Thursday, April 28

  • 9am: Registration starts (Ramkota Hotel)
  • 10-10:30am: Welcome and introductions (Ramkota Theater)
  • 10:30-11:30am: Keynote Speaker: Author Craig Johnson (Ramkota Theater)
  • 11:30am-1pm: Business Lunch (Ramkota Ballroom)
  • 1:30-4:30pm: Workshops (REGISTRATION REQUIRED), Ramkota Hotel and off-site locations

Tech Panels on a Budget: LED Push Button Panel Builds (Brian Briggs) – Interactive technology concerns face all museums. Big expenses, long production delays, and contractor runaround are all part of the game. They don’t have to be that way though. One simple way to add a technological touch to your galleries is through adaptive deployment of push button LED panels throughout your interpretive efforts. From simple light up boards to lighting up gallery cases, this workshop will equip you with the tools necessary to make your visitor’s faces light up!

Resumes 3.0 (and other skills to get you hired) (Katie March and Anne Amati) – Writing a resume is a behemoth task. It has to be skim-able yet detailed and flattering yet not braggadocios. Learn how to write a resume that will quickly and succinctly communicate your skills and experience and see the types of skills that museum hiring managers are looking for. Also, pick up some tips and tricks for interviews, cover letter writing, and more. Bring a copy of your updated resume if you would like some personalized feedback.

Exploring History Through Ethnographic Video Game Design (Jeremy Blair) – Participants will learn how to create history-inspired videos games through exploring free browser-based game design programs in this hands-on workshop. Participants will learn the basics of game design and start designing an original game that explores a specific moment, artifact, culture, or location in history that interests them. The session will address how to implement this type of project in museums, how to engage various types of audiences through games, and review how museums are utilizing game design across the country. No prior experience necessary. Laptop with WiFi connection is required.

Labeling Collections (Isabel Tovar) – Physically applying numbers to collections can be challenging when working with a variety of materials. This workshop will give you hands on training for safely applying numbers to artwork, textiles, metals, plastics, ceramics, and archaeological objects. Discussion will include the process of using both hand-written and printer produced labels, appropriate placement of number, basic tools used for numbering, as well as documentation of methods.

There is no “I” in museum! (Karen Dropps) – Museum work is a collaboration between many different people, and sometimes they do not always work together. Learn about how groups develop and, learn how you, your staff and volunteers can work together toward a common goal through team building. This workshop will be participatory. So come with an open mind and comfortable shoes.

  • 4:30-5:30pm: Education, Visitors Services and Adminstrative Professional Networking Meet-up at the Goodstein Gallery sponsored by Casper College
  • 5:30-9pm: Progressive Dinner