm

Career Cafe: Dine and Dialogue
Join colleagues with similar interests at a local Houston restaurant for spirited conversation around a focused topic. Topics TBD.

Tuesday May 24, 2011 6:30pm - 9:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

6:30pm

Career Cafe: Dine and Dialogue
Join colleagues with similar interests at a local Houston restaurant for spirited dinner conversation around a focused topic. Topics TBD.

Tuesday May 24, 2011 6:30pm - 9:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

6:30pm

Career Cafe: Dine and Dialogue
Join colleagues with similar interests at a local Houston restaurant for spirited dinner conversation around a focused topic. Topics TBD.

Tuesday May 24, 2011 6:30pm - 9:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

7:00pm

Walk Through Houston's Past: An Evening at the Heritage Society
Take a "Walk Through Houston's Past" at this event at the Heritage Society in Sam Houston Park, featuring heavy hors d'ouevres, cash bar plus complimentary wine and beer, and docent-led tours of grounds and historic buildings. Bus shuttle service will be provided.

Tuesday May 24, 2011 7:00pm - 9:00pm
The Heritage Society

7:00pm

Dream a Little Dream of Me - Exploring African and American Art and Music at Texas Southern University
A progressive dinner and live music including African drumming and all-American jazz are some of the high points of Dream a Little Dream of Me - Exploring African American Art & Music, which kicks off at Texas Southern University's Traditional African Art Gallery. Bus shuttle service will be provided.

Tuesday May 24, 2011 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Texas Southern University

7:00pm

Meander the Menil
Guests can enjoy the serene setting of the Menil campus for "Meander the Menil," an event featuring al fresco refreshments and later, dessert at the Houston Center for Photography. Bus shuttle service will be provided.

7:00pm

A 'Night at the Museum' at the Houston Museum of Natural Science
During an unforgettable Night at the Museum, the Houston Museum of Natural Science will feature DJ Dame Hype on the turntable, tasty hors d'oeuvres and drinks, and the chance to stroll amid the butterflies or stargaze at Burke Baker Planetarium. Bus shuttle service will be provided.

Tuesday May 24, 2011 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Houston Museum of Natural Science
 
Wednesday, May 25
 

7:30am

7:45am

Career Cafe Early Bird Special: Crafting a Great Session Proposal

Learn some basic tips on how to successfully craft an effective AAM session proposal that will translate into a great annual meeting session.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 7:45am - 8:50am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370AB

7:45am

Career Cafe Early Bird Special: How to Manage Your Online Presence
This practical workshop will help you better understand what can be found out about you online, andf how to influence what is shown in search engine results.

Wednesday May 25, 2011 7:45am - 8:50am
George R. Brown Convention Center

8:00am

AAM Bookstore

Visit the AAM Bookstore, created to serve the special needs of the museum community. From titles that entertain to those that serve your professional and organizational requirements, you'll discover carefully chosen books, manuals and reference guides that no office should be without. Check the final program for author signing events and new title announcements.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 8:00am - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E

8:00am

Registration

Registration for Attendees and Exhibitors


Wednesday May 25, 2011 8:00am - 3:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E

9:00am

A Dialogue on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Science writer and best-selling author, Rebecca Skloot recounts the extraordinary journey of Henrietta Lacks whose human cells became one of the most important tools in medical discoveries from the polio vaccine to gene mapping and its implications for bioethics and human biological research. Thought Leader Session!


Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 371ABC

9:00am

A Little Help from a Friend: Interpreting Difficult Knowledge with Educational Partners to Strengthen the Museum of Tomorrow

This session highlights partnerships that helped create diverse entry points for new audiences and provide enriching extension programs at the Holocaust Museum Houston, an institution that deals with "difficult knowledge.”



Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 352DEF

9:00am

All Hands on Deck: Getting Visitors Involved in the Work of the Museum

Come see how NASA, the Smithsonian and two other leading museums are helping visitors get involved in real scientific research, work with collections, and collaborate with curators and scientists.



Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342ABC

9:00am

Career Cafe Early Bird Special: Managing From the Middle

This session will help middle managers by exploring strategies, ideas and skill sets one can acquire and employ in managing up, down and across the organization.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370DE

9:00am

Career Cafe Organizational Skills Lab: Understanding Museum Lifecycles
Learn how better understanding the lifecycle of your museum allows you to predict, enhance, or change it to positively impact institutional performance.

Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center

9:00am

Career Cafe: Creating Effective Presentations

In this hands-on workshop, we'll explore some of the ways you can design and deliver a powerful, persuasive and playful presentation using basic communciation tools and your own innate skills.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370AB

9:00am

Collaborations with Museums in the Middle East

The development of new museums in the Middle East provides an example of how successful international partnerships and collaborations can serve audiences here and abroad.



Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 332ABC

9:00am

Collections Conundrums 2011: Current Issues

Have your current collections conundrums reviewed and addressed by a roomful of professionals led by a distinguished panel of experts.



Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342DEF

9:00am

Culture Shock: Empowering Staff to Take Creative Risks

Innovative museum directors, programmers and consultants will discuss ways to promote experimentation and a culture of risk-taking at your institution, exploring strategies that apply to the board room, educators and exhibit designers, and front-line visitor services and security staff.


Chair

Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 371DEF

9:00am

Does Your Exhibition Need a Check Up? Non-Evaluators Address the Role of Audience Research and Evaluation in Health Exhibitions

Through the lens of developing two exhibitions on health and the human body, this session chronicles exhibit-specific uses of visitor research and evaluation, from prototyping to focus groups with community members.



Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372ABC

9:00am

Emotional Collection, Universal Connections: Lessons from the Museum of Broken Relationships

Experience the international Museum of Broken Relationships, currently on display in Houston, which taps the power of audience contribution, universal emotions, local exhibitions, Web activities and international collection. Attendees of this session are strongly encouraged to visit this exhibition at the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, 120 Fine Arts Building, prior to the session.



Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372DEF

9:00am

Engaging Children in Objects and Art Using High-Tech to No-Tech Tools.
Attendees will participate in a series of short activities in representative "gallery” spaces using both a mobile device and paper-based tools, and then assess the benefits and limitations of each approach in an art museum setting.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 362ABC

9:00am

Fast Forward: Proven Strategies to Reach the Next Generation

Leading museum directors will share strategies that bring new visitors through the doors, including social media engagement, e-marketing, innovative programming, theatrical experiences and state-of-the-art technology.



Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 382ABC

9:00am

Google Analytics: How Do You Measure Up

Integrate Google Analytics into your website to effectively track visitors to your website, monitor their behavior and better understand the data you are collecting.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 350E

9:00am

Open Source for Museums: The Experiment Continues
Join the project leads of Pachyderm, Omeka, CollectionSpace and Open Exhibits for an introduction to "open source” and a frank discussion of the promises and potential pitfalls of open source software in the museum.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 351ABC

9:00am

Sharing our Heritage: Smithsonian Collections and Indigenous Community Collaboration in Alaska
Presenters from the National Museum of Natural History, National Museum of the American Indian, Anchorage Museum and the Native Alaskan community will share the challenges they faced with a loan of 600 objects going to Anchorage.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 351DEF

9:00am

Take the Right StEPs! A New Program to Guide History Museums and Sites

Join us to hear about the American Association for State and Local History's new StEPs program, which helps small and mid-sized history museums assess current policies and practices using the field's first set of Basic, Good and Better performance indicators.


Chair

Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 381ABC

9:00am

The 23rd Annual Excellence in Exhibition Competition
Winners of the competition share the inspiration for their award-winning exhibits and demonstrate best practices for integrated exhibit design and delivery.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 361DEF

9:00am

The Care and Keeping of Cultural Facilities: Challenges of the Built Environment
Facility management professionals will increase your understanding of how cultural facilities are managed, benefiting your institution and helping you reach a larger audience.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 362DEF

9:00am

The Long View: Leadership Decisions for Environmentally Sustainable Museum Projects
Three exciting, green, transformative projects demonstrate how the decision-making process and experiences have affected these institutions and their relationships with their communities.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 10:15am
George R. Brown Convention Center, 362DEF

9:00am

Behind the Walls: Learning Innovative Archival/Artifact Storage Systems: The African American Library at The Gregory School Renovation (AFLGS)
See exhibits and archival collections and learn how building materials were reused and other "green" strategies applied in the renovation of the 1926 Gregory School, once an African American public school.

Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 11:00am
Host Museums

9:00am

Visitor Experiences: Designing Limitless Opportunities within Limits
Staff at MFAH will discuss how they use online and real-world tactics to create optimal visitor experiences for guests before, during and after they visit the museum.

Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 11:00am
Host Museums

9:00am

Out in the Open: The City of Houston's Art Collection
The Houston Arts Alliance presents a look at public art spread across the city plus the challenges of managing exposure to the elements and integrating artwork with outdoor settings.

Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 11:30am
Host Museums

9:00am

Peer Review Team: Site Visit Success for AAM Peer Reviewers

Information presented will be geared toward new, veteran, and future AAM Peer Reviewers and will illustrate the methods for a more successful accreditation and/or MAP site visit


Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:00am - 12:00pm
Hilton Americas, Room 338

9:30am

Full-Mission: Space Center Houston

Guests will be treated to a tour of Space Center Houston and the adjacent NASA facility, Johnson Space Center, where astronauts are trained.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 9:30am - 12:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

10:00am

MuseumExpo

Visit more than 300 booths with vendors offering solutions to help you improve your effectiveness and provide you with the tools you need to prepare yourself and your workplace for the future.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 10:00am - 2:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, Exhibit Hall E

10:00am

Observing Your Visitors: Tracking and Timing in Exhibitions
Systematic observations of visitors as they use exhibits provide museum professionals with a first-hand look at real visitor behaviors, not just theoretical ones. Through discussion, hands-on practice and analysis, workshop participants will learn the fundamentals of this summative evaluation technique. Bus shuttle transportation will be provided.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 10:00am - 4:30pm
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

10:30am

General Session

Keynoter Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History offers insights on our place in the universe.



Wednesday May 25, 2011 10:30am - 12:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, General Assembly

12:15pm

ICOM-US Luncheon

This luncheon is a great opportunity for members of ICOM-US, other national committees of ICOM, and other interested delegates, to hear updates on the work of ICOM-US and network with colleagues.



Wednesday May 25, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Hilton Americas, Lanier Ballroom H-K

12:15pm

Career Cafe Organizational Skills Lab: Your Board: Fully Effective, Beyond Compliance, Well-rounded

This session is designed to help you engage board members in more meaningful ways by understanding their fiduciary, generative and strategic roles in order to engender enthusiasm for the organization and enjoy their board experience.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370DE

12:15pm

Career Cafe: Graduate 'Flash' Showcase
Join back-to-back mini-sessions (or "flashes") on current programs, projects, or research presented by graduate students or emerging professionals with less than two years in the field. Topics TBD.

Wednesday May 25, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370AB

12:15pm

Career Cafe: Personal Branding Workshop
This fun and useful workshop will help you improve your professional marketability with practical tips on how to persuasively and powerfully convey your personal brand through written, oral, and visual communication.

Wednesday May 25, 2011 12:15pm - 1:45pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

1:00pm

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Unique 3-D Object & Electronic Records Storage Systems
Learn about how a partnership between MFAH and Rice University's engineering department resulted in a cutting-edge art conservation storage system.

Wednesday May 25, 2011 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Host Museums

1:00pm

Print Process Parade
Basic lithography and letterpress techniques will be discussed and put into practice by participants at this session at the Museum of Printing History.

Wednesday May 25, 2011 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Host Museums

2:00pm

Build a Mobile Application
Discover how easy - and challenging - it is to build an iPhone application.

