Saturday, April 22, 2017
Sessions (9 – 10:15am)
High impact internships: Fact or Fiction?
Ever feel like your internships take more energy and resources to supervise than they produce in meaningful work? Can interns really contribute to the success of the organization in a real way? How can we go beyond paperwork and data entry to create a mutually beneficial relationship that sustains essential functions of the museum while also providing the skills and experience interns need to gain employment?
In this session, we will share knowledge we’ve gained from creating a very successful School Program Internship at History Colorado. This internship has sustained our school programs for over five years while we rebuild our volunteer base, brought us emerging museum talent, and diversified our staff. Learn how to elevate your internships to play a crucial role in reaching your mission.
Museum Preservation Environments: Environmental Monitoring and Changing Best Practices
(UMC Room 382)
How do you determine the best environmental controls for your artifacts? What do you do when your building isn’t capable of maintaining those standards? This session will explore new ways of looking at best practices for temperature and relative humidity settings as well as how to monitor your environment, interpret and use those measurements, and explore sustainable mitigation methods for less than ideal situations in your building.
Steps to an Accessible Museum
(UMC Room 384)
Have you considered what you could do to make your museum more accessible? Did you feel overwhelmed by where to start? Wondered how you were going to get funding? In this interactive session we will talk about at least 10 easy and low-cost ways that you can make your museum more accessible to people of all abilities and ages. We’ll even cover how you can get funding!
Mission & Community
(UMC Room 417)
Your museum’s mission is the driving force behind everything you do, but does it matter to your visitors? At Heart Mountain Interpretive Center, we tell the story of Japanese American incarceration during WWII. We also work actively to remind our audience of the fragility of democracy in the present day, and the role each of us plays in protecting it. In this session, we’ll explore how you, too, can stay true to your mission while also staying relevant and engaged with your community.
Planning That (Large or Small) Fundraiser
(UMC Room 425)
Fundraising is a part of life for museums and other cultural groups. Sometimes in can be overwhelming, other times intimidating. Sometimes fundraising can burn out board members and staff. Thankfully there are ways your group can through that fundraising anxiety through planning. Learn some tips and tricks on how to plan out the who, what, when, where, and how for your (large or small) fundraiser.
Sessions (10:30 – 11:45)
Creating a SPARK for People with Memory Loss
Over 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease and by 2050 it is estimated to affect 16 million individuals. Museums in the Denver area have been collaborating with the Alzheimer’s Association to serve affected individuals and their care-givers through specialized programs. This session will include a brief overview of the disease, ideas to create successful programs for this audience, and first-hand experience from the History Colorado Center and the Denver Art Museum programs.
Straight from the Source: Using Collections for Object Based Research
(CUAM Study Center)
In 2010, the University of Colorado Art Museum opened new facilities on the Boulder campus. Within the museum is the Collection Study Center, a specially designed space with the mission to create opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to study and learn from original source material in the collection. This session is a presentation and discussion about how the institution has evolved to fulfill this role over the last six years both with and without available online collection access and only a recently added full-time curator. Additionally, an updated website and the availability of the online collections has contributed to the visibility of the collection and this service, as well as shifting how staff works with faculty.
How Can We Help? Crafting a Responsive Approach to Working with Underserved Youth.
Despite the lengthy list of challenges faced by youth in underserved communities, they are not without advocates. Youth groups, grassroots clubs, and non-profits and work tirelessly to serve those in overlooked communities. Reflecting the communities they serve, these institutions face the many of these same hardships. What can we, as museums and other cultural centers, hope to offer to those organizations facing such obstacles? Let’s ask them.
History at the EDGE
Explore how interdisciplinary work can benefit cultural institutions and encourage greater audience engagement. History Colorado and the City of Greeley Museums will discuss how different history institutions use both STEM design ideas and content in their exhibitions, with a focus on the EDGE (Exhibit Design for Girls Engagement) study findings from the Exploratorium. The session will include descriptions and examples from each institution, and there will be interactive questions and problem solving with the audience.
SHF Partnerships to Preserve and Interpret Historic Places in Your Community
Learn how History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF) grants can help you support culture in your community. Since 1993, the SHF has awarded more than $270 million in grants to fund over 4,000 projects in all 64 counties in Colorado. Funded historic preservation projects include: preserving historic structures, education programs, survey of historic resources in communities, archaeology: survey, collections curation and exhibits.
SHF staff will introduce the SHF grant program and provide brief examples of grant projects. Successful grant recipient, Molly Brown House Museum Director Andrea Malcomb will share lessons learned from their most recent SHF funded projects.
Integrated Pest Management 101
(UMC Room 425)
“We have a pest infestation”: a statement that no one ever wants to hear, particularly in a museum. But never fear—Integrated Pest Management is here! Whether you are in a large or small institution, there are simple solutions to this dreaded scenario. This session will cover what to do in the event of a pest infestation, common pests in the Colorado/Wyoming region, and preventative measures for storage areas and throughout your museum.
Lunch on own / CWAM new – old board lunch at Millennium Harvest House (11:45am – 1pm)
Sessions (1pm – 2:15pm)
Reinventing the Museum – A Work in Progress
The Boulder History Museum, a 73 year-old institution, is undergoing a dramatic transformation, both physically and conceptually. After years of soul searching, the Museum finally took a leap of faith by purchasing a Masonic Lodge in downtown Boulder and embarking on a major capital campaign to convert it to the Museum of Boulder. It has been an exhilarating, scary, frustrating, creative, crazy journey – and we’re not there yet. We will share our challenges of redefining our role within our community while retaining our core mission and values. Museum staff will share their experiences related to rebranding, fundraising, community engagement, exhibit development, and collections – lessons learned, lessons still to be learned.
Colorado-Wyoming DPLA Service Hub: Our Progress and your Participation
(CUAM Study Center)
Colorado and Wyoming are currently working on creating a service hub of the Digital Public Library of America. As a DPLA service hub we will provide access to collections from libraries, archives, and museums, and make them freely available to the world. Join staff from the Colorado State Library to learn about our year long progress, our future and how you can be part of this exciting vision for our states.
Listening to Self: Exploring Auto-ethnography in the Art Museum
Participants will learn how to re-experience museums through exploring the creative self-inquiry method of auto-ethnography. Participants will learn the basics of auto-ethnography by engaging in various fun in-gallery exercises and will design their own activities that encourage empathy and understanding in the museum. The session will address how to utilize auto-ethnography in museums and how to engage various types of audiences through provocative questions, self-research, and in-gallery activities. No prior experience is necessary.
(UMC Room 382)
How do you move large artifacts across the country? How do you restore a space station? Objects relating to space exploration require some different kinds of thinking. This session will use the acquisition, restoration, and exhibition of the Spacelab engineering module at the Space Foundation Discovery Center to talk about the different ways to approach objects relating to space exploration in a museum setting.
Creating Relevance and Making the Museum a Community Catalyst for Inclusion
(UMC Room 386)
The role of the museum in our communities has become increasingly challenging. While we attempt to engage our communities with our museum and provide spaces and programming for diverse audiences, our original missions and visions can sometimes become lost or obscured forcing us to confront our relevance to the community we serve face on. This session explores how we have worked to become more involved with our community and how we have been forced to rethink the museum’s role in modern society.