Wed., April 21

9-10:30am: Conference Kickoff

10:45am-12:15pm: Professional Meetups

12:30-2pm: Business Meeting

2:30-4pm: Land Acknowledgement Panel – Join representatives from the Southern Ute and Ute Indian Tribes for a panel discussion about land acknowledgement statements

Thur., April 22

8:30-9am: Yoga Warm-up

9-10:30am: Concurrent Sessions

  • Resilience for Museums: Strategies for Challenging Times – The authors of The Resilience Playbook (2020) will highlight the core ideology based on increasing inclusion, value, impact, and agility.
  • Designing a Museum Data Viz Dashboard – Curious about data visualization? Get introduced to the basics of data viz, examine existing examples, and brainstorm your own dashboard. Want to dive in beforehand? Feel free to explore the website

10:45am-12:15pm: Concurrent Sessions

  • Evolving your Digital Preservation Plan – This session is geared towards museums who are interested in implementing a cohesive strategy for handling digital assets.
  • When DEAI Committees Pivot – The session will show how priorities can shift a committee toward a different direction and will include resources for participants to find out more about leading committees. It will also include a short discussion to help participants with their own DEAI committee questions.

12:30-2pm: Concurrent Sessions

  • Healing in the Face of Disaster: Saving Cultural Heritage – The workshop draws from our experiences with wildfires and offers participants the tools to craft their own emergency plan and assessments.
  • Using Collections Archives: Collecting Biases and Compliance Strategies – In this session, we examine how archaeological museum collections are shaped by collecting biases in the field.

2:30-4pm: Self-care for Museum Professionals – A global pandemic has transformed all aspects of life, and certainly museum work. This talk offers some tactics to center wellness in your everyday lives. The talk will touch on being your best self, leading for wellness, and thinking about museum work from a wellness lens.

Fri., April 23

8:30-9am: Morning Close Looking – Get your day started by spending some time looking at and discussing a work of art from the CU Art Museum’s collection

9-10:30am: Concurrent Sessions

  • Community-Centered Engagement Through Crowdsourced Projects – A case study of the “Bison of the Bighorn Basin Project” for developing unique museum programming to engage with local communities
  • Let’s Talk Museum Labor, Chatham-House-Rules-Style – While they may take different forms for each of us, labor issues are a consistent thread through museums big or small, urban or rural.

10:45-12:15pm: Concurrent Sessions

  • Lincoln Center at Home: Accessibility on the Virtual Stage – This session will explore Lincoln Center’s journey adapting in-person accessible programming to the virtual space, focusing on the importance of a multi-sensory approach to online programming for participants with disabilities
  • Meeting Community Needs with Archival Collections – The how-to of processing archival materials, connecting archives to museum collections, and improving relationships with communities.

12:30-2pm: Concurrent Sessions

  • Hosting Native Community Visits to Collections – Language and practices that create a more welcoming space for Native community visits to museums and aim to support community well-being
  • Writing Your Life: Community Healing at a Historic House Museum -Explore how writing workshops offer self-reflection space, accessibility, community healing and how they can be used in museums

2:30-4pm: Elevating Indigenous Voices in Interpretation – Using interpretation to amplify Indigenous voices provides spaces for healing within the local Indigenous and wider communities. It also provides visitors to parks, museums and other educational spaces with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the places we steward. This panel discussion will highlight a unique partnership between California’s largest Native American tribe, the Yurok Tribe, and California State Parks’ North Coast Redwoods District. These two entities have been working together for over three decades to make parks relevant through elevating the voices of the people who have cared for these landscapes since time immemorial.

Download the 2021 Program