Wednesday May 25, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 350B

2:00pm

Career Cafe Organizational Skills Lab: Business Activities of Nonprofits--Tax Considerations

Explore the income tax rules and planning strategies that both advisors and internal management must consider when a nonprofit organization engages in commercial activities or invests in certain kinds of assets.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370AB

2:00pm

Career Cafe: Accelerate your Career with Small Changes, Big Impact

Whether your career is emerging, established, or stagnant, you can make small changes with big impact using three simple powerful techniques that you can learn, practice, and take back with you to enhance your life at work.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370AB

2:00pm

Changing Demographics: Myth or Reality, and What Museums Have Been Doing to Attract New Audiences
An independent market researcher, museum president and museum research manager will analyze trends in visitors and talk about which programs and programming have attracted new audiences and, in one case, even completely rebranded an institution.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342ABC

2:00pm

DAM(S) the Torpedos, Full Speed Ahead: Digital Asset Management Systems and the Museums of Tomorrow

This session will address evaluating when a museum needs a digital management system (DAMS), the process of selecting a system and its implementation through case studies, and the experiences of a company developing a DAMS for museums.


Chair

Wednesday May 25, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342DEF

2:00pm

Down on the Bayou: Presenting Site-Specific Electronic Art in a Public Environment

This panel will discuss how site-specific electronic art events have engaged new audiences in exciting ways while activating Houston's industrial fringe.



Wednesday May 25, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 351DEF

2:00pm

Emergency Management and Planning: How Events in the 21st Century Have Impacted the Way We Plan for, Respond to and Recover from Major Emergencies

This session will explore a number of crises during the first decade of the 21st century, how America has responded, and how to structure an emergency management plan and assemble an emergency management team.



Wednesday May 25, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372ABC

2:00pm

Engaged and Connected: Creating Communities of Museum Learning Professionals
Presenters will introduce the genesis and logistics of their learning community; then facilitators will lead small-group "mini-experiences” based on the Brooklyn Museum's Teaching Lab, NYCMER museum educator interdisciplinary program, Museum School Partnership Learning Network and Community of Thinkers think tank.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 352DEF

2:00pm

Engaging Your Learning Audience Online: Techniques for Getting Participants Involved

Panelists will use a rich set of real-world examples to spark an initial discussion and share relevant examples, lessons learned and reflections.



Wednesday May 25, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 332ABC

2:00pm

Maximizing Upper-Level Giving Circles: How to Grow, Steward, Retain and Move These Vital Members Up the Donor Pyramid

This session will demonstrate how the Barnes Foundation, Walker Art Center, Museum of New Mexico Foundation and Kimbell Art Museum worked to attract new donors, retain long-time donors and increase giving through innovative cultivation and stewardship strategies, personalized service and relationships, and aggressive solicitation strategies.


Chair

Wednesday May 25, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372DEF

2:00pm

The Plant Heard Around the World: Using Social Media to Create a Community Phenomenon

Museum staff will discuss how the adoption of social media tools throughout many museum departments and openness to community-generated social content succeeded in turning Lois the Corpse Flower


Chair

Wednesday May 25, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 361ABC

2:00pm

Youth as Content Developers: Museums, New Media and 21st-Century Skills

Learn how a variety of museums are integrating new media into their educational programs to empower youth, engage them as content developers and prepare them for their roles in an increasingly global and technologically complex society.



Wednesday May 25, 2011 2:00pm - 3:15pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 382ABC

2:00pm

Career Cafe: One-on-one Resume Review

Sign up for a brief 20-minute one-on-one resume review session with an experienced colleague in the field. First-come, first served by sign-up onsite only.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 2:00pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 370AB

2:00pm

Materials 101: Proven Principles for Storage, Display, Packing of Collection Objects
This session will provide a practical understanding of current materials for collections storage, exhibition display and packing.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 2:00pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

3:30pm

Career Cafe: Idea Lounge

Join colleagues for lively informal discussions on field-wide issues and hot topics that are shaping the profession. Topic TBD


Wednesday May 25, 2011 3:30pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 350E

3:45pm

Artists Re-consider Their Role as Educators and Museum Educators Re-examine Their Practice

This session will focus on the challenges and benefits that arise when an increasing number of artists choose to work with K-12 students and families in collaboration with museum educators.


Chair

Wednesday May 25, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342ABC

3:45pm

Career Cafe Organizational Skills Lab: TNT! Igniting a Strategic Team-focused Culture at AAM
Ignite your museum's ability to function at a higher level in this session focused on the process, challenges and successes of an ad hoc group of AAM colleagues who have worked over the past year as TNT (Team Nurturing Team) to build a positive culture and support the organization's new Strategic Plan.

