April 13, Friday

  • 9-10:15am: Sessions at the Radisson
    • Teton Room
      Fort Vasquez: Reinterpretation by CU Denver
      In 2017 History Colorado and the CU Denver Museum Studies program created an innovative partnership. The museum interpretation class reinterpreted the exhibits at History Colorado’s Ft. Vasquez Museum. This session lays out the background of the project, the student work, and the final product.Presented by Kaylyn Mercuri, Graduate Student at the University of Colorado Denver, Kelly Jones, Graduate Student at the University of Colorado Denver, Mary O’Neill, Teacher and Non-Degree Graduate Student at the University of Colorado Denver, and Rebecca Hunt, Professor of History at the University of Colorado Denver.
    • Rawhide Room
      Keep Calm and Pack On: A Chronicle of the DAM Artwork MoveIn 2017, the Denver Art Museum Collections Management department took on the monumental task of packing and moving almost 57,000 art objects and object parts from the Gio Ponti building in anticipation of the building’s renovation. This presentation will discuss not only how this was planned and accomplished, but also delve into some of the bumps hit along the road to completion, lessons learned, and tips and tricks that can be applied at any museum!Presented by Laura Elliff Cruz, Collections Manager at the Denver Art Museum, Juhl Wojahn, Associate Collections Manager at the Denver Art Museum, and Stefani Pendergast, Assistant Collections Manager at the Denver Art Museum.
    • Sheridan/Saratoga Room
      Collaboration Toolkit: Cultivating Connections in Your CommunityAre you looking for ways to broaden your reach?  Learn the steps involved to set up a collaborative program with other local institutions, what pitfalls to avoid, and how the benefits of a partnership between organizations can increase family and community awareness in your institutions and increase student and teacher contacts.  Growing Scientists is a long term partnership between three cultural institutions and seven Title I schools which aims to build a community of science learners including families, students and teachers.  This collaboration has been able to continually revitalize and evaluate the program, despite changes in curriculum, standards, staff turnover, and leadership.Presented by Kirsten Bell, Curriculum and Teacher Development Specialist at Denver Botanic Gardens, Laurel Olsen, Manager of School Programs at Denver Botanic Gardens, and Kathryn Venzor, Director of School Programs and Interpretation at the Butterfly Pavilion.
  • 10:30-11:45am: Sessions at the Radisson
    • Teton Room
      Ascending the Mountain: Facilitating Changes in Interpretation at Mount GoliathShifting back to basics does not mean moving backward, but rather progressing forward by focusing on the essentials. Hear Denver Botanic Gardens’ story about a change from a docent-led tour-driven experience to a self-guided model at their garden at 11,540 feet. Like any change, the move was met with concerns, but once implemented, was considered a success for volunteers and participants alike. Learn how you, too, can ascend the mountain when going back to interpretive foundations.Presented by Caitlin Hogg, Learning Engagement & Interpretation Coordinator at Denver Botanic Gardens.
    •  Rawhide RoomWe Survived: Real Disaster Scenarios and Lessons LearnedIf you’ve ever questioned whether a disaster plan is really a priority, this session will leave you without a doubt. Join us to hear and see examples of real disasters that happened in our communities and learn the good and the bad that came from each scenario. We will cover the basics of an emergency plan and why we need them; various resources and organizations that exist to help; networking and the sharing of preparedness ideas, needs, and resources.Presented by Sarah Saxe, Curator of Collections at the City of Greeley Museums, Rebecca Hunt, Associate Professor C/T at the University of Colorado Denver, Christina Cain, Anthropology Collections Manager at the University of Colorado Boulder, and Carl Steward, Libraries Buildings Manager at the University of Colorado Boulder
    • Sheridan/Saratoga Room
      To Loan or Not to Loan: That Is the First Question to AskMuseums, individuals, and commercial entities loan and borrow works from each other on an ongoing basis. While loans for exhibitions may be the most common kind of loan, there are many other types of loans. When loaning or borrowing, a number of questions must be answered, such as who is paying for shipping? Who is insuring? This presentation will present the basics of loans and provide attendees with concrete information to facilitate loans at their institutions.Presented by Caitlin Rumery, Contract Registrar at the Denver Art Museum, and Sarah Cucinella-McDaniel, Chief Registrar at the Denver Art Museum.
