Sat. April 18th

8:30 – Noon Registration

8:30 – 4:30 Vendor Marketplace

9:00 – 11:45 Workshops

  • Preparing for Your Career: Creating Effective Resumes, Cover Letters, Applications and Interviews Rebecca Hunt, Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver; Valerie Innella Maiers, Ph.D., Casper College; Isabel Tovar, Associate Registrar/ Database Administrator, Denver Art Museum – During this workshop we will review the appropriate formats for museum professionals’ CVs and resumes as well as look at cover letter etiquette and application/ interview protocol. This presentation strives to be especially beneficial to students and emerging professionals but can be appropriate for any museum professional. We will provide a resume template handout for the museum field. In addition, this workshop will provide time for individual consultation with the speakers. Participants should bring samples of their resumes and any cover letters they have recently written to apply or jobs. *Participants should bring their current resume, sample cover letters, and other materials for review.
  • Grant Writing Practicum: Preparing a Successful Proposal for IMLS Connie Cox Bodner, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist, Institute of Museum and Library Services This participatory workshop will examine the strategies, logistics, and best practices involved in preparing a successful IMLS grant application. First, we will examine the process in manageable units, beginning with conceptualizing a project and ending with the successful submittal of the application. Then using abbreviated examples of actual applications, we will replicate a peer review panel so that participants can develop a solid understanding of what is involved in the analysis and evaluation of competitive, fundable applications. At each stage, there will be opportunities to brainstorm ideas, draft application elements, discuss our work, and ask questions. Participants will receive sets of worksheets and PowerPoint slides for the day’s activities as well as for future reference. *Participants should come prepared with grant proposal ideas or in-progress grant applications

10:15 – 10:30 Refreshment Break

10:30 – 11:45 Session

  • Your Building Has a Story Too! Researching and Documenting Your Historic Structures Hannah Braun, Program Assistant & Research Associate, Public Lands History Center at Colorado State University; Jim Bertolini, Historian and Preservation Consultant – Does your museum operate a historic site or are you based in a historic building? Join us for a discussion about how to research your historic structure so you can better manage your facilities while generating community pride. We will discuss where to go for research and documentation on your building’s construction and history. Learn how knowing more about your building can help you craft an interpretive strategy for your site, designate your building for its historic significance, or apply for funding to restore and rehabilitate your structure. Come with information, photos, and ideas about your historic structure, and we will work together to plan a strategy for telling your building’s story!

Noon – 1:45 Lunch, On Your Own

1:45 – 4:30 Workshops

  • Part 2: Crafting a Museum Database from Scratch or Improving the One You Have! An Introduction to Collections Databases for Small Museums Bridget O’Toole, Registrar, History Colorado; Heather Thorwald, Registrar, Denver Museum of Nature & Science; Brittney Scholnick, Associate Collections Manager/Registrar, University of Colorado Art Museum; Isabel Tovar, Associate Registrar/ Database Administrator, Denver Art Museum – What is a database and why is it important? Do you know what common pieces of information are needed to create a functional museum database? This session will provide a general overview of planning and producing an effective database with little to no capital investment. We will show how having a working database helps you access your data more quickly, manage your time effectively, better serve your community, and increase your institution’s relevance. We will cover the basics, including data entry standards, an overview on lexicons and how to attach images or files to your records. We will cover how to streamline and combine information from multiple sources to be able to easily search your collections and share your data with your communities, helping to make your institution more relevant. Bring your own MAC, PC and data. We will work with what we have to make this a productive workshop. *Participants should bring their own MAC or PC laptop, and data to work with, including spreadsheets, documents or pdfs on a disc, flash-drive, or other device. *Workshop is limited to 30 people

1:45 – 3:00 Session

  • Funding Your Ideas and Building Preservation with the History Colorado State Historical Fund Michelle Pearson, Coordinator of Preservation and Education Grants, History Colorado; Kristi Roberts, Outreach Coordinator, History Colorado – Join staff from the History Colorado State Historical Fund to learn about available funding for your organization in a variety of areas including acquisition and development, preservation and restoration, education, archaeology, as well as survey and planning. Although the State Historical Fund is a Colorado entity, resources will be shared for other granting programs that may apply to Wyoming. An overview of the mission of the program, a successful grant application, and review and timeline information will be provided to participants. A flash drive of resources will be provided to all attendees and a project review will be available. Bring your ideas to share and let SHF staff help you with your application.
  • Visitor Panel Boot Camp Katie March, Interpretation Coordinator, Golden History Museums; Lindsey Housel, Master Teacher, Architecture, Design, & Graphics, and Manager of Digital Engagement Programs, Denver Art Museum; Betsy Martinson, Program Administrator, Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave – Collecting detailed qualitative visitor feedback can be a challenge; methods like focus groups and individual interviews can be expensive and time consuming. The Denver Art Museum developed “visitor panels” to solicit visitors’ responses to specific questions about how interpretive devices were functioning in the galleries. Learn how to host your own “visitor panel” from Denver Evaluation Network members who have used this method to receive actionable advice from their visitors to improve their institutions.

3:00 – 3:15 Refreshment Break

3:15 – 4:30 Sessions

  • Creating Community Exhibits Tessa Moening, Intern, Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures – This session will be an overview and discussion of community curation and its implementation at Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. Community curation seeks temporary artifact loans and curatorial advice from community members in order to display engaging exhibits that reflect a variety of perspectives. While community curation presents unique challenges, it allows museums that lack storage to show a variety of artifacts and encourages community involvement. This session will give an outline of community curation within the context of Global Village’s successes and challenges and offer suggestions for how to collaborate on community curated exhibits.

3:15 – 5:00 Vendor Marketplace Tear-Down

4:30 – 5:00 Free Time

5:00 – 7:00 Closing Reception at Wyman Museum

  • Close out a fabulous Annual Meeting with a BBQ while visiting a location comprised of a unique collection of historic structures, objects and living history. Drop in on Junior the Elk, watch a blacksmith demonstration and talk with founder Lou Wyman.

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