Wednesday May 25, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

3:45pm

Generational Change Underway: Impacts on Both Audience and Museum Leadership
Presenters and audience will explore how significant generational changes will play out in the intersection of museum audiences and museum staff composition, using recent research from both within and outside the field.

Chair

Wednesday May 25, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 352DEF

3:45pm

Going Rogue: Displaying and Managing Collections in Non-Traditional Museum Environments
This session will explore lending and maintaining collections in non-traditional environments such as airports, retail outlets and train stations, whose conditions create challenges to traditional methodologies and practices of collection care.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

3:45pm

High Capacity, High Quality: Strategies for Meaningful School Programs

This panel will share how different institutions manage high-capacity school audiences in their programming, addressing staff roles, self-guide material and logistics.


Chair

Wednesday May 25, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 342DEF

3:45pm

Museum/Library Co-creation: Border Crossing to Enhance Public Value

The session presents innovative collaborations between libraries and museums that expand how museums are valued.


Chair

Wednesday May 25, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 351DEF

3:45pm

3:45pm

Tales of Teens, Technology and Teamwork

A participatory game will provide insight into involving a generation of digital natives, and the panel will describe their efforts to develop technology-based projects with teenagers.


Chair

Wednesday May 25, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372ABC

3:45pm

The Access Experiment: Behind the Scenes in our Secret World

Our panel will discuss the challenges and benefits of allowing the public into our "behind the scenes” world of storage, providing access to researchers, museum studies students and high-level donors.



Wednesday May 25, 2011 3:45pm - 5:00pm
George R. Brown Convention Center, 372DEF

5:30pm

Registrars Committee of the American Association of Museums (RC-AAM) Roundtable of Ideas
Collections care professionals are invited to gather for focused discussions on issues facing the Registrars profession.


Wednesday May 25, 2011 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Hilton Americas

6:30pm

Career Cafe: Dine and Dialogue
Join colleagues with similar interests at a local Houston restaurant for spirited dinner conversation around a focused topic. Topics TBD.

Wednesday May 25, 2011 6:30pm - 9:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

6:30pm

Career Cafe: Dine and Dialogue
Join colleagues with similar interests at a local Houston restaurant for spirited dinner conversation around a focused topic. Topics TBD.

Wednesday May 25, 2011 6:30pm - 9:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

6:30pm

Career Cafe: Dine and Dialogue
Join colleagues with similar interests at a local Houston restaurant for spirited dinner conversation around a focused topic. Topics TBD.

Wednesday May 25, 2011 6:30pm - 9:30pm
George R. Brown Convention Center

7:00pm

Come Fly Away
You'll soar at Come Fly Away, held at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum and the Lone Star Flight Museum and featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres, desserts and complimentary wine and beer plus live big-band music. Bus shuttle service will be provided.

Wednesday May 25, 2011 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Lone Star Flight Museum

7:00pm

Howdy! Welcome to the George Ranch Historical Park
The George Ranch Historical Park is the scene of a celebration of the Old West, featuring costumed interpreters at the park's historic sites, a barbecue dinner plus complimentary beer and wine, and live music from the Buckaroo Trio. Bus shuttle service will be provided.

Wednesday May 25, 2011 7:00pm - 9:30pm
George Ranch Historical Park

7:00pm

Noche Latina - En Familia!
Children's Museum of Houston and The Health Museum join forces to host Noche Latina - En Familia!, featuring delectable Mexican fare, margaritas, live mariachis and salsa dancing. Bus shuttle service will be provided.

Wednesday May 25, 2011 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Children's Museum of Houston and The Health Museum
 
Thursday, May 26
 

8:00am

8:00am

International Foundation for Cultural Property Protection's Certified Institutional Protection Manager (CIPM) Training Workshop and Certification Course

The Certified Institutional Protection Manager program provides the latest information for professionals in a management or administrative role, responsible for cultural property, protection, safety, and security. Management level courses are presented to include emergency preparedness, physical security, fire protection, legal considerations and many more. Workshop concludes with a written exam.



Thursday May 26, 2011 8:00am - 5:00pm
Hilton Americas, Room 338