  • 11:45am-1:15pm: Lunch on Your Own
    • New/Old Board meeting (Radisson)
  • 1:15-2:30pm: Sessions at the Radisson
    • Teton Room
      Making Your Social Media Relevant: Storytelling in the Digital EraWe like to assign social media to be our aid in connecting museums to relevance, but what does that truly mean? How do we make our social media content relevant and plan ahead? Social media trends are changing all the time. We will discuss digital storytelling as a strategy, evolving best practices, and provide examples. Be prepared to run through some exercises, so we can see it all in action.Presented by Brooke Gladstone, Communications Manager at History Colorado
    • Rawhide Room
      Space Assessments for Museum Collections: Planning, Methods, and AnalysisSpace assessments are a vital part of collections planning and preservation. This session will provide participants with the framework and tools to conduct their own space assessments. A case study from the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History will provide a template for the planning, decision-making, documentation, and execution of assessments. Methods of data analysis will be covered, as well as what can be done with the resulting information, including space planning, purchasing new fixtures, or preparing for a collection move.Presented by Andrea Blaser, Anthropology Collections Graduate Assistant at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History.
    • Sheridan/Saratoga Room
      Was That There Before? The Art of the Condition ReportCondition reports are an important part of caring for collections and loans. They document an objects state of preservation at that moment in time as well as set a benchmark for the object’s type and/or rate of deterioration. In this session, we will teach attendees how and why objects should be conditioned as well as discuss basic tools and steps associated with the practice.Presented by Caitlin Rumery, Contract Registrar at the Denver Art Museum, and Sarah Cucinella-McDaniel, Chief Registrar at the Denver Art Museum.
    • Yellowstone
      Thought Cafe Poster Sessions

      • Colorado Cultural and Historic Resources (CHR) / Northern Colorado Alliance for Emergency Preparedness (NoCoAEP) Membership Sign-UpEmergency planning can be a daunting task, but don’t worry, you’re not alone. There are organizations and networks in place to help you during all stages, whether it’s prevention, protection, mitigation, response, or recovery. Stop by our table to learn more about the Colorado Cultural and Historic Resources (CHR) group and the Northern Colorado Alliance for Emergency Preparedness (NoCoAEP). Wyoming members are welcome too! Want to join our listserv, or are you already on it? Great – swing by our table to verify your contact information. Do you want to be a resource during a disaster in your region? You can also sign up for that.Presented by Sarah Saxe, Curator of Collections at the City of Greeley Museums, and Rebecca Hunt, Associate Professor C/T at the University of Colorado Denver.
      • Walking the Artist’s Path: Process in Native American Art; an exploration of The NIC collection in Museum Studies CurriculumMuseum Studies at Casper College partnered with the Nicolaysen Art Museum during the Fall 2017 semester to allow participants to curate an exhibition based on Native American belongings in the collection. This experience facilitated professional practice in research and writing as well as installation for multiple, rarely exhibited, pieces as a Navajo textiles. Presented by Alexis Grieve with The Nicolaysen Art Museum and Casper College.
      • Discussing Controversial Topics at Your Museum
        Museums are regularly confronted with making decisions about exhibition and program topics, content, presentations, etc. They are frequently dealing with issues of cultural, historical, or scientific controversies and accuracy, as well as, ethics and audience appropriateness. This thought café will examine recent instances of difficult decision-making and then implementation and varied outcomes with their audiences, communities and stakeholders.Presented by Robert Mac West at Informal Learning Experiences, Inc.
      • CWAM Board
        Stop by to hear about the CWAM Board and the exciting opportunities waiting for you!
  • 2:45-4pm: Sessions at the Radisson
    • Teton Room
      Implementing NAGPRA  Almost 30 years after the passage of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), there is still misunderstanding and confusion among some in the museum community regarding its requirements and procedures. In this session, we will review the basics of NAGPRA, look at how implementation has changed over the last 28 years, and explore how NAGPRA implementation can benefit you and your museum.Presented by Anne Amati, Registrar/NAGPRA Coordinator at the University of Denver Museum of Anthropology.
    • Rawhide Room
      Setting Up a Small Museum LibraryMany museums have resource and publication collections for the use of staff, volunteers, and perhaps even scholars. However, these resources are not always accessible to those who need to use them. The Librarian and Historian of the American Museum of Western Art—The Anschutz Collection will use the museum’s library as a case study on setting up a library to meet the unique information needs of small museums.Presented by Claire Mosier, Librarian and Historian at the American Museum of Western Art—The Anschutz Collection.
    • Sheridan/Saratoga Room
      Can I Clean That? Conservation Basics for Collections ManagersNeed conservation work, but short on your budget? Unsure of how to stabilize a broken object? During this session, you will learn the basics of conservation for collections managers. Learn skills such as: how to clean 3D objects, how to mend a simple paper tear, innovative ways to house and stabilize textiles, and more! Find out about cheap archival materials to always have on hand, and where to find other helpful resources.Presented by Veronica Rascona, Master’s Candidate in Museum and Field Studies at the University of Boulder, and Emma Noffsinger, Master’s Candidate in Museum and Field Studies at the University of Boulder.
  • 4-5pm: Free Time & MeetUps
  • 5-9:30pm: Banquet (Radisson) YELLOWSTONE
    • Followed by CWAM Bowl at (Radisson) YELLOWSTONE